Where are the best pies in Sonoma County? We find out…
Mom’s Apple Pies: Though the apple blossoms have barely finished blooming in the few remaining orchards along Gravenstein Highway, scent of apples and cinnamon hangs heavy in the sprawling parking lot around Betty Carr’s roadside bakeshop. Even in these early days of spring, long before the late summer bounty of berries and ripe apples, her 25-year-old bakery, Mom’s Apple Pies, does a brisk business in heaping apple, rhubarb, peach, cherry and blueberry pies. Any time is a good time for pie.
The need for so many parking spots around Betty’s bakeshop are testament to that.
Kozlowski Farms, stands as a vivid reminder of what West County used to be. Nestled among the apple trees is the homey gift shop filled with jams and jellies, along with the farm’s pecan crumb-top and double-crust pies — inspired by the recipes of Carmen Kozlowski’s family recipes. Gravenstein pies are available year round, along with blackberry, latticed cherry pies, raspberry peach and blueberry apple pies. They’re among locals’ favorites.
CLOSED A newcomer to the scene is Humble Pie, where the Miriam Lee Donaldson does some very ungranny-like pies each day in her tiny Penngrove cafe. Using all-butter crusts and family recipes, her deep-dish apple-cheddar pie, banana cream with coconut and Ohio lemon (flavors change with the seasons) are lovingly baked each day. You can get a slice after dinner or order a whole pie from the restaurant.
Other top local picks for SoCo pie:
Where to go:
Kozlowski Farms: 5566 Gravenstein Hwy. 116, Forestville