Arkansas Pie Chart When in Arkansas, save room for pie.
Arkansas has a penchant for pie of all sorts. Food writer and Arkansas ambassador Kat Robinson offers this list of her favorite pies so you can plan your pie stops on the way to and from our 2019 Summer Field Trip in Bentonville.
Little Rock, AR
Begin your pie odyssey in Little Rock at the 2019 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame People’s Choice winner. Every day you’ll find a selection of seasonal pies, along with peach, apple and fudge brownie pie. Best served with coffee or a cup of milk.
PattiCakes Bakery and Cafe
Though the pie case is always full at PattiCakes with such delights as coconut meringue, Kentucky Derby, and pecan pies, it’s best known for the pie first popularized at its paired restaurant, Stoby’s – a possum pie, considered one of the most popular pies in the state. The pie, which hides a chocolate layer between a top of whipped cream and a base of cream cheese, is considered to be hiding something, hence the secondary term “playin’ possum.”
Cross Creek Sandwich Shop
What started as a single counter at the back of Jennifer’s Antiques in downtown Conway has expanded into an entire storefront of good eats. The pies come in varieties such as coconut cream and chocolate peanut butter. The chocolate fudge pie, with its chocolate mousse on top and decadently dark chocolate custard on the bottom, is rich and delightful.
The state’s tallest meringue pies can be found here at this stop just east of Clarksville. Coconut and chocolate meringue are piled just as high as the space in the oven is tall. The caramel pecan is another delightful pie found here.
Tucked inside the I-40 Travel Center. this 24 hour diner always has several pies in the case. In addition to traditional pies such as cherry cream and apple lattice, the girls in the kitchen love to whip up layered pies with crazy names, like the raccoon pie – with layers of lemon, cream and blueberry. On the way out, grab one of the center’s double-handed fried pies from by the register to enjoy later.
Kopper Kettle Smokehouse
Van Buren, AR
One of the most overlooked pie places in the state, this exceptional lunch joint offers a changing variety of pies such as Millionaire, Japanese fruit, German chocolate and pecan cream cheese. It also offers a one pound BLT.
Tucked behind the famed Catfish Hole, Tara Way runs this cute shop with her daughter and son. She makes up to a dozen different pies each day and has a repertoire of more than 80 varieties she whips up off the top of her head. Cream pies rule here.
Grandma’s House Cafe
A pie buffet? Absolutely. Elaine and Jerry Bowlin’s spot along the Boston Mountain Scenic Byway is like a family reunion, where you sit around a dining room table and put what you want on your plate. At any time six to eight different pies are out, and no one will look askance if you try them all.
Margaret Burris named her Fayetteville shop after her three children. Each day, she makes up one each of more than 30 different pies in an ever-changing array of flavors, from egg custard to Andes creme de menthe to Butterbeer and Dirt-and-Worms.
Wagon Wheel Country Cafe
This old-time eatery is a staple along the old US 71 through Springdale. Classic fruit pies, such as the in-season strawberry pie, sit alongside classics such as buttermilk, pecan, chocolate, apple, possum, and coconut. There are always sugar free pies on the menu, too.
Fork and Crust
Rogers and Fayetteville, AR
Lori Rae’s decadent, beautiful pies are highly sought both by customers and local restaurants, so much so she’s had to expand from her original Rogers location to Fayetteville as well. Every pie is rich and luxurious, from cool sweet wonders like her raspberry chiffon to her cherry crumb pie and so much more.
Gooseberry’s Handmade Pies
Jerry Leding and his daughter Sarah craft these beautiful, made-from-scratch baked pies with love and care. It takes an hour of peeling grapes to pack each Ozark Mountain grape pie; the signature gooseberry pie is the only pie made from gooseberries found in any Arkansas restaurant. Sarah’s delightful crust craftwork puts this shop over the top.
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Kat Robinson is a food and travel writer based in Little Rock, Arkansas.