Tootie Pie Co.

Creamy, delicately spiced pumpkin or classic pecan that packs a nutty crunch into every bite: Nobody does pie like Ruby “Tootie” Feagan, who started out winning Texas Hill Country bake-offs and soon gained an astonishing word-of-mouth acclaim. It didn’t take long for the media world to notice: Southern Living named Tootie one of the 10 best places for pie in Texas; and Serious Eats added her handiwork to its Best Pies in America Honor Roll. So cross “dessert” off your to-do list for this holiday season. Instead, sit back after the Big Meal and listen to your guests rave about the pumpkin, pecan or special Southern favorites like tangy buttermilk, delicately smooth lemon silk, or Tootie’s legendary six-pound apple, heaving with tender fruit and fragrant cinnamon. (Southern Foodways Alliance director John T. Edge touts the latter in his book Apple Pie: An American Story.) Tootie has since handed over the apron strings to the one who once tugged on them, her daughter Bobbie Keese, but the pies are still handmade with the famous flaky, buttery crust she perfected decades ago.

Apple of Our Pie

Tootie Pie Co.’s hometown, Medina, was dubbed the Apple Capital of Texas for its abundant orchards, which produce varieties like Mollie’s Delicious, Pink Lady and the Lone Star Little Sugar Gala.