Just about everyone loves a slice of good old-fashioned apple pie. It’s the perfect comfort food for a crisp fall day. These Philadelphia spots serve everything from your classic homemade pie to variations with gelato, caramel toppings and even apple pie in milkshake form.
2491 Grant Ave. at Roosevelt Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19114
A fun atmosphere, friendly staff and fresh, simple food makes Nifty Fifty’s a favorite in the area. While the prices aren’t exactly as low as what you’d find in the 50s, the menu is certainly affordable. Try the hot apple pie on the dessert menu for just $3.14, or add ice cream and spicy Dutch apples, bringing it to just $4.98. You can also add spicy Dutch apples to any sundae for 99 cents. Since Nifty Fifty’s is known for its thick milkshakes served in stainless steel containers right from the old-fashioned machine, you might want to get your apple pie in shake form here. Apple pie, caramel apple pie and apple pie cheesecake can all be found on the exotic milkshake menu for just $5.19.
Town Crier Bakery at Peddler’s Village
29 Peddler’s Lane
Lahaska, PA 18931
Just a scenic drive away from Philadelphia in Bucks County, Town Crier Bakery is one of 70 specialty shops in Peddler’s Village. This old-fashioned bakery specializes in pastries, wedding cakes, cookie trays and pies. Try the traditional apple pie, or mix it up with a mini caramel open face apple pie. Prices range from $8 to $20 for the largest 12-inch pie. Visit the weekend of November 2-3 for the Annual Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village. Town Crier will have more apple pies and other apple treats than any other time of the year, and there’s even an apple pie eating contest for those who really want to gorge.
700 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Inside this ’70s-style restaurant, Stephen Starr makes retro comfort food cool again. And there aren’t many foods that are more comforting than warm apple pie. Jones’ double-crust apple pie is served with vanilla ice cream and topped with caramel sauce for $7.50. Come in just for dessert, or have the pie as the finishing note to a hot meal of meatloaf or mac and cheese just like mom would make, only better.
More Than Just Ice Cream
1119 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
As the name implies, More Than Just Ice Cream is more than your standard ice cream parlor. While the 32 flavors available are impressive, this restaurant also serves up a great brunch or dinner. But the menu item probably most talked about at More Than Just Ice Cream is the “Mile-High Apple Pie.” At $7.75, this highly sharable dessert comes out as more of a slab than any slice of pie you’ve seen before. With layers of apples, a butter crust and a caramel drizzle on top, this is a sweet treat that is delicious on its own or even more amazing paired with ice cream.
Silk City Diner Bar, Lounge and Beer Garden
435 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Not many places can pull off being a weekend hot spot, a beer garden and a top-notch brunch location. Silk City does just that, with a menu that offers standard American favorites with an updated twist. Mac and cheese is prepared with a garlic bread crust. Pancakes are topped with candied bacon and maple butter. And your classic old-fashioned apple pie is topped with a creamy caramel gelato for $7.
1622 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
With so many competitors in the pie-making business located in the City of Brotherly Love, owners realize that they need to make their business stand out, and Magpie has done just that. Magpie offers a seasonal menu and always includes the freshest fruits, spices, vegetables and more. Whether you are in the mood for a seasonal sour cherry almond crumb pie baked with fresh sour cherries right from upstate New York or the August pie of the month, Cafe Mocha, you are certainly in for a mouth-watering treat. If you’re looking for a meal before your dessert, Magpie serves up wholesome meals of cheeseburger pies, chicken pot pies or summer squash pie. All come complete with a side of crisp, refreshing vegetables as well. Magpie is a fan favorite whether you’re looking for a nice meal or a quick late night slice since it is open until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
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Michelle Hein is a copy editor for a women’s fashion company in Bucks County by day and a self-proclaimed food and drink fanatic by night and weekend. She enjoys attending wine classes, trying new recipes in the kitchen and going to old favorites and new restaurants alike in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area. If the writing gig doesn’t pan out, she constantly dreams of owning her own bakery…perhaps connected to the restaurant/bar that her lawyer boyfriend would love to open.