Pies Across Arkansas

240 MILES | 4 hr 20 min | by Michael Stern
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Which is America’s #1 pie state? Iowa, Wisconsin, Oregon, and Maine all are contenders, but we’re tempted to give the nod to Arkansas. Cream pies and fruit pies, baked pies and fried pies are at their best throughout the state. So, when eating barbecue, catfish, meat-and-three, or country ham — all pretty darn wonderful in “the Natural State” — do save appetite for pie at one of these Roadfood gems.

1

Rhoda’s Famous Tamales

Blue-ribbon beef & chicken tamales emanate irresistibly appetizing aroma. No wonder Rhoda's is the pride of Lake Village.

2

Ms. Lena’s Pies

Ms. Lena's of De Valls Bluff makes Arkansas-excellent pies, sold whole or by the slice. No indoor dining. All take-out or eat-off-the dashboard.

Must Eats
3

Charlotte’s Eats & Sweets

Charlotte's chocolate pie is deep, dark, and fudgy; the silky smooth, rich custard of the caramel pie is unmistakably homemade. Meringues are 5-6 inches high.

Must Eats
4

Cotham’s Mercantile

Cotham's Mercantile of Little Rock, Arkansas, serves hearty Dixie meat & 2 meals; the menu's star is an immense Hubcap Hamburger.

5

Wagon Wheel

Tall meringue pies are Arkansas-excellent at Greenbrier's Wagon Wheel, which also is a great place for breakfast biscuits and regular or chocolate (!) gravy.