Saturday, July 18, 2015

Best Places in Texas for Pie

Southern Living's Top Ten Texas Pies

Southern Living lists the top ten places for pie in Texas as Love Creek Orchards Cider Mill & Country Store on State 16 in Medina;  Blue Bonnet Cafe in Marble Falls;  Koffee Kup Family Restaurant in Hico; Must Be Heaven Bryan, College Station, and Brenham; Pie in the Sky Pie Co.Royers Round Top Cafe in Round Top; Bevers Kitchen in Chappell Hill; Texas Pie Company in Kyle;  Tootie Pie Company in Boerne; and MidPoint Cafe and Gift Shop in Adrian.
Southern Living's Texas Top 10 Places for Pie

Oxbow Bakery and Antiques and the Lost Maples Cafe 

Two other pie bakeries I am fond of in the Lone Star State are Oxbow Bakery and Antiques in Palestine TX and the Lost Naples Cafe in Utopia TX. Plus they are great places to view view spring dogwoods in bloom and fall color while cutting into that slice. Both dogwoods and fall leaf change are rare in Houston, so I'm willing to make a drive to experience them. Palestine is known for its steam engines that you can take for a day-trip and tour a train museum.

Lemon meringue at Oxbow Bakery and Antiques

Upper: Strawberry cream and coconut meringue
Lower: coconut custard and chocolate chess

Jay Francis bonding with the dogwood blooms
Lost Maples Cafe (Utopia, TX)
Lemon meringue with high toasted meringue points
 Lost Maples seems to be a big part of the annual Thanksgiving activities for folks that live in Austin and San Antonio. I was surprised how packed the nearby Garner State Park was with college students from Austin and families camping for Thanksgiving (there's only limited primitive camping at Lost Maples). I recommend the strenuous but quiet hikes at Hill Country State Park and visiting Country Accents and Loves Antiques and Collectables in Bandera before the scenic drive on TX 337 to Lost Maples and Garner State Park. There are some big drops on the road (you can coast at 80 mph in some spots), but you really understand where the area got is moniker of the Hill Country.
yours truly
a lost maple in firey red color

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