Restaurants with Outstanding Pies:
Slices to plan a whole meal around? These might just be worth it.
This colorful, energetic restaurant in the Pontchartrain Hotel is known for their free-spirited brunches involving chambongs, but the real star of the show for any sweets lover is the Mile High Pie. It’s a towering confection featuring a cookie crust and three layers of ice cream (peppermint, chocolate and vanilla, to be exact), covered in a thick layer of marshmallow frosting with chocolate sauce on top.
Sometimes with pie you gotta keep it simple, and Camellia Grill does just that with their pecan pie. Grab a seat at the counter at this bubble-gum hued diner in the heart of the Riverbend, and order a slice with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Wanna really live it up? Pair it with a chocolate freeze on the side–you won’t regret it.
All of Chef Donald Link’s restaurants are equally delicious, but for seafood lovers, there’s no place like Peche. And for pie lovers, there’s no pie quite like Peche’s salted peanut pie. More of a citrus lover? Their key lime pie is nothing to shake a stick at either.
Clancy’s, a beloved upscale restaurant tucked away in a quiet residential corner of Uptown New Orleans, is as classic as they come. Our ideal meal would be an ice cold martini, a plate of their fried oysters and brie, a crabmeat salad and a slice of their heavenly lemon icebox pie. It’s equal parts sweet and tart, served in a graham cracker crust served with fresh whipped cream.
When you think of New Orleans’ most famous restaurants, Commander’s is always on the list. They’re known for their unparalleled service, incredible cuisine and bright teal exterior in the middle of the Garden District. While many people would tell you a meal there isn’t complete without their bread pudding souffle (and they’re not wrong, per se), real ones know that the pecan pie is the sleeper hit of the dessert menu. Pro tip: if you’re craving it, you can swing by Le Petit Bleu (their mini takeout operation) for a slice (or a full pie) daily from 11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
While pie for breakfast might sound like something a much younger version of yourself would have tried to unsuccessfully convince your mother of, when it comes to the sweet potato pie at Backatown Coffee Parlour, those dreams feel like a perfectly acceptable reality. After all, with sweet potato being the star ingredient, it’s basically health food, right? While that might be a stretch, it does pair very well with a Golden Latte or cold brew and a morning of sightseeing in the historic Treme.
Ice cream pies are basically the best of both worlds–you get your pie and your a la mode all in one. This pie features a pretzel crust, malted caramel ice cream, whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel with chocolate-covered pretzels on top. If you’re in town for French Quarter Fest, you can also find the pie in sundae form.
Brigtsen’s feels a lot like going to a close friend’s home, not only because the restaurant itself is located in what was once an actual house, but also because Chef Brigtsen and his wife Marna strive to make it feel warm and welcoming. And when it comes to warm and welcoming desserts, you once again can’t piece a slice of pecan pie. Brigsten is famous for his, which is served with caramel sauce and whipped cream.
Best Bakeries for Pie:
If you’re in need of a full pie (or a slice on the go), check out these bakeries with very strong pie game.
This newcomer to the Freret Street scene can make all of your pie dreams come true. Looking for a full pie? They can do pre-orders. Want to just wander in and see what tickles your fancy? They offer a variety of slices and hand pies, not to mention a rotating selection of seasonal savory options, like apple cheddar and winter root vegetable.
We’ve made no secret of our love for Levee Baking Co.[ (after all, their vegan dark chocolate cookies were part of our 20 Dishes to Eat in 2020). So it’s no surprise that we’re equally as big of fans of their chocolate buttermilk pie, which is available by the slice. They’re currently operating limited hours (Friday through Sunday), so plan accordingly to get your pie fix.
While we adore this Bayou Road spot for their signature cupcakes, any pie pro will tell you not to sleep on their pie shots–which are miniature, one-to-two bite confections that are perfect for when you need just a pop of pie in your life.
Gracious Bakery is forever one of our favorite spots to grab coffee or a light lunch. But their specialty pies are definitely worth carving out some time for. If you’re in town for the holidays, you can order full pies to bring to your celebration. But we’re really here for the pies by the slice. Call ahead or check on social to see what’s on the menu.
Say oui to this French-inspired bakery along Magazine Street. Here you’ll find the usual suspects, like key lime, as well as tarts like chocolate and lemon meringue. You can usually grab them by the slice, or call ahead if you need a full pie.