Crane’s has been a family tradition since 1916. The operation has grown to include a full-menu restaurant and bakery, a small-batch, farm-to-bottle winery and cidery, and U-pick orchards.
Crane’s fruit pies are made by hand and follow family recipes.
Co-owner Becky Crane recommends a pie flight. Every day’s pie flight contains four choices. Becky is holding a flight of cherry, blueberry, rhubarb-raspberry and apple pies. Each serving is one-third of a slice.
Founder J. Russel Bouws launched his first restaurant in Holland in 1934. The 12 Russ’ Restaurants in western Michigan include three in Holland and one in Grand Haven.
Server Kristi Jones of Holland Northtown recommends the pumpkin pie. Russ’ pumpkin pie is a seasonal pie, available from September through the end of the year. Russ’ offers some 15 pies, but the list of available pies changes monthly.
Part two on the pies you gotta try will be available here on October 11.