By KAT ROBINSON

The common denominator on our state’s plate is pie. Whether you’re enjoying a fine Italian dinner, a barbecue sandwich or meat-and-three at your local diner, there’s bound to be pie for dessert.

 With spring in full bloom and our highways beckoning, here are a few pies from every corner of the state to include on your next Arkansas itinerary.

THREE SAMS BBQ 

Well-beloved for its solidly thick peanut butter pie, the restaurant has earned a following for combining two distinct Arkansas food loves – barbecue and pie – in one location. Fire destroyed the original building in March 2016, but the community rallied to get it back. The local Shriners loaned Sammy and Annette Jones a food trailer, which enabled them to keep selling barbecue sandwiches throughout the 19 months it took to rebuild. The doors reopened in October 2017. The meringue and pecan pies are in a case by the kitchen door under individual glass domes, and those hefty icebox-style pies, including peanut butter pie, are in the fridge.

10508 Mann Road
Mabelvale, Arkansas 72103
(501) 407-0345

CHARLIE’S CAFE 

This eatery, beloved to the Omaha community, offers great home cooking.  There’s always pie made from scratch – fresh local peach pies, cherry pies, or one of Charlie’s Café’s specialties – a coconut cream pie with a huge pile of stout whipped cream and toasted coconut on top. It’s buttery, it’s light, and it sure didn’t come from a box.  Do note – Charlie’s is a cash-only operation.

23783 Old Highway 65
Omaha, Arkansas 72662
(870) 426-4663

CAROL’S LAKEVIEW RESTAURANT

Patrick and Tori’s place overlooking Lake Thunderbird is known for a menu where nothing is over $10, as a gathering place for locals to gossip, and for its legendary array of tall cream pies, such as the ever-popular pineapple cream pie. The blueberry rhubarb is also a marvel, with locally grown rhubarb that winters in a family freezer that lacks the bitterness of other rhubarb efforts.

200 Iroquois Drive
Cherokee Village, Arkansas 72529
(870) 257-3595

EAST END CAFE

The oversized East End Café lies somewhere between home-cookin’ and a community hangout, with a library at the end of the restaurant. Sherry Wilcox makes the whole pies that are sliced each day for sharing, from coconut and pumpkin to Millionaire and egg custard, and they’re always pretty good.  The restaurant’s platter-sized fried pies are ten-inch-long half-moons full of apples or chocolate or whatever, served with ice cream. Get yours to share – they’ll serve up halves on separate plates.

20622 Arch Street Pike
Hensley, Arkansas 72065
(501) 888-4444

CROSS CREEK SANDWICH SHOP

What started as a single counter at the back of Jennifer’s Antiques in downtown Conway has expanded into an entire storefront of good eats. The pies are located in a case to the right of the counter and come in varieties such as coconut cream and chocolate peanut butter. The chocolate fudge pie, with its chocolate mousse on top and decadently dark chocolate custard on the bottom, is rich and delightful.

1003 Oak Street
Conway, Arkansas 72032
(501) 764-1811

PEA FARM BISTRO 

Justin and Andrea Wilson’s second endeavor after the ever-popular Hot Rod Weiners food truck is a sandwich shop featuring splendid sandwiches and delightful sides. The creamy, chocolate topped peanut butter pie is offered by the slice some days and as a tart on others, always anticipated and always enjoyed. 

1102 South Pine Street, Suite 9
Cabot, Arkansas 72023
(870) 210-6416

OLDE CROW GENERAL STORE

Damon and Jana Helton’s spot in the road between Benton and Hot Springs offers Petit Jean Meats deli meats and often have coconut and chocolate meringue pies, as well as a variety of Flywheel pies. The best seller is the apple lattice pie, with fresh sliced Gala apples. It’s sweet and tangy with a perfectly crispy crust.

