Full disclosure: After the industrialized world collapses when tribes of beleaguered foodies are waging the dessert wars, I will be (and always have been) firmly on Team Cake.
But that doesn't mean I can't fraternize with the enemy occasionally. So while National Pi Day (March 14, or 3.14) might be about the mathematical constant, I've rounded up 10 pies in Houston worth trying. Is your favorite listed? If not, add it in the comments.
Pecan Pie, Goode Company Barbecue
Goode Company's pecan pie is so popular that the restaurant sets up a mobile pie command center during holiday order season — thousands of pie-loving Houstonians just can't be wrong.
Lemon Icebox Pie, Beaver's
The hint of orange in the whipped cream and the extra-rich coconut dulce de leche take a pie to the next level.
Down Home Sweet Potato Pie, Not Jus Donuts
This bakery works with time-tested, hand-me-down recipes, focusing on the two pillars of Southern cooking — love and butter.
Reese's Peanut Butter Pie, Ruggles Cafe & Bakery
There's just something incredible about the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, and this pie takes those flavors to the sweetest possible conclusion.
Fried Strawberry Pie, Underbelly
OK, I have yet to taste this pie, but the combination of Chris Shepherd, a menu section dubbed "non-fancy desserts" and a fried fruit pie is the kind of thing that haunts my dreams.
Cononut Cream Pie, Pie Town
At first I thought Pie Town was just a state of mind. It turns out it's also an amazing bakery in The Woodlands. My family has several favorites (don't skip the Apple Caramel Pecan) but if you like coconut, this pie is pure heaven.
Bayou City Mud Pie, The Chocolate Bar
It's a big, dirty mess, like Houston itself, but if mixing chocolate mousse and brownies is wrong than I don't want to be right.
Vanishing Cherry Pie, Pie in the Sky Pie Co.
There's nothing vanishing about the over-the-top goodness of this pie — until it hits my plate, at least.
Chocolate Cream Pie, Cleburne Cafeteria
It's just like my grandma used to make, except my grandma didn't use all-natural ingredients. Sorry, grandma.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, House of Pies
Yeah, I went there. You can't tell me House of Pies does not make a mean strawberry rhubarb.