Pies and Tarts

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    August 18, 2014

    Here Are the Finalists for the State Fair of Texas' Big Choice Awards for Fried-Food Weirdness

    Remember when I ate that fried Cuban thing that was more of an egg roll and less of a sandwich? Remember when Hanna Raskin hurked after biting into a ravioli of deep-fried beer? Remember when Alice Laussade pointed out that this whole oil-logged Big Tex Choice Awards were getting a little repetitive ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    Hibiscus Has a Pedigreed Staff, Great Steaks and One Clunky Ol' Dessert

    In Happy Endings, food critic Scott Reitz travels part of the globe that says "Dallas" in search of great desserts and great places to eat them. This is the third in an occasional series. "This has been on your menu for a long time hasn't it?" I asked my waiter, when he asked how I was enjoying des ... More >>

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    November 28, 2013
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    November 19, 2013

    Emporium Pies Is Open in McKinney and Taking Your Thanksgiving Pre-Orders

    Some of the best pie in North Texas just got a little bigger. Emporium, the pie-in-the-sky-idea that started out as a pop-up in the Bishop Arts District less than two years ago and quickly won over waistlines throughout the city, just opened its second shop in McKinney over the weekend. The new sp ... More >>

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    April 5, 2013

    Hooray Pecan Pie: The Official State Pie Of Texas

    I have made exactly two pecan pies my entire life. You're looking at them. Truth be told it's all that high-fructose corn syrup most recipes call for that keeps me from baking them more often. That just may have to change though, now that pecan pies are the official state pie of Texas. Besides, they ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    Senator Charles Schwertner Wants To Give Texans Their Very Own Pie

    The recently elected Senator Charles Schwertner has been busier than a beehive down in Austin. In addition to standing up for conservative values and cracking down on illegal immigration, the senator just filed a very important piece of legislation. If it passes the 83rd Legislature of the State of ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    Three Pies You Don't Want to Eat, But Really, Get Over Yourself

    Editor's note: Finally, to wrap up National Pie Day, Englishman Gavin Cleaver takes a break from huffing oak smoke to tell us about some of his nation's favorite filled pastry treats. Read this and ask yourself how English cuisine ever got such a bad reputation. Custard Tart Wikipiedia (not a real ... More >>

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    January 18, 2013

    Celebrate National Pie Day at Emporium Pies This Wednesday

    Good news, those of you whose New Year's resolutions have expired, this Wednesday is National Pie Day! Not to be confused with Pi Day, which is on March 14, or 3.14 for you nerds out there, Pie Day is the day in which we celebrate the miracle of pie. Pie was first invented by Sir Alexandris Pie, o ... More >>

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    November 8, 2012

    Pie Contest at White Rock Local Market This Saturday

    Someone's running a boondoggle over at the White Rock Local Market. They're hosting a pie contest at the "everything market" this Saturday and have called on any-and-all home bakers to fetch their most-prized from-scratch pies for a little judging. Brilliant plan, WRLM. They bake the pies and you ea ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012
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    July 26, 2012
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    July 26, 2012
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    July 12, 2012

    Your New Pie Destination: Strawn's Eat Shop in Shreveport

    Strawn's Eat Shop first opened in Shreveport in 1944 as a diner serving home-style burgers, fried chicken and strawberry ice-box pie. The latter has garnered national recognition and a slew of salivating fans from far and wide. I didn't know about the pie hoopla of Shreveport until I got an email ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Emporium Pies: Where Crusts That Don't Suck Make For Damn Good Desserts

    Mr. Macintosh​Megan Wilkes can't help herself. When talking business, every word she utters that contains a long "I" is fodder for another pie pun. She calls herself a pie-oneer for instance. She's always looking for her next great pie-dea. Fortunately her baking skills outdo her sacchar ... More >>

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    November 23, 2011

    Hey Thanksgiving, Let's Make Out.

    No, Thanksgiving/Footballsgiving/Foodsgiving/Fightsgiving/Shopsgiving/Bingegiving isn't a competition, but once I caught wind of the profession of love, adoration and profanity that Alice was going to publicly give my favorite American holiday, I realized I had to come forward with one of my own. S ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    The State of Pecan Pie in Texas: It Ain't That Good

    ​Texas Pecan trees have taken a punch. The USDA predicts our state's trees will collectively produce 40 millions pounds of pecans this year, which is 30 million pounds less than the 2010 crop. The Sunnyvale Pecan orchard east of Dallas is closed for the season. And today I spoke with Red Gra ... More >>

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    November 7, 2011

    The Coconut Cream Pie at Malai: Not Your Mama's Coconut Cream Pie

    ​In Happy Endings, foodbitch goes on the hunt for Dallas' unsung and unsurpassed desserts. Today: the coconut cream pie at Malai. After finishing off a delicate salmon dish at Malai, our incredibly perky waitress convinced me to try the coconut cream pie. She swore everybody loved it. Everybo ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011
  • Dining

    April 28, 2011

    Cedars Social: Eat Light and Drink Heavy

    Chef John Tesar's menu takes second place to the cocktails.

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    April 27, 2011

    The Bomb Fried Pies & Guacamole Trailer Hits the Festival Circuit. Next Stop, Oak Cliff.

    ​The unofficial Food Truck and Trailer Week continues, this time with Brenda and Pat Barnhart's The Bomb Fried Pies & Fried Guacamole. The husband and wife team own and operate a trailer from which they offer fried hand pies in several flavors, among them cherry and apricot, and, of course, de ... More >>

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    March 23, 2011

    Piecurious and Bolsa Join Forces

    There's nothing more evocative of farmhouse cuisine than a pie, so it's fitting that Bolsa -- the Oak Cliff locus of field-to-fork dining -- has hired a pie maker to handle its pastry menu. Bolsa​Kate Nelson, owner of the 2-year-old pie catering company Piecurious, began making pies for Bolsa ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011
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    January 7, 2011

    Picture Show: The Amazing Pies of Dallas

    Kristy YangMecca Restaurant's Lemon Meringue. Jealous? See the full slideshow. ​Not sure if you've heard, but pie is totally the new cupcake. Yeah, it's everywhere, dude. The New York Times even wrote about it, saying New York and San Francisco are centers of pie innovation. Not to be out deli ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    S & D Oyster Company: For Dating,
    A Fine Place It is, Yes

    Sara Kerns​After my last date at a seafood establishment, I was leery to go to another one. But when a new guy suggested S. & D. Oyster Company for our dinner date, I felt relieved and said "of course." If you've never eaten at S. & D. Oyster Company, you must go soon as possible. T ... More >>

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    January 14, 2009


    It's only Wednesday. Will the weekend ever get here? If you need an incentive to get over the hump and through the next few days, we have one for you: Cupcakes. To thank its customers for a "sweet and successful year" at its Plano location, Tart Pastry Studio & Boutique is celebrating its fi ... More >>