Slideshow: Our Favorite Pies in America

Banana Cream Pie from Hoosier Mama
Banana Cream Pie from Hoosier Mama
You know what? Even day-old banana cream pie from Hoosier Mama is insanely good. It's made with lots of decidedly-not locally sourced sliced bananas (no banana trees in Chicago that we know of), house-made vanilla wafers, and white chocolate shavings.

1618 1/2 Chicago Avenue, Chicago IL 60622 (map); 312-243-4846; hoosiermamapie.com

Peanut Butter Pie from Edna's Restaurant
Peanut Butter Pie from Edna's Restaurant
The meringue at Edna's is some of the best to be had down South: fluffy and not at all rubbery, the topping balances the sweetness of the filling, which is extremely sweet and chock full of peanut flavor.

Highway 411 S Chatsworth, GA 30705 (map); 706-695-4951

Coconut Pie from Edna's Restaurant
Coconut Pie from Edna's Restaurant
It's too hard to pick just one pie from Edna's, so we didn't. This pie is topped with toasted coconut shavings and sits on an impeccable layer of meringue. The filling may be a few notches too sweet for you, but hey, it's the South.

Highway 411 S Chatsworth, GA 30705 (map); 706-695-4951

Butterscotch Pie from Mrs. Rowe's Restaurant
Butterscotch Pie from Mrs. Rowe's Restaurant
The custard is extremely rich without being cloyingly sweet. You can taste the slightly burnt-sugar taste of the butterscotch while the meringue is appropriately light and fluffy. Best of all, the pie is served cold so the butterscotch custard is delightfully chilly going down the hatch.

74 Rowe Street, Staunton, VA 24401 (map); 540-886-1833; mrsrowes.com

Sweet Potato Pie from Sweet Auburn
Sweet Potato Pie from Sweet Auburn
Not too sweet and not too wet, this sweet potato pie filling achieves just the right level of moistness and the crust has a nice buttery flavor.

234 Auburn Avenue Northeast, Atlanta GA 30303 (map); 404-221-1157; sweetauburnbread.com

Peanut Pie from Scratch
Peanut Pie from Scratch
Phoebe Lawless is an endlessly curious, seasonal, artisan baker who knows her fillings. In addition to this nut-studded pie, her sweet potato is also pretty serious.

111 Orange Street, Durham NC 27701 (map); 919-956-5200; piefantasy.com

Banoffee Pie from the Spotted Pig
Banoffee Pie from the Spotted Pig
This banoffee pie from the Spotted Pig is comprised of thin, evenly layered banana slices oozing with dulce de leche topped with little plops of whipped cream in a thin crust, dusted with fine chocolate shavings.

314 W 11th Street, New York NY 10014 (map; 212-620-0393‎; thespottedpig.com

Boysenberry Pie from Pie 'N Burger
Boysenberry Pie from Pie 'N Burger
This is exactly like a wedge of boysenberry pie from an old-school Pasadena burger joint. One big mess of joy. They blast the slice in the microwave for a bit so the berry gloop has nowhere to run but all over of the plate and when you agree to a la mode, you get an a la mode and a half. The rhubarb here is also pretty special.

913 East California Blvd., Pasadena CA 91106 (map); 626-795-1123; pienburger.com

[Photograph: heathervescent on Flickr]

Pecan Pie from Allen and Sons
Pecan Pie from Allen and Sons
At Allen and Sons, slices of pie come to the table piping hot. With its soft crust, this could be the sweetest pecan pie in the South.

6203 Millhouse Road, Chapel Hill NC 27516 (map); 919-942-7576

Olallieberry Pie from Linn's Farm
Olallieberry Pie from Linn's Farm
Much like with marionberries, you may have no clue what an olallieberry is before Linn's. Driving through central California, you can't help but pull over after spotting this sign advertising the fun-sounding fruit.

Pronounced oh-la-leh, it's a cross between the loganberry and the youngberry, which are crosses of blackberry and another berry (the raspberry and dewberry, respectively). Sheesh, complicated berry hybrids! Whatever it is, it's just the right balance of tart, sweet, and stuck-in-your-teeth seeds. Linn's has a restaurant and cafe in Cambria or you can drive through some windy roads and visit the original farmstore, where, if you're lucky, you'll see the family's peacock.

Multiple locations.

[Photograph: friedmanlynn on Flickr]

Buttermilk Lemon Pie from Sweet Auburn Bread Company
Buttermilk Lemon Pie from Sweet Auburn Bread Company
This little pie actually came from Rolling Bones Barbeque, which carries pies from the Sweet Auburn Bread Company located just a block away from Rolling Bones in downtown Atlanta. The crust is perfectly buttery and flaky, and the custard is light and lemony.

234 Auburn Avenue Northeast, Atlanta GA 30303 (map); 404-221-1157; sweetauburnbread.com

Haupia Pie from Ted's Bakery
Haupia Pie from Ted's Bakery
Start with haupia, a firm and intensely flavored Hawai'ian coconut pudding, in a tender, flaky pie shell. Top with a looser chocolate pudding; dollop with whipped cream, and you have a beautiful marriage of chocolate, coconut, and cream in each bite. And despite its richness, it's light and cool enough to eat even in shaved-ice weather.

59-024 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa HI 96712 (); 808-638-8207