It’s been a slice: The best sweet pies in Calgary

Nothing beats a warm, flaky serving of sweet pie topped with a mountainous scoop of vanilla ice cream or a heaping cloud of rich whipped cream. A select few city restaurant serve just such sweet slices. Whether you’re looking to feed a traditional apple pie craving or want to get more adventurous with a French-toast pie or pie milkshake, here are the places to go to get your fill of crust and filling.

Blackfoot Truck Stop Restaurant

1
1840 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T8

This venerated Calgary diner is open 24 hours a day, serving up an all-day breakfast menu of belly-busting comfort food. Blackfoot is also one of the best spots in the city to grab a slice of pie. One of the most popular offerings, the flapper pie (also known as the Mile High Pie), is a meal in itself. For less than $5, you can enjoy a massive, graham-cracker-crusted custard pie topped with a heap of fluffy meringue. Also on the menu: lemon meringue, fruit and cream pies.

Galaxie Diner

2
1413 11 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1G7

A less traditional take on classic apple pie, Galaxie Diner offers an apple pie milkshake on its beverage menu. The cozy diner blends apple pie chunks in a creamy shake that must be slurped to be believed. Enjoy your creamy, shaken pie alongside Galaxie’s delicious overstuffed omelets and bottomless hash browns. This tiny 11th Street Southwest eatery is frequently lined up out the door.

Pies Plus Cafe

3
611-12445 Lake Fraser Dr SE, Calgary, AB T2J 7A4

This family-run pie shop in Lake Bonavista features a selection of over 100 savoury and sweet pies including fruit or cream pies – something to suit every pie connoisseur. Café regulars claim there are no pies in Calgary quite like these homemade beauties. If you’re a lover of fruit pie, try the Scary Berry pie made with strawberry, cherry, apple and rhubarb or take a more traditional approach with the apple or cherry pies. Cream pie varieties include banana, butterscotch, chocolate, coconut and more.

Pie Cloud Inc

4
314D 10 Street NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1V8

Pie Cloud is a Kensington restaurant dedicated to sweet and savoury pies. The main menu boasts savoury pies, sandwiches and other diner fare, while the restaurant’s dessert menu features an enticing array of options that includes apple pie, lemon meringue pie, lime pie and more. The eatery’s most popular dessert is its marshmallow mermaid pie, which features Blue Curacao-flavoured orange curd and blue-tinted marshmallow fluff. Pie Cloud also serves a pie milkshake made with vanilla ice cream, milk, and (of course) pie.

Big T's BBQ & Smoke House Co

5
2138 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary, AB T2M 3Y7

This northwest barbecue restaurant boasts a meat-centric menu that’s a carnivore’s dream. But it’s less known that Big T’s serves one of the best chocolate pecan pies in the city. The pie is made with Wild Turkey Bourbon, a Kentucky premium straight bourbon whiskey. The pie is served up with a fist-sized portion of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.

Beltliner The

6
243 12 Ave Sw, Calgary, AB T2R 1H7

The Beltliner puts a contemporary spin on the classic diner experience, features locally grown organic ingredients. The dessert menu features house-made pies. Apple, Saskatoon berry and pumpkin pie are available year-round. Also enjoy an evolving variety of seasonal selections. For an extra $2, you can add a massive scoop of vanilla bean Fiasco Gelato to your pie.

Nick's Steakhouse & Pizza

7
2430 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary, AB T2M 4N5

Located right near the University of Calgary, Nick’s has been a Calgary dining staple for more than three decades. A popular celebratory destination for university students and families, the restaurant also features a surprisingly pie-centric dessert menu. The frozen peanut butter pie combines the comforting flavours of peanut butter, chocolate and bananas into a super-sized, frozen-ice-cream-like pie. Also try the heaping Mile High Mud Pie.

CHARCUT Roast House

8
101-303 Centre St SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2B9

Charcut’s sumptuous French-toast pie made news headlines at the end of 2013 due to its overwhelming popularity amongst diners. This breakfast-for-dessert dish features a stack of French toast baked into a pie crust, and it’s served with a side of brown butter bourbon ice cream.

Model Milk

9
307 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0A8

One of Calgary’s top-rated restaurants, Model Milk serves one of the best apple pies in the city. The twist is this: the pie crust is made with aged white cheddar cheese. It’s a subtle flavour that adds an unexpected savoury kick to the dish. This massive, decadent dessert is topped with a rich dollop of vanilla ice cream. It’s perfectly suited for sharing. Or not.

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