PIE. A simple, unassuming little word—yet the very mention of it conjures up such happy emotion! Meringue, cream, fruit, chocolate, crisp, nut, silk, caramel and even savory…do you lean toward a perfect flaky crust, perhaps the classic graham cracker or, dare we say it, fried into a heavenly, crunchy packet of goodness? We could argue for days about which is the best, but that would be precious time lost when considering how many glorious pie options exist for the tasting in Fayetteville. Here are a few for you to conquer:

Rymolene’s Pies | @RymolenePies

This unassuming little shop is located at 955 N. Shiloh and the moment you open the front door you’re greeted with a large whiteboard covered with an ever-changing and shockingly long handwritten list of the day’s pie selections. Once you’ve studied your practically endless options, move on to the glass case to gawk at what you’re about to undertake. Wondering about the unique name? It’s a combination of the owner’s children’s names, RYan, MOrgan and alLENE, and her promise is that every pie is baked with love and care.

Rolling Pin Cafe | @RollingPinCafe

If you love a down home café where regulars are known by name and an impressive array of John Wayne memorabilia is sure to capture your attention, ordering a slice of house made fruit or cream pie at the Rolling Pin will not disappoint. In business for nearly three decades and located at 2565 E. Huntsville, the vibe is friendly and fun. Get an online order in early to have your own pies made for pick up, and you will never arrive at a Razorback tailgate party empty-handed!

Nellie B's Bakery | @nelliebsbakery

This bakery is run by a mother-daughter duo that incorporates family recipes into the goods that are freshly available in their storefront at 2129 N Center St. You can taste that grandma-baked-a-pie essence in their pie selection that rotates daily! The selections are highlighted on a charming handwritten chalkboard display and often include selections like raisin, cinnamon, and cherry pie. 

Richard's Country Meat Market | @RichardsCountryMeatMarket

Stick with us here, we promise that this is the right list! This local butcher shop doesn't just serve up meat and deli items - they've also got a full range of pies to go, available at their 3042 N Market Ave location. They tend to stick to the traditional flavors, like apple, pumpkin, strawberry, pecan, lemon, peach, cherry, and blueberry. Every pie that comes out of Richard's has got that homemade in the kitchen taste that just smacks authentic - because they are!

Village Inn | Village Inn Fayetteville

Utter the word “pie” in the middle of the week, and anyone in town will tell you to head straight to Village Inn at 3364 N. College—where pie is actually free with each dine-in meal for twelve glorious hours between 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays. The array of options is dazzling any day of the week, and best of all, they’re open 24 hours a day to ensure everyone from late night-loving college students to early-rising seniors get some tasty baked goodness.

Black Bear Diner | @BlackBearDinerFayetteville

If you really need a decadent pie and nothing else will do, be sure to drop into Black Bear Diner at 4078 N College Ave—where all the cream pies are made with the richest ingredients, like heavy cream and whole milk, making for a velvety, melt-in-your-mouth pie. Don't be dissuaded by Black Bear Diner's status as a chain restaurant - the hours make it convenient to access your pie fix whenever you need it, and the options are delectable: chocolate, banana, and coconut, each with their own complimentary crust. 

Rick’s Bakery | @ricksbakery

Luscious pies are just a small part of the spectacular array of baked goodies produced fresh every day at Rick’s Bakery, operating to the sheer delight of young and old since 1980. Walking into Rick’s for the first time provides a truly wonderful assault to the senses, and we recommend allowing time to just wander a bit and enjoy the atmosphere. Located at 1220 N. College, this bakery is a favorite daily routine for locals on the way to work or school, as well as a Saturday morning tradition for families.

And while the places we’ve described all make pie a top priority on their menus, there are plenty of other establishments which sneak a bit of sweet homemade pie nirvana into the mix. Don’t miss the house-made treats at Southern Food Co. at 3575 W. Wedington, Mockingbird Kitchen at 1466 N College, Arsaga's Mill District at 481 S School, and Sassy's Red House at 700 N College!

Pack your elastic waist pants, y’all. Fayetteville, Arkansas pie is second to none!

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