Branson is known for many attributes: Live music, theaters, three pristine lakes and plenty of amusement are just a few. But whether it’s known to visitors or not, locals can tell you that Branson is also a premier location to find a mouthwatering slice of pie. It should be no surprise; if there’s anything old-fashioned Ozarks’ cooks know how to do, it’s rolling a tantalizing – if not particularly low-cal – pastry and filling it with scrumptious gooey goodness. In fact, the Missouri entertainment mecca has even hosted the Great American Pie Show, judged by Al Roker of NBC’s Today Show, featuring some of the tastiest slices in the country.
Want a taste? Make sure you hit some of these Branson hot spots known for the best pies:
McFarlain’s, located within the IMAX Entertainment Complex and inspired by the IMAX adventure Ozarks Legacy and Legend, features Branson’s largest selection of fruit and crème pies from scratch. McFarlain’s one-of-a-kind Branson Traffic Jam Pie is made with cherries, strawberries, rhubarb and cranberries. With the perfect combination of sweet and tart, it’s nothing like you’ve ever tasted before. And if you’ve ever visited Branson, you’ll know exactly how this famous pie earned its name.
Good old-fashioned pie and cobbler is available in downtown Branson at the Farmhouse Restaurant on Main Street. Farmhouse is known for home-baked pies, apple dumplings and blackberry cobbler. All are served warm with the optional scoop of ice cream. Many returning vacationers come back every year just for the blackberry cobbler.
Branson’s Cakes-n-Creams, located smack dab in the middle of the famous 76 strip, was created around its desserts. Not only are they delicious, but each offering is truly a culinary work of art. Although funnel cakes are the classic ’50s-style diner’s signature dessert, Cakes-n-Creams’ cream pies are made with the finest ingredients and topped with a three-inch meringue that even draws appreciative comments from non-pie eaters.
For delectable sweet treats, be sure to stop in at Sugar Leaf Bakery Café, located on Highway 76. The Branson restaurant won’t disappoint your sweet tooth. Featuring made-from-scratch treats including cookies, cobblers, cakes, cupcakes and plenty of pies, the local eatery delivers bliss to even the pickiest of palates. Whether it’s lemon meringue, pumpkin, pecan apple or cherry, just try to choose a favorite! And whatever the occasion, Sugar Leaf can create any special pie that your heart desires.
Looking to change up your pie pace? How about digging into one of the 13 varieties of fried pies at Billy Bob’s Dairyland? The eatery located on 76 Country Music Boulevard fries its sizeable selection of pies to order, so you’ll always enjoy them fresh and hot.