By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Nov 23, 2015 at 10:09 AM

Milwaukeeans already know that some of the best pies you can eat come from Honeypie Cafe, 2643 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. But, an article published at shows that the word is spreading.

The news come just in time for Thanksgiving as Patty Lee and the Time Out editors have named Honeypie Cafe’s black bottom banana cream pie as one of 17 of the best pies in the nation.

The article features the deliciously decadent Honeypie creation as the cover photo for the article. And Time Out gives a special shout-out to Honeypie co-owner Valeri Lucks – who we featured in 2014 – for her technique in creating this pie masterpiece.

"To form her luscious homage to old-fashioned black-bottomed pies, baking guru Valeri Lucks marries two of her bestsellers, layering chocolate and banana custards – both made with Wisconsin milk – atop a crisp graham cracker crust. She crowns the glorious affair with a mound of fresh whipped cream, which every pie-lover knows is an essential addition."

The inclusion is quite the honor for our hometown cafe, which is listed among both big names like Momofuku Milk Bar and hidden gems like the Pie Shop in Atlanta.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.