Pie a la Road: Central Montana’s Pie Trail

eat dessert first

Touring Central Montana is a ton of fun, but it’s hungry work. After a day of horseback riding, fly fishing, or floating the river you’re ready to refill. And when you’re in Montana, it’s safe to assume you’ll find a great steak or burger. But we firmly believe that dessert is the most important meal of the day.

Montana’s famous for its huckleberry pie, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In summer, raspberries, gooseberries and other seasonal treats grace our pie tins. And traditional favorites like apple, peach and lemon meringue are always on the menu at the end of a great meal.

The best part is, no matter where you are in Central Montana you’re never far from flaky crust and flavorful fillings. Enjoy!

start with a full tank and an empty stomach

  1. Augusta - Lazy B Cafe
  2. Chester - Spud’s Cafe
  3. Choteau - Log Cabin Cafe
  4. Conrad - Home Cafe
  5. Denton - Shade Tree Cafe
  6. Fairfield - Cozy Corner Cafe
  7. Fort Benton - Golden Age Center (one day a month)
  8. Grass Range - Little Montana Truckstop
  9. Great Falls - 2K’s Kafe
  10. Great Falls - Family Affair Restaurant
  11. Great Falls - Lippi’s Kitchen
  12. Havre - The Lunch Box
  13. Havre - Wolfer’s Diner
  14. Lewistown - Bon Ton Baker Box
  15. Loma - Ma’s Cafe
  16. Martinsdale - Crazy Mountain Inn
  17. Valier - The Lighthouse Restaurant
  18. White Sulphur Springs - Truck Stop Cafe
  19. Winnett - Kozy Korner Cafe
Pie a la Road: Central Montana’s Pie Trail Map
Lazy B Cafe, Augusta

1. Lazy B Cafe, Augusta

This was my last pie stop and I am so thankful I had heard about it. The weather was cool and rainy as I drove up to the Lazy B Cafe, perfect for a piece of pie and a hot cup of coffee. After I was seated I listened to the casual banter among the locals. I was by myself and wished that I knew someone at the cafe. After I selected a piece of sour cream raisin pie, a cowboy at the next table started to tell a story. He said his wife had brought home an entire sour cream raisin pie from the Lazy B. He didn’t think he liked that kind of pie but he tried a small piece and said, damn, that was so good it was addicting. After consuming my piece of sour cream raisin at the Lazy B I tend to agree with the cowboy. Other pies that I’d like to try there include black forest chokecherry and strawberry rhubarb. They also have homemade soups and serve local meats and Montana 7 grain oatmeal. And, by time I left the Lazy B, I felt like one of the locals! More
Spud’s Cafe, Chester

2. Spud’s Cafe, Chester

My visit to Spud’s Cafe in Chester reminds me that if I really want a piece of pie I may need to call ahead. There were five of us in our group that stopped in to Spud’s on a weekday afternoon. We soon found out that there was only one piece of peach pie in the cooler. We ordered it along with five forks. A sharp-eyed member of our group scanned the menu and discovered that Spud’s also serves homemade fry bread, a treat with Native American origins. An order for fry bread was placed and soon a hot, fresh piece was delivered with both butter and honey. My advice - if you get to Spud’s on a day without pie, go for the fry bread. It was awesome! More
Log Cabin, Choteau

3. Log Cabin Cafe, Choteau

The challenge at the Log Cabin is choosing what kind of pie you want. The day I stopped they had 16 different kinds of pie along with four different cheesecakes. The waitress said their most popular pie was peanut butter cream, followed by strawberry rhubarb. I was tempted with both of those but instead chose mudslide pie which was a whipped chocolate cream with a graham cracker and oreo crust. I loved it! My friend had tripleberry pie and it looked delicious. The Log Cabin has a warm, homey feel with a varnished log interior, wagon wheel accents, and there is one handmade wooden table that even has a Singer sewing machine base.
Home Cafe, Conrad

