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It’s National (Pi) Pie Day – here’s where to grab a slice

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on March 14, 2014 at 8:40 am | No Comments »
March 14, 2014 8:46 am
Blackberry pie at Copper Creek Inn Restaurant in Ashford has been famous for decades.
Blackberry pie at Copper Creek Inn Restaurant in Ashford has been famous for decades.

This is a fun day for lovers of pi and pie. 3.14 = March 14, get it? Lovers of math (or not) can celebrate with a slice. Below I’ve got 11 of my favorite places for pie. If you don’t see your favorite listed, feel free to post a comment telling readers where to find great pie.

Note: Be sure to call ahead and ask if pie is available. Inventory at these pie stops changes frequently. Did I mention you should call ahead? You should.

Apple crumb pie from C.J.'s Deli in Bonney Lake.
Apple crumb pie from C.J.’s Deli in Bonney Lake.

SUMNER/BONNEY LAKE:

C.J.’s Deli, 18401 Veterans Memorial Drive E., Bonney Lake; 253-826-0672, cjsdelibonneylake.com. Featuring at least a half dozen daily pies. My favorite is the apple crumb with a heavy whiff of cinnamon. Slices are $3.65, whole pies are $17-$20 (must order in advance).

Berryland Cafe, 1101 Main St., Sumner; 253-863-4567, berrylandcafe.com. Featuring at least a half dozen daily pies. My favorite is strawberry-rhubarb, always available by the slice. Slices are $2.99. Whole pies are $14 (must order in advance)

Dixie’s, 15717 Main St. E., Sumner; 253-863-0111, dixieshomecookin.net. Featuring  rhubarb pies made with peaches, blueberries, raspberries or blackberries. They run out frequently, so call ahead.

Buttered Biscuit, 1014 North St., Sumner; 253-826-6099, thebutteredbiscuit.net. Another usual suspect for rhubarb. Are you sensing a rhubarb theme in East Pierce? Sumner is the rhubarb center of the universe, of course.

Sour cream lemon and chocolate pictured here, from Don's Drive-In.
Sour cream lemon and chocolate pictured here, from Don’s Drive-In.

PUYALLUP

Don’s Drive-In, 925 Meridian Ave. E., Puyallup; 253-845-1790, donsdrivein.net.I am a sucker for Jenny Herrington’s chocolate pie, but the lemon sour cream is a mighty nice slice. They’ll pile your pie as high as you want with whipped cream.  Half dozen choices daily. $3.29 a slice, $13-$21 for whole pies (must order in advance)

Hermann’s/Cattin’s Family Dining, 105 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup; 253-848-3494. At least 8-10 pie selections every day in this downtown Puyallup eatery. You’ve got to try the apple, but if fruits of the forest is on the pie list, get that. Slices of pie  are $3.79.

The raspberry pie at Little Park Restaurant in Spanaway, made by Stephanie Crawford.
The raspberry pie at Little Park Restaurant in Spanaway, made by Stephanie Crawford.

SPANAWAY

Little Park, 17106 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma; 253-531-1343. Baker Stephanie Crawford makes at least 30 blackberry pies a week at the restaurant, which has served pie since it opened in 1958. Usually a dozen varieties on hand. Pie is $2.99 a slice, $10.99 for whole pies (must order in advance).

Jenny Smith makes berry and fruit pies at Cruiser Cafe in Eatonville. Her crust is tender and light.
Jenny Smith makes berry and fruit pies at Cruiser Cafe in Eatonville. Her crust is tender and light.

EATONVILLE

Cruiser Cafe, 106 Washington Ave. S., Eatonville; 360-832-8646, cruisercafe.biz. Jenny Smith spent 16 years making pie at the famous Copper Creek Inn in Ashford. She’s been baking in Eatonville for about eight years, most recently at Cruiser Cafe. Get blackberry if it’s on the menu. Cost is $2.99 a slice, $12.99-$15.99 for whole pies (must order in advance).

Bruno’s Family Restaurant, 204 Center St., Eatonville; 360-832-7866, eatbrunos.com. This cafe makes a don’t miss apple-raisin pie called the Logger’s Pie ($4.49), a square pie made with a pastry crust topped with icing. If they ask if you want caramel sauce and ice cream, say, “Yes!”

The apple pie at Homestead in Lakewood.
The apple pie at Homestead in Lakewood.

TACOMA/LAKEWOOD

Homestead, 7837 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood; 253-476-9000, homesteadwa.com. At least a half dozen pies in the case, with three cream and three fruit. Get the apple. Slices are $3.50 each.

Edison City Diner, 5640 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma; 253-473-1517, edisoncitydiner.com. Pie specials change daily, but there’s always something delicious on the menu. A slice will cost you $4.75.

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