Pies Plus Cafe
By Helen Flegel

Pies Made to Order

Yearning for a slice of pie with a tender crust and juicy, fruity insides just like grandma used to make? Patrick and Candace Cousineau can help. The owners of Pies Plus Café, deep in Calgary’s suburban southeast, they make some of the city’s best pies and baked goods. A gem of a dessert house located in the Avenida Village shopping centre just off Macleod Trail, Pies Plus has been serving fresh, made-to-order pies and other scrumptious goodies for 25 years.

The homey café seats 28 but it feels like a comfortable living room with its large windows and warm, russet and forest-green accents. The artwork and pottery displayed on the café’s walls are available for purchase.

You take something ordinary and you make it extraordinarily well. - Patrick Cousineau, owner
Pies Plus Café - Pies (sweet and savoury), quiches, soups
The shop’s pies are made in-house from scratch using local fruit.

No Artificial Flavours or Preservatives

The café has been featured in every edition of restaurant reviewer John Gilchrist’s bestselling book My Favourite Restaurants: Calgary, Canmore and Beyond. Georgina, a regular customer is likewise a fan. “If it’s not five star, then it should be 10 star,” she says enthusiastically.

This may be due to the fact that its pies are made in-house from scratch using local fruit. “You want blueberries in your pie, it’s blueberries,” says Patrick. “They’re not canned or preserved. It’s not artificial flavour here, there and everywhere. You take something ordinary and you make it extraordinarily well.” He also notes that Pies Plus doesn't add excess sugar to its pies to hide inferior ingredients as some pie makers do.

Pie is served whole or by the slice and can be boxed for takeout. Whole pies can be ordered fresh baked or frozen unbaked in nine-inch-deep dishes. The daily pie menu features eight to 10 pie flavours on any given day and may include anything from chocolate cream and sour cream Saskatoon berry pies to meaty shepherd’s pie. If you want a whole pie, it’s best to call ahead to ensure your chosen flavour is available. Special pie orders take a day or two depending on the kind of pie ordered. The hardest part of ordering may be deciding which delicious you want. All 80 are listed on the shop’s website.

Pies Plus Café - Pies (sweet and savoury), quiches, soups
The artwork and pottery displayed on the café’s walls are available for purchase.

More than Pies

Nothing goes better with a slice of pie than a cup of organic coffee or cappuccino. But as well as serving pie and java, the café offers set luncheon combos feature quiche slices, pot pies or sandwiches with house-made soup of the day, all made fresh. The Friday clam chowder is recommended both by the bowl and as part of a combo meal.

Pies Plus Café - Pies (sweet and savoury), quiches, soups
The artwork and pottery displayed on the café’s walls are available for purchase.
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