Though there are a number of math and science-related holidays in the calendar each year, Pi Day is objectively the best because you can celebrate with pie. The mathematical constant pi (π) represents the relationship between a circle’s diameter and its circumference, a ratio of 22 to 7. Since pi is generally approximated as 3.14, it is celebrated on March 14 each spring. And what better way to celebrate this nerdy occasion than with a circular shaped play on words?
If you have never celebrated Pi Day before, this is your year! For maximum effect, we recommend collecting a few friends and dividing 22 slices from these seven locations. Here is our selection of tasty pie shops in Western North Carolina to celebrate Pi Day.
Baked Pie Company
Made daily with the freshest and highest quality ingredients, the Baked Pie company thinks their customers deserve only the best. From shoofly to Amish apple to sugar crack, they have all your favorites—and then some! Can’t decide which to try? Select a “flight” of three flavors plus a scoop of ice cream.
4 Long Shoals Road, Arden | (828) 333-4366
Reynolds Village, 50 N Merrimon Avenue, Woodfin | (828) 210-9544
The Baker’s Box
Every day, the Baker’s Box offers a delicious assortment of freshly baked breakfast and all-day pastries, including brownies, bars, cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and pies. The one consistent ingredient? They put love into everything they make. For Pi Day, we recommend their black bottom peanut butter pie or the traditional pecan pie.
430 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville | (828) 595-9983
People go to Buxton Hall on Asheville’s South Slope for the barbecue. But they stay for the dessert. Just like the restaurant, the Buxton Hall bakery focuses on local and seasonal products to give you the highest quality, most delicious desserts. From house-cultured buttermilk to hog-fat crusts, you can expect a twist on the traditional. We recommend the banana pudding pie.
32 Banks Avenue, Asheville | (828) 232-7216
An Asheville staple since 1999, City Bakery serves some of the best food in town. Start your day with one of their breakfast pastries, enjoy top quality sandwiches, salads, and soups for lunch, and finish with a top-notch dessert. Our favorite is their fall seasonal, the salted caramel apple pie.
60 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville | (828) 252-4426
88 Charlotte Street, Asheville | (828) 254-4289
Not specifically a bake shop, J&S Cafeteria is the original fast casual restaurant, serving quality food at value prices since 1984. Among the daily dessert options are four made-fresh-daily pies: egg custard, butter coconut, coconut cream, and chocolate cream. If you haven’t been in a while, it’s time to give J&S another try.
800 Fairview Road, Asheville | (828) 298-1209
30 Airport Park Road, Fletcher | (828) 684-3418
Kandi’s Cakes and Bake Shop
The award-winning Kandi’s Cakes & Bake Shop offers simple traditional goodness! They have the pies that you and your family crave, including apple, peanut butter, and more. All of their pies are made fresh and only use the finest ingredients. Skip the grocery store and stop in for your next pie.
200 S Main Street, Waynesville | (828) 246-0180
McFarlan Bake Shop
Operating since 1930, McFarlan is a Hendersonville staple for “made from scratch” baked goods, still using the same recipes the old timers used 60–80 years ago. Their pie choices vary seasonally, but with two dozen options (from key lime to Swiss chocolate), there’s always something tasty on the menu.
309 N Main Street, Hendersonville | (828) 693-4256
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