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Village Wheel. This pie feels like a summer picnic, tart and sweet with just the right amount of firmness in each bite. Ice cream is a requirement. 1400 Central Blvd., Bull Shoals. 870-445-4414. 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m. daily.
Dang Good Pie
302 on the Square. Alexander Virden's 150-year-old Louisiana pie recipe comes courtesy of a friend, and we're thankful it's been shared. It's the perfect balance between pineapple custard and fresh coconut. 302 Public Square, Berryville. 870-654-3952. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun.-Mon.
Balcony Restaurant. The lone Arkansas restaurant we found that serves this Southern delight, just as it's done for generations. 12 Spring St., Eureka Springs. 479-253-7837. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
Ozark Black Walnut
Boardwalk Cafe. No one makes a black walnut pie like this any more, where raw sugar is combined with local walnuts to create this dark masterpiece. You will want some ice cream with it. 401B W. Court St., Jasper. 479-446-5900. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
Cliff House Inn. Like a cloud, this meringue-topped cream pie is soft and white, with wisps of cream dotted with fragments of pineapple and pecan, and tucked into a meringue-and-pecan crust. Light and delicious, it's only available during tourist season, which runs from March until early November. Hwy. 7, Jasper. 870-446-2292. 8 a.m.-2:45 p.m. daily in season.
Country Rooster. Ever had pie in an antique store? This flea market/consignment shop is also known for great lunches and a frequent selection of desserts, including this firm-custard chocolate meringue. 101 Phillips Ave., Green Forest. 870-438-5710. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Apple, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan
DeVito's. Steve DeVito makes these pies to serve in the restaurant he runs with his two brothers. The apple pie here contains sweet, almost pear-like apples in a flaky, buttery crust. The chocolate bourbon pecan pie is creamy and tucked into a biscuit-like crust. 350 DeVitos Loop, Harrison. 870-741-8832. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wed.-Fri. and Sun., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Chocolate Chunk Bourbon Pecan
Greenhouse Grille. One of the best things you'll ever taste: chocolate chunks the size of blueberries suspended in a rich bourbon nut custard under a pile of candied pecans over a cookie crust. 481 S. School Road, Fayetteville. 479-474-8909. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun.
Fresh Arkansas Peach Cream Cheese
Katherine's Cafe Amore. Creativity knows no bounds at this Italian joint. A cream cheese filling is poured over a bed of toasted coconut and topped with candied Arkansas peaches for a monumentally different sort of pie. Other seasonal varieties available, too. 2070 E. Van Buren, Eureka Springs. 479-253-7192. 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Thu.-Sun.
Coconut Meringue, Chocolate Meringue
Mama Z's. It's known best for prodigious piles of fresh-made pasta covered with homemade sauces, so most folks never get to the pies, which is a shame, since both the chocolate and coconut varieties of meringue pie are fluffy treats. 357 W. Henri de Tonti Blvd., Tontitown. 479-361-2750. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Mud Street Cafe. The Blueberry Cream is a new pie in the case, and it's a real winner: fresh blueberries in whipped cream with more blueberry juice soaked into an Oreo crust. Great pie for coffee. 22 S. Main St., Eureka Springs. 479-253-6732. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Thu.-Tue.
Neal's Cafe. Viewed as a whole pie, Neal's meringues look like Peeps under a blanket. Inside, the yellow custard is tart and delicious. 806 N. Thompson, Springdale. 479-751-9996. 6 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun.
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