Pie doesn't steal the spotlight. It will never be the showstopping finale of a national baking show, it won't be a significant part of a couple's wedding budget, and it doesn't often show up in social media photos of trips to exotic places. It's something you throw in the oven when you have a bit too much produce left over, or something to eat at a diner when the people you came with don't want to leave just yet. That's why the best pies often aren't in well-known places featured in tourist guides, but in under-the-radar establishments, sometimes off the beaten track.
To help guide you to some of the best pies across America, we consulted travel sites, food review sites, and social media, and graded the offerings on not only their review strength, but on the originality and popularity of those offerings. The list is in no particular order — not the tidiest way to bake up something like this, but piemaking is seldom a tidy affair.