Sometimes finding really good homemade pie, like breaking up, is hard to do. Not so in Portland, where you can’t hardly slosh more than a block or two down the street without tripping over a crackerjack piemaker. (Not pictured yet in this guide but to be added asap--Lauretta Jean's and The Honey Pot.)
These local bakeries don’t have pie by the slice in their otherwise delectable pastry cases but will send you home with a whole frozen, oven-ready pie, so that all you have to do for a down-home dessert course is scoop the vanilla bean ice cream on top. You can also buy pie dough that’s already been rolled out, and pie dough that’s already been rolled out AND pressed into a tin. Score!
A cocktail with your pie? Why not! A cocktail IN your pie? Yes please! This hip, always-busy little cafe bakes some of the best pies in town, a few of which are booze-infused—like the SDF-PDX Salted Pecan made with Bull Run’s Temperance Trader Bourbon and a New Deal Coffee Liquer Cream pie…aka “comfort food for grownups.”
For a slice of Montavilla pie and a slice of Montavilla life, pull up a chair and stay a while at this super homey, no frills neighborhood hangout, where the Stumptown’s always hot, the food’s always from scratch, the wi-fi’s always free, and the opinions are always abundant and lively.
This cheery pie shop is comfort food central, and while I have longstanding crushes on their savory pies, pasties & sausage rolls (try the mini rolls with beer mustard), I LOVE the peanut butter and jelly hand pie, especially warm from the oven with a tall cold glass of milk.
Can’t argue with a fistful of hot deep-fried handpie, which is why this venerable Hawthorne cart has maintained such a fiercely devoted following. Go knowing it’s entirely possible that you will eat three of the peanut butter chocolate chip fried pies in one sitting.
So, okay, these aren’t pie in the traditional sense, but Back to Eden’s beautiful golden pumpkin whoopie pies earn pie-accolades in spades. Plus, they’re gluten-free and vegan, so all can enjoy.
The coziest of neighborhood coffee shops, this airy, rustic, delicious-smelling social hub is also Woodlawnites’ pastry and pie central—if, historically, you have a terrible time making up your mind whether you want chocolate cream pie or pumpkin pie, just order a chocolate pumpkin pie.
This sweet, stubby little turquoise travel trailer’s window is filled with fresh pie-holes—miniature pies that are just the right size and crust-to-filling ratio to satisfy a serious pie-craving. Traditionalists, try the apple crumble or brown butter pecan, experimentalists, go for innovations like the raspberry & pink pepper. Stay tuned for their brick and mortar bakery, currently under construction.