The Texas Pie Company-Mon.-Fri. 10:30am-6:30pm, Sat. 10:30am-4pm, Closed on Sunday, 202 W. Center, Kyle TX 78640
There are a couple of places worth stopping for in Kyle, Texas. Like San Marcos, it is pretty close to a lot of cool places in the hill country, so if you are traveling around the hill country, you may find yourself driving through Kyle. It doesn’t have a lot of touristy places to go, but that is probably good for Kyle. Unlike some of the other hill country towns, Kyle is not dependent on its tourist industry to keep it afloat. In fact, in recent years, it has grown exponentially as a result of its proximity to Austin and because of the new hospital in Kyle. Stores like Target, HEB Plus, and Lowes have sprung up all around Kyle. If you do find yourself in Kyle, The Texas Pie Company is worth stopping at for a bit. It sells classic pies such as blueberry and dutch apple, but it also has some unique flavors like coconut macaroon and pumpkin praline and other desserts. One of my favorites is the strawberry peach.
It is also a really cute place to stop for a sandwiches, salad, and/or ice tea. I love how they have decorated the place, and I am hoping that more local businesses like The Texas Pie Company will open in downtown Kyle.
At Texas Pie Company, I ordered the pimento cheese sandwich (to go, because we were short on time), a side salad, and we bought one of the small Derby pies; the option of buying a small pie is something I really like about this place. The pimento cheese was good but a bit rich and not as good as my mother-in-law’s pimento cheese. I like that they put jalapenos on it and that cut back on the richness a bit. The salad was just a regular, pretty good salad, but it did have a variety of lettuce, iceberg and spinach, which I like because we all know spinach is the powerhouse of the lettuces or so I’ve heard. Anyway. . .
And the Derby pie, well, there’s only a bit left; it was lovely.
Other places of interest in Kyle are the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, which is open to visitors by appointment. Texas State’s MFA program hosts literary readings there sometimes also. In addition, there are a few other pretty good restaurants in Kyle. For Mexican food, I like El Riconcito Del Sabor. It’s your pretty standard Tex Mex, but they have a large patio and there is rarely a wait. For an elegant dinner, Bordeaux’s is great. We went there once after a friend’s graduation from Texas State University because everything in San Marcos was too crowded. It was a very nice evening filled with good food and quite a few glasses of red wine.
These are the types of places I am hoping to see more of in Kyle, Texas as it continues to grow. It would be nice to see a hill country town, not dependent on tourism, support local businesses by putting more places like these downtown, places that can truly help make a community and give it character.