Swoon-Worthy Pie Shops Around Minneapolis and St. Paul

Swoon-Worthy Pie Shops Around Minneapolis and St. Paul

An apple pie from Honey & Rye. | Honey and Rye Bakery

EaterTwinCities: Key lime, abundant berries, and silky chocolate. Is there anything more divine than a freshly baked pie? Whether it’s a tart strawberry-rhubarb cooling on the windowsill or a rich coconut cream twirling in a display case, there’s sweet nostalgia packed into every slice. Pie is a tricky dish to get just right. Crust can be temperamental, and the fillings — fluffy meringues, saucy baked fruits, dense creams that hold their shape — require a skilled hand. Happily, there are many spots baking phenomenal pies around Minneapolis and St. Paul. Here are a few places to find slices of key lime, chocolate mousse, and strawberry blueberry crumble (or order a whole pie, if that’s your jam).

Heather’s Pies

Heather’s Pies are baked to order — they’re made with fresh organic fruits, high-quality butter, and locally sourced honey. On the menu, find fruit pies like triple berry and peach, plus a decadent hot chocolate marshmallow cream pie (or, if you don’t have a sweet tooth, savory vegetable tarts). These pies are baked with all kinds of intricate crust cut-outs: Order one decorated with a wreath of small flowers, or a message — perfect for a festive birthday celebration or a delicious marriage proposal.

Honey & Rye Bakehouse

A modern spot with a little bit of old-fashioned comfort, Honey & Rye whips up all kind of bakery favorites, including exceptional pie. Order a rich chocolate coconut cream, or choose one of the rotating seasonal flavors, like peach blueberry, banana cream, or brown butter butterscotch meringue. The flaky crust gets a flavor boost from locally produced Hope Creamery butter. Note that Honey & Rye now has a cafe open in the new Alliance Francaise in Minneapolis’s Harrison neighborhood.

Fruit & Grain

Poptarts, savory hand pies, special occasion pies — whatever the format, Fruit & Grain pastries stand out for their extra-flaky crust. Fillings change with the weather: The poptarts feature jams made from seasonal fruits, and the hand pies are stuffed with seasonal vegetables and cheese. The fruit pies, made with a thick lattice crust, are like summer in a tin. Try the strawberry blueberry crumble or the strawberry rhubarb. Find Fruit & Grain pastries at the Kingfield Farmers Market, Northern Coffeeworks, Curioso Coffee Bar, and both St. Paul Bagelry locations.

Sarah Jane’s Bakery

This cozy bakery in Northeast Minneapolis serves all the classics, from French silk to strawberry rhubarb to Michigan sour cherry. The harvest apple pie (available mid-September through December) is a unique take on a fall favorite — it’s made with an apple, raisin, and cranberry filling, and a pecan brown sugar crumble topping. Fruit pies are available daily; stop by the bakery or order at least a day in advance.

In a darkened background sits a stone pottery coffee mug with a Minnesota shape on the front and a plate with a slice of pie. There’s white sugar crystals all over the top crust and gooey blueberries oozing out the sides. A fork has cut into a bite off the tip of the pie slice and it sits at the ready on the side.
A Sarah Jane’s slice packed with Maine blueberries.

 Sarah Jane’s Bakery

Vikings & Goddesses Pie Company

Vikings & Goddesses bakes stunning pies with locally produced Baker’s Field flour and Hope Creamery butter.  Flavors change with the season, and often include fresh produce — the bakery works with local farmers to make use of surplus crops and reduce food waste. Try a tart fruit pie like the orange rhubarb, or for something richer, the butterscotch or raspberry mocha chess. Vikings & Goddesses doesn’t have a to-go retail spot yet, but you can order online for pick-up or home delivery, or grab a slice at the Mill City farmers market.

Hot Hands Pie & Biscuit

This St. Paul spot serves everything from seasonal favorites, like rhubarb and berry, to more unique pies — think Nutella, sour cream and raisin, and a banana cream that’s piled high with mounds of whipped cream. There are even pie shakes: a slice of pie mixed with housemade ice cream. Don’t overlook the savory pies either, like the buffalo chicken pot pie and veggie pot pie.

Nelson’s Ice Cream: Never Ending Summer Flavors! – Stillwater, MN

Nelson’s Ice Cream: Never Ending Summer Flavors! – Stillwater, MN

Nelson’s Ice Cream

‘With over 50 flavors this year do you ever find yourself unable to decide? We got you covered! Introducing the new, “I want it all” sampler: one scoop of every flavor we offer for you and a friend (or ten) to enjoy!’

About

1920’s-1950’s

Nelson’s began in 1923 in Stillwater, Minnesota and was known as the Seven Corners grocery store, owned by John Lustig. Along with cold meats and other groceries, the store offered ice cream and the first pasteurized milk in the area.

In the 1930s, Lustig added 25- and 50-pound ice blocks and fireworks.  After Lustig’s death in 1947, Art Nelson operated the grocery store and lived in the smaller building on the property.

