But when it comes to pie, a national day of celebration, which is tomorrow, Jan. 23, makes perfectly delicious sense. Pie is not only newly trendy — hand pie displays are replacing cupcake towers at wedding receptions — it’s been around forever. What other dessert could be beloved by both Jane Austen, who wrote “Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness,” and Homer Simpson, who moaned “Mmmm … pie pants”? Pie has got it going on.
Maine boasts an embarrassment of riches when it comes to pie. In honor of National Pie Day, feast your eyes on this selection. For more on National Pie Day, see the website for the American Pie Council (yep, there is such a thing!)
Here’s where you can find some of Maine’s best pies. If I’ve missed your favorite pie place, please let me know in the comments.
47 India St., Portland
Quite possibly the state’s most famous pie purveyor offers a variety of seasonal fruit fillings and others — chocolate cream, mixed berry — year ’round
200 Anderson St., Portland
Diplomat-turned-pie-baker Briana Warner turns out “pies like your mother never made,” including chocolate-stout, pear-frangipane and savory pies too. The menu changes every week.
340 Main St., South Portland
This newcomer specializes in hand pies with a world of fillings, mostly savory, but some are on the sweet side.
Tontine Mall/149 Maine St., Brunswick
Available all the time: apple, blueberry and mixed berry in both double crust and crumb topping. Other varieties change with the seasons.