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3 to Try: Apple pie, apple picking & an apple burger

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Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013 12:00 pm

With our most patriotic holiday right around the corner, we’re feeling a soft spot for baseball, Old Glory and that American-as-you-can-get dessert, apple pie. Here’s where to find one, plus two other ways to appreciate apples in the EV.

Apple pie at Piefection

6731 E. Brown Road, No. 104, Mesa

(480) 218-7437 or PiefectionAZ.com

This cute specialty shop sells from-scratch Country Apple pies (a blend of fruit, ground nutmeg and cinnamon spice for $13), No-Sugar-Added Country Apple pies ($15), and Country Apple Crumb pies finished with a buttery streusel topping ($13). Everything is made in-house daily with no preservatives or additives. Bring back your reusable pie tin, and you’ll get $1 off your next pie.

U-Pick Apples at Schnepf Farms

24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek

(480) 987-3100 or SchnepfFarms.com

You have a few more days to pick your own apples at Schnepf’s orchards, where $1 will buy you a pound of Ana apples, kind of a cross between a Red Delicious and a Granny Smith, said farmer Carrie Schnepf. You could put them into a pie, but we’ll be pairing ours with blueberries and white wine in a red-white-and-blue sangria. The farm is open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 27 through 30. It closes for July and August. Admission is free; you’ll pay only for what you pick.

The Apple Burger and The Grilled Apple at Apple Dumpling Cafe

3076 E. Chandler Heights Road, No. 101, Gilbert

(480) 279-3879 or AppleDumplingCafe.com

The Stella Apple Burger ($9.95) is one of this Gilbert cafe’s most requested items. Weighing in at more than one-third pound, it’s a beef patty topped with sauteed cinnamon apples, crispy bacon, melty muenster cheese and a raspberry chipotle sauce.

Almost as popular is the Grilled Apple sandwich ($9.45), which combines sliced, sauteed apples in a maple-cinnamon glaze, sweet sliced ham and melted havarti cheese on thick-sliced grilled sourdough bread that’s been brushed with butter, cinnamon and sugar.

A side, like fries, coleslaw, potato salad or fresh fruit, comes with either sandwich.

• Got a hankering for a specific food, drink or other facet of the local dining scene? Let us know at getoutaz@evtrib.com, and we could feature your request in a future 3 to Try.

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