Yes, it's National Pie Day. No, we don't know why it isn't a National Holiday. Yes, we're drafting a letter to address this degradation of our national food.
In the meantime, we're offering up a few of our favorites to guide you through your four-hour lunch in which you try each place. We anxiously await your report...
Norma's Cafe (photo above) in Oak Cliff is celebrating National Pie Day with a free slice of Mile-High Cream Pie. Flavors include coconut, chocolate, lemon and chocolate-peanut butter. "While supplies last." They opened at 6 a.m. and the tv trucks were on it early this morning. What are you waiting for?
The Mecca Restaurant
on Harry Hines is a classic diner with greasy grub. Our suggestion is to start with the chicken fried steak served with two eggs, grits or hash brows, biscuits or toast. Then: PIE. On Monday's their dessert of the day is chocolate cream pie. Save room for one of their famous ginormous cinnamon rolls, too. Because every day is Cinnamon Roll Day.
Mama's Daughter's Diner
is all about home cooking, and with five locations around town, they should be easy to work in, maybe even twice. "Mama" has been in the pie-pushing business at its original location on Irving Boulevard since 1958. The daily fresh pies include meringues, apple crumb and pecan, in addition to house-made fried pies. And Blue Bell ice cream, naturally. Where hot pie meets cold ice cream is my mostest favorite place on Earth.