9 Tasty Places to Celebrate National Pi Day

You don’t need to be a math enthusiast to observe National Pi Day (March 14). Appreciate the mathematical constant with your fork at one of these local spots.

1. The City Market Cafe & Bakehouse

Drawing inspiration from European cafés and bakeries, City Market’s pies are created from scratch by talented bakers and pastry chefs. Two additional locations, in Wauwatosa and Whitefish Bay, have been opened to cater to the metro Milwaukee community. Mon.-Sat. 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 2205 E Capitol Dr., 414-962-0100

2. Honeypie

Honeypie is king when it comes to locally-sourced and made-from-scratch pies in Milwaukee. The Bay View restaurant, which serves as both a bakehouse and diner, offers 44 pie flavors, including Brandy Old Fashioned Cherry and Ginger Chai Cream. $29-$32. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. 2643 S Kinnickinnic Ave., 414-242-6389

Honeypie; Photo by Adam Ryan Morris
3. Lulu Cafe & Bar

While LuLu is best known for its soups and sandwiches, the cafe also serves up some delicious freshly-prepared pies at $3.75 a slice. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 2261 & 2265 S Howell Ave., 414-294-5858

4. Mr. Dye’s Pies

Johnathan Dye, who’s been baking since he was five or six, is no newbie to the kitchen. Dye’s perfectly crafted pies, which are available in five different flavors (along with sugar-free options), are a heavenly testament to his expertise. Dye dubs his most popular flavor, the Classic, “the best sweet potato pie on Earth.” $18-$28. Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 8103 W Tower Ave., 414-759-4992

Mr. Dye’s Pies; photo by Adam Ryan Morris
5. National Bakery & Deli

Founded in 1925, National Bakery & Deli has been providing outstanding baked goods to the Milwaukee area for over 90 years. The bakery, which also has locations in Brookfield and Greendale, was voted Best Bakery in Milwaukee for 2016. $18-$28. Mon.-Fri. 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 6 a.m.-4 p.m. 3200 S 16th St., 414-672-1620

6. Periwinkle’s Bakery on Broadway

The owners at Rochester’s Deli in Waukesha opened Periwinkle’s Bakery next door to its salad and sandwich shop in order to appease the public’s demand for freshly-made sweets. With a wide variety of homemade pies, Periwinkle’s does not disappoint. $12.99-$19.99. Tues.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-3 p.m., 141 W. Broadway, Waukesha, WI, 262-522-9888

7. Batches

This tasty new edition to the Third Ward features pies like the sophisticated Kentucky Derby (a cross between a chocolate-chip cookie and pecan pie) and the classic apple pie. Whatever your taste palate, call ahead because the pie menu constantly changes, and at $3.50 a slice they’re constantly selling out. Tues.-Fri. 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 8 a.m.-7 p.m., 401 E Erie St, (414) 239-8980

Pies from the Great Midwestern Pie Competition
Photo by Brock Kaplan
8. Comet Cafe

Vegan pies anyone? Look no further than Comet Cafe’s freshly baked vegan (and non-vegan) pie options. For $7 a slice, you can reward your taste buds with a piece of pie made from scratch using locally sourced ingredients. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-12 a.m., Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m.-12 a.m., 1947 N Farwell Ave., (414) 273-7677

9. La Tarte

Since 1990, La Tarte has served their signature Granny Apple Pie. Bite into a piece of history with this award-winning pie or any of their other crowd pleasing flavor options like cranberry walnut or peach blueberry. Prices vary by size and flavor. Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-3 p.m., 6742 W. Wells St., 414-456-0995



Elisabeth Wallock is a contributing digital editor at Milwaukee Magazine. She graduated from Colorado State University and has interned at Marie Claire in New York and Urban Outfitters in London.