17202 Arkansas Highway 5
Benton, Arkansas 72019
(501) 794-2393

TUSK AND TROTTER 

Chef Katherine O’Leary-Cole’s new addition to the hyper-local Arkansas restaurant is the O’Possum Pie, a play on possum pie found all over the state. The tart is chocolate custard and vanilla bean cream cheese frosting, with a coconut meringue marshmallow on top. Usually served with maple bacon ice cream. 

110 Southeast A Street
Bentonville, Arkansas 72712
(479) 268-4494

FAYRAYS

Chef Michael Rice’s bourbon pecan pie is this perfect send-you-to-bed nightcap that combines sweet and aperitif in one setting. The substantial and liquor-warmed slice is paired with a snowball of vanilla ice cream, the whole affair drizzled with dark chocolate.

110 East Elm Street
El Dorado, Arkansas 71730
(870) 863-4000

PATTICAKES BAKERY

Open since 2010, PattiCakes hosts a number of pies, including the state’s most famed example of possum pie. Whether it’s Derby pie, chocolate cream or lemon icebox, there’s always a slice or a whole pie worthy of enjoyment.  

2106 Robinson Avenue
Conway, Arkansas 72034
(501) 205-1969

HOOTS BBQ

Suzie Powell’s team offers some of the best barbecue in the state inside the old cattle sale barn on the highway. Amongst the cakes offered, you’ll find personal rounds of an airy, delightful lemon icebox pie with whipped cream and a vanilla wafer style crust. 

2008 US Highway 65
McGehee, Arkansas 71654
(870) 222-1234

NELLIE B’s BAKERY 

California natives Priscilla and Danielle Wright opened Nellie B’s Bakery in December 2014 in the Elkins community (east of Fayetteville) with a combination of recipes derived from generations of family from different heritages – including English, Italian and Native American. The Wrights love fresh-fruit double crusted and latticework pies built with whole fresh strawberries, cherries, blackberries, peaches, bananas or what’s available, topping each crust with an ample coating of sugar crystals.

2421 North Center Street
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
(479) 305-3735

KOUNTRY KITCHEN GRILL

Housed inside a former Waffle House, Kountry Kitchen Grill has a splendid selection of pies in unexpected flavors. It boasts the state’s only snickerdoodle cookie pie, as well as Orange Dreamsicle pie and a marvelous topped-when-you-order-it possum pie. Other varieties such as mint chocolate chip, apple crumb, strawberry, buttermilk and sweet potato; the range varies from day to day.

2604 West Main Street
Clarksville, Arkansas 72830
(479) 754-2611

SNAPPY FOOD MART

The pair of convenience stores along US Highway 65 in Bee Branch and Damascus sport a number of small, fried hand-pies – including apple, strawberry, coconut, sugar-free apple, and the traditional and beloved old fashioned fried chocolate pie filled with a blend of cocoa, powdered sugar and butter.

11111 US Highway 65 South
Bee Branch, Arkansas 72013
(501) 654-2285

5 Highway 124 West
Damascus, Arkansas 72039
(501) 335-7174

LOCAL FLAVOR CAFÉ 

Britt Evans’ place overlooking Main Street has become the go-to for Eureka Springs venturing travelers for good reason – with a seasonal menu and a key eye towards what locals want. The restaurant has a semi-pie in its Chocolate Decadence, a rich make-its-own-crust chocolate custard, but its star player is a simple, packed with pecans from top to bottom pie on a shortbread crust, that’s as good for concluding a well-enjoyed dinner as for consuming between friends over a coffee chat.

71 South Main Street
Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632
(479) 253-9522

RYMOLENE’S PIES

This shop offers what may be Arkansas’ largest selection of daily pies, with more than 30 different flavors at any particular time – not just standards such as apple crumb, egg custard cream and Key lime but more unusual versions like Ande’s mint, pineapple-apple, dirt-n-worms, butterbeer and even cantaloupe. The restaurant, which bears a name derived from owner Margaret Burris’ three children, also offers sandwiches and other specials, including an excellent chicken salad.

