When it comes to Pi Day, there are two distinct groups that people that celebrate, both of which share an affinity for one common denominator — the circle.
Math enthusiasts occupy the first group and celebrate Pi, the mathematical term represented by the sixteenth letter of the Greek alphabet. Pi is used to represent the ratio of a circle’s diameter to its circumference always equaling 3.14159. Fittingly, since the late 1980’s, we’ve been using March 14 (3.14) to celebrate this mathematical constant.
For the other group, it’s a day to celebrate a much more delectable circle — pie. And as Pi goes on indefinitely, so does our appetite.
In honor of the holiday, we have tracked down a number of local eateries for you to get your fix. Whichever way you like your Pi(e) — numerical or edible — you’re bound to find a place to celebrate your love for math and pastries below.
We’ll leave it up to you to calculate the ratio of slices consumed to your own circumference in the end.
Achatz Handmade Pie Co.
Slices of berry, apple, cherry, blueberry, pecan and more will be available for $3.14 at various locations in the metro area on Pi Day. Locations in Armada, Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Chesterfield, Madison Heights, Oxford, and Troy. achatzpies.com.
Grand Traverse Pie Company
Traverse City’s sweets export goes big on one of their favorite days of the year with a free slice of pie with any purchase. Find a southeast Michigan shop in Ann Arbor, Brighton, and Plymouth. gtpie.com.
In terms of pies, this Detroit bakery is currently offering salted maple, honey lemon meringue, and seasonal savory hand pies. Pre-order fruit pies by the slice or whole pie. Hand pies are individually sold. 8066 Kercheval Ave, Detroit; 313-447-5550; sisterpie.com.
The Strawberry Rhubarb Double is the pie of the month at this Fenton baking company. Other pie flavors include American berry, Apple crumb, caramel apple, pecan, lemon meringue, and others. Orders are available online for in-store pick-up or 2-day shipping. 104 W. Caroline, Fenton; 810-629-8882; crustandbeyond.com.
This post was originally published in 2018 and is updated regularly.