Today I headed to Pie in the Sky Pie Co. in The Heights. After their successful location in Conroe, they opened a second eatery in The Heights. In addition to the large selection of pies, they have quite a varied menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well.
Pie in the Sky is simple in decor. Happy wall color – lime green. Kid friendly. Easy going. Relaxed. Service was fast and friendly.
The menu ranges from a burger to club sandwich to chicken salad. I ordered the Grilled Veggie Wrap ($9.50) – grilled onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, squash, spinach, and Swiss cheese in a spinach tortilla. It was heavy on the spinach and mushrooms. I never saw a shred of cheese. And, the wrap in general lacked flavor. No seasoning on the veggies. No pizazz. Although, the side of fruit was fresh and yummy.
A dining companion ordered the Chicken Pot Pie ($8.50). That HAS to be delicious, right? At a Pie Company — this has to rock, right? Well, the inside chicken and veggies were delicious. Tender chicken, thick sauce, onions, celery, carrots, peppers. The pot part of the pie was savory and peppery! And, satisfying. However — the crust was not so great. And, again — Pie Company! Crust should rock. This crust was lack luster, flavorless, not buttery, not flaky. Pretty poor showing.
Another dining companion ordered the Patty Melt ($9.00). 1/2 lb. patty with provolone, grilled onions on white bread. Not so fantastic either. The patty seemed like it had been frozen beforehand. Not much flavor to the beef. The grilled onions were good. And, the dish as a whole was substantial and satisfied a hungry tummy, but this wasn’t the winner we were hoping for. Someone else in our group tried the 1/3 lb. burger ($8.50) — again, satisfying, but not satisfactory.
So….the Pie. I mean, that is really what we came for. We tried three (and a brownie): First up, the Southern Pecan (all slices of pie $4.95 each). Hmmmmm….this pecan pie left us a little longing. Plenty of pecans packed on top, but the corn syrup filling wasn’t thick or zingy. Kind of boring. And, the crust — all the crusts were disappointing. More on that later. Goode Co. BBQ has the best Pecan Pie in Houston, if you ask me.
Next up: Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie. What two things go better together than Chocolate and Peanut Butter: That is right…. Nothing! This was a cream pie — much like a Chocolate Cream Pie — but with PB and no meringue on top. The partnership between the peanut butter and chocolate was a perfect 50-50 and worked well. This pie was devoured at our table quickly — but that stinkin’ crust. I can’t get passed it. Disappointing. Pie served warm and with Vanilla Blue Bell on top.
Last but not least, my favorite. My favorite pie in general and favorite of the 3 I tasted today. Strawberry Rhubarb. Great filling. Sweet and satisfying, but not overly. Served warm and teamed perfectly with the Vanilla Blue Bell. But, the crust again, disappointment. So, the crust — not flakey, not buttery, not crispy, not delicious. It was soggy and dull. Lackluster. Boring. Limp. Sad.
Another thing I did not appreciate about my pie from Pie in the Sky was that the ice cream scoops (although delicious Blue Bell) , were pre-scooped scoops. So, they seemed a tad icy. Not creamy. While the taste wasn’t altered significantly once the ice cream hit the warm pie, it didn’t look fresh, creamy, and luscious. It looked, well, pre-scooped and re-frozen.
We all had high hopes for Pie in the Sky. But, we all were left feeling grounded and disappointed. Sigh. Sadness.
Pie in the Sky Pie Co.
632 W. 19th Street @ Shepherd
Houston, Texas 77009