1960’s-2000

After Art died in 1964, his Nephew Wade bought the store and changed the name to Nelson’s Dairy Store. Since the Nelson family’s main business was Brown’s Ice Cream in Minneapolis, it provided them with the opportunity to sell their ice cream in Stillwater, where they served generous two-scoop ice cream cones for ten cents in the 60s.

The store was sold to Bob Pasket and Chuck Kummeth in 1992, where they continued to serve the large ice cream cones that Nelson’s was known for. In 2006, Pasket made the decision to sell or close Nelson’s. The business was close to being shut down, much to the dismay of the community and the local paper.

2006 – present

In April 2006, after learning of the possible closure of the historical gem, Stillwater residents Bill Bergstrom and Dave Najarian purchased Nelson’s to preserve its position as a leader in the ice cream business. Najarian has more than 25 years of restaurant experience.

2014

In May 2014, Nelson’s Ice Cream expanded the family owned and operated business to St. Paul. The St. Paul location is managed by Najarian’s son, Daved Najarian and his wife, Becky Najarian.

Present

Nelson’s Ice Cream Stillwater and St. Paul locations continue to be family owned and operated by the Najarian family.

Nelson’s Ice Cream

Locations:

920 Olive St. W

Stillwater, MN

Wild Rice Festival Shines with the Wild Rice Storing Moon – Roseville, MN

Wild Rice Festival Shines with the Wild Rice Storing Moon – Roseville, MN

Wild Rice Festival

A celebration of wild rice, the Minnesota fall season and Native American culture! 

Wild Rice Festival welcomes back Pow Wow Grounds Cafe and Gibbs Farm: Pathways to Dakota & Pioneer Life, along with the Little Earth Drum & Dance Group!

Events

– Children’s games and activities
– Hands-on apple cider pressing
– Storytelling and other live entertainment
– Traditional wild rice harvesting and honey extraction demonstrations
– Wild rice soup, fry bread, and other tasty treats

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Mission

The Wild Rice Festival is presented by volunteers supporting the Harriet Alexander Nature Center. Proceeds from the event support the Nature Center (a part of the Roseville Parks and Recreation Department) and its mission of environmental education and outdoor recreation.

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Psiŋhnaketu Wi (wild rice storing moon)

UnderstandNativeMN: Psiŋhnaketu Wi (wild rice storing moon) started for the Dakota people. Wild rice has always been important to Dakota people, and the first harvest begins in present-day northern Minnesota. This was an important time to begin the wild ricing process to create an ample winter supply.

Even today, people go out onto the lakes with canoes and wooden knockers to harvest wild rice. It is a lengthy process—harvesting, hulling, drying, and storing—that can take up to several weeks. Today, wild rice can be enjoyed in many dishes.

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Taste of Greece: Minneapolis Greek Festival

Taste of Greece: Minneapolis Greek Festival

Minneapolis Greek Festival

Enjoy authentic Greek food, music, and cultural experiences while supporting philanthropy!

Taste of Greece is a three day festival of authentic Greek food, live music, and cultural events, hosted by St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church.

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Event Schedule

Friday, September 9th: 2:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 10th: 12:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 11: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Minneapolis Greek Festival

3450 Irving Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN

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Lutsen Resort Fall Preview: Smoked Goose Chowder – Lutsen, MN

Lutsen Resort Fall Preview: Smoked Goose Chowder – Lutsen, MN

Lutsen Resort

Chef Perihan as perfected a new addition to the menu that we believe will soon become a North Shore staple; introducing our Smoked Goose Chowder!

Located in the Historic Lodge at Lutsen Resort, “Strand” means shore in Swedish, highlighting one of the dining room’s best assets – the incredible view of Lake Superior and the Poplar River.

The menu consists of a strong blend of contemporary and traditional North Shore Cuisine items. Our temperature-controlled wine cellar holds 1200 bottles of international and local fine wines. We carry 20 wines from the Wine Spectator Top 100 list, including the #1 wine.

About

Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior is the most historic resort in the state of Minnesota. Just 90 miles north of Duluth the resort resides on one of the largest pebble beaches on the North Shore

Lutsen Resort

PO Box 9 | 5700 W. Highway 61 

Lutsen, MN 

(800) 218-8589

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Arts + Rec Uptown: Make Better Fun – Minneapolis, MN

Arts + Rec Uptown: Make Better Fun – Minneapolis, MN

Chef Brandon Randolph created this one to hit us right in our Minnesota hearts, Chipped Fish with Dorito-Crusted Cod, Tarter, Lemon.

Make Better Fun

Arts + Rec Uptown is an art-forward entertainment venue serving a chef-driven menu and expertly crafted cocktails. Showcasing the talent of local creatives, Arts + Rec Uptown features a playful rooftop patio, an intimate black box theater, a lively speakeasy, and an artist-designed 9-hole mini golf course. Connect, revel, and play at Arts + Rec Uptown – where better fun awaits!

Never Out of Fashion is crafted with our House Whiskey Blend, Chicory Syrup, Cour Cherry Liqueur, Orange Crema, and Bitters.

Artists

We believe in building and sustaining an inclusive and vibrant community that showcases the talent of local creatives.

Follow @ArtsAndRecUptown on social media to learn more about all of the talented artists right here in our community.

Arts + Rec Uptown

3001 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

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