“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”
Pie is one of the greatest inventions of all time. Nothing is better than warm, gooey apple pie on a cold winters morning, or bright, vivid orange pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. On our trip to Memphis and Arkansas we had fantastic pies. Our first stop was the Cupboard in Memphis, (https://www.thecupboardrestaurant.com/). Here we tried a delicious Lemon Icebox Pie. This pie had a crunchy, crisp graham cracker crust with smooth, sharp lemon custard and light, airy whipped cream on top. This pie was then chilled to maximize the flavor.
This pie was delicious and I hoarded it from all the people on the tour. (More to come from The Cupboard in one of my next articles).
The next restaurant we went to was a special one. We traveled to Ms. Lena’s Pies in Arkansas (2885 Hwy 33 South, De Valls Bluff, AR. 870-998-7217). Ms. Lena’s was located in the middle of nowhere, in the trailer of the owner of Ms. Lena’s, Vivian Barnhill.
Ms. Lena’s is only open 2 days a week and is a favorite of all the hunters in the area. When we entered the restaurant we ordered 3 FRIED pies. To start we ordered the Woodpecker pie and the Apple pie, but we were greeted by the owner who told us that “you’ve never tried a Ms. Lena’s pie, until you have tried a fried coconut cream pie”. She was certainly not wrong. The coconut cream pie was filled with sweet, velvety yellow filling which had a perfect hint of coconut flavoring.
The woodpecker pie was a warm fried pie, erupting with silky chocolate, beyond-sugary melted marshmallow, and mouthwatering maraschino cherries. This pie was insanely delicious and my dad and I could not stop eating it.
Our final pie at Ms. Lena’s was an apple pie. The apple pie was slightly cold from sitting out but, it was what was on the inside that mattered. This pie was filled with sticky, syrupy apple-filled goodness.
Overall I loved Ms. Lena’s and I would definitely recommend going when ever you get the chance.
Our final pie-based experiences were amazing as well. At Ed and Kay’s in Arkansas we tried a humongous coconut cream pie (15228 Interstate 30, Benton, AR. 501-315-3663).
This pie was fluffy and pillowy on top and rich and thick on the bottom.
The pie was perfectly made and encompassed all of the best ingredients a pie could offer.
To end our trip we even traveled to someone’s house in Arkansas and tried some interestingly delicious homemade pies. Overall pies were a big winner among the group and I would defiantly recommend going on a pie spree when you go to Memphis and Arkansas.