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Foodie 15: Best Pies in Tucson (Whole or by the Slice)

Updated March 14, 2024

With National Pie Day landing on January 23, it’s the perfect time to chomp down on the cozy, celebratory comfort food that’ll put a smile on anyone’s face. However, you don’t need a holiday to try all of the delicious baked options around Tucson. For all things pie, you’ve come to the right place!

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(Photo courtesy of Alaine's Green Heart Bakery)

Alaine’s Green Heart Bakery

Foodie Favorite:
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Hannah Hernandez

Green Heart Bakery has more than 30 years of plant-based baking experience. On Sunday, stop by Heirloom Farmers Market at Rillito Park for vegan and organic desserts!

Pies at Back Dough (Photo courtesy of Beyond Bread)

Back Dough

This is where all of the magic happens for Beyond Bread restaurants. Located on the side/behind Beyond Bread at Speedway and Wilmot, they’re pumpin’ out homemade fruit, cream, and pot pies for the masses. They even serve specialty pies! As a bonus, you can find pie at each of the Beyond Bread locations spread throughout Tucson.

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Bashful Bandit Barbecue (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

Bashful Bandit Barbecue

Foodie Favorite:
Shane Reiser

“The Smoked Crack Pie tastes like some kind of amazing combination of gooey butter cake and pecan pie, and the crust is made out of cookie dough.”

In late 2023, Bashful Bandit Barbecue opened its doors in the former Bashful Bandit dive/biker bar at 3686 E. Speedway Blvd.

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Coconut Cream Pie (Photo courtesy of Blue Willow)

Blue Willow Restaurant & Gift Shop

The midtown restaurant serves a “pie of the day” and they never disappoint. Pies include the likes of Coconut Cream Pie, Peach Pie, and more. Oh, and be sure to set some time aside to browse the gift shop — chances are you’ll find some funky pie-related gifts there, too.

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Peanut-Butter Cream Pie (Photo courtesy of Bread & Butter Cafe)

Bread & Butter Cafe

Foodie Favorite:
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“It’s argued that the best seat in the house is right at the counter/bar. It’s the perfect opportunity to spark up a conversation with the staff, catch a whiff of whatever’s being made on the griddle, and, most importantly, what type of pies they have on hand at the moment. Pay attention to the whiteboard because they have a tally of how many pies are left for the day — order a slice sooner rather than later during your visit!”

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Pies at Cup Cafe (Photo courtesy of Hotel Congress)

Cup Cafe

The pie selection is always rotating at the historic downtown hotel, which makes it an adventure every time you’re craving something sweet and made in-house. Key Lime Pie and Coconut Cream are always a hit!

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Outdoor seating (Photo courtesy of Flora's Market Run on IG)

Flora’s Market Run

Aside from its wood-fired pizza pies, the team at Flora’s Market Run is now baking their own pies in-house. Stop by to see what the current selection is and pop a squat on one of the comfy vintage couches or chairs.

Pecan Pie (Photo courtesy of Gourmet Girls)

Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery/Bistro

The original entirely gluten-free bakery in Tucson, Gourmet Girls serves up everything from toast and sandwiches to pasta and pizza in an environment free from cross-contamination. This also includes pies! Pecan, pumpkin, and other delights are a sneak peek of what you’ll find on their menu.

Grandma Jones' Sweet Potato Pies (Photo by Mark Whittaker)

Grandma Jones’ Sweet Potato Pies

“Did I think that when I started making pies with my grandma I would be here today? No,” said Shena McDuffie of Grandma Jones’ Sweet Potato Pies. “It was not something that I was working toward. All I can say is that it has been quite the journey and being here now has been a blessing.”

To make an order, call (520) 999-1127.

Strawberry and cream pie (Photo Credit: Gus Balon’s)

Gus Balon’s Restaurant

Foodie Favorite:

“Some of the best breakfast in town and the pies are killer!”

Whether you want a Butterscotch Pie or a Raspberry Pie, they’re homemade daily at this neighborhood diner. Other fruit flavors include Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Rhubarb, Peach, and Apple-cranberry.

(Photo courtesy of Ghini's French Caffe)

La Baguette Bakery

What’ll it be? Apple, Cherry, Strawberry Rhubarb? It doesn’t matter because you can’t go wrong with any of the pies from this local French-inspired bakery — it’s located inside Ghini’s French Caffe. Just follow your nose and you’ll find it!

Nadines Bakery

Nadines is a kosher bakery that specializes in wedding cakes and an assortment of tasty pies. Choose from classics like Apple Crumb Pie as well as the bold but light Pumpkin Chiffon Pie. When your sweet tooth kicks in, give them a visit.

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(Photo courtesy of Robert's Restaurant)

Robert’s Restaurant

The breakfast diner bakes homemade bread, cinnamon rolls, and pies daily. The pies differ depending on the day of the week, but you can expect to find delights such as Apple, Cherry, Blueberry, Banana Cream, Lemon, Coconut Cream, and more.

(Photo courtesy of Sydney's Sweet Shoppe)

Sydney’s Sweet Shoppe

Local baker, Sydney Adams’ inspiration and love for baking derives from her grandmother and the recipes nestled inside of a cookbook, which carries recipes dating back to the 1940s. Seeing the joy that her grandmother received from baking is something she shares, too.

(Photo courtesy of Village Bakehouse)

Village Bakehouse

Village Bakehouse is no new kid on the block. The restaurant-meets-bakery that straddles Oro Valley and Tucson has served homemade goodies baked fresh daily for more than two decades. It’s a confectionery oasis!

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