Pi(e)

Written and photographed by Ethan Winkler.

If you happen to be in Northeast Wisconsin on Pi Day, look no further than OJ’s Midtown Restaurant in Gillett for all of your Pi Day celebratory needs. Family owned since 1977, OJ’s has been, and still is, synonymous with being the best place in Northeast Wisconsin to get your fill of homemade pies– baked fresh each day.

Their pie crust recipe is no secret: it’s just flour, salt, shortening, and cold water. But, what does remain a mystery is how anyone is able to leave OJ’s without trying one of roughly twenty pies made from scratch each day. Chances are they have each and every flavor of pie you can imagine, including classics such as lemon meringue, apple, and banana cream, but also pies you would think would only exist in your dreams, like black forest cherry, toffee cream, and mint cookies and cream. Also featured in the glass display case each month are two rotating, signature flavors; March’s pies are Chocolate Pistachio Cream and Raspberry Cherry Streusel.

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Although OJ’s is mostly known for its legendary pies, don’t let it stop you from trying their selection of other tortes and cakes–all made from scratch as well. While you’re at it, why not try an entire meal? Whether you’re in the mood for a hearty breakfast, a cheeseburger and fries, or a Friday fish fry, OJ’s has something for everyone. It truly is a one-of-a-kind restaurant; there aren’t many places that have the kind of welcoming atmosphere that can make it a mainstay in Gillett since 1977. The atmosphere is precisely why the restaurant has thrived for so long: you’ll always feel like you’re right at home any time you visit. (It also helps that their pie is irresistible.)    

However you decide to celebrate Pi Day and whatever pie you choose to celebrate with, know that there are no wrong options – unless you are getting your pie from somewhere other than OJ’s.

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