When you see a roadside sign boasting homemade pies in the Lone Star State, stop. You'll discover places such as Bevers Kitchen in Chappell Hill, where a neon sign over the pie case challenges you to "Try the Pie." At The Texas Pie Company in Kyle, they bake dozens of old-fashioned fruit and nut varieties and have recently added cream pies.
Still, I found none better than the Fredericksburg Pie Company. Their best-seller is owner Charlotte Freeborn's tasty Bourbon Orange Pecan Pie, but the chocolate and coconut--both topped with mile-high Italian meringue--may be the most impressive.
photo: Fredricksburg Pie Company's Bourbon Orange Pecan Pie is a favorite.