4. Home Cafe, Conrad

This local cafe was opened in 1958 by the current owner’s parents. It is still in the same location and has the same booths although they have put a small addition on the facility. I had my choice of strawberry pie, cherry berry crunch pie and sour cream lemon. My choice - sour cream lemon which was perfect for a warm summer day! I was also able to visit with the owner to learn the history of the restaurant. His wife bakes the pies and she is also a quilt maker. Several quilts were hanging in the cafe and he said she changes them out seasonally. More
Shade Tree, Denton

5. Shade Tree Cafe, Denton

I happened by the Shade Tree just by accident. Denton is the turnaround point for the Charlie Russell Chew Choo dinner train and I was meeting a passenger who would deboard the train at the halfway point of the ride that day. The Shade Tree looked so inviting with beautiful pots of flowers outside. As I walked into the cafe my eyes went to the pie menu on the wall where I saw sour cream raisin, cherry, rhubarb and walnut pies listed. Walnut pie sounded so good. I explained to the waitress, who was also the cook and owner, that I was in a hurry but since we were developing a pie trail I’d sure like a piece of walnut pie and a little bit of ice cream to go with it. She said that was her first time to make walnut pie and she felt it wasn’t thick enough, the crust wasn’t her best, etc. Let me tell you - that pie was awesome! She found a winner in that recipe and I hope she keeps making it. I’ll be back! More
Cozy Corner, Fairfield

6. Cozy Corner Cafe, Fairfield

I had eaten lunch before at the Cozy Corner but had never had their pie. A friendly waitress greeted me and said they had tripleberry, peanut butter, red raspberry and peach. My choice was tripleberry but, by time the waitress got to the cooler to get the pie, someone else ordered it and the last piece was gone. She felt so bad and went to talk with the owner. I was soon invited back to the spotlessly clean kitchen by the owner to watch my personal tripleberry creation being made! I learned that they make their own pie crust and she had one in the freezer. They also make their own fillings from scratch, even their pudding fillings. The owner said she could have a piece of tripleberry pie for me in about 15 minutes. A mixer was started to whip cream for the topping, the crust was put in the oven to bake and filling was readied. I soon realized that the Cozy Corner was busy catering an all class reunion that evening and lots of people were in town. No worries from the owner or the waitress - they were incredibly accommodating and I thoroughly enjoyed my fresh made tripleberry pie with a layer of vanilla pudding and homemade whipped cream on top. The same folks own the Golden Harvest Cafe in Dutton and you’ll find tempting pies there too. More
Golden Age Center, Fort Benton

7. Golden Age Center, Fort Benton (one day a month)

It is called Pie Day in Fort Benton and your timing needs to be right. It happens just one day a month, the second Friday, at the Golden Age Center. They serve pies at 2pm. I arrived early to make sure I got the kind of pie I wanted but I decided I should wait to choose my selection until the designated time. I knew only one person who was coming for pie day and she invited me to join her at a large table. I instantly felt like I was a local and it didn’t take long to meet some incredibly interesting people. Pies for pie day are donated and money received is donated to the Golden Age Center. I had rhubarb custard pie and I learned that the baker used her mother’s recipe. Her mother got it from her grandmother who carried it from Australia. My favorite quotes of the day from visiting at the large round table - pie brings you back to good stories of when you were younger, it means family around the table, and finally, Fort Benton is a pie town!
Little Montana Truckstop, Grass Range

8. Little Montana Truckstop, Grass Range

When I walked in to the Little Montana Cafe the first thing I saw was a cute sign that said “Pie Fixes Everything”. After scanning the handwritten pie list of the day I ordered peach pie. I have told this story several times - I wish I would have had a ruler to measure just how thick that peach pie was. Fresh peaches, an egg wash on an oh-so-flaky crust and a generous portion were thoughts that made my notes. I’ve heard from some people that they always pre-order an entire pie to go when they are driving through Grass Range. That’s a good idea to remember! Nothing is fancy here, just good homemade food and yummy pie. More
2K’s, Great Falls

