We sent Bill Addison, Atlanta restaurant critic and former pastry chef, in search of the best cakes, cookies, breads, pastries, and pies. A whopping 80,000 calories later, here are the bakeries that sated his sweet tooth.
Photo: Iain Bagwell
How did the expression "easy as pie" come into being? The popularity of premade crusts among today's home bakers illuminates how daunting it can be to master the art of pie. The best bakeries make their own buttery, flaky crusts, filled with glossy custard or the season's ripest fruit to add homespun distinction to their by-the-slice comforts.
- A Slice Of Pie; Rolla, MO
- Mom's Apple Pie Company; Occoquan & Leesburg, VA
- Pie Lab; Greensboro, AL
- Pie Shop; Atlanta, GA
- Scratch; Durham, NC