10 Pies Worth the Drive
by Casey | Posted on November 8th, 2013
Have you ever loved a specific dish so much that you drove well out of your way just to enjoy it? My parents did that for a cup of coffee once, and my mother-in-law drove across the Commonwealth to get a hot, fresh Smithfield ham biscuit once, too. I’m convinced a renowned slice of pie will garner the same craving and willingness to go. Let’s try it out!
Our trusted source of “locals” have filled us in on their favorite places for pie, and we’d love to hear about yours, too. Let your mouth water and then leave a comment.
Updated July 17, 2014 to include more pies! Scroll down!
The Old Chickahominy House in Williamsburg has been serving southern breakfast and lunch specialties since 1955, but it’s the homemade chocolate pie that Terri raves about. She says it’s “the creamiest, chocolatiest filling in a flaky crust that’s the most delicious pie you’ll ever put into your mouth.”
Visit to try a slice. If you love it, place an order for Thanksgiving. Choose from coconut, buttermilk, chocolate, apple crumb, “no sugar added” apple, cherry crumb, pecan, and sweet potato.
If you find yourself in Abingdon (which I hope you do), put JJ’s Restaurant and Sports Bar on your list of “musts.” They call themselves “Abingdon’s classiest little dive,” but Tenille’s note really says it all. “They serve chocolate, coconut, butterscotch, and peanut butter. Their pies are homemade by a 70 year old lady, who makes them everyday fresh and ready to eat. These are the pies that your grandmother made but never gave you the recipe.”
Tenille didn’t stop there. She has another pie hot-spot in Abingdon, Chick-N-Little. She says this family-owned restaurant offers great food at a cheap price, plus “they have the BEST homemade pies.”
“This was the best sour cherry pie that I’ve ever had,” proclaims Jane in regard to Mom’s Apple Pie in Leesburg. Jane learned that the owner grows her own fruits for the purpose of crafting amazing pies. With Thanksgiving in mind, Jane assures, “You can buy about 15 flavors daily, either by the slice or whole. I recommend buying the whole pie … or even five!!!”
River City Grill in Radford offers breakfast all day, plus lunch and dinner. Deb promises they’ll serve you the “most amazing chocolate chess pie ever, rich and decadent.”
Meringue lovers, Betsy has found your heaven. Pat’s Kountry Diner in Lebanon is named for, well, Pat. She makes a mean coconut pie with “piled high meringue,” according to Betsy, that’s pure “melt in your mouth goodness!”
The Cabin Point Mercantile in Spring Grove specializes in the sweet stuff. They’re a bakery creating homemade brownies, cakes, fudge, cookies, and of course, pie! Kimberly is a fan of the cheesecake pies, writing, “cheesecake pies are amazing, pie crust with a layer of cheesecake topped with all types of flavors – pineapple, cherry, peach, strawberry, blueberry, blackberry! Amazing!”
The Horseshoe Restaurant in South Hill is no stranger to our local recommendations. It was mentioned in the 14 Places to Enjoy Fall Foliage in Virginia, as well as one of 22 Places to Eat Like a Local. In the 22 Places article, the peanut butter and chocolate walnut pies were touted. For this article, it was the chocolate walnut that rose to the top again. All of the desserts at Horseshoe are made from scratch daily.
With a name like Pie Gourmet, one would expect top-of-the-line pie. Fortunately, Pie Gourmet in Vienna delivers just that. In fact, Washington Post calls it “a gem among local bakeries.” Enjoy a range of fruit pies, cream pies, cheesecake, dessert pies, and even dinner pies, like lasagna.
Relatively new to Richmond’s food scene is Proper Pie Co., serving New Zealand-style savory pie as well as sweet pies. Think Mince & Cheese finished with a slice of Blueberry Apple.
Hill High Country Store in Round Hill has a lot to offer, including more than 30 fresh-baked pies daily. You’ll find local foods, produce, wine, and an all-day deli with chef specialties. Take the trip for lunch and top it off with a great slice of pie.
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Red Truck Bakery in Warrenton was highlighted in Esquire for their mincemeat pie. Additional mentions have come from the likes of The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, Garden & Gun, and Southern Living, among others.
Virginia is known for peanuts and one of the best peanut dishes to try is the Peanut Pie at Virginia Diner in Wakefield. Guy Fieri visited for his Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives show on Food Network (Regional Favorites episode).
As Jane commented below, the Blue Door Cafe at Draper Mercantile in Draper has a very special day of the week you won’t want to miss. Fridays are Pie Day! They’re happy to take your request for a particular pie and reserve it for you. Fruit and cream pies are $12.95 ($2.95/slice) while pies with nuts or quiches are $13.95 ($3.25/slice).
Of Southern Kitchen in New Market, Linda wrote that her husband “absolutely loves their coconut cream pie.” Give it a try the next time you’re traversing the Valley!
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