If you are looking for sweets on the menu while dining in Louisiana, you will probably come across more cake choices than pies. Perhaps this is due to the Mardi Gras tradition of King’s Cakes or French cuisine influence. If you are interested in a piece of pie while traveling around Louisiana, included are the top 10 pie places every Louisianan should know.
If you are visiting New Orleans, Louisiana, ride the trolley through the Garden District to the Camellia Grill, an old-fashioned counter grill, for one of the best hamburgers, chocolate milkshakes called, “breezes,” and a piece of pecan pie with a dollop of ice cream. Be prepared for a line since there is limited seating and of the grill’s popularity.
Don’s Specialty Meats
Don’s Specialty Meats is on the I-10 Frontage Road in Scott, Louisiana. It is another top 10 pie places every Louisianan should know and home to Sweet Dough Pie, made without a crust. Flavors include sweet potato, lemon, blackberry, cherry and coconut. Don’s Specialty Meats also specializes in meat pies, including crawfish and shrimp. Don’s has daily lunch plates, and products are shipped to most states.
Jim’s Kountry Pies
Visions of Jim’s Kountry Pies are dancing in your head before getting to Youngsville, located between Lafayette and New Iberia, Louisiana. While you are waiting for your pie to be packaged, take a look at the wall full of business cards from everywhere and magazines and newspaper articles about Jim’s. Pie delectable’s to select from include flavors such as cheesecake, pecan and coconut cream pie, and it rounds out another top 10 pie place every Louisianan should know.
Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant
Natchitoches is Louisiana’s oldest town established in 1714, and is the film site for “Steel Magnolias.” It is also home to one of top 10 pie places every Louisianan should know which is Lasyone’s Meat Restaurant. It is prized for its traditional meat pie, made with 80 percent beef and 20 percent pork. An interesting stop is Front Street, the heart of the National Historic Landmark District with its wrought iron balconies and shops facing the Cane River Lake.
Lea’s – Lecompte
Lecompte is known as the “Pie Capital of Louisiana.” Lea’s established in 1928 is still serving pies. Lunch is served, Tuesday through Sunday. Select from cream pies such as chocolate, banana and coconut and fruit flavors including apple, cherry and peach. At various seasons of the year, Lea’s top 10 pie place every Louisianan should know is serving sweet potato, blueberry and pumpkin pies. Ask about the time Mr. Lea was on “The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.”
Strawn’s Eat Shop Too
Going through Shreveport, stop by Strawn’s Eat Shop Too for a piece of their ice box pie, strawberry, peach, coconut or chocolate with homemade whipped cream on top. If you are in a hurry, take a whole pie home. Now, that’s an excuse, isn’t it?
Now it’s time to kick it up a notch for another top 10 pie places every Louisianan should know, Emeril’s of New Orleans. In case you are unaware, Emeril’s is owned by Emeril Lagasse, the world renowned chef you may have seen cooking on TV. Some pie flavorings to tempt you include banana cream with banana crust, caramel sauce and chocolate shavings. Blood orange ice box pie has an Oreo cookie crust with torched meringue, and chocolate peanut butter pie has an Oreo cookie pie crust.
Southern Sweet Potato Pie Company
Pies are made with real butter, real eggs and real vanilla and without preservatives. According to Southern Sweet Potato Pie Company in Marrero, Louisiana, their pies are made like you would make them at home, serving the very best to your guests, but without spending the time to prepare it. Tempting pie flavors are sweet potato and bourbon pecan pie. Other sweets are Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake and Ooey Gooey Cake. It is another top 10 pie place every Louisianan should know in the New Orleans area.
Tunk’s Cypress Inn
Tunk’s Cypress Inn sits on the quiet banks of Lake Kincaid in Boyce, Louisiana and has been open since Mar. 21, 1978. It is where visitors can eat traditional Louisiana food in a comfortable setting at reasonable prices. The highlight of any meal, whether it’s oysters or crawfish, at Tunk’s, is Bourbon Street Pecan Pie and another top 10 pie place every Louisianan should know.
Located off St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana, Upperline serves Creole cuisine dishes such as fried green tomatoes with shrimp and andouille etouffee with corn cakes. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Upperline’s warm Louisiana Pecan Pie is “still one of the best around.”
Enjoy a couple of recipes from the Takeaways to the right. Included is a sweet potato pie and meat pie recipe. Hope you have enjoyed top 10 pie places every Louisianan should know. Traveling around the USA will bring pies from other states, including yours so stay tuned.
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