Pie Trail

 January 23 is the country’s National Pie Day as so designated by the American Pie Council. Here in Arkansas every day is "pie day." Don’t just take our word for it though. Jane and Michael Stern, authors of the Roadfood guides and website, declared in a November 2003 Gourmet Magazine article, that "Arkansas is known as one of America's foremost pie states…”  And in the January 22, 2010 edition of USA Today, SeriousEats.com creator Ed Levine highlighted his Top 10 pie spots in the nation.  One of his choices? The Family Pie Shop in DeVall's Bluff.  Here are a few locations (in no particular order) where you can honor the All-American dessert in style with some of The Natural State’s best pies.  This is, by no means, a comprehensive list.

Charlotte's Eats & Sweets

Historic pharmacy building, complete with old walnut soda fountain. Sandwiches, including the famous "Keo Klassic," salads, burgers, shakes, sundaes, malts; homemade pies, cakes; coconut pie selected as one of the top pies in the South by Southern Living Magazine readers.

Ms. Lena's Pies

DeValls Bluff
Fried pies made from a secret family recipe. Open Saturdays only. Peach, Apple, Apricot, Chocolate and Coconut made fresh every Saturday. Additional flavors such as Cherry, Mounds and Pecan made on alternate Saturdays. Special orders can be made any day of the week -- just call. Featured in Southern Living magazine.

Family Pie Shop

DeValls Bluff
Specializes in coconut, chocolate, sweet potato and egg custard pies as well as crescent-shaped fried pies filled with fruit, an Arkansas delicacy. The fried peach pie is popular and the chocolate and coconut pies, topped with beautiful ¾-inch layers of meringue are Southern classics according to USA Today (05-24-2007). Known to locals as "Mary's Place." Has also been featured in the New York Times and Roadfood by Jane & Michael Stern.

Rhoda's Famous Hot Tamales

Lake Village
Different menu featured daily; homemade tamales, hot lunches, fried chicken, catfish, roast beef; homemade pies including the popular half-and-half

Bobby's Country Cookin'

Little Rock
Home-style cooking; plate lunches include one entree, two vegetables; three vegetables, or four vegetables, all with roll or cornbread, homemade pie by the slice; homemade casseroles and pies available for purchase; casseroles include lasagna, chicken lasagna, chicken spaghetti, Mexican chicken, Mexican beef, beef stroganoff, spaghetti, enchilada, ranch, chili spaghetti, beef taco bake; pies include coconut, chocolate, cherry cheesecake, pecan, the McRae, lemon, lemon icebox, whipped strawberry, peanut butter

Boardwalk Cafe

Arkansas House/Boardwalk Café on the banks of the Little Buffalo River. Menu features locally produced organic fruits and vegetables, free-range-beef, pork, chicken, elk, buffalo, wild-caught razorback, local rainbow trout, artisan breads and pastries. Made from scratch desserts, including a pie made with locally organic black walnuts. Mobile App: arkansashouse.gomo.pro

Franke's Cafeteria West

Little Rock
Home-style cooking; an Arkansas tradition since 1919; famous for its egg custard and eggplant casserole; roast beef, candied sweet potatoes, hand-breaded fried okra, Karo Nut pie and the unusual cinnamon cream pie are some of the popular menu standards; catering available

Lindsey's Barbecue, Catering & Hospitality House

North Little Rock
Opened in 1956 serving home-cooking and barbecue for lunch; chopped barbecue beef, pork, ribs, smoked links and chicken; fried chicken, catfish; variety of side items including mixed greens, pinto and baked beans, potato salad, onion rings, cabbage; homemade pies including egg custard, sweet potato, fried pies. GROUPS: facility can handle up to 350 guests on-site; no size limit off-site

Shangri-La Resort & Marina

Mount Ida
One or two-bedroom housekeeping cottages with furnished kitchens; motel rooms; cable television; tennis court, swimming pool; restaurant features down-home cooking, daily lunch specials, homemade desserts; legendary pies including blueberry, apple, cherry, peach and cream-filled; full-service marina, tackle shop, fully rigged fishing boat and party barge rental

Cliff House Inn & Restaurant

Five-unit inn, three cabins and restaurant all which overlook the Grand Canyon of the Ozarks on Scenic 7 Byway. Good home-cooking featuring the restaurant's signature "Company's Coming" pie; perfect stop for photographing the Grand Canyon of the Ozarks.

