There are 3 major pecan-producing states in the US: New Mexico, Texas, and Georgia. New Mexican cooking tends to have a distinct Mexican slant; I've never come across any great Pecan pies there, although they may just be hidden away somewhere. But Texas has a long, proud relationship with the Pecan (it is our state tree, after all), and Georgia is the number one producer of Pecans and is well known for its pies in general.
It seems reasonable, then, to search for the best Pecan Pie in those two states. Personally, I'm cheering for Texas, but I feel that I can't rule out Georgia as a possible dwelling place for the King of Pecan Pies. But for right now, I want to focus on my home state (partly because I estimate that it'll be at least a year before I'm even in a state adjacent to Georgia).
So, any leads? Where in Texas can I get a slice of really great Pecan Pie? Or a whole pie, for that matter. Right now, I can't think of any place to buy a pecan pie better than one I can make at home, but I'm hoping that this project will change that.
Anywhere in or near the state is acceptable. I'd love to find some gems in the Dallas area, but I'm expecting great things from the stretch between Austin and Houston.