Five Must-Try Pies to Celebrate National Pi Day!
“Pi Day” — recognized on March 14 — is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant Pi. What better way to commemorate this arithmetic-themed affair than by indulging in some delicious Bradenton Area pies? From tantalizingly tart key lime pie to refreshingly cool ice-cream pies, you’re sure to find the perfect sweet treat to observe π Day.
Key Lime Pie from the Anna Maria Bake House
You’ll find this Anna Maria Bake House inside the Beach House Waterfront Restaurant, so you’re already guaranteed eco-conscious baked goods. Besides providing the Chiles Hospitality restaurants with scratch-made breads, crackers and desserts, this bakery is also open to the public. Using the highest-quality ingredients, their pastries and pies feature a variety of flavors, including the tantalizingly tart key lime pie. Although you can order your pie online, why not try some after a delicious meal at the Beach House, Mar Vista or The Sand Bar!
Ice Cream Pies from American Honey Creamery & Coffee Co.
This Palmetto coffee house is home to decadent delights, including locally roasted coffee, fresh-baked goods and homemade ice cream. American Honey doles out traditional ice cream favorites and rotating monthly flavors, but they are also known for ice cream pies. Be sure to call ahead, these cool pies are made-to-order on a first come, first served basis.
Strawberry Rhubarb pie from Detwiler’s Farm Market
Using family recipes passed down over generations, the fresh-baked goods found at Detwiler’s Farm Market are always crowd pleasers. And since this local grocery chain is centered around fresh, Florida produce, you’ll typically find a fusion of fruit and pastries in the bakery. A local favorite is their strawberry rhubarb pie, which is made the old-fashioned way and Mrs. Detwiler approved. Since Pi Day occurs during Florida’s strawberry season, this is a deliciously tart match made in heaven.
Peanutbutter Pie from O’Bricks
O’Brick’s is a chef-driven restaurant proudly prepares all of their meals in house from scratch, including the desserts. Although their sweet endings menu features many favorites, their peanut butter pie is well known to locals. Featuring a chocolate cookie crust and filled with a creamy peanut butter mousse, this decadent treat is perfectly topped with a Belgian chocolate ganache. Whether you’re dining al fresco on Old Main Street or taking your pie to-go, you’ll soon understand why O’bricks is on this list.
Anything from Mermaid Pies and Sandwiches
For over 30 years, Mermaid Pies and Sandwiches has produced pies that are scratch-made using only the best ingredients. But don’t take our word for it, their bakers have received dozens of awards, including a few first-place ribbons from the prestigious American Pie Council. (Yes, that’s really a thing!) From traditional apple, blueberry and cherry pies to the more decadent lemon meringue pie, these sweet treats are always delicious. Since they are house-made and very popular, it is recommended to place your order over the phone to guarantee you’ll have a pie for pickup.