February is National Pie Month, and in honor of that, we are taking a look at some of the best places to find pie in and within an hour of Hendricks County, Indiana!
But before I get to the list, I also wanted to tell you about a special statewide pie promotion that is going on where you can enjoy pie, win socks and potentially even win free pie for a year.
Indiana Foodways Alliance and Visit Indiana have teamed up with Wick's Pie Company in Winchester, Indiana, to tempt your taste buds during "Pie Day to Pi Day!" National Pie Day is January 23, 2023, and March 14, 2023, is known as "Pi Day" (3.14).
If you make one of those three check-ins includes a stop at Wick's Pie Company, you will be entered into the state's grand prize drawing to win free pie for a year (one per month) from Wick’s Pie Company, as well as a VIP tour of their Winchester factory!
How do you get your free Indiana Culinary Trails Passport and start exploring the Hoosier Pie Trail? Easy! Simply click here for more information!
These first five locations for outstanding pie are on the Indiana Foodways Hoosier Pie Trail and in or within an hour of Hendricks County. Later on, I will add some other locations within an hour of here that aren't on the trail, but are just as good and worth a visit.
We'll use Danville as our starting point.
Hoosier Pie Trail Locations
1. Bread Basket Cafe & Bakery
Located at 46 S. Tennessee St. in Danville, the Bread Basket Cafe & Bakery uses local ingredients and creates masterful pies from scratch.
In fact, their dessert case in the center of the dining area is a sight to behold filled with made-from-scratch pies and cakes by their amazing bakers.
Some of my personal favorites include raspberry cherry pie, triple berry pie, and peanut butter pie.
Click here for more information, including a list of available pies.
Distance from Danville: 0.0 miles.
2. Rusted Silo Southern BBQ & Brew House
A barbecue joint may not be the first place you think of when you're seeking a slice of pie, but the Rusted Silo Southern BBQ & Brew House at 411 N. State St. in Lizton hits the mark in a big way after you finish your meat entree.
Not only is their barbecue absolutely amazing, their bourbon pecan pie is also out of this world. Rusted Silo uses Wick's pie shells and fills them with Jim Beam bourbon-toasted pecans, vanilla, butter and sweet Karo corn syrup to make a sticky sweet slice of heaven with just a hint of Kentucky bourbon.
Distance from Danville: 9.3 miles.
3. Oasis Diner
The historic Oasis Diner at 405 W. Main St. in Plainfield has a lot to love. The restored and relocated 1954 Mountain View Diner is rich with history and ambience, and they're known for doing a lot of things quite well, including tenderloins and hand-crafted sodas. Oh, and they offer amazing pies from The Singing Crust Bakery, too.
You can grab a delicious slice of the unofficial state pie of Indiana -- the sugar cream pie -- at the Oasis, or tantalize your taste buds with some apple pie, rhubarb pie, cinnamon peach pie, blueberry pie and much more.
You can even special order a pie of your choice, and they'll have it ready for you about 24 hours later!
Distance from Danville: 10.0 miles.
4. Gray Bros. Cafeteria
Family owned and operated since 1944, Gray Bros. Cafeteria at 555 S. Indiana St. in Mooresville is a Central Indiana staple for delicious food served cafeteria-style. I have a bodybuilder friend who, after completing a ferocious workout, frequently goes to Gray Bros. and refuels with huge plates of food, sharing photos and rave reviews of the cafeteria on social media.
Among the multitude of food choices at Gray Bros. are a wide array of pie slices. And if you visit Gray Bros. on a Wednesday, you get a free slice of pie with the purchase of a meal!
I still remember when my friend discovered Free Pie Wednesday. It was like he had hit the food lottery!
Distance from Danville: 17.0 miles.
5. Martinsville Candy Kitchen
Renowned for their homemade candy canes and other candies, the Martinsville Candy Kitchen at 46 N. Main St. in Martinsville also offers delectable pies.
Their sweet pear winter pie is my personal favorite, along with their oatmeal cream pie.
The Martinsville Candy Kitchen has been open since 1919, so they know how to do sweets right!
Distance from Danville: 27.2 miles.
Additional Locations for Great Pies
These next few bakeries are not on the Hoosier Pie Trail (yet), but they still come highly recommended from a variety of sources.
6. Pots and Pans Pie Company
Located at 4915 N. College Ave. in Indianapolis, Pots and Pans Pie Company specializes in seasonal sweet and savory pies. They use local ingredients to create wonderful take-and-bake pot pies as well as the sweet pies that we all crave.
During the month of February, you can score such delights as cranberry cream pie, chocolate tahini chess pie, sugar crème brûlée pie and more!
Distance from Danville: 34.9 miles.
7. My Sugar Pie
My Sugar Pie, located at 40 E. Pine St. in Zionsville, offers a huge assortment of fruit pies, cream pies and other favorites like French silk pie, mint chocolate chip pie, s'more pie and much more.
Order the pie of your choice online and then pick it up at the Zionsville location about 48 hours later.
You can also choose your pies online and have them shipped to your house.
Distance from Danville: 36.2 miles.
8. Taylor's Bakery
Taylor's Bakery is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated bakery that opened in 1913. It is located on the northeast side of Indianapolis at 6216 Allisonville Road.
These folks bake apple and cherry pies daily, and they add key lime pie in the spring and summer, as well as pecan and pumpkin pies in the fall.
Distance from Danville: 47.8 miles