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Mid-South Chess Pie


There are few desserts simpler than basic chess pie and, when it's made right, nothing better. A congress of eggs, butter and sugar with a dash of cornmeal and sometimes a drop of vanilla and/or vinegar, it comes out of the oven translucent gold; and it melts on the tongue into unadulterated pleasure. It is found throughout the South, sometimes in fancied-up versions such as chocolate-chess. This tour includes five chess pie sources that must not be missed. The last stop is a far piece from the others, but the Texas Pie Company should be on any Roadfood traveler's hit list.

Bon Ton Mini Mart
Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen
Arnold's Country Kitchen
Sylvan Park
Texas Pie Company
Bon Ton Mini Mart - Henderson , KY
Bon Ton fried chicken is as stunning as a bite of aged country ham: shockingly spicy, salty, crunchy all at once. The meat itself is infused with a powerpacked spice marinade of cayenne and garlic that penetrates to the bone and the crust on the outside is dark and brittle like the best potato chip ever fried. Dark or light meat, Bon Ton chicken delivers a taste thrill like no other.
Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen - Louisville , KY
Cake and pie-eater's heaven in Louisville: a huge variety of chess pie, seasonal fruit pie, Shaker sugar pie.
Arnold's Country Kitchen - Nashville , TN
We piled our trays with hunks of fried chicken, whipped potatoes and gravy, turnip greens, corn muffins, and slices of lightweight but heavy-flavored chocolate pie as well as classical Dixie banana pudding with vanilla wafers in the custard. Delicious, from first bite to last! Arnold's has since become one of our favorite places to eat in Nashville, and a definitive meat and three eatery.
Sylvan Park - Nashville , TN
Sylvan Park is a simple little dining room that is one of Nashville’s great plate lunch restaurants. Choices of entrée include slices of fried Tennessee ham, barbecued chicken, and breaded pork chops; and the roster of side dishes, served in little bowls and on thick, unbreakable partitioned plates, is unforgettable. Every day, there are at least a dozen from which to choose, including definitive turnip greens and shockingly sweet stewed apples.
Texas Pie Company - Kyle , TX
The Texas Pie Company makes it easy to eat more because the pies it bakes are available not only full-size, but as individually-sized mini pies. The Lemon chess pie had a bright citrus flavor with a buttermilky cushion. The irresistible cake was strawberry: so, so moist and crowned with a heap of fruit-flavored frosting.

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