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Who serves PIE in the metro..... real pie, good pie??

It's difficult to find a true version of pie anymore. Whether single or double crust, meringue, cream, fruit, ice-box... but not the "fluff" that some restaurants label "cream". Any quality pie knowledge/suggestions?

I know that Mama's Daughter's has a good rep for pie, but I *think* those are the ones that I refer to as "fluff" - some *version* of Cool-Whip w/a bit of flavoring and color added. The Dixie House Cafe(s) (out of Ft. Worth) serves the same type and they just don't fit the bill for that which I'm searching; although I believe both have a couple of fruit, double crust selections.

Babe's (Carrollton location) has an absolute killer pie which they label Lemon Meringue - it's actually a wonderful lemon pudding/custard-like filling with meringue so light it disintegrates on mouth contact. They also have a choco meringue - untried, but I imagine it equals the lemon.

Society Bakery in Arlington has a great French Silk Pie with a hint of Amaretto. This place is obviously an old Celebrity - same decor and menu - but the FS Pie is much denser, ergo, deeper depth of chocolate that what Celebrity offers.

Untried, but pie is on the menu at Pioneer (coffee shop) in Arlington - just east of 360 off Division - and Cheddars has apple pie. While it'd be a real long shot to think that Cheddars makes theirs, not sure about Pioneer.

So are there any others out there where one could just get a piece of pie and cup of coffee?

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  1. If only we had House of Pies up here, it's the best place to be after bar-hopping in Houston.

    Key lime pie at Ravelin is pretty good, and sells out fast just like any of their other products. You'll find a quality meringue that you're looking for.
    http://www.madewithair.com/?p=391

    When you say fluff I'm also thinking of what they serve at Norma's (specifically the N. Dallas location). I didn't like their lemon meringue and chocolate peanut butter pies, they just seemed so... off. Anyone had a good experience with pie there?

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    1. re: air

      I wish Tippin's Pie's were still around. Or maybe it was Pippin's.

      1. re: CocoaNut

        It was Tippin's. They closed in 2004 but still have stores in the kansas City area.

      2. re: air

        Gonna order some pies for Thanksgiving from Ravelin. Will report back on how they are!

      3. Norma's pies are my favorite. I've only tried the Oak Cliff location, but I'm sure their North Dallas pies are good, too. I'd really like a slice of coconut and some coffee about now.

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        1. re: Franklyn

          Norma's in Oak Cliff is great... plus if you go at 6:15 or 6:30 PM they will sell you pies at half price (they close at 7 PM and try to unload their pies at that time.) First discovered Norma's pies when I saw people eating slices for breakfast there. I was intrigued and came back for pie.

        2. I've had the chocolate meringue at Babe's--I found it way too sweet.

          You could try Carshon's ... be warned that they serve their chocolate meringue pie warm, which I believe is just WRONG. But you can get everything to go. Or request it cold ... their coffee sucks, so you're probably better off eating it at home. (The Rachel sandwich is excellent ... and enough for two people. You could eat there, and get dessert to go ;)

          The desserts are pretty good at Lambert's in Fort Worth. I had the coconut cream pie there, and it was good. Nice crust. I split it with a friend--she thought it was the best she'd ever had.

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          1. re: foiegras

            Interesting about the sweetness of the chocolate, as the under sweet, under tart is one of the pluses I enjoyed about the lemon pie.

            Aside from pie, how is Lambert's on their steak?

            1. re: CocoaNut

              I had the chicken-fried steak rather than the steak, so I'm sorry I can't report on that ... one would think it should be good.

              Btw, the banana pudding at Babe's was also so sweet I couldn't eat it. Strange ...

          2. Ranchman's Steakhouse in Ponder, Texas (about 30 miles north of Dallas--near Denton) has fantastic pie. They usually have about 4 or 5 different kinds, Always chocolate meringue and coconut meringue--usually some fruit pies too. Always homemade. Always delicious. I've enjoyed many pie pieces here and have never been disappointed. They sell out sometimes of a flavor or two, so don't be disappointed if you miss your favorite flavor. Besides pie, they have great food. Burgers and steak sandwiches are great. Steaks are great too.

