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Pie Takes the Cake at These SC Restaurants and Bakeries

Libby Wiersema Libby Wiersema
Libby Wiersema lived in California and Alabama before settling in South Carolina 38 years ago, where she's covered the state's best culinary offerings and tells the stories behind the food.
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Person holding a fork eating pecan pie
Pecan pie is likely on the menu at a South Carolina bakery or cafe near you.

You've scraped up the last bit of mashed potatoes and captured a few rogue field peas rolling around on the plate. All that remains are the bones from the fried chicken. Still, you've managed to reserve some tummy space for the pinnacle of the meal: the homemade pie.

Pie making is a highly prized culinary art form in the South, where technique is passed down from one generation to another as reverently as great-grandmother's wedding ring. Juicy fruits, berries, spiced sweet potato, buttery pecan and silky, tangy buttermilk are among the most favored varieties.

Creating unforgettable pies is a robust endeavor not just in home kitchens, but in a growing number of South Carolina's restaurants and bakeries where signature pies are a source of pride. Ready for a slice? Take your pick from these establishments with a reputation for great pie making.


Buttermilk pie in Greenville
Rich, custardy buttermilk pie is a signature offering at Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop in Greenville.

Aunny's Country Kitchen, Georgetown
A Georgetown gem, Aunny's delights locals and tourists with a menu of down-home favorites like fried chicken, pork chops, okra, greens, mac and cheese and, of course, that homemade pie.

Pies to try:
Sweet potato, coconut, coconut-pecan

Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop, Greenville
It's a pie lover's dream - an entire shop bent on turning out delicious pies. Head to Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop in Greenville and satisfy your craving for pie classics or discover a new favorite. 

Pies to try: Buttermilk, I-40 (pecan, chocolate chip and coconut), Granny's apple, coconut cream


Pecan pie
Pecan pie is a main attraction at Carolina Cider Company.

Carolina Cider Company, Yemassee and St. Helena Island
This purveyor of Southern goodies sells a variety of grits, cornmeal, jams, preserves, ciders and relishes. The biggest draw at Carolina Cider Company, however, is the homemade pies that come in two sizes to fit all appetites.

Pies to try: Apple, sweet potato, pecan

Howard's Restaurant, Moncks Corner
Since 1958, home-cooked breakfasts and lunches have been the calling card at Howard's Restaurant, where there is no menu. (Try asking for one if you want a lecture from the management. Otherwise, just say what you're in the mood for.) Patrons routinely end their meals with a slice of freshly baked pie. Again, just ask for your favorite and if they have it, it will appear.

Kaminsky's Dessert Cafe, Charleston, West Ashley and Columbia
Dessert is a way of life at Kaminsky's, including its signature batch of flaky, decadent pies, all kinds. 

Pies to try: Bourbon pecan, coconut cream, Toll House


Coconut cream pie from Millers
Listen – the brown coconut cream pie at Millers All Day is calling your name.

Kudzu Bakery, Litchfield, Columbia and Mount Pleasant
Carefully selected ingredients make Kudzu's baked goods some of the tastiest around, with pies that are filled with the finest nuts and seasonal fruits. The Columbia location is a fairly recent addition, much to the delight of the Soda City crowd.

Pies to try: Pecan, lemon chess, strawberry-rhubarb, peach, blueberry

Millers All Day, Charleston and James Island
When a farmer and miller come together in a Charleston restaurant enterprise, it's a given that good pie will figure into the mix. If you don't aim to eat pie as an entree at Millers, resist the urge to peer into the baked goods display when you walk in.

Pies to try: Brown coconut cream, honey pecan


Slice of blueberry pie
Fresh fruit from a nearby farm makes pies from the Peach Stand extra special.

Peach Stand, Fort Mill
While there's an abundance of luscious things to eat at this hopping pit stop for farm fresh produce, baked goods, ice cream and more, the Peach Stand's fresh-baked pies are always a showstopper.

Pies to try: Peach, blueberry, apple, strawberry

Strossner's Bakery, Cafe & Deli, Greenville
This deli-bakery combo is the Upstate's go-to spot for all kinds of pies, each one an example of Strossner's skilled pie making.

Pies to try: Banana cream, chocolate cream, cherry, peach, pumpkin

Sugar Bakeshop, Charleston
This small-batch operation, aptly named Sugar Bakeshop, specializes in all kinds of baked goods and pastries, including a rich selection of pies.

Pies to try: Pecan, buttermilk, chocolate bourbon pecan, mixed berry, peach, sweet potato


Libby Wiersema
Libby Wiersema lived in California and Alabama before settling in South Carolina 38 years ago, where she's covered the state's best culinary offerings and tells the stories behind the food.