National Pie Day is tomorrow, Jan. 23. To celebrate this monumental occasion, I thought we could take a look at some of my very favorite pies here in Arkansas. We cherish this dessert more than any other, and lucky for us, we have a ton of great options.
Peanut Butter Pie at Three Sam’s BBQ
We start off the list with the most glorious of gut bombs: the creamy, peanut-topped peanut butter pie from Three Sam’s BBQ. If you can eat more than four bites of this pie, especially after polishing off some ‘cue, then good on you.
Chocolate Pie at Charlotte’s Eats and Sweets
I went with the chocolate pie option at Charlotte’s, but truth be told, any of Charlotte’s pies could be mentioned and that includes the caramel, apple and coconut. As for the chocolate, expect a 5-inch meringue with a cool, chocolatey under-layer and a buttery, slightly flakey crust. Simply put, Charlotte’s is pie royalty in Arkansas.
Coconut Mousse Pie at Trio’s
Trio’s, much like Charlotte’s, has a long list of pies that could be included on this list (raspberry cream and Key lime come to mind), but I’ll go with the coconut mousse, a wonderful combination of chocolate and coconut, highlighted by a thick Oreo crust. A dense layer of cool coconut custard makes this pie a hearty dessert, ideal with a cup of coffee.
Strawberry Pie at Skylark Café
I’ve driven long distances just for Skylark Café’s strawberry pie, over one hour each way, to be exact. And for good reason: this pie is absolutely amazing. Local strawberries make all the difference, but so too does the graham cracker crust.
Peach Pie at The Pizzeria
Once again, The Pizzeria is another restaurant that specializes in pie. Heck, they even devote an entire month (February) to the dessert, giving patrons a different selection of house-made offerings each day. I love their peach pie, which is served warm in a skillet and topped with a ball of caramel-drizzled vanilla ice cream.
Blackberry Pie at Morrison’s Fried Pies
Morrison’s has somehow made me a fan of fried hand pies. Before they came along, I tended to be disappointed by many of the grease-soaked options throughout the Natural State. Theirs are light and flaky, but dense enough to provide structure for the filling. The blackberry is outstanding, as is the coconut cream, chocolate, peach, and even the chicken pot pie.
Key Lime Pie at Honey Pies/Blue Cake
Yes, Honey Pies serves a mean coconut cream pie (pictured in the foreground) but check out the Key lime pie in the back. It’s bursting with lime flavor and I enjoy piped-on cream topping. Per usual, I am a big fan of the graham cracker crust, and as someone who promotes moderation, I appreciate the availability of the bakery’s mini-pies.
Chocolate Cream Pie at The Root
It’s not always on the menu, but when it is, you definitely need to order The Root’s chocolate cream pie. This pie is fairly standard in composition, but with one exception, the torched top that gives it a subtle toasted sugar flavor and beautiful presentation.
Pecan Pie at Soul Fish Café
Soul Fish’s pecan pie is as traditional as it gets, packed with a syrup-laced filling, which is then topped with pecans. As with any good pecan pie, I highly suggest a scoop of vanilla ice cream as a running mate.
Chocolate Cream Pie at The Whippet
The Whippet gets a lot of attention for their fried catfish, and deservedly so, but you better make sure to save room for a slice of chocolate cream pie. I love the dense, buttery crust and light meringue topping.