10 Spots


For Pie

Miss Myra's Coconut Cream Pie

by Jason Horn

Miss Myra’s Pit Bar-B-Q

Besides serving what is possibly the best barbecue chicken ever smoked by humankind, this Cahaba Heights staple always has a range of pies on display in the glass case next to the counter. With a soaring layer of meringue on top, the coconut cream is perhaps the best offering. 3278 Cahaba Heights Rd., Cahaba Heights; 205-967-6004

PieLab

It may be an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Birmingham, but the pies—both sweet and savory—at this spot in the tiny Black Belt town of Greensboro are worth the trip. A combination pie shop, design studio, and community center, PieLab has received national press for its innovative business model.1317 Main St., Greensboro; 334-624-3899; pielab.org

Johnny Ray’s

There are a lot of barbecue joints on this list, but this might be the only one that’s more famous for its pie than for its smoked meat. They bake all the Southern classics, from chocolate to lemon, fresh every day, and you can buy a slice to pair with lunch or a whole one to take home for supper.

Various locations

The Bright Star

This Bessemer favorite has been open for more than 100 years for a reason, and part of that reason is its amazing pies. There are five choices in all, but the lemon icebox is my number-one. Try the unique pineapple-cream cheese flavor as well.

304 19th St. N, Bessemer; 205-426-1861; thebrightstar.com

Rusty’s Bar-B-Q

A rich-and-creamy peanut butter pie is the highlight of the dessert menu at this spot. By itself, it makes the drive out to Leeds worthwhile, but the place also makes a mean slab of fall-off-the-bone ribs.

7484 Parkway Dr., Leeds; 205-699-4766; rustysbarbeque.com

Niki’s West

The banana pudding at this Birmingham legend is truly out-of-this-world, so you could be forgiven for overlooking its selection of 11—yes, 11—different pies. The cream pies, piled high with whipped cream, are impressive, but you’re better off with a slice of the egg custard pie instead.

233 Finley Ave. W; 205-252-5751; nikiswest.com

Continental Bakery/Chez Lulu

At a French-style bakery and café, you’d expect to see baguettes, croissants, and other buttery pastries. And this English Village location makes all of those with amazing skill. But the buttermilk pie is a must-try: dense, rich, creamy, and caramel-flavored, perched atop a thin layer of crisp crust.

1909 & 1911 Cahaba Rd.; 205-870-5584; chezlulu.us

Demetri’s BBQ

Yes, the barbecue is good, but the rest of the menu—breakfast dishes, chili, and, of course, pie—is the real appeal of this classic in downtown Homewood. You could choose the lemon meringue or coconut cream, but the smart money says to get a slice of the chocolate cream.

1901 28th Ave. S, Homewood; 205-871-1581; demetrisbbq.com

Ashley Mac’s

It takes serious willpower, but if you order something other than the justifiably famous strawberry cake on your next trip to this bakery with locations in Bluff Park and Cahaba Heights, you’ll be rewarded. The frozen coconut caramel pie is a chilly treat, and the key lime pie is tart, sweet, and near-perfect.

Various locations; ashleymacs.com

Ted’s

Tasty pies are standard fare at any meat-and-three, and this one is no exception. There are only two choices—chocolate and lemon icebox—which means the kitchen can focus its substantial talents on both. Each is wonderful in its own right, though the upper hand goes to the lemon icebox.

328 12th St. S; 205-324-2911; tedsbirmingham.com

One Response to “10 Spots”

  1. Judy Smith says:

    If you haven’t been to Rusty’s, you haven’t eaten the best food there is.

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