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2011 Pie Run Schedule

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Well, I got home yesterday after the Crockett Pie Run, checked the forum, and promptly crashed for the evening. :yawn:

(that's why I am up early and typing)

Right about now is when I start thinking about next year and starting to assemple the list of 12 locations. Here are the proposed dates:

1/29 Koffee Kup, Hico
2/26 Pie in the Sky, Conroe
3/19 Royer's Cafe, Round Top (new)
4/30 Mosier's (Tiffany's) Cafe, Lake Fork Marina
5/28 Floyd's Ranch House, Ingleside (Mem Day weekend)
6/25 Downtown cafe, Thorndale (new)
7/30 Texan Cafe, Hutto
8/27 Sam's Restaurant, Fairfield
9/24 Smokestack Restaurant, Thurber (new)
10/29 Murphy's Steakhouse, Winchester (new)
11/19 Jake and Dorothy's, Stephenville (new) (week before Thanksgiving)
12/31 Moosehead Cafe, Crockett, 12 noon (New year's Eve!)

Note: After talking with Bud at Royer's, we agreed to change the date from 26 to 19 to avoid the antique show on the last weekend. He said it is not safe for motorcycles that weekend.

I am liking the December spot as being Crockett and will probably keep it in there. Regular locations include Hico, Hutto, and Edom. We missed Ponder and Marble Falls this last year and may do them again.

May is usually the "long haul" date. Memorial Day weekend seemed to work alright in 2010, so it may stick for 2011.

I always get a few recommendations & sometimes I remember them if I don't write them down. :doh:

Andrew T wrote this yesterday: "Any thoughts for next year? I, as usual, nominate the Last Saturday in January Always fish fry and dessert auction in Deutschberg. Desserts including pie are served as well."

I had to look up where this was and got Austria! Google suggested Deutschburg but I am still not sure where it is. Looks be pretty far south, however. Texas riding in January can vary wildly.

Here are some things to consider when suggesting places:
1. can they handle the size of group, usually 40-100?
2. Do they have adequate parking?
3. Are they a "reasonable" distance away?

The primary rider concentrations are Houston, DFW, Austin/San Antonio areas. So, I usually try to schedule the "extreme" months (winter/summer) closer to inside the DFW-Houston-Austin triangle.

Anyway, suggest away. I end up making some hard decisions & please don't take it personal if we don't do the one you suggest. Of course, you can always organize your own Ride-to-Eat (RTE) and visit it.

So, how about some suggestions? :trust:
 
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Marble Falls has never impressed me. They are in a hurry to get you out the door and seat us in scattered fashion throughout the building. Socializing is tough except for the parking lot. I've never felt they were very friendly either.
 

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Marble Falls has never impressed me. They are in a hurry to get you out the door and seat us in scattered fashion throughout the building. Socializing is tough except for the parking lot. I've never felt they were very friendly either.
I have only been there once and didn't have an issue with the friendliness, but I agree with Kurt that they are not really set up to handle a group of our size in addition to their regular high number of customers.
 
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This place probably would be custom made for a Pie Run. Just one problem, it would have to be a long weekend as it's in Hermann, Mo :lol2:

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Being more serious, I enjoyed the place in Godley this year.
 
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Marble Falls has never impressed me. They are in a hurry to get you out the door and seat us in scattered fashion throughout the building. Socializing is tough except for the parking lot. I've never felt they were very friendly either.
I agree, as busy as they usually are it just doesn't seem to work well with our group. It is a much better option for just a few riders together rather than a large group. In the Austin area I think the Hutto location is optimal, not as nice of a ride but the location works better.

For a place more on the far west side of Austin-San Antonio, there is Lum's BBQ in Junction that might be worthy of consideration. I will try and stop there for lunch on the way back from Monahans after Christmas.
 
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Chuck, I like Hico to start the year because if I can get there in January (28 degrees!) it feels like a real achievment. :)
I, too, like Godley. Elgin food was good.
Geographically, Crockett was good but I thought the food was average at best and pie choices were quite limited.
Edom always draws a nice metroplex crowd, as did Mosiers at Lake Fork though it's been a couple of years since it was on the schedule. East Texas Burger Company in Mineola was a good EastTex spot, too, in years past.

Someone else will have to critique the outliers in far west and far south.

Good luck.

And thanks, Chuck.:clap:
 
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I like the East Texas Burger Company but parking there always seems to be a challenge even for smaller goups. I too think the food in Crockett is only average at best and you better like coconut, apple or Mississippi mud pie.

One place I ran into this summer that is really good is the Highway 77 Cafe in Rosebub, Tx. The food is exceptional. Pie's are limited on their menu but they do have cakes and puddings to supplement them (I can recommend the carrot cake). menu . Parking would not be a problem but their dinning room can only handle about 50 or 60 people at one time.
 
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Jewel's in Hawkins might be a candidate. Two inside dining rooms plus one out doors. The food is pretty good. Only three pies on the menu.
 

