Start the car, and bring your appetite. Here are the absolutely best places to eat along Western highways
Anjou Bakery, Cashmere, WA. Pie perfection. Cherries or marionberries are encased in the world’s most buttery shortbread crust—imagine a whole pie wrapped in a sweet, tender cookie, and you’re halfway there. 3898 Old Monitor Rd.; 509/782-4360.
Linn’s, Cambria, CA (Sunset reader favorite). Barely known outside California, the juicy, tart olallieberry stars in Linn’s pies, available at its farm store and the in-town Easy as Pie Cafe. Store: 6275 Santa Rosa Creek Rd.; 805/927-8134. Cafe: 4251 Bridge St.; 805/924-3050.
Mom’s Apple Pie, Sebastopol, CA (pictured). Maybe your mom occasionally disappointed you. This mom never will. She shines with the local Sonoma County Gravenstein apples, but don’t ignore summer favorites like rhubarb and peach. 4550 Gravenstein Hwy. N.; 707/823-8330.
Pine Country Restaurant, Williams, AZ. One of those breakfast-all-day kinds of places, where despite the knotty pine and lace curtain decor, the omelets are crêpe-slender and elegant. More exuberant is the coconut cream pie: The towering slices come with a redundant side of whipped cream, which you’ll eat anyway. Must-try: Not crazy about coconut? The Dutch apple is not to be sneered at. $$; 107 N. Grand Canyon Blvd.; 928/635-9718.