Meet the Loggin’s Family: Local Restaurant Owners of Pie Town Cafe & Desserts
By Nick Rama, Link Local Food Ambassador
The holidays are coming, so what better way to celebrate all of your upcoming work parties, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals than with homemade pies? Pie Town conveniently opened their new location in 2017 at 19285 David Memorial Drive by the Shenandoah Visitor Center and behind Home Depot. Pie Town has been baking Pies since 2001 at their original location, which was at Portofino shopping center, a short distance from their newer location. Going from a 1,200 sqft / 24 seats location to a 3,000 sqft / 50 seat location.
Pie Town boasts 35 pie flavors and goes to 50+ flavors around the holidays. The new location also has an expanded food menu with sandwiches, salads, wraps, baked potatoes and homemade soups and coffee drinks. Homemade fudge, cookies, fresh-baked breads (jalapeño cheddar and parmesan loaves), cakes, floats, coffee drinks, and more are also available. Dessert inspired and themed merchandise, serving dishes, candles chocolates and other goods are also available for purchase in front of the dining room and order counter. Perfect for holiday gifts, employee gift exchanges, and stocking stuffers.
Pie Town Cafe and Desserts is Owned by Debra and Mike Loggins. Their daughter Taylor helps run daily operations. Pie Town Cafe offers 10 inch and personal size pies – with pumpkin and pecan pie as holiday favorite flavors, plus gluten-free and sugar-free options are available. The Loggins’ pies and desserts are old fashioned family recipes, that use real butter with no lard and are baked fresh every day. The family has made pies together from scratch alongside their baker Carlos Reyes who has over 36 years of baking experience – with 16 of those years working at Pie Town Cafe. Together the Loggins family and staff members have enjoyed serving the community.
Pie Town Cafe is already accepting orders for the holidays by phone, text or in-store until the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.
Offered October – December
Pumpkin Cheese Pie
Salted Caramel Pumpkin
Apple -Cranberry -Pecan
Sweet Potato Pecan
Pie Town Interview Questions:
(Mike) What made you decide to open a Pie/Dessert shop near The Woodlands?
We wanted to offer a mom & pop dessert shop. A place for the family to sit together and enjoy something sweet.
(Debra) How many of your pies are family recipes?
Our recipes were created by a group effort of my family & Baker. We all did a lot of taste testing.
(Taylor) What distinguishes your Pies from the rest around, town?
Homemade and hand-rolled crust. We use real butter & hand roll every pie crust. Also, our pies are never frozen.
(Mike) We like to ask the locals what they are eating, what are your top-selling menu items?
Our famous Pie Town Chicken Salad is #1. It’s served inside our homemade bread bowl. Also, our Pie Town Baked Potato soup in the bread bowl topped with all the goodies.
(Debra) Pie Town is so much more than pies, what other desserts are popular with your customers?
We make our Gourmet cookies is every flavor imaginable. We change them up with the season. They are big & soft and yummy. We also offer 16 flavors, yes 16 different flavors of Blue Bell Ice Cream.
(Debra) What would be your personal perfect meal here at Pie Town Desserts & Cafe, from start to finish?
Turkey and avocado spinach wrap, fruit cup for the side and an individual key lime pie.
(Mike) Frito pie with cheese and jalapeños, potato salad for the side and an individual warmed cherry lattice pie with a scoop of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla.
(Taylor) Pie Town roasted pecan chicken salad on a toasted croissant, macaroni salad for the side and an individual warmed apple crumb a la mode.
(Debra) Where did you learn the art of pie-making?
Our Baker, Carlos Reyes has been baking pies for over 38 years. 18 of those years have been at Pie Town. He has been with us since we opened the doors in 2001. He is amazing!
(Taylor) What are some of your more popular coffee drinks?
Iced caramel macchiato, peppermint mocha, hazelnut latte, all topped with our fresh whip cream if you like.
(Mike) How is Pie Town involved in their local community?
We are a small family ran business, so we love to participate in local charity events, church, and school functions. We also offer a great fund-raising program.
(Debra) We like to ask what’s the locals eating, what is your top sellers for each category:
Sandwiches: Homemade roasted pecan salad, grilled chicken, Italian sub
Salads: Deluxe chef salad, chicken artichoke on greens
Soup: Homemade baked potato soup, Broccoli cheese soup
Other Desserts: Gourmet cookies, Whoopie Pies
Cream Pies: Coconut Creme, Chocolate Creme, Turtle cheese, Fresh strawberry creme
Fruit & Nut Pies: Pecan, Cherry lattice, Caramel apple pecan
Seasonal Pies: Pumpkin, Pumpkin cheese, Sweet potato, Apple-Cranberry
Specialty Pies: Sugar-free Apple, Gluten-free cherry, Paradise 4 Fruit pie, Strawberry-Banana creme pie
(Mike) Tell us more about your dessert party platters
Our party platters are great for events such as fundraisers, weddings and birthdays. They are bite-sized pieces topped with your choice of flavors, including, coconut cream, chocolate cream, lemon cream, oreo cookie, peanut butter, strawberry cheese, and raspberry cheese. We offer a 16-piece, 35 pieces, and 45 piece platter.
(Taylor) 5 words to describe Pie Town Desserts & Cafe?
Great desserts from the heart
10:30am – 8:30pm Monday – Thursday
10:30am – 9:00pm Friday & Saturday
12:00pm – 6:00pm Sunday
19285 David Memorial Drive Suite 100
Shenandoah, Texas 77385
Nick Rama is a food writer, Local Food Ambassador for Link Local. In addition, he also shares his restaurant experiences on Nick’s Local Eats at NicksLocalEats.com and the Q Up The Burgers Facebook page. Nick enjoys helping the small business owner, supporting his community with fundraising for food banks, and planing tasting events with locally-owned mom and pop restaurants.
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