Nick's Bar-B-Q & Catfish

Barbecue chicken, pork and beef; seafood; catfish with all the trimmings; homemade fried green tomatoes, onion rings; cheese dip and salsa, salads; homemade fried pies (including coconut) and cobblers for dessert.

Pickens Restaurant & Commissary

Traditional Southern fare; daily plate lunches; signature dishes include skillet fried potatoes and onions, squash dressing; fresh vegetables, chicken salad, fried catfish; homemade desserts include coconut cream, chocolate, strawberry and pecan pies; hamburgers

Godsey's Downtown Grill

Large variety of burgers, sandwiches, wood-fired oven pizzas, several dips including Ro-tel, steaks, seafood, huge array of appetizers, salads, pasta, side orders, home cooking such as country fried steak, turnip greens; homemade desserts; catering available

Holly's Country Kitchen

Serves up such favorites as fried chicken, hash brown casserole, turnip greens, mashed potatoes, mac ‘n cheese; banana cream and peanut butter pies; open for lunch only; has been in business since 1999

Wagon Wheel Restaurant

Menu is Southern-style cooking; featured in Michael and Jane Stern's Roadfood. The review states: "At the Wagon Wheel, freshly-baked, high-domed rolls envelop breakfast sandwiches of eggs and Petit Jean bacon; bread baskets come piled with white toast that is rich as cake; and tall meringue pies are Arkansas-excellent. Chocolate gravy with your morning biscuits!! Normal gravy is available, too, and it is excellent. This is a cozy sort of place where locals hang out and discuss things over coffee every morning. The tall (pie) meringues were Arkansas-excellent, and that is saying a lot, for Arkansas is one of this nation's premier pie places."

Backyard Barbeque Company

Beef, pork barbecue, potato salad, slaw, barbecue baked potatoes; homemade coconut cream, pecan, cream cheese, Oreo, and banana pudding pies

Chip's Barbecue

Little Rock
A Little Rock tradition since 1961; various barbecue sauces to choose from, hickory-smoked meats; chili, hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, soups. In addition to barbecue, Chips is known for the homemade pies and spicy cheese. GROUPS: off-premises catering available

Ozark Folk Center State Park

Mountain View
Visit working craft artisans and folk musicians. Learn how iron is forged, soap is made, wool is woven and experience more than 20 crafts. Purchase handcrafted goods. Hear live string band music on the outdoor stage.  Acoustic Southern Mountain music and special concerts offered as evening shows in the 1,000-seat theater. 60 duplex cabins, conference center, restaurant, visitor center, gift shop, youth programs, and a Heritage Herb Garden are also on the property.

Big John's Shake Shack

Retro dining; featured in Off the Eaten Path in Southern Living; best known for homemade and fried pies made fresh daily; fried broccoli and cheese bites; fried green beans, fried pickles, Texas Toothpicks (fried onions and jalapenos), and Munchers (fried tater tots with cheese and jalapenos); huge variety of shakes


"Where the Elite Meet to Eat." An old general store and museum known for its famous "17-oz. Hubcap Burger;" If you’re really brave you can try the “Double Hubcap” burger. Southern fried catfish, onion rings, fried green tomatoes; apple, apricot, cherry, peach, chocolate fried pies, and Mississippi mud dessert; daily plate lunch specials

Bob & Wanda's Cafe

Offering catfish, hushpuppies, chicken, shrimp, spaghetti, barbecue, chicken and dumplings, burgers, ham and cheese, brisket, catfish and chicken fried steak sandwiches, side items including potato salad, baked beans, corn, mashed potatoes, fries, onion rings; and homemade pies for over 20 years.

