June 25, 2006
pies. filling. station.
Fried Pies are one of those truly regional dishes that are unknown to most of us, including myself before I moved to Texas. The best way to explain them is to think of the Fried Apple Pies that McDonald's served before they were discontinued in 1992; or to think of the packaged "Hostess Fruit Pies" - real fried pies are somewhere between the two, but still very different. For a few years we stopped at place in Texas on the way, until last year when we discovered "Original Fried Pies" in Davis Oklahoma. These blow the other ones away.
Pull off I-35 at Exit 51. In the Sinclair service station with the dinosaur on the service island roof is a little factory of what seem to be family members around a table making pies that don't compare to others. These pies are handmade while you wait - you can order them with fruit fillings, cream fillings (or you can combine the two)' or they also have what they call "savory pies" with flavors like 'broccoli chicken' or 'comfort food' - polish sausage, potatoes, cheese. The crust is fresh and flaky. Fillings are fresh. This is no Hostess or McDonald's Pie.
Granted the highway between Dallas and Oklahoma City may not be a road you travel often, but if you ever do, be sure to stop for pie.
Posted by Jon Berry at 8:52 PM