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Chuck....any thoughts on a return to the Corpus Christi/Rockport area?
yes! I didn't get a chance to check out the aircraft carrier last time, and the pre-pie dinner out on Mustang island was fun, my first time on a ferry.
 
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Hello, yesterday in Crockett was our first pie run, and we had a great time, , i think we should look at in Riverside, " A little pizza heaven," the parking is good, and the food is great, and also the prices are good, low, :rider::eat:
 

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I'd like to find out more about the Junction location so we have a more westerly location.
 
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Another place to consider is the Downtown cafe in Thorndale. Plenty of room, good food, ice cream and pies. http://www.thorndaledtc.com/

I don't know about everyone else, but I would like us to try some different locations instead of the same oh same oh each year. It would be fun to try out some different roads getting to new places.

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I agree with Skip. I'd forgotten Sam's. Lots of
(a) Pie
(b) Seating
(c) Parking, and
(d) More Pie

It is a pie run.
 

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I've always been partial to the Smokestack in Thurber. Not that far from Hico so not sure you want another one in the same general area, but it's a great place. Website says they can accomodate groups up to 130.

http://www.smokestack.net/menu.shtml
 

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I don't know about everyone else, but I would like us to try some different locations instead of the same oh same oh each year.
There were 4 new locations on this year's schedule. Do you mean a complete schedule of new locations?
 
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Anyone interested in riding down to our place, the Harbor Inn in Port Aransas, on Mustang Island?

Mary and I will serve you guys the best home-made pecan pie (courtesy of a local woman who is the best baker on the island) ala mode -- at poolside! :eat:

We've got three big parking lots, and there are a brazillion bars and restaurants within walking distance, if anyone wants to spend the night....
 
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I would like to see new places. Hopefully a lot of ppl will post up possible places that can host a pie run.

I trust your judgment Chuck. What your doing seems to be working pretty well. :thumb:
 
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There were 4 new locations on this year's schedule. Do you mean a complete schedule of new locations?
I wouldn't mind seeing us alternate locations each year. That would open up a lot of new eating places with new riding areas. We would be going back to the favorites every other year. Texas is a big state with a lot of neat cafes. I enjoy checking out new places every time I ride out. Just my 2 cents. We could always have some RTE's on the favorite places on off years. More reason to ride.

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Simply Country in Moss Hill.

Link to map

Banana split pie



Some kind of Berries and Cream



Pecan Cheesecake. Starts out in your mouth as Cheesecake and ends as Pecan pie. One of my all time favorites.



Typical menu and all made by owners mother in house.


 
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Regarding Marble Falls... the last time, we showed up late and the line was out the door... we simply went about two blocks toward the river and found a place on the river with a meeting room that would seat 50+ and even more room in the restaurant proper. I can't tell you the name, but it overlooks the river and shouldn't be hard to find. The food and service were very good.
 
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Anyone interested in riding down to our place, the Harbor Inn in Port Aransas, on Mustang Island?

Mary and I will serve you guys the best home-made pecan pie (courtesy of a local woman who is the best baker on the island) ala mode -- at poolside! :eat:

We've got three big parking lots, and there are a brazillion bars and restaurants within walking distance, if anyone wants to spend the night....
I think this might be a good way to include folks from South Texas... :trust:
 

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Yeah, Royers probablty can't fit us very well, though I'd be in for a RTE there.

Murphy's is a great choice - anyone know the actual (posted/legal) seating capacity?
 
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Yeah, Royers probably can't fit us very well, though I'd be in for a RTE there.

Murphy's is a great choice - anyone know the actual (posted/legal) seating capacity?

The owners of Murphys Steak House are bikers themselves. Georgiana rides a softail and her husband sports a Road King. We have had many last minute RTE's there the last couple years. The place can seat 150 comfortably. If we let them know early enough they will bring in a little extra help. Last time we had around 30 and they set up tables with only 15 minutes notice. It helps if you know them as I do. Only 13 miles for me.
The pie is made right on the premises.
Good service and great food. It will not disappoint.
 
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I think this might be a good way to include folks from South Texas... :trust:
We have had it in Ingleside a couple of times (2008-2009), I think one time in March and the other in June or July. I always liked one down in that area.

I would like to keep the traditional Hico location since it was the location for the first "Test Pie Run" on New Years Eve 2004 and the first official one a month later (January 2005). To me most others are open.
 

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So what's next Chuck, a poll?
I thought this was not a democratic process but the choice of a wise PieMan...
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Look into Jake & Dorthy's Cafe in Stephenville.

When Texas Monthly did the top Cafes in Texas, they were the one featured on the cover. They have good ol' Texas type food... hot, brown and a lot of it. They do great pies and cakes as well. You'd need to give them a heads up to increase the pie inventory for that day. The side room will hold about 80 people. Parking in the area is plentiful.
 
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The Ranchman's Cafe in Ponder is always good, was it on the 2010 schedule?

+1 on the Koffee Kup in Hico, and Sam's in Fairfield.
 
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