Where's some of the best pie in America?
In Fort Worth, according to the October issue of Bon Appétit magazine, which finally came around to what many of us have long known: The top-heavy meringue chocolate and coconut pies from Mike and Ginger Smith's Paris Coffee Shop on Magnolia Avenue will convert even the fussiest food snob.
When all too many restaurants, even high-end establishments, get their desserts trucked in frozen from food-service distributors and charge a bundle, the Smiths keep turning out their delectable pies and cobblers from scratch each morning. Theirs are just $2.80 per generous portion -- $3.95 with ice cream.
Bon Appétit ranked the Paris Coffee Shop among the top 10 in the country. It was the only Texas place cited and one of only three in the South. (tiny.cc/22rlt)
The Smiths' pies are so good that they inspired a website, www.AmericanPieWays.com, which set former Star-Telegram staffers John Forsyth and Jennifer Autrey on an endless quest for the best slices anywhere.
Wrap your hands around National Taco Day
You can't live in Texas and not love yourself a taco. Consequently, you've gotta love National Taco Day. This blessed day falls annually on Oct. 4 -- which means you should be looking out to see if some of your favorite taco haunts are participating on Monday.
We know of two so far: Fuzzy's Taco Shops, which are offering all tacos for a buck apiece for in-store orders (all day long); and Taco Cabana, which will be cooking up free kielbasa sausage and egg breakfast tacos, from 7-9 a.m.
If we hear of more National Taco Day deals, we'll update you here. And right back atcha, if you know a taco eatery that's tossing out some tortilla-wrapped incentives, let us know. Were slaves to a good, cheap taco.
-- Heather Svokos