Phil & Mel In The Afternoon

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How much do I love pie? So much so, that when I got married and was asked what kind of groom’s cake I wanted at the reception, I said, “No cake. Pie!” That’s right, I was willing to buck tradition for my love of pie. So when I heard USA Today had a new list of the best pie shop in every state, I had to check it out.

A lot of data went into this list. It was compiled by 24/7 Tempo and further reviewed by Zagat, Food & Wine, Eater, Thrillist, and The Daily Meal. Each pie shop entry is also accompanied by its Yelp rating and one of its specialties.

Naturally, I wanted to see the standouts in the Carolinas first. It’s no surprise that South Carolina’s entry comes from the food-centric city of Charleston. Sugar Bakeshop takes the honor in the Palmetto State. They’re known for their buttermilk pie, which resembles a chess pie.

In North Carolina, the Fayetteville Pie Company is making mouths happy with their candy cane crush pie. They also have savory pies on their menu. I’m a sucker for a good chicken pot pie any time, any day, anywhere.

Curious about the best pie shop in another state? You can see the full list here.