Anyway You Slice It, Savoring Pie in Central Iowa -

Anyway You Slice It, Savoring Pie in Central Iowa

Iowa is famous for pie.  The best slices are served up by your grandmother, but sweet substitutes can be found in church basements, farmer’s markets and of course on RAGBRAI.  So, in honor of National Pie Day, I thought it would be a great time to highlight some local pie establishments.

Cozy Café

The Cozy Café has multiple locations throughout the metro (see website).  It’s a family friendly retro-style diner with an extensive menu.  They typically serve Chocolate, Banana, Coconut, Sugar Free Coconut, Butterscotch, Sour Cream & Raisin and Lemon Merengue cream pies. Their fruit pies include Peach, Apple, Cherry and Blueberry.  Bonus, they offer a FREE slice of pie on Wednesdays.

Crouse Café

115 E Salem Avenue
This Indianola restaurant has been serving up homemade meals for over 50 years.  There are a variety of flavors on their daily pie menu.  Included are apple, peach, coconut cream and their famous cherry pie, which was listed on the Des Moines Register’s “List of 100 Things to Eat in Iowa Before You Die”.  If one slice of pie just isn’t enough, they sell whole pies too.

Drake Diner

1111 25th Street
Des Moines
This 50’s themed diner located in the heart of the Drake Neighborhood is a great place to indulge your sweet tooth.  They are famous for their hand-packed malts and shakes, as well as, made from scratch slices of pie.  A la mode anyone?  You can find their featured pies on their website or follow their Twitter feed, @DDfeaturedpies.

Patton’s Restaurant  – Closed

1552 East Grand Ave, Suite D
Des Moines
(515) 265-2203
There’s a reason why this restaurant gets so many great reviews. You can taste the care that goes into making their homemade meals.  Patton’s Restaurant is a casual dining establishment offering Cajun Creole, Caribbean Jerk and a variety of southern soul foods.  Make sure to leave room for the Key Lime Pie or Sweet Potato Pie that are menu staples.  Or better yet, just have pie for lunch!


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