It’s no secret we’re pie people. Tender, buttery, flaky crust piled high with a seasonal fruit or rich cream filling and served à la mode (is there any other way?) … pie is darn near perfect. There’s not much room for improvement unless we’re talking deep-fried handheld pies. The Original Fried Pie Shop in Sikeston, Missouri, delivers just that.
Few foods are worsened by taking a dip in the deep fryer. Oreos, Twinkies, funnel cakes, doughnuts … we’ve yet to find a deep-fried confection we didn’t like. Pie is no exception. The Original Fried Pie Shop’s pies are similar to the Hostess packaged hand pies found at the gas station (admit it, you know you love ‘em!), but are made to order and served hot and fresh.
You may remember the Original Fried Pie Shop when it was located in Eureka, Missouri, near Six Flags. Owner Mike Wilkes relocated his shop a few years ago to Sikeston, Missouri, and let us just say it’s well worth the drive down 55.
The Original Fried Pie Shop is now located next door to Lambert’s Cafe. You know, the place that’s known to throw rolls the size of your head, at, well, your head. Do yourself a favor and save a tiiiiiny bit of room in your stomach from your Lambert’s smorgasbord for a fried pie next door. As one patron stated upon entering the Original Fried Pie Shop, “It’s like a fat chick’s paradise in here!” You said it, sister.
The shop boasts six fruit fillings, all of which are also available sugar-free, five cream fillings and a pecan filling. You can also build your own by mixing and matching fruit and cream fillings. The Original Fried PIe Shop makes savory pies, too. That means pie for breakfast, lunch and dinner if your heart so desires.
The pies are fried in peanut oil but aren’t greasy. The golden brown, melt-in-your-mouth crust has a tender, flaky middle and crispy edge. The pies are huge — a single fried pie can easily feed two — and are bursting at the seams with tasty fillings. Except literally. Some of the fillings are a bit too runny, causing the pies to crack and their contents to leak from the crust. That being said, these fried pies are best consumed via knife and fork rather than by hand.
Hands down, the Pecan Pie was our favorite out of all we sampled. The pecan filling was sturdy enough to allow you to eat the pie as intended without it crumbling in your hands. It wasn’t overly rich, as pecan filling oftentimes is.
We’re particular about our Peach Pie, and the Original Fried Pie Shop’s did not disappoint. Notes of cinnamon and nutmeg added to the warmness of the peach filling with plenty of peach chunks speckled throughout. A superb substitute for homemade peach pie for the 11 months of the year when peaches aren’t in season.
Like the Peach Pie, the Apple Pie was spot on to the old-fashioned classic. Crisp, tart apples are cut by the rich warmth of brown sugar and cinnamon, the Apple Pie satisfies cravings for the real deal sans the effort.
The Cherry Pie’s ruby red filling seeping through the golden brown crust makes for quite a beautiful sight. The filling, however, lacked quite a bit of whole cherries, so the consistency was a little on the thin side. Otherwise, the Cherry Pie is a classic flavor not to be missed.
While the Blackberry Pie’s flavor was impeccable, it was missing, well, blackberries. We found one whole blackberry in our pie with the rest of the filling taking on a jelly-like resemblance. Perhaps we happened to get the last of this batch of filling, but nevertheless, more blackberries would certainly up this Blackberry Pie’s game.
Peanut Butter Chocolate
You’re going to need a half gallon of milk to wash the sinfully sweet Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie down. The filling was thick and velvety as a good cream pie should be, but we couldn’t manage more than a couple of bites due to the Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie’s richness.
Overall, the Original Fried Pie Shop’s pies are a deliciously subtle twist on an American classic. From now on, we’ll be catching one less roll at Lambert’s so there’s room for one more of these indulgent treats.
If You Go …
The Original Fried Pie Shop
2303 East Malone Avenue (next door to Lambert’s Cafe)