9. 2K’s Kafe, Great Falls

Some people in Great Falls haven’t ever heard of this off-the-beaten-path small cafe but those who find it become repeat customers quickly. A mother-daughter duo owns 2Ks and they are known for generous portions and friendly service. The breakfast/lunch only cafe is small and that easily lends to chatting with the other diners. When I arrived the only seating was at the horseshoe shaped counter. I sat close to the pies and decided I’d like to try blueberry. There were lots and lots of blueberries in my generous piece of warmed pie and I still can remember the fresh blueberry flavor. Karla (one of the 2K’s) told me they always have apple pie, a good selection of fruit pies and custard pies plus some fun specialty pies. Many are sold by the whole pie. 2Ks is open from 7am - 2pm. Get there early to get a seat for breakfast or lunch and save room for pie. More
Family Affair, Great Falls

10. Family Affair Restaurant, Great Falls

Owned and operated by two sisters and their mother (the pie baker), this is another out-of-the-way gem. A small breakfast and lunch only restaurant, you can order breakfast all day but I highly recommend working in a piece of pie, perhaps after a bowl of their homemade soup. My choice here was difficult. I really wanted to try their lemon meringue pie because of the “mile-high” meringue. Well, it wasn’t mile high but it would take a lot of talent to make meringue that tall. I selected huckleberry pie because I hadn’t had that anywhere on my pie trail research. Oh my! Wonderful huckleberry flavor, a supremely flaky crust and the following story to go with it. The tiny Mom bakes all the desserts and when she makes pie she rolls out 32 pie crusts at a time! Other dessert specialties she makes are bread pudding with rum sauce and cinnamon rolls. Her energy level amazed me and I will be back to sample that lemon meringue pie. More
Lippi’s, Great Falls

11. Lippi’s Kitchen, Great Falls

Here’s another restaurant I’ve been to many times but had never eaten pie there. Well, a unique and wonderfully flavored Juneberry pie was calling my name the day I stopped at Lippi’s Kitchen. It had been a long time since I had eaten Juneberry pie and it brought back memories of my childhood and berry picking afternoons with my family. Lippi’s pies are all homemade and feature cholesterol-free pie crusts. They also had one sugar-free pie. Their best seller is lemon meringue. The owner sat down and visited with me after I had finished my pie. She said making good, homemade pie is hard work but, if you enjoy it, it is worth it. Savoring that Juneberry pie was worth it for me! More
The Lunch Box, Havre

12. The Lunch Box, Havre

Downtown Havre’s Lunch Box restaurant had some unique pie offerings the day I was there. I chose turtle pumpkin but it was a difficult choice between banana cream and peaches and cream. Their pie crust recipe is three generations old. Let me tell you about my pie selection - there were pecans on the bottom graham cracker crust, then whipped pumpkin mousse topped with whipped cream and pecans. Oh yeah, I ate it all! The Lunch Box has homemade bread and soups made from scratch daily and the menu has over 70 sandwich choices. More
Wolfer’s Diner, Havre

13. Wolfer’s Diner, Havre

This 50’s style diner is probably best known for burgers, fries and milkshakes but I was in search of their homemade pie. My choice - peach with a crumb topping. The bottom crust was good, the peaches were fresh and I loved the crumb topping. Other pies on the menu the day I was there included tripleberry, apple, rhubarb and blueberry. I’d love to take my granddaughters to Wolfer’s because they serve kids meals in a cardboard 50’s style car. Fun decor and a diverse menu make it a good stop. One local businessman said he had to eat at Wolfer’s at least once a week! More
Bon Ton Baker Box, Lewistown

14. Bon Ton Baker Box, Lewistown

When I stopped at the Bon Ton I was really just looking for a beverage. What a surprise to discover that the former soda fountain (complete with a marble counter) had changed to a bakery and restaurant. For some reason, my eyes traveled instantly to the wall featuring the pie menu! My choice was gooseberry pie which was a pleasant reminder of my childhood and my mother’s homemade pie. A nearby Hutterite colony had picked the gooseberries (it’s hard work). The fruity berry had a nice tart flavor and the crust was topped with cinnamon and sugar. As I spoke with the owner she said the recipe came from her husband’s mother’s Betty Crocker cookbook dated 1940. Plenty of baked goods are featured at the Bon Ton but I’d choose the pie! More
Ma’s Cafe, Loma

