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Pie in Northern Arkansas

Sarah C | May 14, 2005 10:12 AM

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I just got back from Batesville, Arkansas, which is about 100 miles north of Little Rock. For several years my mother has been telling me about wonderful freshly made coconut cream pie, and this time I finally got to the little cafe that serves it along with numerous other freshly made pies. The place is called Cindy's, and it is in a tiny town called Mt. Pleasant, about 15 miles north of Batesville. I was told that it is run by two women who bake all the pies. They had about a dozen varieties the day I was there, including the coconut cream, chocolate peanut butter, custard, chocolate, several types of apple, strawberry, and something called "sawdust pie" which was described as containing "raisins and coconut and stuff." Confronted by so many incredible choices and overwhelmed and forced to make a decision, I actually chose fresh blackberry cobbler, which was outstanding. My mother had the chocolate peanut butter pie, which of course I also sampled -- very smooth, creamy, topped with real whipped cream. The crust was excellent. They do have a regular menu but we didn't try anything, except for a grilled cheese sandwich because I needed something salty to cut all the sweetness. The blackboard special was chicken fried steak that day.

There's no sign on the restaurant, just one of those obnoxious boards by the road with lights that blink at night and point to the place, so it would be easy to pass if you weren't looking for it -- on the other hand, I don't think there could be many other eating establishments around town, so if you look closely, you will find it, with a parking lot filled with pickup trucks.

Another good pie place is called Joshua's in Mountain View (not to be confused with Mountain Home). We went there last year and I had the chocolate peanut butter pie, also outstanding. As I recall, that one was topped with a tall meringue instead of the whipped cream.

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