955 North Shiloh Drive
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
(479) 841-0075

WOODEN SPOON RESTAURANT

Nestled into a house at the corner of Arkansas Highways 32, 41 and 108, The Wooden Spoon is housed in a light green building is a warren of rooms within, all painted different dark colors. A pie case separates what would be the living and dining areas of the original house, loaded with pecan pies and meringue pies of note.

724 Tracy Lawrence Avenue
Foreman, Arkansas 71836
(870) 542-7088

RE-PETE’S PLACE

The original Pete’s Place opened in Fort Smith back in 1933. Named for its first owner, Pete Schmitz, the business was redubbed by new owners. Today, Chef Brad Meyers and his team offer prime rib, hamburgers and incredible pies – including a coconut Bavarian that’s impossibly creamy, one of the best coconut pies in Arkansas.

7830 US Highway 71 South (just off I-540)
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72908
(479) 646-4333

DAISY’S LUNCHBOX

Suzanne Raiford’s adorable blue and white shop offers seasonal pies in grand flavors such as lemon meringue, coconut cream, chocolate, cherry, peach, apple and pumpkin throughout the year, both in slices and in personal rounds. Spring marks the best time to come for a decadent slice of fresh strawberry pie – a shortbread crusted pie that’s almost too gorgeous to eat.

311 North Spruce Street
Searcy, Arkansas 72143
(501) 281-0297

LEAVES & BEANS CAFÉ

The garden-cottage aesthetic of this suite along the famed Hardy Old Town passage is an excellent place for a cup of gourmet coffee and a slice of pie, be it rustic apple to possum or even the Blue Hawaiian – a blueberry and pineapple double-crust pie.

211 East Main Street
Hardy, Arkansas 72542
(870) 847-3748

NEIGHBOR’S MILL

Mike and Karin Nabors’ local landmark mill-shaped shop is a haven for those lovers of fresh bread and various pies, You can still pick up one of several different pies at Neighbor’s Mill, by the slice or whole, six days a week, from Dutch Apple to Oreo, chocolate peanut butter, coconut, Samoa, chocolate meringue and chocolate cream. A second location is now in Rogers.

1012 Highway 65 North
Harrison, Arkansas 72601
(870) 741-6455

2090 West Pleasant Grove Road
Rogers, Arkansas 72758
(479) 282-3488

CHUCK’S DINER AND STEAKHOUSE

Chuck Hocking opened Chuck’s Diner and Steakhouse in 2011. A black lightboard next to the door always has a list of pies to enjoy – which includes pies such as peanut butter, chocolate icebox, lemon icebox and the house favorite, buttermilk coconut.

35 Swinging Bridge Drive
Heber Springs, Arkansas 72543
(501) 362-2100

TRIO’S RESTAURANT

One of Little Rock’s most beloved pies, a splendid raspberry cream pie, is still worth having a tuggle over for the last slice. The perfect tart topping paired with the light sweet cream filling is a royal dessert worthy of Capi Peck’s signature restaurant.

8201 Cantrell Road # 100
Little Rock, Arkansas 72227
(501) 221-3330

MR. AND MRS. CHEF

Paul and Donna Uher sell pies at the Historic Downtown Hot Springs Farmers Market. Once a week throughout farmers market season, they’re up the day before, baking pies at four in the morning. The Uhers use recipes that date back decades and even centuries – including both an Arkansas blueberry and Maine blueberry pie, Oaklawn Derby pie, Lincoln cherry pie and more. They arrive at the market every Saturday morning at seven when the farmers market is open, and it’s a rare day when they haven’t already sold out by ten.

The Historic Downtown Farmers Market in Hot Springs is located at 121 Orange Street. The Uhers usually set up on the north end of the building. You can also order pies directly from Mr. and Mrs. Chef by calling (479) 259-4780 or by visiting and sending a message to Facebook.com/MrMrsChef.

