Kat Robinson, food writer and former Eat Arkansas blogger, will sign her new book, "Arkansas Pie," at the Historic Arkansas Museum from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Savory Pantry, 214 Central Ave. in Hot Springs.
The book, subtitled "A Delicious Slice of The Natural State," is filled with features on dozens of pies from restaurants all over Arkansas (see her November 2011 feature in the Times), the result of many hours on the road and testing out 400 varieties of pie. The book also features stories about the piemakers themselves.
Photographer Grav Weldon will also have his pie shots on display in the HAM atrium.
The book is $19.99; you can pre-order from Amazon or www.arkansaspie.com or buy it at bookstores and venues where Robinson will be signing. For more information, go the Arkansas Pie website.
That’s the Bourbon Chocolate Chunk Pecan pie from Greenhouse Grille in Fayetteville. I keep dreaming of it. I’m surprised I haven’t accidentally eaten my pillow dreaming about it. It’s that good.
Lindsey’s Hospitality House in North Little Rock offers some of the best sweet potato pie in Arkansas, right alongside some unabashedly rugged ‘cue.
One of those desserts was this grasshopper pie… a pie I had often encountered in my youth but missed during the whole breadth and span of my pie research for the big story at Thanksgiving. That seems inconceivable, but it is true.
O’Henry’s doesn’t look like a whole lot from the outside. It appears to be a converted gas station. Inside, though, it’s lush and comfortable with a really decent menu. It’s also a great place to get a steak.
Just Like Mom's is a great little place to have a good warming lunch for not a lot of dough, with enough space and comfort to read the paper or catch up with your friends and fill your belly. And there's pie.
The pie search took me to Mabelvale early one lunchtime — while I was en route to another engagement. I knew I wouldn’t have time to dine in, so I placed an order to go — one beef barbecue sandwich and one slice of the famed peanut butter pie.
The idea of a sweet filling in a crust is just as native to us as having gravy with our biscuits and ice in our tea.
Check out the seven best Possum pies I found in the state — and then head over to Tie Dye Travels for a recipe to make your own. And if you have a pie recipe you'd like to share, now's the time to share it.
I'll share my ten favorite pies on KARK News at Noon today. Tune in if you wish.
Oh, and feel free to argue with me about the list. I'd love to find pie elsewhere.
Went in to use the facilities. Came out and was told I needed to check with the lady behind the counter. It was after 3 p.m. and she'd already sold out of her other two pies of the day — but would I like a piece of chocolate torte? Well, of course I was.
And what was this chocolate torte? Let me tell you what... it was almost exactly what I have encountered elsewhere in the state as Possum [ie, the casserole pan version. Pecan sandy crust, a nice thick layer of slightly soured cream cheese, a thick chocolate custard and whipped cream on the top. The only thing it lacked from the traditional Possum pie was the sprinkling of pecans on the top.
It was fluffy, too, and that was splendid. It was eaten quickly with relish (I mean, I relished it, not that I put any relish on it) and remembered fondly. And it was found at a little spot in the road called Barr's Junction, the only store in the entire little community of Rosston. There you go. 6683 Highway 278 (Rosston), (870) 871-2426. Sun.-Thu. 6 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 6 a.m.-9 p.m. CC, no alcohol.
But my timing has been horrible. I have literally missed out on lunch at Sweet Treats more than a dozen times. I always mean to stop by on my way up to covering stories in western and northwestern Arkansas, but I can never seem to make that 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday window. That is, until this week.
That's exactly the sort of pie you can find up at Betty's Restaurant in Harrisburg. It's one of those great places you can find by following a guy in a pick-up truck from a construction site, or by asking the ladies at a local quilter's guild — a comfortable place for a bite to eat.
The new Starlite Diner/Hunka Pie opens November 10th with just pie. The full menu is slated to begin the Monday after Thanksgiving, the 28th.
UPDATE: A few more details.
*Monroe said he doesn't plan on taking the Starlite sign down anytime soon. He said he's hoping to incorporate both the Hunka Pie and Starlite brands into the business.
*The diner will be open 6 a.m.-9 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday for breakfast only.
*In addition to the menu he offered at the Hunka Pie on Cantrell, Monroe said he's adding plate lunch specials, salads and the aforementioned breakfast.
*The Cantrell location has been closed since Halloween, but Monroe said he's currently accepting pie orders for Thanksgiving via phone (612-4754), email (email@example.com) or Facebook.
UPDATE: Chris Monroe announces Hunka Pie's reopening delayed to Saturday, November 12th.
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