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Oregon’s Pit-Stop Worthy Pies

Save room for a slice of the state’s top marionberry, huckleberry and more.
June 14, 2022

Marionberry pie may not be Oregon’s official state dish, but considering how well the iconic berries grow here, it should be considered a solid contender. While almost every town in Oregon has a bakery churning out beautifully crimped rounds bursting with fruit fillings, many restaurants excel in the art, too. Put these pie pit stops on your Oregon road-trip bucket list. 

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lattice pie crust with berry filling inside
Courtesy of The Crazy Norwegian

French Silk and Razzleberry on the Oregon Coast

The Otis Cafe has long been a favorite roadside byway for marionberry pie or French silk pie, a layer of chocolate mousse topped with whipped cream. When the original location in Otis fell victim to a devastating fire a few summers ago, Oregonians worried that its from-scratch baked goods were gone for good. Luckily, the beloved breakfast-and-lunch spot has a new home on the Central Coast in Lincoln City. Follow the looping-arrow neon sign for a coffee-and-pie break on your road trip or a pick-me-up after a long beach walk.

Whether hiking Humbug Mountain or kayaking along the Southern Oregon coastline, The Crazy Norwegian’s Fish & Chips is the place to go for a slice of pie in Port Orford. The casual fish-and-chip spot perched on a bluff adjacent to the ocean runs a bustling kitchen that also serves a full menu, but pies are their hidden gems. Everchanging daily offerings are posted on a sign board in the main dining room. Try the razzleberry — a combination of raspberries and marionberries — for a sweet-tart treat, or dig into a custardy key lime or coconut cream. Even if you arrive on a busy summer weekend, you can order a couple of slices to go.

Aussie Meat Pies in the Willamette Valley

“In crust we trust” is the motto at Australian restaurant and cafe The Corvallis Meat Pie Shop. While most Americans think of pie exclusively as a dessert, with an occasional chicken pot pie for dinner, that premise is turned on its head in the Southern Hemisphere. This casual cafe focuses instead on individually sized pies with savory fillings. Think beef with potato and cheese; curried lamb; or spinach, artichoke and feta. 

slice of pie with lots of berries sticking out
Courtesy of Beckie's Cafe

Every Flavor Under the Sun in Southern Oregon

When planning a summer trip to Crater Lake, Beckie’s Cafe is a must-visit. Located in Prospect, Beckie’s is part of the Union Creek Resort, a beloved stop for travelers on the windy route through the woods since 1926. With cabin vibes and a beautiful forest setting near trails along a creek, it’s a historic Oregon diner, and pies are its signature dish. These are homey slices with crumbly pastry that ooze fruit. Summertime brings seasonal options like strawberry and huckleberry, but check out the old-fashioned wall board list full of other options — apple, pecan, boysenberry and banana cream — year-round. 

You’ll be encouraged to “EAT PIE” in cherry-red lettering on the walls, so don’t hesitate when you’re in Medford at Punky’s Diner and Pies. The retro diner with red and white leatherette banquettes provides friendly service alongside all-day breakfasts and lunch specialties. You’ll be even happier to choose from eight to 10 pie varieties available by the slice daily. In each double-crust, deep-dish fruit pie you’ll find two pounds of fruit. Seasonal selections include fresh strawberry, crumb-topped Dutch caramel-apple pie, pumpkin-crunch pie and turtle-pecan cream pie. Want a full pie? Call 48 hours ahead to take home one of a whopping 60 flavors. 

Seasonal Pie in Central Oregon

Just a mile down the road from Indian Head Casino on the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs reservation, Native-owned Eagle Crossing Restaurant in Warm Springs is known for the vintage-newspaper clippings on its walls and its case of generous pie slices with seasonal flavors like pumpkin, huckleberry, cherry and peach.

slices of pie on three plates
Courtesy of Bipartisan Cafe

Vegan, Gluten-Free and Retro Custard Pie in the Portland Region

Bipartisan Cafe is a sweet, community-oriented coffee shop in Portland’s Montavilla neighborhood. With political-themed decor and memorabilia as well as an all-day menu, it’s also beloved for its pies. Handmade and loaded with seasonal fruit, the crusts are crimped in a delicate swirl. Seasonal pies are available by the slice, and many of the lineup of fruit options — including apple, marionberry and strawberry rhubarb — happen to be vegan, too. 

Looking for a gluten-free pie? Stop in to Petunia’s Pies & Pastries, a creative cafe in downtown Portland that specializes in vegan and gluten-free sandwiches, soups and pastries. Linger with a friend, a cup of coffee and a slice of pie in the light-filled space with exposed brick walls and mod white furnishings. You can’t go wrong with the bumble-berry peach pie, a blend of berries with hunks of peach, topped with coconut-hazelnut streusel.

The award-winning Banning’s Restaurant & Pie House in Tigard is one of the most beloved diners in the Portland metro area. Open since 1979, the vintage spot maintains a spinning dessert case loaded with stacked layer cakes and pies crowned with fat whorls of cream. The extensive pie selection includes retro favorites like custard, streusel-topped French apple and lemon towering with toasted meringue — all served in shareable-sized portions. 

 

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Emily Teel
Emily Teel is a senior food editor at Better Homes & Gardens magazine and writes about food through the lens of both agriculture and dining for outlets both local and national. A McMinnville resident and an avid forager, she loves exploring Oregon's hiking trails and pick-your-own farms in all seasons.

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