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best pie?

For some reason I've been craving pie lately. Where do you go when you want really great pie? Places that serve by the slice are fine but I'm mainly interested in buying whole pies to take home. I'm willing to drive upto 2 hours out of the city for this! A couple of places I can think of are The Big Apple, Chudleigh's, a market (also with a big apple outside of it) at the corner of Hwy 7 and Mississauga Rd... anywhere else?

Also, any good ideas on where to get amazing buttertarts?

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  1. Wanda's Pie in the Sky (near Yonge & Bloor) is supposed to be good

    1. Wanda's is DAYYAM good
      just had one today - niagara peach
      Her chocolate pecan is high on the recommend as is her Pear & Cranberry (only available in winter)

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      1. re: superchick

        does Wanda sell her pies by the slice or only the whole pie?

        1. re: hungryabbey

          Definitely by the slice - I visit TO every year for the film festival and Wanda's is one of our favorite stops in the vicinty.

          1. re: hungryabbey

            You can get a whole pie in several different sizes, individual pies, and slices. All very very worth it. I am a huge fan of her peach and cherry pies.

            As for Chudleigh's posted above, while I think their orchard and apple picking is fun, I would not recommend their pies. I used to work there, slicing pies and serving coffee, and their pies underwhelmed. I can absolutely make better pies myself. Bland and boring, and predicatable.

          2. re: superchick

            The sour cherry pie is to die for. She sells whole pies as well as by the slice. Her new location is at Wanda's in the Kitchen with Dinah at 1057 Mt. Pleasant.

          3. If you don't mind going for a drive, they are known for their pies at the farmer's market in St. Jacob's:


            1. The Big Apple? Is that the roadside attraction next to Hwy 401? I have never stopped by but may have an opportunity to be travelling by it next month.

              How good is their apple pie?
              Is there anything else worth getting there (foodwise, of course)?

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              1. re: juniorcruz

                I find The Big Apple's "Mummble Crummble" pie too sweet for my liking. The day I went they did not have any of the original apple pies. I was looking forward to purchasing some fresh apple cider/juice before arriving, but once there, I found out that they in fact don't sell fresh apple juice (I was VERY disappointed and surprised!) I bought a bag of apple chips and that was pretty good, although I was disappointed and surprised (again) to find out that the apple chips were not manufactured by The Big Apple... they just brought them in from some distributor. And IMO, marked up the price on them, too.

                I wouldn't necessarily recommend making the trip out there just to visit The Big Apple.

              2. "the big apple" is actually called Macmillan Farms. Their apple pies are pertty good, so is their apple butter.

                They also sell a ton of flash frozen goodies to store for the winter. I mostly buy a 10lb pail of apples to make my own pie with. They come sliced and peeled, so it take most of the work out of pie-making.

                1. The best Dutch apple pie I have had was at the Bayfield Berry farm, just outside of Bayfield!

                  1. There's a place up in Richmond Hill by Hwy. 7 & Leslie called Charlotte's Fine Foods. It's run by this nice old Scottish granny (Charlotte) and she makes all her own sugar-free pies. There are several really nice ones like Norfolk cherry, wild blueberry, peach, rhubarb, pumpkin, and of course apple. She'll give you a sample of the apple crumble if she has one around. The chicken pies are a popular item in the area for lunch, and there's also stuff like quiches, squares, and muffins.

                    55 West Beaver Creek (close to Leslie). 905-709-9079

                    1. Schwenkers Farm Market & Gift Barn in St Catharines. The best blueberry, rhubard, peach, lemon meringue pies and more! In the heart of fruitland Ontario... can't remember the exact address but from Toronto, get on the QEW towards Niagara, exit on the 406 South, exit 4th Ave, follow 4th ave to the right, go through first light which in Martindale road and you should start seeing signs for Schwenkers.... worth the drive, especially since you could do wine tours in the area after that!

                      1. don't know if you're willing to drive to gravenhurst, but the gravenhurst bakery is beyond comparison. MMM. you're searching for pie>>> their strawberry rhubarb with the crumble topping all sorts of fantabulous. pretty much everything they have is delectable and baked on premises (i believe)---apple fritters, fruit tops and these amazing squares...gaaaaah, makes the cottage country traffic worth it!!

                        1. I like Phipps pies better than Wanda's. They are on Eglinton and I know they sell them at Pusateris--the Lawrence & Avenue Rd store. I have never been to the Bloor & Bay location. Of course, my favourite pies are no longer available---Mom's Lemon Merangue, Apple and Peach. Her crust has never been dupicated in any other pie I have had. It was very short and made with crisco and butter; it tasted great and was soooo tender. If anyone knows a pie like that, that is available commercially, let me know.

                          1. The Best pie no contest is Crawford's. The place at Hwy 7 and Mississauga Rd is called The Apple Factory and they are ok. Crawfords’s is just a little further west on Hwy 7 from Mississauga Rd.

                            1. I live near Wanda's. Have not been there for a while - very expensive. But very, very (very) good. Had the lemon meringue. To die for. They also have Kensington Ice cream.

                              1. At one time I thought Wanda's was good but the last time I was there, the crust was hard as a rock - was not impressed with the quality at all....

                                Wanda's Pie in the Sky
                                287 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON , CA

                                1. Pusateri's carries fresh pies, brought in from Wanda's and a few others. The nice thing is that they sell them in different sizes.

                                  1539 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

                                  1. I have gotten pies from the Flaky Tart a few times through McEwan's. Absolutely incredible cherry pie with a really lovely crust!

                                    Buttertarts I have been getting lately from Knead Bakery and have been really pleased with them.

                                    Flaky Tart
                                    711 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

                                    Knead Bakery
                                    283 Scarborough Rd, Toronto, ON M4E 3M8, CA

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                                    1. re: Otonabee

                                      You need to go to Flaky Tart and try their buttertarts. My favourite in the city by far.

                                      Flaky Tart
                                      711 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

                                      1. re: TorontoJo

                                        I have to concur...their butter tarts are definitely some of the best in the city!!