            1. I just remembered S&D has Lemon Meringue (that's what they call it), but I've always called it Lemon Ice Box. In any case, it's good IF you like the type that's made with sweetened condensed milk. I know many don't.

              Also Cindy's deli - but not made there. The crusts are good, the pie's are passable.

              1. I'm not a huge pie fan and don't get them often, but I do like the pies at Luby's cafeteria. I also like the apple pie filling at Whole Foods - I'm a fan of cinnamon- the crust isn't flaky though.

                I miss Tippin's too. Too bad there isn't a Marie Callendar's in the area- I thought they had great berry pies.

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                1. re: dfwgal63

                  I'm not a huge fan of pies either. Patti's tea house has great pies. www.pattisplacetearoom.com/

                  1. re: dallasbeatrice

                    The Amish make the best pie, I was spoiled living next to them for several years. A particular cream raisin was amazing.

                    1. re: DallasDude

                      Sor is there a referral in there somewhere?

                      1. re: CocoaNut

                        Not really. I do not see much pie when I am out. Just 'I like pie', my go to comment when I have lust in my heart, CocoaNut. ;)

                        1. re: DallasDude

                          I personally haven't been there personally but their website claims to have freshly made food in the Mennonite tradition, Marlo's House.

                          Desserts say ask the waitress....so unsure about the offerings

                          http://www.marloshouse.com/

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                          Marlo's House
                          1456 Belt Line Rd, Garland, TX 75044

                          1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                            You know, Marlos is hardly ever open when I think of it. But it is on my to-do list (for the past couple of months). There is something specific I want there. I will check er out this weekend and report back on the pies.

                            1. re: DallasDude

                              What is that specific thing on the menu. The menu seems pretty straightforward but you never know with home cooked meals it could be as simple as chicken noodle soup that does it for you!

                              1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                                I am doing a piece on poutine soon. Or rather its on my list of things to do. Marlos is one of the few that carry the dish in the Dallas area.

                                1. re: DallasDude

                                  Don't forget the place in Krum (Vercelli's) that also sells poutine. They only had one version when I went and that was shortly after opening. The owners are from Cananda. Don't ask me how they ended up in Krum???

                                  http://www.vercellis.com/html/menu.html

                                  1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                                    Yea, I remember. And they do free delivery (according to the web site) Will see if they are willing to haul it to north Dallas. I gotta be hinest, I have no clue where Krum is located. Sounds far. There is another place in town that has it, sort of, and might use that as my second. Or all three.

                            2. re: LewisvilleHounder

                              I've been there, but can't remember what I had for dessert! Maybe I skipped it, insane as that sounds?! I remember they have some non-traditional desserts ... like ice cream and cake mixed or something like that ... My entree included rhubarb & was very sweet itself. All the tartness had been cooked away ...

                      2. re: dallasbeatrice

                        I look forward to visiting Patti's - for lunch as well as pie!

                    2. Highland Park Cafeteria....chocolate meringue, coconut meringue, butterscotch meringue (with pecan pieces in the meringue) .

                      1. Mariposa Restaurant (inside of Neiman Marcus Plano) has a really outstanding chocolate cream pie that is made with the real stuff. Gotta try it!!!

                        1. Creamy Peanut Butter Pie at Big Easy. Oh.My.God.....

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                          Big Easy
                          1915 N Central Expy, Plano, TX 75075

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                          1. re: CocoaNut

                            But with Big Easy's bread pudding and more importantly the sauce, why would anybody eat pie.

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                            Big Easy
                            1915 N Central Expy, Plano, TX 75075

                            1. re: irodguy

                              Because with a pie THAT good.... why would anybody eat bread pudding?