15. Ma’s Cafe, Loma

I knew I’d find good homemade pie at Ma’s because I’ve eaten there quite a few times. The day I stopped at Ma’s they had peach (with lattice top and red hots), sour cream raisin, apple, coconut cream and peanut butter chocolate. I was tempted by the coconut cream but the waiter said sour cream raisin was his favorite. That helped make my decision! It was super thick sour cream raisin, very filling and delicious. Pies, cakes and cinnamon rolls at Ma’s are all homemade along with monster-sized cookies. The full service restaurant also has dinner specials and themed dinner nights. More
Crazy Mountain Inn, Martinsdale

16. Crazy Mountain Inn, Martinsdale

This turn of the century restaurant and inn was once selected as having the best pie in the state by Montana Magazine! Sour cream lemon is my all time favorite here and that is always what I order. In fact, I’ve never tried any other pie there. The restaurant has also been awarded “world’s best chicken fried steak” by Esquire Magazine. Everything is homemade and many ingredients are grown out back in the garden. Martinsdale may be a tiny town in an out-of-the-way location but it’s worth the drive. More
The Lighthouse Restaurant, Valier

17. The Lighthouse Restaurant, Valier

I stopped at The Lighthouse Restaurant at an odd time. It was about 3:30pm, lunch was over, dinner guests hadn’t started arriving and I was the only diner in the restaurant for about the first 20 minutes. The waitress said their all time best seller was coconut cream but they were out of it. To say the least, I was disappointed but I soon forgot all about that as I sunk my fork in to a piece of pumpkin praline pie with vanilla custard sauce. Ooh la la, that was a wonderful combination. The bottom crust had brown sugar and pecans, then the pumpkin filling. The vanilla custard sauce was really the crowning delight. Although I love coconut cream pie I would have a difficult time passing up this amazing combination. The Lighthouse is a full service restaurant about a mile out of Valier on the banks of Lake Frances. More
Truck Stop Cafe, White Sulphur Springs

18. Truck Stop Cafe, White Sulphur Springs

It was incredibly busy when I stopped at the Truck Stop Cafe. The local Red Ants Pants Music Festival was going on and the town was full. Still, I was able to visit with the owner and find out about their pie. I had peach pie and they also had cherry and apple on the menu that day. The owner’s favorite is caramel apple and strawberry rhubarb is a big seller. They also make sugar free pies and in busy times can go through 5 - 6 pies a day. My peach pie was served warm and had a good crust with sugar sprinkled on top. A husband and wife own the cafe and both bake. Homemade bread is a specialty and the restaurant is known for their French toast made from that bread. More
Kozy Korner Cafe, Winnett

19. Kozy Korner Cafe, Winnett

I began my pie research at the Kozy Korner in Winnett. Or, let’s say I tried to do my research. The restaurant had just had a super busy weekend and they were completely sold out of pie. I was one day too early for the pie baker to have replenished the pie selections. A framed photo of the pie baker and a group of sportsmen from Wisconsin proudly declared that the Kozy Korner had the Best Pie in the State of Montana. Another frame featured an article from Gourmet Magazine touting the restaurant’s pancakes. I finally recruited some friends to bring me pie from the Kozy Korner in Winnett and, I must say, that apple pie was worth the wait. More
Wolfer’s Diner The Lunch Box Spud’s Cafe Ma’s Cafe Kozy Korner Cafe Crazy Mountain Inn Little Montana Truckstop Bon Ton Baker Box Truck Stop Cafe Shade Tree Cafe Lippi’s Kitchen Family Affair Restaurant 2K's Kafe Cozy Corner Cafe Lazy B Cafe Home Cafe The Lighthouse Restaurant