We asked, and you delivered. From local favorites to award-winning pie slices, these are Iowans' favorites throughout the state. Hit the road and experience these delicious slices for yourself.
1. Machine Shed, Davenport
After being featured on the Travel Channel’s Food Paradise for having the “Best Breakfast in America,” it’s no wonder the Machine Shed also serves a mean piece of pie. A local favorite at their Davenport location is the sweet and savory Banana Cream pie, a serving so creamy and fluffy, you’ll be going back for seconds and thirds.
2. Try Pie Bakery, Waterloo
Rhubarb Raspberry Lavender
Located in downtown Waterloo, Try Pie has been serving unique pie flavors, like their rhubarb raspberry lavender pie, since 2014. In addition to serving delicious baked goods, the business also supports local teen girls by hiring them as employees and teaching them valuable life skills like managing paychecks, preparing for the future and understanding their unique gifts and value.
3. Junkyard Café, Jefferson
Sour Cream Blueberry Crumble
There’s no better flavors than those found in a small-town café like Jefferson’s Junkyard Café. Owned and operated by a local family with the mom as primary baker, her homemade pies delight locals and visitors alike. Their sour cream blueberry crumble pie offers the best combination of fruity, creamy, crunchy goodness.
4. BecMar Diner, Osage
Cleverly named after owners Becky and Mark, this diner in Osage specializes in traditional homestyle meals, which of course includes savory pies. One bite from a slice of their raspberry cream pie is sure to surprise, delight and make your day extra bright.
5. Kozi Pie Shoppe, Decorah
What started as a kitchen to farmers markets operation grew to a brick-and-mortar location serving some of Decorah’s best pies. Kozi Pie Shoppe’s chocolate pecan pie puts a new spin on a classic slice, leaving your mouth watering long after it’s gone. Made from locally sourced and organic ingredients, some locals claim these are the best pies in the world.
6. A&M Café, Grinnell
With a tasty twist on a classic pie, A&M Café’s apple crumble is a must try. Baked fresh in their own Grinnell kitchen, one bite and you’ll want take the rest of the pie home with you. Help the pie chef Merle break his annual pie-selling record, which was 2,084 pies in 2021.
7. Dutch Oven Bakery, Boone & Ames
Family-owned and -operated since 1983, this bakery knows all the best-kept secrets behind making the most delicious pies. Their rhubarb custard pie is talked about all over town and beyond, along with their Dutch letter, almond horns and tarts. Taste test their delicious pies in Boone and Ames.
8. Ox Yoke Inn, Amana
Sour Cream Raisin
With a reputation for serving the best German and American family-style dishes, it’s no wonder Ox Yoke Inn also serves amazing pies. When visiting Amana, be sure to save room for a slice of their sour cream raisin pie or order a fresh one to take home with you.
9. Kathy's Pies, Cedar Rapids
Home to some of the best pies in eastern Iowa, Kathy’s Pies number one seller is the classic chocolate cream. Children and adults alike swoon over every savory slice. After opening in 1986, this community staple is a must visit Cedar Rapids business.
10. Crouse Café, Indianola
Indianola’s Crouse Cafe makes a classic fruit pie that diners claim has the “best crust in the world.” This fruity concoction also made the Des Moines Register’s list of “100 Things to Eat Before You Die.”
11. Classic Deli & Ice Cream Shoppe, Brooklyn
You won’t find any frozen pies at the Classic Deli & Ice Cream Shoppe in Brooklyn. Their hand-crafted pies are made with quality ingredients, creating delicious favorites like the coconut cream pie. This is a slice that you won’t want to miss, so be sure to leave plenty of room for dessert.
12. O'Farrell Sisters Restaurant, Okoboji
The O'Farrell Sisters Restaurant has been serving up slices of their tart lemon meringue pie to Okoboji visitors for almost 70 years. Their waterfront location and all-day breakfast make this a must-stop destination.