Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Here's where to get pie on Pi Day

Friday is Pi Day, a day meant to celebrate 3.14 and all its mathematical glory... and a good excuse to eat pie. Here are a few of the best places to get pie on Pi Day.

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1. Dutch Maid Bakery

Location: 508 W. Lincoln Ave. in Goshen

Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday

What do they have?

If you're looking for a place with some serious pie variety, this is where you should go. The bakery serves up 14 types, which can be purchased as whole, 10-inch pies or miniature four-inch versions. Large pies sell for between $10.99 and $12.99, while miniature ones cost $2.69. 

What are people saying about them?

"Your sweet tooth will thank you for coming here..." – Lyn P. (comment taken from Yelp)

"...The second we opened the door, whoosh, that wonderful yeasty smell of donuts. It's cozy, there's plenty of seating (for the smallish space), and the woman behind the counter was very friendly..." – Renita M. (comment taken from Yelp)

"As soon as you walk into this place, you're hit with smells of delicious-ness. Super cupcakes, tarts, donuts, pies, cakes, brownies, creme horns, cannoli and more. I don't recommend the special coffees, they're kind of weak. Get milk and bask in the decadent baked goodness." – Melody D. (comment taken from Yelp)

Here's more of what customers had to say about the Dutch Maid Bakery

2. Das Dutchman Essenhaus

Location: 240 U.S. 20 in Middlebury

Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

What do they have?

Das Dutchman Essenhaus' menu boasts it has over 30 varieties of pie to choose from, which are served up in slices that cost between $3.50 and $3.75.

What are people saying about them?

"My family loves it here! The buffet is great and so is family style. The food is fresh and homemade. The pies are delicious!! The winter is the time to visit. They decorate beautifully. Will continue to visit every year." – Hope M. (comment taken from Yelp)

"...I craved the endless fried chicken, the creamy mashed potatoes, the noodles that melt in your mouth, the golden corn, the stuffing htat overflows with goodness. And once you've eaten yourself into a coma, there's pie. PIE!" – Ben B. (comment taken from Yelp)

"...Pies? Wonderful pies! Strawberry Rhubarb, Mincemeat, Apple were all outstanding! But the hands down extraordinary pie was definitely the raspberry (sugar?) cream. Guaranteed to put those who partake into a sugar induced euphoria. Not kidding..." – Bob H. (comment taken from Yelp)

Here's more of what customers had to say about Das Dutchman Essenhaus

3. South Side Soda Shop and Diner

Location: 1122 S. Main St. in Goshen

Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

What do they have?

In addition to standard fare like sandwiches and salads, South Side Soda Shop's menu features over 50 types of pie. Once, the restaurant was featured on the Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

What are people saying about them?

"...One very important lesson: save room for pie. I know, I know...after gorging yourself on that Pizza Steak the last thing you want to do is consume dessert, but please – for the love of all that is good and right in this world – order a slice of pie. Fresh strawberry if they have it, or the chocolate cream. MMmmm....pie...." – Kim B. (comment taken from Yelp)

"Looks like a dive from the outside, is a little better on the inside...The pies were fantastic...I recommend this place despite what it looks like." – Jason C. (comment taken from Yelp)

"...I haven't quite figured out their rotation of pies yet as some days there are upwards of 20 varieties and some days there are closer to 8. All the pies I've encountered have been good though..." – Nathan B. (comment taken from Yelp)

Here's more of what customers had to say about South Side Soda Shop and Diner.

4. Rise' N Roll Bakery and Deli

Location: 1085 N. 1150 West in Middlebury

Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

What do they have?

Rise' N Roll Bakery's menu includes 17 types of pie, as well as several seasonally served varieties. Customers who visited Yelp to review the restaurant raved about its whoopie pies as well.

What are people saying about them?

"The donuts are delicious, but the pie leaves something to be desired. The crust needs to be browned and enriched with more flavor. My slice of peach pie had three peach slices and an excessive amount of gel filler." – Pat W. (comment taken from Yelp)

"Oh-my-Goodness.....this place needs to be on the Food Network. The pastry skills of these Amish ladies is award winning worthy." – Vincent S. (comment taken from Yelp)

"...The tasty goodness that is everything that they bring to my office building is simply beyond comprehension. Today I had the pumpkin whoopie pie; and it was so good I had to share it with my coworker just because I needed someone else to witness the amazing flavor..." – Amy N. (comment taken from Yelp)

Here's more of what customers had to say about Rise N Roll Bakery and Deli

5. Blue Gate Restaurant and Bakery

Location: 195 N. Van Buren St. in Shipshewana

Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

What do they have?

Blue Gate Restaurant and Bakery has a huge selection of pies, including several that are available in sugar-free form. Whether you're into apple, blackberry, chocolate or peanut butter, the Blue Gate has you covered.

What are people saying about them?

"...I don't remember much about the entree, but the apple pie. Now I have always loved apple pie but once I had apple pie changed the way I would eat pie. The apples inside the pie were diced. I've never seen that before but I loved it..." – Lin F. (comment taken from Yelp)

"...The pie is outstanding..." – Renita M. (comment taken from Yelp)

"...If you do not save room for pie after your meal, be sure to take home a piece! It is wonderful!" – M M. (comment taken from Yelp)

Here's more of what customers had to say about Blue Gate Restaurant and Bakery.

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