                          2. Unless I've overlooked it, I can't believe no one has mentioned The Original Market Diner on Harry Hines Blvd.
                            Great pies!

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                            Original Market Diner
                            4434 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75219

                            1. late reply, but you should check out scrumbtious in sunnyvale--they sell whole pies, pies by the slice, and pie shakes, along with burgers & fries.

                              1. I seem to remember that Hunky's has homemade pie. It's been a while since I've been there, but it might be worth your while to check out.

                                http://hunkys.com/

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                                1. re: Diner418

                                  I was in Hunky's last nite. No pies in sight, but a couple of nice looking cakes. BTW, their new location just seems to lack the panache of the old one across the street---like the huge menu board is missing.

                                2. The Pantry Restaurant. Downtown McKinney. Bar none.

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                                  1. re: JethroSpanks

                                    Since it appears The Pantry closes around 2:30 or 3:00 (didn't have my watch), pickings were slim when I got there just before closing - no fruit pies to be had, so I had a slice of banana split cream pie. It was more of a banana cream than anything, but truly homemade, with chunks of both banana and pineapple in the thick pudding. The crust was amazingly flaky and tender. This is exactly what I wish I had in my immediate area. Can't see driving 45 minutes on a whim.

                                    I don't remember the details, but if you're wanting one of their whole pies for your Thanksgiving table, the order should be put in soon. I think the price was something like $15 for a 10" pie.

                                    (Just a few doors down is a nothing-but-salsa little hole in the wall. Great variety!)

                                    1. re: CocoaNut

                                      Downtown McKinney is such a jewel. The Pantry closes at 2:30. I think most of the fruit pies disappear earlier in the lunch rush. They open for lunch at 11 every day. They're specials are pretty good but man...they're pie...especially the chocolate chip pecan. YOW!

                                      Also, that place turns into a pie factory for Thanksgiving. Ask the employees and they'll tell you about their "pie day". It's awe inspiring and sounds like so much fun!

                                  2. The FW Star Telegram reported Paris Coffee Shop ranked on the top 10 pie list by Bon Appetit mag. The article doesn't indicate if fruit pies pies are in the line-up, but gives a nod to the "top heavy meringue chocolate and coconut pies".

                                    As of a couple of years ago, their breakfast and lunch had become very bland, but it looks like it may be worth a drive over for a slice of pie and coffee. Note their hours are kind of odd - until 2p, M-F; only until 10 or 10:30a. Sat; closed Sunday. At least this I knew to be so a few years ago.

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                                    Paris Coffee Shop
                                    704 W Magnolia Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104

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                                    1. re: CocoaNut

                                      I know I know it says pie IN DALLAS....well its not everyday we have a pie discussion so here is my suggestion. When we head out to Edom, Tx to pick blackberrys in the summer we go to The Shed in downtown Edom. It is the typical 1 stop sign town and The Shed is right there. Great pie.

                                      BTW Edom is halfway between Canton and Tyler just south of I20.

                                      AND....Another great stop out that way is the Dairy Palace just off I20 in Canton.

                                      Maybe I need to start a East Texas I20 thread???

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                                      Dairy Palace
                                      2301 N Trade Days Blvd, Canton, TX 75103

                                      1. re: ibobi

                                        AHHH YES!

                                        The Dairy Palace! This served as a half-way meeting point between Dallas and Longview for my mother and my aunt whenever I would go to stay the weekend there or my cousin would come stay with us. When I was a young kid, I would always be so disappointed I couldn't order from the senior citizen's menu. Their value meals always looked SO much better than the kid's or regular menu!

                                        I always thought it was the original Dairy Queen that spawned the franchise or a rogue Dairy Queen owner decided he wanted more power than afforded a queen and built a palace! They had burgers, chicken fingers, steak and chicken sandwiches, fried, onion rings, etc. I remember Blue Bell ice cream products as opposed to the Dairy Queen soft-serve, too. I would get a banana shake or banana pudding ice cream (the BEST Blue Bell flavor) when they had it. Man. That place is great!

