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Best (mail-able) pies? [Moved from Midwest]

A friend of mine is working on an article that will mention some of the best pies in the country, and I offered to post a query here.

I'm interested in any opinions about the best pies, which
-should include a location (and a telephone would be nice)
-needn't be a mail-order place, but must be capable of, and willing to, mail pies
-should be classic Americana pies, not something pretentious or weird like durian pie

Thanks in advance for your input!

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  1. Just happened to see your post on the main chow page. You may want to post this under general. Anyway, in Florida at Bob Roth's New River they ship the best Key Lime Pie. Their web site is http://www.florida-oranges.com. Lucky for me they are 30 minutes away, but we've shipped them to many friends and family.

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    1. re: mbfergie

      $160 for three pies!!! That's some astoundingly expensive key-lime pie.

    2. Zingermans will ship out pies-- you can even get a three mini-pie sampler. They come in gorgeous wood boxes. I really like the apple (crust is made with lard-- yum) and the blueberry (which is out of season, I think). Friends have raved about the pecan pie as well. Check out the website at www.zingermans.com but be prepared for some sticker shock, the pies are pretty expensive.

      1. I can't attest to how well they travel but Achatz, in Armada, MI, makes great pies. The Michigan four-berry is wonderful. Check www.achatzpies.com for shipping info.

        1. Betty's Pies in Two Harbors, MN: http://www.bettyspies.com

          I have only this to say: num.

          1. Thank you for the ideas! And Zingermann's even I've heard of - thanks for reminding me!

            1. My favorite mail order pies come from Tootie Pie Co in Boerne, TX. All are good but the Buttermilk and the Heavenly Chocolate pies are truly unique and will recreate childhood memories in Southerners. Their web site is http://www.tootiepieco.com.

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              1. re: clsmith

                I second the Tootie Pie. If frozen, they thaw out very nicely. I like the coconut (which is similar to the buttermilk, but includes toasted coconut). The 10 apple pie is good, too.

              2. http://www.helenspies.com/index.html

                Helen's makes an excellent Maine Blueberry Pie. Mailable. Classic. Un-pretentious.

                1. When we drive cross country for Thanksgiving every year (San Diego to Detroit), there are signs in Indiana - "Mile High Pies next exit".

                  We stopped and it is a small restaurant, looks like it maybe used to be a Stuckey's, filled with more locals than tourists (not advertised except closest to its exit) (the signs are not huge billboards, but low and in the field, probably not even lit at night) and all the pies are topped with about 12 inches of meringue, sold in slices or whole. Fresh and good. I can get an address in about 6 weeks...

                  1. Goode Co. Pecan Pie from Houston, Tx. They have a well loved secret recipe for the best pecan pie ever. CH's have searched for it, but it cannot be found. Here is the link:


                    1. Troyers home pantry, in Apple Creek Ohio makes great traditional Amish pies, but I am not sure that they will ship them, as many are extremely perishable. (330) 698-4182

                      1. In the Washington DC area, the best pies come from The Pie Gourmet in Vienna, VA and Mom's Apple Pie Company (multiple locations in VA)