Best of Austin More 2010 Critics Food Best Unexpected Chocolate Chip Cookies: Pitchforks & Tablespoons Best Unexpected (and Affordable!) Cupcake: Tamale House Best Potato Cake: New India Cuisine Best Cure for the Nuclear Heat: GoodPop's Watermelon Agave Popsicle Best Vegetarian Meal for Less Than $2.50: Nuevo León Best Cupcake Baker Without a Bakery: Maritza M. Lujan of Four Pink Dragonflies Best Secret Recipe: Pacha Latté Most Sensual Sushi: Tomodachi Best New York Bagel Short of Actually Going to New York: Wholy Bagel Most Successful Spin-off Restaurant: Tarka Indian Kitchen Humblest Use of Scare Quotes: Jim-Jim's "Famous" Water-Ice Best Combined Force of Radical Politics and Bluth Family Homage: Bananarchy Best Sauce for a Po'boy: MoJoe Sauce Best Affordable Delectable Burger: Cherrywood Coffeehouse Best 24-Hour Buzz: Bennu Coffee Best Lunch Refuge for Downtown Masses: Messhall Cafe Best Example of Turning Lemons Into Lemonade: Farmers' Market Fracas Best Local Food Trend: Artisanal Butchering Best Tippler Teach-ins: Tipsy Tech at Twin Liquors Marketplace Best East Austin Roots, Literally: East Austin Urban Farm Tour Best Stuffed Hamburger: Bam's Roadhouse Grill Best Next-Best Thing To Hiring a Personal Chef: TIE: Mel's Meals; My Fit Foods; Snap Kitchen

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Best Pies on the Edge: Pies Galore and More

Best Pies on the Edge: Pies Galore and More
PHOTO BY Bret Brookshire

The almost salty snap of the shortbready crust provides the perfect foil for the one-two sugar punch of the meringue and rich wall of chocolate. Judy and Amber Chandler know how to make a pie, and their chocolate cream is just the tip of the sweet tooth. The tiny shop, located next to the U.S. Post Office on Main Street in Bastrop, is as down-home as their Apple Crunch Pie, a bit of a riff on the traditional favorite, with hearty oatmeal, caramel, and pecan topping. They also bake tangy Southern fruit pies, custard pies to make your momma cry, and a fudge pecan wonder that will have you pricking your fingers to check for sugar shock. A short scenic drive (if you indulge and take the lovely winding FM 969 east) will land you in this pie-porium and give you the chance to explore our small-town neighbor across the edge of the county line.

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