We taste-tested dozens of pies from the grocery store and online to find our favorites that taste as American as, well, you know.

By Rachael Ray Every Day
November 01, 2005

All-Around FavoriteLittle Pie Company's sour cream apple walnut is a deliciously rich, impeccably built pie that's heartfelt and homey, every bite containing the ideal blend of tart, thinly sliced apples and buttery, nutty topping. ($25; littlepiecompany.com)

The Runner-UpHead baker at Verrill Farm in Concord, Massachusetts, Jen Verrill-Faddoul describes her Kentucky bourbon pecan pie as the result of "fooling around with bourbon and chocolate." The combination of sweet and salty flavors is pure genius. ($14, available at the farm stand; 978-369-4494)

Orange CrushDavid Wilke, co-owner of the casually chic The B Line in Tucson, Arizona, knows his sweet potato pie "can go toe-to-toe with pumpkin any day." He's not lying: B Line regulars are known to order both rather than choose. ($4 a slice, available in the store; 520-882-7575)

Rockin' PieBefore launching Baltimore's honky-tonk pie shop Dangerously Delicious Pies, rocker Rodney Henry trolled through several issues of The Farmer's Almanac for baking tips. Henry's lemon chess pie proves worth the homework. ($20; dangerouspies.com)

The ClassicLiz Smothers, head of the family-run Julian Pie Company in California, made tiny apple pies in jar lids as a kid. Today, her original apple is full size and divine: a meltingly tender crust surrounds cinnamony apples slowbaked to retain a bit of snap. ($15; julianpie.com)

Crumbiest PieMidwesterners swoon for the tart cherries grown around the northern Great Lakes, and Michigan's Grand Traverse Pie Company's cherry cobbler--a crumbtopped pie--shows off their sweet-sour taste and festive, fire-engine-red color. ($18; gtpie.com)

Mass Appeal, America's best-selling pumpkin pie, Sara Lee Oven Fresh Pumpkin Pie, is exactly what you'd hope to make at home if you had time: a silky smooth, delicately spiced custard in a light, flaky crust. ($5; available at supermarkets nationwide)Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in November 2006.