Pie is so nostalgic. I can picture it like it was yesterday…sitting by grandma’s fireplace with the glow of the Christmas tree lighting up the room and the smell of fresh apple pie baking away in the oven. If your sweet tooth is anything like mine, you can thank your lucky stars you’re from Texas – where it’s almost harder to find a place that DOESN’T serve pie as a mandatory part of supper.
But having so many options has its downfalls – it can leave you overwhelmed as to where to go first! Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Serving everything from classic apple, pecan and pumpkin to the more exotic peanut butter cup and even red velvet, here are 18 of the absolute best pie houses in Texas.
18. Pie in the Sky Pie Co. (Conroe)
Starting off our list is Pie in the Sky Pie Co. in Conroe. The pie pictured is Chocolate Pecan (YUM!) but they also have all your fruity favorites like Cherry and Rhubarb as well as more decadent choices like Chocolate and Banana Cream.
17. Jake and Dorothy's Cafe (Stephenville)
You won't find many people here in Stephensville, but you will find some amazing pie with a side of southern hospitality (and maybe a scoop or two of ice cream).
16. Simply Country (Moss Hill)
You know it's a small town when you can't even find a picture of the restaurant! But the smaller the town, the better the cookin'. How good do those meringue tops look? Makes me want to take a trip out to Moss Hill and pick up a few pies for Christmas.
15. Love Creek Orchards (Medina)
What better place to get apple pie (and every other apple baked good you can imagine) than an ORCHARD? And dessert isn't all you'll find here - there's a cute store with a patio cafe, tours through a beautiful maple forest, and apple picking! You can be sure your pie is homemade here.
14. Florida's Kitchen (Livingston)
You'd never guess that this hole-in-the-wall barbecue joint has some of the best pie money can buy. Save room after your ribs, coleslaw, collard greens and hush puppies for a huge slice of Chocolate Meringue. Your taste buds will thank you.
13. Lucy's (Celina)
This cafe in the heart of Celina's town square is the definition of southern comfort. Mmmm, pumpkin pie is my favorite. I could go for a delicious slice or three right about now.
12. Whistle Stop Cafe (Decatur)
This cute diner in Decatur will bring you back to the 50's. I've never had coconut cream pie, but I've gotta get my hands on some after seeing this. Patrons also recommend the banana pudding if you aren't in the mood for pie. (But let's be honest, who's ever not in the mood for pie?)
11. The Shed Cafe (Edom)
This small town cafe will leave you feeling warm and cozy inside - not to mention stuffed! You may have to loosen your belt buckle a few notches, but this Reese's Dream pie is well worth it. The buttermilk pie is also highly recommended.
10. Sue's Roost (Eustace)
If you've ever wondered what a fried coconut pie looks like, this is it. Basically heaven in dessert form.
9. Mel's Diner (Wheeler)
Mel's has something to satisfy everyone's craving. Chocolate, pecan, buttermilk, brownie, peanut butter...the only thing they have in common is the love and passion in every bite that's characteristic of down home cookin'. I'll take one of everything, please.
8. Norma's Cafe (Dallas)
I think this pie is more meringue than lemon. Although not a small town, mom-and-pop pie house, Norma's Cafe will sure have you fooled. They offer an extensive food menu with everything from loaded three-egg omelettes to award-winning chicken fried steak, but the real star of the show is the Mile-High Cream Pies.
7. Texas Pie Company (Kyle)
The next time you're in the hillcountry, you can't leave without going to Texas Pie Company. Their pies are some of the most unique I've ever seen from Almond Joy, Pumpkin Praline and Peanut Butter Mousse to Strawberry Peach and Strawberry Rhubarb. And the best part? They come in mini form so you can sample them all! If you're more of a brownie person, the Pecan Pie Bars and S'mores Brownies sound pretty top notch, too. Or try everything because you do what you want.
6. Emporium Pies (Dallas)
Emporium Pies in Dallas might not offer the small town, down home experience that seems to make pie just taste better, but I doubt that'll matter much once your tastebuds get a load of its creations. Gourmet in every sense of the word, these pies will leave your head spinning. Pictured here is a slice of Smooth Operator: a french silk base with a pretzel crust.
And this is Ebony and Ivory: a buttermilk chess pie with a nutella filling.
...And last but not least (I know what you're thinking - 3 pictures for one place? Forgive me, I got a bit carried away with my research...but hey, I did warn y'all I have a major sweet tooth!) is red velvet pie. The next time I'm in Dallas, this is definitely the first place I'm going.
5. Donald Citrano's Coffee Shop Cafe (McGregor)
This restaurant might be named after coffee, but that sure isn't what it's known for. The owner's wife, Valerie, uses her grandmother's secret recipes to produce some of the most decadent pie in Texas. Just look at this slice of Chocolate Meringue! The meringue just keeps getting taller the farther down we get in this list...
No meringue to be found here, but this lovely German Chocolate pie looks just as delicious. Donald Citrano's also offers Peanut Butter, Hot Fudge (complete with whipped cream and a cherry!), Black Bottom Mocha, Chocolate Pecan, and all your favorite classics, plus a full breakfast and lunch menu with all the southern fixin's. The town of McGregor may be small, but its pies are anything but.
4. Texan Cafe and Pie Shop (Hutto)
I've never seen a more extensive pie menu than that of the Texan Cafe and Pie Shop. Texas Monthly was impressed, too, mentioning them in their "40 Best Small Town Cafes" article. This is the Snickers Pie - yeah, you heard me right.
And this is the Coconut Cream. They also have about 20 other flavors (and a full lunch menu, but I'd rather just save room for more pie).
I just had to add a picture of their menu so you can see for yourself. You're welcome.
3. Pie Peddlers (Glen Rose)
This buttery, melt-in-your-mouth southern slice of heaven could put your mama's to shame. Pie Peddlers sticks to the classics like Apple, Cherry, Key Lime, and Buttermilk because simple is best, right? Peach is pictured here (with the obligatory scoop of ice cream, of course.)
2. Koffee Kup (Hico)
Coming in at number two is the famous Koffee Kup in Hico! This little gem also came in second according to Texas Country Reporter's viewers. You'll find all your favorites here - Blueberry, Strawberry, and Coconut Meringue - and this indulgent slice of Black Forest, two layers of rich chocolate filling with whipped topping and garnished with pecans, chocolate shavings and a cherry. Double chocolate? Sign me up!
1. Blue Bonnet Cafe (Marble Falls)
Rounding out the list is none other than the Blue Bonnet Cafe in Marble Falls. This place is known all over the state, not only for pie but for southern specials like chicken and dumplings and meatloaf as well. Their pie selection ranges from banana cream to chocolate meringue to cherry, but if you're feeling indecisive, a good ol' slice of pecan will never disappoint. You may want to make a reservation though - the line can be miles long, and for good reason, too!
If you’ve had the patience to stick with me throughout this entire montage of pie pictures, I thank you. And I sincerely apologize if your mouth is watering as much as mine – clearly I absolutely despise desserts. So tell me – what’s your favorite place to get a nice slice of heaven in Texas? Share in the comments below! (Meanwhile, I’ll be in the kitchen trying to whip up something even half as good as the places in this article.)