It’s a Northwest tradition to pile fresh berries into a pie tin, slap on a flaky crust, and bake it until it’s a bubbling mass of sweet-tart splendor.
Another summer Northwest tradition? A trek to Mount Rainier.
I intersected those traditions in my recent search for great pie in the South Sound. What I found was this: If searching for truly comfort-style pie, the kind your grandmother may have made, the treasure trove of pie bakers can be found along a meandering 50-mile plus stretch through East Pierce County – from Bonney Lake to Spanaway to Ashford. And this time of year? Ashford is a splendid destination whether you’re going for pie or a trek.
Blackberry is the kind of pie we Northwest natives grew up eating and the most popular pie I found along the pie trail to Mount Rainier, but South Sound cafes and bakeries all the way to Mount Rainier National Park’s front door specialize in everything from raspberry to huckleberry, rhubarb to apple and funny quirky pies like Willy Wonka and Logger’s Pie.
For blackberry lovers like me, every bakery or cafe featured here served that kind of pie. But most every cafe had something else in the pie case that I liked.
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