I’ve been hearing about the Red Rooster for years. Alma’s best place to grab a good hearty bite of something. Good pie. GREAT pie. But I’d written it off when it closed a few years ago.
- KAT ROBINSON
- PIE FOR SHARING: Red Rooster's Pecan Cream Cheese
Then… well, there’s this pie, you see. This great and awesome collection of pies that have been popping up at all places — a truck stop in Dyer. Great pies. Strawberry. Millionaire. Chocolate cream. Sundae. Butterfinger. I mean, some serious pies.
So, as it turns out, the Dyer Truck Stop has Red Rooster pies. But Red Rooster pies are still also found at the Red Rooster Bistro. Confused? At first, so was I.
But it’s really not all that crazy. After the management change, shutdown, restart and what have you, Red Rooster Bistro is still home to great pies. So how does the truck stop fit in?
Okay, this all started a couple of months ago, when I put out an all-call for folks to tell me where they’d found the best pies in Arkansas. Several people told me about the Red Rooster, but I thought it was long gone.
Then my photographer stopped in at this truck stop one night and noticed this pie case. He knew I’d been looking for pies here and there, so he brought me a slice — of banana nut pie. I have to admit, it wasn’t my favorite but it did hit the spot just right. It was a great banana cream with pecans in it. That was cool.
It tasted, I kid you not, like the absolute best And then there was the strawberry pie… and when I tried it I thought I was going to cry. It tasted, I kid you not, like the absolute best
And then there was the sundae pie — a banana cream pie with a delightful layer of pineapple foam between top and bottom, drizzled in chocolate syrup with
And the Butterfinger pie — by that point everyone’s bringing me pie, and this one was so good I ate it out of the box with my bare fingers. My my.
Okay, it was time for me to go get some pie. So I arranged a break in my schedule just for a drive to Alma to get this pie.
But I couldn’t just get pie… I wanted sustenance.Dagwood. We even asked our extraordinarily friendly waitress if she’d make sure our pie choices were set aside. Once a pie is gone from the case, it’s gone for the day.
I mean, you really do. It’s that good.
So, turns out the folks at Red Rooster provide the pies to the Dyer truck stop. And herein lies the secret I’m going to share with you. Want that good pie? If you’re coming from this direction, stop there first. There’s a pie case on the counter next to the fried things. There are more slices to find there a lot of the time. Plus, if you’re just grabbing and going, it’s the right thing to do.
You’ll find the Dyer Truck Stop on the south side of I-40 at Dyer. Red Rooster Bistro is on the main drag at 221 Highway 71 North in Alma. (479) 632-1362. Check it out.