Whether you like sweet or savory, ice cream-topped or gravy-filled, pies are our (unofficial) official food of fall. Our local restaurants and shops offer one-of-a-kind southern specialties worth seeking out. Here are our top five favorites to try this fall.
Moravian Chicken Pie at Hutch & Harris
One of the most-loved stops along Winston-Salem’s Moravian Culinary Trail, Hutch & Harris serves up a hefty slice of this Moravian culinary classic turned Winston-Salem staple. The flakey pie crust is stuffed with pulled chicken, ladeled with just the right amount of sage gravy, and served over mashed potatoes and green beans.
Insider Tip: Located on Fourth Street downtown, Hutch & Harris is part of what locals call Restaurant Row. Enjoy dining outdoors before walking to a brewery or performance venue nearby.
Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie at The Tavern in Old Salem
Located in Old Salem, this family-operated restaurant features a well-rounded menu that includes dishes inspired by the Moravian families living in Salem in the 19th century. Made in house by Chef Jared, The Tavern’s decadent desserts are worth saving room for at the end of a meal. And the original chocolate pecan pie topped with bourbon whipped cream is on another level. Don’t take our word for it; just read the outstanding reviews on TripAdvisor!
Insider Tip: The Tavern’s romantic atmosphere makes it a great place to step back in time and celebrate an anniversary or special date night in a unique setting.
Tomato Pie at Mozelle’s – Photo Credit: Max Cullen
Tomato Pie at Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro
You’ll find Mozelle’s in the historic West End neighborhood of Winston-Salem serving southern staples like fried green tomatoes, meatloaf, spicy collards, and—you guessed it—tomato pie. Now we know what you’re thinking: “Tomatoes are a summertime staple.” That may be true, but Mozelle’s carries this mouthwatering southern treat year-round. And somehow, it seems to taste even better when the weather cools off. We think it’s due to the creamy corn succotash served on the side. Yum!
Insider Tip: Reservations are recommended, but if you want to sit outside, the sidewalk seating is available first come, first served.
Sweet Potato Pie at Sweet Potatoes (Where else?)
When your pie is featured in USA Today, we’re pretty sure you’re on to something. It’s no surprise that Sweet Potatoes (well shut my mouth!!) a Restaurant™ (yes, that’s the actual name) has mastered the delicate art of the sweet potato pie. Located in the Downtown Arts District, Sweet Potatoes specializes in plain and simple—and delicious—downhome cooking. Can you say, “Southern comfort food”? Not with your mouth full, you can’t.
Insider Tip: Want to make Sweet Potatoes’ cuisine at home? Grab a copy of Well, Shut My Mouth, the restaurant’s official cookbook for flavorful dishes served up with equally flavorful commentary.
Fried Apple Pie by B&G Pies
A longtime local staple, B&G Pies has been in Winston-Salem since 1949. The company’s signature single-serve, handmade fried pies come in five flavors: apple, peach, lemon, chocolate, and cherry. Not surprisingly, apple pie is the top-seller from the delicious lineup. And we’ll add that it’s also a perfect treat for fall for less than $2 each. Look for B&G Pies at local Lowes Foods stores, or check out a full list of area distributors here.
If your mouth is watering already, it’s time to pack your stretchy pants and plan your fall visit. Try each pie for yourself, and let us know which one takes the cake on Facebook @VisitWS.