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Lawrence and KC diners have the best pie in Kansas and Missouri, website says

Ladybird Diner owner Meg Heriford offers up a sweet potato pie recipe for Thanksgiving. Browned Butter Caramel Sweet Potato Pie With Spiced Praline Crumble. (Pie made by Jill Wendholt Silva.)
Ladybird Diner owner Meg Heriford offers up a sweet potato pie recipe for Thanksgiving. Browned Butter Caramel Sweet Potato Pie With Spiced Praline Crumble. (Pie made by Jill Wendholt Silva.) tljungblad@kcstar.com

Kansas City is known for the country’s best barbecue, but our pie game is pretty darn strong.

Living knee-deep in pie options, most of us tend to take pie king Tippin’s for granted: The bakers ready 600,000 pies sold in 14 states for the Thanksgiving holiday season. Compare that with Emily Kate’s Bakery in Prairie Village that just finished making over 2,000 pies using the Tippin’s filling in a gluten-free crust.

Our 2017 Thanksgiving roundup of artisanal bakeries and restaurants baking pies is long and luscious, with traditional pumpkin and pecan alongside more unconventional options like honey apple thyme or whiskey walnut or cranberry orange chess or brown sugar buttermilk. (Orders are due this week!)

Recently 1,000 foodies chimed in on Tasting Table’s roundup of “The Best Pies in Every State” and named Ladybird Diner in Lawrence their favorite Kansas location.

That caught our attention because last year owner Meg Heriford shared one of her favorite recipes with Star readers for a truly scrumptious Brown Butter Caramel Sweet Potato Pie With Spiced Praline Crumble.

In case you’re wondering, Tasting Table’s winning Missouri pie was at Town Topic, made by Golden Boy Pies, a wholesale pie maker in Overland Park.

If you need a breather from family drama or someone swiped your piece of the pie, drop by the burger diner on Broadway. It’s open 24 hours a day.

Yes, everything — from Thanksgiving turkey to Town Topic’s burgers — is better with a piece of pie.

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