After some forays back into the 80s, it looks like fall is well and truly here in Wisconsin. The leaves are at peak, we’re all bundled up and it’s time to bring out the comfort food. One of the very best parts of this time of year is the availability of all kinds of squashes and gourds, but especially pumpkin. Folks wait all year for this delicious treat. There’s just something very familiar and cozy about pumpkin pie. It’s nostalgic and welcoming and makes us think of family gatherings and big, comfortable sweaters. Here in Wisconsin, we have some of the best bakeries in the country, so it’s no surprise that you can also find some of the best pumpkin pies, as well. These 11 bakeries serve up this wonderful fall concoction, so time to head out to taste test and decide who makes your favorite.
1. Not By Bread Alone - Green Bay
All year round, these folks are known for stuffed sausage bread and for some reason, that made me think they'd be great at the comforting deliciousness of pumpkin pie. I was not wrong. It's a wonderful crust and great consistency. Located at 940 Hansen Rd., Green Bay, WI 54304.
2. Norske Nook - Osseo, Rice Lake, Hayward and and DeForest
For many, this is the pie by which they judge all other pies. Norske Nook is literally the pies your grandma used to make because their kitchen is full of Omas still making these delicious treats. Located at 13804 7th St., Osseo, WI 54758, 2900 Pioneer Ave., Rice Lake, WI 54868, Hwy. 27 South, Hayward, WI 54843 and Corner of Main and Holum, DeForest, WI 53532.
3. Blue Willow Cafe - Wausau
This diner is a local favorite for home-cooked comfort food. Make sure to save room for dessert, since the pastry case is chock full of enough choices to satisfy the whole family. The pumpkin here is rich and decadent - don't forget the whipped cream! Located at 1111 N 4th Ave., Wausau, WI 54401.
4. Door County Bakery - Sister Bay
When you've got abundant fresh produce around to create some of the best fillings around, you perfect an amazing pie. These folks have the experience and know-how and make some of the best pies in the state. Located at 10048 WI-57, Sister Bay, WI 54234.
5. Batch Bakehouse - Madison
These folks win for prettiest pumpkin pie, but it's not all window dressing. It's a nice thick crust to stand up to the substantial filling. Flaky and buttery and cooked to perfection.
Located at 1402 Williamson St., Madison, WI 53703.
6. Linda's Bakery - West Salem
For more than four decades, Linda's has been serving this community some of the best bakery around. Order your pie a day ahead of time and a fresh-baked delight will be waiting for you! Located at 190 East City, WI-16, West Salem, WI 54669.
7. Manderfield's Home Bakery - Appleton and Menasha
Three generations of this family have been baking for more than 70 years. The gold standard in the Fox Valley, Manderfield's makes a delightful pumpkin pie that's both perfectly packed with flavor but still a little fluffy. Located at 5100 W. Michaels Dr., Appleton, WI 54913, W3176 Springfield Dr.,
Appleton, WI 54915 and 811 Plank Rd.,
Menasha, WI 54952.
8. Amber's Colby Cafe - Colby
I have a soft spot for old school diners and cafes where pie is the obvious end to the meal. The owner here took over at 19 and is still serving up amazing pie more than a decade later. Everything is scratch made and the regulars here can't pick a favorite. Located at 100 W Clark St., Colby, WI 54421.
9. International Bake Shoppe - La Crosse
A staple for sweets in LaCrosse, this is old-school baking at its finest. The pumpkin pie is rich a delicious. Located at 444 Main St., La Crosse, WI 54601.
10. Uncle Mike's Bake Shoppe - Suamico, Green Bay and DePere
It's impossible to walk out of this place without a bag full of food, so come for that delicious pumpkin pie, but know you'll probably leave with a kringle, some bread and more. These folks are amazing with flavors and the pie is perfection. Located at 1840 Dickinson Rd.,
De Pere, WI 54115, 2514 Lineville Rd.,
Suamico, WI 54313 and 2999 East Mason St.,
Green Bay, WI 54311.
11. Crystal Cafe - Iola
One of my absolute favorite small-town Wisconsin spots, this place has a wonderful backstory about a mom trying to provide for her children. Now the kids run the place but mom's famous pie is what people come back for. Located at 126 N Main St., Iola, WI 54945.
Which restaurant or bakery in Wisconsin makes your favorite pumpkin pie? Let us know in the comments!