Rustique Pie Kitchen
Jacqueline Berman always eats desserts first. Ryan Bloom would always have fruit pies from the stand down the road from his childhood home. With their shared love for all things sweet, together they run what they like to call this “classic country pie stand … in the city.” Here, you’ll find delicately-crusted pies (large and miniature) with seasonal fillings such as chai-spiced pear, chocolate-mint, and banana split.
Located in the heart of Verdun, this rustic artisanal bakery has your pick-me-ups covered with their quiches and crumbly-topped pies. Sharing a space with Café Saint-Henri, the treats at Sweet Lee’s are big on being local and seasonal, and are never made using any preservatives or artificial colourings and flavours.
Maison Christian Faure
Being a pastry school and pastry shop rolled into one, Maison Christian Faure is perpetually coming up with creative new approaches. Start off with some foie gras or gourmet sandwiches, and then move on to their dessert counter for a slice of passion-fruit and raspberry, walnut, Lac-St-Jean blueberry, or classic apple pie.
Lauded by Hugh Jackman as “the best meat pies in the world,” this café-style shop has gourmet savoury pies and desserts popular amongst Australians and New Zealanders. But their influence from down under has attracted all sorts of pie aficionados looking for an alternative to fruit-filled pies (try the pulled-pork with onions, jalapenos, and maple-bourbon barbeque sauce).
This vegetarian restaurant (with two locations, Milton and Parc) attracts the student crowd with its excellent food and reasonable prices. Don’t overlook the dessert menu. Lola’s pumpkin pie is sweet, dense, and flavourful—probably the best of its kind we’ve ever tasted. Their caramel Twix pie with cognac-chocolate ganache, key lime, and banana chocolate are all excellent options, as well.