March 14 is National Pi Day — a day commemorating the mathematical constant (3.14) which stands for the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Of course, you could mark the occasion by memorizing digits and calculating the area of circular objects. Or you could celebrate by indulging in your favorite pie. Here are five spots dishing up the best slices in the metroplex.

Emporium Pies (Courtesy of Paul Wilkes and Austin Mann)

Emporium Pies
314 N. Bishop Ave.
Dallas, TX 75208
(469) 206-6126
www.emporiumpies.comThe pies coming out of Megan Wilkes and Mary Gauntt’s Bishop Arts bungalow are so phenomenal that there’s almost always a line just to get in the door. Their signature selections, the Smooth Operator (French silk chocolate with a salty pretzel crust), the Drunken Nut (bourbon, brown sugar and pecans on a shortbread crust) and Lord of the Pies (deep dish caramel apple topped with cinnamon streusel) are always a sure bet. But if they have it, be sure to order the Cloud Nine (caramel, butterscotch custard and toasted brown sugar meringue in a buttery crust)— it’s out of this world. Look for Pi Day festivities to include savory selections as well as contests for free pie. The best way to avoid the crowds is to order online or try their second location in McKinney.

Oak St. Pie & Candy Co.
110 N. Oak St.
Roanoke, TX 76262
(817) 490-0994
www.oakstpieandcandy.comYour never-ending search for the perfect slice stops at this tiny retro bake shop run by pie maven Carol Southern. Best sellers include a mile-high coconut meringue pie and an epic pecan pie, both made with flaky, buttery crusts. However, Southern also offers a slew of daily rotating pies (15-plus varieties) that range from fruity creations like raspberry rhubarb to a seriously rich peanut butter and banana custard pie with an Oreo cookie crust. The goods don’t stop at pies, Southern whips up homemade candies, cookies and other tantalizing sweets too.
Paris Coffee Shop
704 W. Magnolia Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76104
(817) 335-2041
www.pariscoffeeshop.netThis Fort Worth institution has been slinging out down-home breakfast and lunch fare for ninety years. But, it’s the show-stopping pies here that steal the spotlight. Not only has the place been featured on Food Network’s Sugar High, it was also ranked among the top 10 best places for pie in the country by Bon Appetite. The tempting lineup includes everything from peach to pecan to peanut butter chocolate, but the most popular pick is a classic coconut pie, which comes loaded with a towering mound of toasted meringue.Related: Best Places To Buy Cookies In DFW

Sugar & Frosting
126 Taylor St.
Keller, TX 76248
(817) 562-2500
www.sugarandfrosting.comSugar & Frosting’s owner, Melody Fitzgerald, is perhaps best known for her decadent cake and cupcake creations. And seeing that they come in dreamy selections like salted caramel cream and chocolate butterscotch, it’s easy to see why. Not to mention, she even had the honor of creating one of her masterpieces for Julia Child’s 88th birthday. But cakes aren’t the only thing that Fitzgerald bakes—she also churns out killer pies. The coconut buttermilk and gooey chocolate chess are truly divine. Even better are her famed pie pops, which come in flavors ranging from dulce du leche to key lime.
Just Pie
2205 Lee St.
Greenville, TX 75401
(903) 455-4314
www.justpie.netThe best pies in DFW? According to area pie patrons, they’re at Just Pie, a gem of a bakeshop run by “pie-o-neer” Shannon Arnold Foltz. Of course, you don’t have to take their word for it, all you need to do is check out the blue ribbon awards lining the walls of the shop. Foltz’s pies are all made from generations-old family recipes in flavors ranging from apple cranberry to maple cream and chocolate pecan drunk honey. Her fresh berry custard pie, which netted first prize at the Pillsbury Pie Baking Championship— is to die for. But if berries aren’t in season, try to snag a custardy buttermilk pie, also a blue ribbon winner. Can’t choose just one? Then go ahead and pamper yourself, the shop sells miniature sizes of pie perfection for only $6 each.Related: Best Chocolate Shops In DFW

Ilene Jacobs is a freelance writer living in Dallas, Texas. Ilene enjoys writing about a variety of topics, ranging from food, fitness and travel, to kids, pets and senior care. You can find some of her work at Examiner.com.
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