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Family Pie Shop

Route 70, DeValls Bluff, AR - (870) 998-2279
Posted By Paul Swan on 7/17/2012 11:46:00 AM
After a visit to the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock on a steaming late June afternoon, an hour's drive for pie seemed like the perfect dessert. After a phone call to Mary Thomas to make sure she was open and baking, it was off to Interstate 40 and U.S. 70. We were aware that the pie shop was across from Craig's barbecue restaurant, but still couldn't see the shop from the road. After another call to Mary and a drive around the block, we finally saw the "Pie Shop" sign. Note: It's easier to see the off-the-road location from the westbound side of U.S. 70.

The drive was worth it. The slices of chocolate pie (thoughtfully supplied with plates and plastic utensils) were heavenly, not-too-sweet chocolate topped with the lightest meringue I've ever tasted. A whole buttermilk pie, enjoyed over the next two days, was a sublime, custardy treat. Once again, the pie's filling wasn't overly sweet and the crust was flaky.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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Apricot Fried Pie
"Apricot Fried Pie"
BSamuelson





Smooth, custardy filling loaded with slivers of coconut, this is yet another great pie.
"Smooth, custardy filling loaded with slivers of coconut, this is yet another great pie."
Cliff Strutz


Apricot fried pies were still warm from the kettle. What an ultra-indulgent dessert. My only regret is that there is no way to ala mode one of these babies; but eating behind the steering wheel while driving along Highway 70 was just fine.
"Apricot fried pies were still warm from the kettle. What an ultra-indulgent dessert. My only regret is that there is no way to ala mode one of these babies; but eating behind the steering wheel while driving along Highway 70 was just fine."
Michael Stern


The filling of Mary Thomas's egg custard pie is shockingly delicate, both in weight and taste.
"The filling of Mary Thomas's egg custard pie is shockingly delicate, both in weight and taste."
Michael Stern


Mary Thomas, Pie Queen of Arkansas. Directly behind her are some hot fried pies. On the shelf below are full-size pies as well as pies-for-two ... or for one.
"Mary Thomas, Pie Queen of Arkansas. Directly behind her are some hot fried pies. On the shelf below are full-size pies as well as pies-for-two ... or for one."
Michael Stern


Some sweet potato pies cool on the counter.
"Some sweet potato pies cool on the counter."
Cliff Strutz


This 'small' sweet potato pie was actually two slices worth, or a 1/4-pie.
"This 'small' sweet potato pie was actually two slices worth, or a 1/4-pie. "
Cliff Strutz


Chocolate Cream Pie
"Chocolate Cream Pie"
BSamuelson


Light-as-air meringue, with incredibly dense fudgy filling; this is world-class pie!
"Light-as-air meringue, with incredibly dense fudgy filling; this is world-class pie!"
Cliff Strutz


Mary Thomas at work forming the crust of a pie
"Mary Thomas at work forming the crust of a pie"
Michael Stern


Here's an individual lemon meringue pie. It's enough for two modest appetites or one Roadfood appetite.
"Here's an individual lemon meringue pie. It's enough for two modest appetites or one Roadfood appetite."
Michael Stern


Roadfood history. We took this picture picture of Mary Thomas and her daughter in 1982, just five years after the Family Pie Shop opened.
"Roadfood history. We took this picture picture of Mary Thomas and her daughter in 1982, just five years after the Family Pie Shop opened."
Michael Stern


Here, inscribed on a piece of butcher paper, was the list of pies Mary Thomas was making when we stopped in early in 2004.
"Here, inscribed on a piece of butcher paper, was the list of pies Mary Thomas was making when we stopped in early in 2004."
Michael Stern


This image of the Family Pie Shop, captured in 2010, might just as well have been taken in 1980. Nothing has changed!
"This image of the Family Pie Shop, captured in 2010, might just as well have been taken in 1980. Nothing has changed!"
Michael Stern



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