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To Pie For: Emporium in Oak Cliff

Posted 5:22pm on Sunday, Oct. 07, 2012

Move over, cupcakes and donuts, it's time to get your pie on.

Since just opening a few days ago, Emporium Pies -- housed in an old, restored cottage in Oak Cliff's Bishop Arts District -- has foodies buzzing about the place's down-home yet gourmet and organic pies made with no preservatives, hydrogenated oils, dyes or corn syrup. Just check out the reviews from customers on Yelp.

Started by bakers Megan Wilkes and Mary Sparks, whose pies previously were available at places like Corner Market and Urban Acres in Dallas, Emporium doesn't make a store full of different pies (only seven) and -- except for coffee and tea -- they don't sell anything else.

So I had to stop in over the weekend for a first impression and to see what all the fuss is about. The choices on hand: Cloud Nine (butterscotch custard creme pie with flaky crust); the Drunken Nut (bourbon pecan with shortbread crust); Drop Dead Gorgeous (pumpkin spice pie with ginger snap crust); Mellow Yellow (lemon chiffon with ginger snap crust); Smooth Operator (silk chocolate with pretzel crust); Buttercream Gang (buttermilk pie with shortbread crust); and Lord of the Pies (deep-dish apple with cinnamon streusel).

I picked the Mellow Yellow and the Drunken Nut -- like all their pies, they're $5 per slice, $30 for the whole pie (except for the Lord of the Pies, which is $40 for a whole pie). Not cheap but, judging from these two slices, it's worth the smash-and-grab into the bank account.

Of the two, the Drunken Nut is the best, full of chunky nuts and with a hint of bourbon flavor, without being toothachingly sweet like some pecan pies. The Mellow Yellow is quite good as well, the filling is lemony yet light. I would have preferred a slightly thicker crust for more ginger-snap flavor but, no question, it's one quality slice of pie.

Can't wait to go back and try the other five. Diet? What diet?

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