Everything’s bigger in Texas. Big hair, big football fans, and big, delicious pies. Pies are a dessert of nostalgia. Whether you want a buttery, flaky crust, or want to try a chocolate peanut butter delight, here are some of the best places to grab a slice of pie in Dallas.
A Dallas institution since 1956, Norma’s Cafe takes Texas home-cooking back to its roots. This nifty old-school diner is noted for its famous fresh baked fruit Mile-High Pies, they’ve won multiple awards including Best Pie and Best Cobbler. Some of their most popular Mile High Pie flavors are coconut, lemon, and chocolate peanut butter, in addition to newer flavors like Oreo and Reese’s. As Dallas’ family dining room, Norma’s says it best in that “Life is short. Eat dessert first!”, which most definitely refers to their pies. They also have mini pies available for purchase.
Word on The Street: Norma’s is known for her ‘Home Made’ Pies, but also serves a stellar breakfast menu that has also won some awards. With generous, homey meals, any and all are welcomed into this family dining room. Also they love to celebrate National Pie Day by giving everyone a free slice of pie!
Humble: Simply Good Pies
A small unassuming shop in a strip mall is the true hidden gem for pie lovers. The character is in the name; humble pies in a simple place. One room with the day’s daily pies on the wall, Humbles’ pies are more classic than anything too out there. With almost 30 years in the restaurant industry, Dallas-native Sean Jett, joined alongside his wife Erin, highlights his family’s recipes and local Texas ingredients in the form of unpretentious, simple pies. The shop’s most popular flavor, the Bayou Goo is a must, in addition to Blossom’s Coconut Joy pie, which is named after his great grandmother, Blossom, whose almond joy cake growing up inspired one of many memory-invoking, feel good pies. Also great news for all kinds of pie lovers, they also have gluten-free pies.
Word on The Street : Locals and families line up late at night to make Humble Pies a packed house. Locals love the small, hometown feel of this shop along with the friendly service and out of this world crust. With CO-VID, Humble Pies is doing curbside and takeout.
Emporium Pies is a speciality pie shop with a few locations around the Dallas area. While there are some seasonal flavors that rotate, signature faves like the Drunken Nut ( bourbon pecan with shortbread crust), Lord of the Pies (deep dish apple with cinnamon streusel) the Smooth Operator (French silk chocolate with pretzel crust) stay on the menu year round. They have locations in Bishop Arts, Deep Ellum, and McKinney, with bonus points for nationwide shipping.
Word on The Street: Sometimes the lines can be long, but it’s worth it for the delicious pies, especially the Drunken Nut. Customers have been impressed by the precautions and procedures taken by the staff to prevent COVID transmission including setting up a drive thru.
Texas Harvest Pie Company
Texas Harvest Pie Company is a small, local family run bakery and cafe nestled in a tiny Texas town outside of Fort Worth. Step inside their little old house with the coziest little front porch and you’ll be transported to pie heaven. Their crust is magical; picture-perfect pies that many rave as their favorite pies in Dallas.T hey’ve got your favorites like pumpkin, pecan, and buttermilk, and their extremely popular and delicious cherry pie with a flaky crust and a sweet, tart cherry filling. They even have signature mini Lil’ Texas Pies. Expect your pie to come out hot piping hot which is a good sign as their pies are made on the spot. After a slice or whole pie, stop next door at Lisa’s Lemonade for a sweet drink.
Word on The Street: Since patrons love these pies and pie crusts so much, be sure to call ahead or order the day before because the whole pies sell out fast.
Oak Street Pie. Co
A quintessential Texan pie shop, Oak Street Pie Co. is a Dallas and Texas favorite. They offer the perfect mix of well-loved pie flavors with a few delicious surprises. As you step into the quaint, cozy, and charming storefront, you can smell the waft of Owner Carol Southern baking pies fresh daily, blackberry cobbler being her favorite. Although they have branched out to sell fudge and sandwiches, it’s the childhood classics that stand the test of time. Flavors like the graham cracker crust and lemon infused cheesecake blueberry strata sit side by side with traditional pies like apple and peach cobbler. In Carol’s own words, Oak Street Pie doesn’t just sell pies, but it’s “selling the nostalgia of Southern cooking and American life”.
Word on The Street : Customers love their variety of decadent pies and everything in between. Their crust is a perfect balance of buttery, flakey goodness. Fans also love their fresh whip cream, and adding a scoop of ice cream on top of a warm slice.