Best Pies in St. Louis: A Roundup

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Eckert's Country Store does pie right.
This month has nothing to do with pies. There is no holiday in April (or May, even) when one is expected to eat pie. It's not National Pie Week or Celebrate Pie Day. It's not March 14 (National Pi Day) or January 23 (National Pie Day). So why are we writing about pie now?

A reader bugged us about it. And here at Gut Check, we like to keep our readers happy. We like pie as much as the next person, but we really weren't intending to write about it until we received repeated requests from a certain fan of RFT.

Don't say we never did anything for you.

See Also:
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- Best Toasted Ravioli in St. Louis in Honor of National Ravioli Day
- Best Bloody Marys in St. Louis: A Roundup

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A pie in the making at 4 Seasons Bakery. | Image via 4 Seasons Bakery
4 Seasons Bakery
(2012 Campus Drive, St. Charles; 314-288-9176)
Even Julia Child, she who made it her mission in life to convince ordinary American home cooks that they, too, could produce classic French cuisine -- even Julia conceded that pie crust is problematic. It's a delicate balance: flaky yet flavorful; tender yet sturdy enough to stand up to the filling. You could spend your life trying to make the perfect pie crust. Or you could go to 4 Seasons Bakery in St. Charles and leave it in the flour-covered hands of Agi and Aaron Groff. Their crust has achieved the perfect medium. (We're told that the trick is adding some steam to the convection oven, a maneuver we are not prepared to try at home. Even if we had a convection oven.) The fillings, made from seasonal fruit, are good, too: sweet but not cloying. But it's the crust that gets us. Oh, pie! We love you so, even enough to cross the mighty Missouri.


Location Info

Lubeley's Bakery & Deli

7815 Watson Road, Webster Groves, MO

Category: Restaurant

4 Seasons Baked Goods & Catering

2012 Campus Drive, St Charles, MO

Category: Restaurant

The Original Fried Pie Shop

1 W. 5th St., Eureka, MO

Category: Restaurant

Sugaree Baking Company

1242 Tamm Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: General


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5 comments
lcpatt
lcpatt

Sugaree IS actually the best bakery in the world. I used them commercially in a previous job and Pat and Jimmy were delightful to work with too! We'd go in to their shop sometimes to discuss our super-secret signature cake and Pat would be sitting there decorating a cake for, oh, you know, Yadi's daughter's birthday or something. 


Also, mini whoopie pies. 

John
John

 Eww, "vegetable lard".  Does he mean shortening?  I wish they'd just use real lard.  Tastier and healthier (yes, I mean that).  Nevertheless, the carnitas are still delicious, as is the rest of the menu.  I don't understand why this place isn't busier.

John
John

Most crusts suck because people are afraid to use the good stuff.  Half lard & half butter makes a good crust. 

John
John

I have no idea why this comment from weeks ago (about Sietes Luminarias) just showed up on a totally different topic. Weird, but happily enough they are both about lard. Carnitas and pie crusts both deserve real pork lard.

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@John Haha, John I'm not sure why that showed up there either, but I think it's quite apropos! Lard, all the way!

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