                                        But yeah. Pie.

                                        I've heard GREAT things about The Shed in Edom. I think Texas Monthly ranked it high in their small town cafe tour a few years ago and I've ALWAYS wanted to drop by.

                                        Thanks for reminding me of the Dairy Palace, ibobi!

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                                        Dairy Palace
                                        2301 N Trade Days Blvd, Canton, TX 75103

                                        1. re: JethroSpanks

                                          Furr's serves Chess Pie, or what some refer to as "Butter Chess Pie". It is my favorite type of pie and very few places serve it.

                                          Bigray in Ok

                                    2. No one has mentioned Scrumbscious Pie Company in Mesquite. All their pies are made from scratch. They also serve burgers and fries. Their pie shake is a must try. A slice of their pie in a Blue Bell ice cream shake.

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                                      1. re: Slainte057

                                        That's exactly what I'm talking about, plus some savory selections! Might have to make a day trip over......
                                        http://www.scrumbscious.com/store/ind...

                                      2. There's a small family owned place on Hwy 377 in Watauga called Joe's Coffee Shop that has homemade pie. They're really good. The cherry pie was fantastic.

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                                        Joe's Coffee Shop
                                        5912 Denton Hwy, Watauga, TX 76148

                                        1. I am really liking the buttermilk pie with blueberries from Ravelin Bakery in Denton. I tried their pumpkin pie, which i didn't think was that great, but the buttermilk...yum!

                                          1. Good pie at Smoke. The Mescal & Key Lime Meringue Pie makes my head spin.

                                             
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                                            1. re: DallasDude

                                              THAT looks good enough to make a drive for the pie alone!

                                            2. I've been looking at pie reviews all morning and can't believe that no one ever mentions Carshon's. It's been in Ft. Worth probably longer than I've been alive (54 years). The have the VERY BEST pies in town. Made fresh on-site every single day. Real meringue on the cream pies. Excellent crust. If they haven't run out of the pie by the time you finish your virtually perfect Reuben sandwich, you can have pie that's still warm from the oven.

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                                              Carshon's Delicatessen
                                              3133 Cleburne Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76110

                                              1. I found my pie place! I have to drive a bit - to Keller - but freshly made pies are set out daily. Hats off to the baker for her wonderfully flaky crusts and rich fillings, at least the chocolate and lemon meringue. But go early. When I was there at 1pm on Sat, they were down to only 3 pies - although 3 buttermilk pies appeared while we were eating.

                                                Texas Harvest Pie Company opened last summer. Their specialty is obviously pie (buttermilk pie is the best seller), but they also have freshly baked items for breakfast and serve sandwiches and salads, soup and quiche for lunch. A selection of coffee and teas are available.

                                                Closed Sunday and Monday, they're open 8:30 to 6:00 all other days. Their produce and goat cheese supplier is the local Homestead Farms with other cheeses supplied by Veldhuizen Cheese in Dublin.

                                                http://texasharvestpieco.com/pies.html

                                                They serve from an old house and a room at the back is a chocolate shop - most come from around the country, but a few are had crafted by the owner. They also have a selection of loose teas.

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                                                1. re: CocoaNut

                                                  I'm not a huge pie fan but I've had some tasty pies at Farmer's Market in Shed #2 although they might be only open on weekends. They've won TX state fair awards if that accounts for anything.

                                                2. In north Fort Worth, on Beach street, is my favorite pie place outside of House of Pies in Houston. The restaurant is called Our Place. They have the best cream pies including banana, coconut, chocolate and toffee. They make a Tippin's style Dixie pie that is unbelievably good.
                                                  7420 North Beach Street Fort Worth, TX 76137 (817) 514-0033
                                                  Here is their website http://www.ourplacefortworth.com/
                                                  The owner, Otto, is very likely to stop and chat with you while your dining.