Cafe 1217

Hot Springs
Award-winning restaurant features gourmet food "on the go." The menu changes every month and can include salads, entrees, soups, sandwiches, gluten free sandwiches upon request, vegetables, homemade pies and cakes; children's menu. Specialties include gourmet American foods and marrying of international cuisines. Uses locally grown products and local vendors. Herbs used are all homegrown.

Mama Max's Diner

Handmade chocolate turtle candy; fresh corn cut from the cob, creamed then fried, candied yams; homemade vegetable soup; down-home cooking, soul food. "A home-cooking hot spot in Prescott for over 15 years," Arkansas Times. The caramel apple pie was chosen as one of Cowboys & Indians magazine's "11 pies worth the guilt." June 2011


Soul food and Southern cooking; pan-fried chicken, vegetables, egg custard, sweet potato pies, fried catfish, side orders, homemade cakes, buffet

Mud Street Cafe

Eureka Springs
Serves breakfast and lunch; open Friday and Saturday evenings for desserts, coffees and spirits; sandwiches, salads; freshly baked goods such as the blueberry cream homemade pie; gourmet coffees; featured in Southern Living magazine. Located in Underground Eureka; the building was built at street level in 1888; the spring that runs underneath the town in the late 1800s kept flooding the street, thus the name Mud Street. The street has since been built up, putting the cafe level down a flight of stairs; interior features old limestone walls, large wooden beams, and stained glass lighting. The original street is viewable from the underground windows.

Catalpa Cafe

Down-home cooking; daily specials; featuring the Catalpa Burger, catfish, shrimp, frog legs, steak, salads; known for the the homemade lemon, coconut cream, chocolate cream, apple, cherry, peach and pecan pies.

Papa Joe's Country Store & Cafe

Homemade salsa, cheese dip and chips made from family recipes handed down through generations; appetizers, salads, soups, award-winning chili; steaks, seafood, chicken, burgers; array of homemade desserts may include chocolate, coconut or caramel pies, fried pies, Reeses Peanut Butter Cake, white chocolate strawberry cake, Italian creme cake, strawberry creme torte, Oreo cake; breakfast served during duck hunting season; primary dining room seats up to 160; private party rooms seats up to 40

Big Springs Trading Company Restaurant and Smoked Meats

St. Joe
Serving lunch and dinner featuring old-fashioned cooking, including sandwiches, barbecue, steaks, ribs, lots of side orders; homemade desserts including pies; smoked hams, turkey, bacon, cheeses and more to take with you. Jams, jellies, and pickles are available seasonally; located close to the Buffalo National River.

Three Sam's Barbecue

Family-owned; pork and beef barbecue, burgers, chili dogs, onion rings, fries, chili; homemade desserts including peanut butter, strawberry and lemon ice box pies

Patty's Down The Road

Home-style, country cooking; daily breakfast, lunch and dinner specials; fried chicken, catfish with all the trimmings, prime rib, chicken and dressing, spinach wraps, burgers, soups, chicken fried steak, meatloaf, homemade and fried pies made daily

The Bluffs Restaurant @ Hickory Creek Marina

Home-cooking served overlooking Beaver Lake; breakfast, lunch and dinner served Friday, Saturday and Sunday; country breakfasts, burritos, make-your-own omelets; pork, chicken and brisket smoked on-site; Friday night fish fry, dinner plates, sandwiches, baskets, salads, side items; homemade pies and cobblers, cakes and other desserts

Red Rooster Bistro

Fort Smith
Variety of sandwiches on homemade bread, which is a cross between sourdough and King's Hawaiian Bread, including a Dagwood made of corned beef, roast beef, Swiss and American cheeses; huge selection of homemade pies including Butterfinger, pecan cream cheese pie, German chocolate, Tollhouse, banana nut, strawberry, sundae pie

Boo's Bulldog Diner

Appetizers, chili dogs, onion rings, burgers, fries; homemade pies including chocolate, coconut, buttermilk; country fried steak, country pit ham