We’ve shown you some of Texas’s greatest cafes, but the impending Holiday season calls for something much sweeter. Whether your kryponite is a gooey fruit filling or you get weak knees from the perfect flaky crust, you’re bound to find your little slice of heaven on this list of some of Texas’s tastiest pies.
Koffee Kup Family Restaurant – Hico, TX
Hico, Hico, it’s off to Pie we go! The dining room of this small-town diner seems to be arranged so that each table has a view of the glorious 6-shelf pie case behind the counter with a sign above it that reads “Pie Fixes Everything.” A true saying — especially if you order their signature Doctor’s Office Pie. As sweet vanilla swirls with pecans and coconut enter your stomach, you’ll instantly forget all your worries.
Blue Bonnet Cafe – Marble Falls, TX
No pie list would be complete without this cafe in the Hill Country that trades the usual cold drafts of a normal happy hour for one that I’d say is even “happier” — “Pie Happy Hour.” Each Monday through Friday from 3-5 p.m. this sacred time slot is honored with a slice of homemade pie (piled with towers of real whipped cream and meringue) and a drink for only $4!
Midpoint Cafe – Adrian, TX
Get your kicks with a side of the famous “Ugly Crust Pies” at the midpoint of Historic Route 66! Halfway between Chicago and Los Angeles, this diner has been a pie-pit-stop for weary trippers since it first opened in 1948! Inside, you’ll find all the roadside memorabilia to transport you back to the 1950s, and over 20 flavors of pie that might be “ugly” but taste incredible!
Emporium Pies – Dallas, TX
As a Texan, you’ve probably tried tons of craft beers, but if you’ve never tried a “craft” pie, you’re missing out. This funky specialty Dallas-based pie shop with locations in the Bishop’s Art District & Deep Ellum is the dessert you’ve been missing. Say “goodbye” to the usual pie varieties: Emporium Pies switches up it’s unique flavors each season so there’s always a new flavor combo to devour. Right now, their unconventionally delicious pies include “The Nannerz” (a sweet symphony of bananas, maple caramel and vanilla) and their most famous “Drunken Nut” (a bourbon pecan pie with shortbread crust that’ll give you the most pleasant of sugary hangovers).
Royers Round Top Cafe – Round Top
People travel from around the world to buy priceless items at Round Top’s antique fairs but the true treasures in this town are the pies at Royers Cafe. The unique pie flavors — which are as abundant as the hodgepodge of photos plastering the walls and the insane line of folks waiting outside to eat in the dark, tiny cafe — all have fiercely loyal fans. Many folks swear they can’t live without the lemon blueberry or sweet n’ salty pies, but it’s their signature Texas Trash pie that warrants the most praise. Sweet chocolate, coconut and caramel mix with salty pretzels to make for the kind of big flavor that can only be found in Texas.
Texan Cafe – Hutto, TX
“Holy Cow!” is a phrase that can be heard often in this cafe — yet whether patrons are referring to the giant cow head protruding out of the cafe’s storefront or reacting to the first bite of one of their handmade pies remains a mystery. With decadent chocolaty pies like S’mores, Peppermint Patty and Snickers, sweet tooths will have a hard time narrowing it down to just one flavor. Lucky for them, Pie Happy Hour on Tuesdays through Saturdays lightens the load on their wallets if they need to get more than one.
Bevers Kitchen – Chappell Hill, TX
The cafe opened in 1984, but is located inside an antique 1907 Victorian home. And just like you’d expect to find in a historic home, Bevers Kitchen serves up traditional pies that might just rival Granny’s. Indulge in old fashioned favorites like Million Dollar and Sawdust Pies for a nostalgic trip to the “good ol’ days.” Or mix it up and try their twist on Texas’s official state pie (yes, that’s a real thing) with a slice of Mystery Pecan Pie — a pecan pie/cheeescake hybrid that’ll make you hollar “Yeehaw!”
Monument Cafe – Georgetown, TX
This 50s-inspired diner is home to one stellar slice o’ pie. While it offers the classic flavors we all adore (from Coconut Cream to Cherry), the true magic lies in their signature Monument Chocolate Pie. Creamy chocolate mousse layered on top of a crunchy pecan crust and topped with billowy whipped cream all combine to make this slice the dessert lover’s fantasy. One bite and you’re a goner — you’ll probably just order an entire pie and eat it right there…and there’s no shame in that.
This barbecue joint serves a host of delicious pies, but it’s the rare, yet tasty, Grapefruit Pie that stands out. Because it’s located right in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley in Mission, TX, Lone Star Bar-B-Q’s Grapefruit Pie is something you won’t find anywhere else. Made with fresh locally grown grapefruits, this “ruby red” pie is the ideal mixture of tangy and sweet. In fact, it might even be your new favorite fruit…