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Kansas City's Best Slice of Pie

Buttery, flaky pie crust and delicious filling—a perennial holiday favorite is the classic American pie! Be they pumpkin, pecan, apple or something a little more exotic, delicious pies fit for your holiday table, just like Mom used to make (or maybe even better!), are served up by masterful local bakeries.

The Upper Crust Pie Bakery (7943 Santa Fe, Overland Park, KS, 913.642.2999 and lower level of Pryde’s Old Westport, 115 Westport Rd., Kansas City, MO) is owned and operated by sisters who know the art of a delicious made-from-scratch pie. Their shop specializes in buttery, flaky crusts and delicious flavors. Try Grandma’s apple pie with a hint of nutmeg, blackberry apple, pumpkin pie or French apple with a streusel crumb topping.

Tippin’s, a Kansas City tradition for more than 30 years, originally opened as Pippin’s restaurants in 1980. The name changed to Tippin’s in 1985 and won the hearts of pie lovers across the Metro. The restaurant chain closed in 2004, but the company was purchased by Balls Foods, which sells pies using the original recipes at grocery stores across the Metro. Kansas Citians can still enjoy their favorite Tippin’s pies by ordering online at or at neighborhood grocers. Traditional holiday flavors, including pumpkin and pecan, are always popular, but we are partial to the French silk and key lime pies.

One of Kansas City’s most beloved bakeries for more than 60 years, McLain’s  (201 E. Gregory Blvd., Kansas City, MO, 816.523.9911) is famous for its chocolate cup cookies, but they also make delicious personal pies. Selling classic flavors, including apple, pumpkin and cherry, they offer 4-inch pies perfect for each guest at a party.

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