Apple pie is not just a pie. It is a symbol of America and a symbol of home. The taste of a good apple pie is about more than just good presentation and flavor. For a pie to make it on a “best” list, it should transport you to a simpler time with only the smell. With one taste, a warm apple pie makes you feel like you are a child, sitting in your grandmother’s kitchen as she pulls her fresh, homemade dessert out of the oven. That is a lot to ask of one piece of pie, but here are a few to get you started.
Our Place Restaurant
915 W. Debbie Lane
Mansfield, TX 76063
Our Place Restaurant serves homestyle food for breakfast and lunch, closing at 3 p.m. daily. The homemade specialties include 30 soups and a number of pies and cakes. The desserts can be ordered by the slice at the end of a meal or as an entire pie to take home. Apple is just one of 21 different pie flavors available. It’s usually necessary to order them ahead for special occasions.
Donna’s Pie House and Café
5600 W. Lovers Lane
Dallas, TX 75209
As you would expect to find at a place named “Donna’s Pie House,” there are a lot of pies. There are over 80 pies, actually, including not just one, but four apple pie flavors. Choose from apple crumb, apple lattice, apple old fashioned and apple raisin and pecan. Many of the 80 flavors are also available in pie bites, or mini pies, that can be bought individually or by the dozen.
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The Pantry Restaurant
214 E. Louisiana St.
McKinney, TX 75069
The Pantry Restaurant’s pie selection varies daily, since they are always made fresh. Some flavors are seasonal as well, but the apple pie is available year-round. Whole pies can be ordered with 24-hour notice. Mini sweet tarts, tiny versions of any flavor of pie, can also be ordered. Check out the photo of the five-foot chocolate pie The Pantry Restaurant made for the Food Network’s “Outrageous Foods.”
Mama’s Daughter’s Diner
2412 W. Shady Grove
Irving, TX 75060
The original location in West Dallas opened in 1958, but has since expanded to four other locations in the Metroplex. This spot is still a casual place to sit and relax with a slice of pie. The apple crumb pie is, of course, one of the favorites. It has even been raved about by Paula Deen and Southern Living Magazine.
314 N. Bishop Ave.
Dallas, TX 75208
Emporium Pies is a pie shop with a bit of wit, located in the Bishop Arts district. It carries flavors like ebony and ivory — a buttermilk cheese pie with a chocolate hazelnut spread. The apple pie is called “Lord of the Pies” and is a deep-dish apple pie with cinnamon streusel. These might not sound like your grandmother’s pies, but that doesn’t mean they lack anything in flavor. They change seasonally, so you can keep coming back for more.
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Emilie DesJardins currently works in Dallas television and worked with KRLD Restaurant Week for several years before that. She is always trying new places around the Metroplex to find the best food and unique things to do. See her work at Examiner.com.