The OZARK MOUNTAIN GRILL at WORKMAN’S I-49 TRAVEL CENTER AT LOWELL

This open-concept eatery within a truck stop includes a step-up counter where you can purchase a number of takeaway items, including Cajun meat pies and the popular oversized fried hand pies plastic wrapped for your convenience. A pie case by the half-circle bar contains a number of pies such as chocolate, cherry and apple. The monkey pie, a coconut cream pie with pecans and bananas, is the latest version to what regulars call “critter pies” offered at this and other Workman’s locations.

898 West Monroe Avenue
Lowell, Arkansas 72745
(479) 419-9424

TACKER’S SHAKE SHACK

Loretta Tacker, this year’s winner of Proprietor of the Year in the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame, heads a family-and-friends team cranking out some of the most incredible pies in the Arkansas Delta. When you enter, you’ll see fried peach, cherry, chocolate, apple and caramel apple fried pies in wedges sitting in a case by the register. There’s a standing case full of whole pies, and slices in a case under that. Those choices don’t include the icebox pies in the back, or the hot fudge pie cooked to order.

409 East Military Road
Marion, Arkansas 72364
(870) 739-3943

AUNT FERN’S FRIED PIES

Fern Snowden-Dixon started Aunt Fern’s Fried Pies in 2015. She appears at several farmers’ markets in southwestern Arkansas, including the Saturday morning affair at Historic Washington State Park. Her pies include both the traditional apple, sweet potato, and chocolate as well as more unusual offerings like walnut pie and a pina colada pie with coconut, pineapple and rum.

BOBBY’S CAFÉ

One of the best old-fashioned coconut creams in Pulaski County can be found at Bobby’s Café in North Little Rock. The creamy custard, dairy cream layer and toasted coconut on top aren’t fancy, but it is a delectable classic. Peanut butter and chocolate also appear frequently.

18505 MacArthur Drive
North Little Rock, Arkansas 72118
(501) 851-7888

DRY CREEK MERCANTILE

Lou and Rose Marie Brandt operate an essential stop for hikers and locals along the highway in the tiny Pindall community. They only offer one pie – a fresh strawberry pie with cream – during months when strawberries are ripe and ready to harvest. Expect the pie to appear again by the end of April.

21595 US Highway 65
Pindall, Arkansas 72669
(870) 439-8190

THE ROOT CAFE

Jack Sundell and Corri Bristow-Sundell’s restaurant within the former Sweeden Cream dairy bar on South Main has been the hub of a restaurant revolution in the district.  Few items showcase their devotion to local food items like the buttermilk pie – a creamy, Arkansas-centric pie with a slightly sour undertone that’s always paired with seasonal fruit.

1500 Main Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202
(501) 414-0423

PATTY’S DOWN THE ROAD

A marvelous accompaniment to any Lake Ouachita trip, Patty’s Jimmy Buffett-meets-the-Beach Boys atmosphere is perfect for a fried Flywheel pie or the signature Better Than Sex pie – a slice of caramel and toasted coconut cream pie that deserves your fork’s immediate attention.

6920 Albert Pike Road
Royal, Arkansas 71968
(501) 760-1007

RYAN’S MAIN STREET GRILL

The best place for country music each weekend in Leslie, Ryan’s offers a fine selection of burgers and entrees. Check out the case for whatever great pie Miss Vicki has dreamed up. Her strawberry cream cheese pie is delightful, topped with sliced strawberries that have marinated with confectioner’s sugar, country-style on a graham cracker crust.

508 Main Street
 Leslie, Arkansas 72645
(870) 447-2264

CLIFF HOUSE INN

The pie of the Arkansas Sesquicentennial (1986) is made at this lofty hilltop restaurant and gift shop which is overlooking the Arkansas Grand Canyon. The Company’s Comin’ Pie is singular in Arkansas because of its crust – a meringue constructed from egg whites, sugar, pecans and saltine crackers. The pineapple-and-cream filled slice is super sweet, and the crust has the most amazing crunch.

6 Arkansas Highway 7 
Jasper, Arkansas 72641
(870) 446-2292