Food & Drink

Apple-butter pie and more at Buttermilk Sky

The spiced pumpkin pie, right, and chocolate chip pies at Buttermilk Sky Pie.
The spiced pumpkin pie, right, and chocolate chip pies at Buttermilk Sky Pie.

If Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop were on West Magnolia Avenue, there’d be a daily line at the door.

But this Tennessee-based haven of Southern tradition is on Texas 26 in Colleyville, and that’s still closer than Dallas’ boutique pie shops.

Buttermilk Sky is all about down-home pies. The flavors are seasonal, including pumpkin, but the traditional pies are consistent: pecan, chocolate-chip-pecan or buttermilk, plus coconut or chocolate meringue.

If you’re a coconut meringue fan who can’t choose between the pie at Capital Grille or Del Frisco’s Grille, consider Buttermilk Sky. (But — news flash — it’s sweet.)

The new October pies are spiced pumpkin or caramel meringue. The spiced pumpkin pie has a surprisingly subtle flavor — no overloading the spices.

On weekends, the special pie of the month is a Southern standout: Appalachian “apple butter pie,” sort of a chess pie made with apple butter.

Yes, they’re $26 per pie and $4.75 for a mini-pie. That’s still less than Emporium Pies’ $30-$40 per pie.

Buttermilk Sky has coffees, drinks and a few chairs along the window for dining in.

It’s open at 8:30 a.m. daily except Sundays, or order online for the holidays; 4712 Colleyville Blvd., 817-581-7437,

Monet, then away

Shelby Schafer is on her victory lap of a 35-year career at the Kimbell Art Museum Buffet, and it’s fitting that it comes during a blockbuster museum exhibit.

Patrons come to the Kimbell for exhibits such as “Monet: The Early Years,” which opened this week.

But they come back for the simple lunches, sandwiches and soups at the Buffet, a casual and inexpensive lunch cafe inside the Kimbell’s original Kahn Building.

Schafer will retire early next year after the Monet exhibit closes (during the Stock Show, sure to draw extra crowds). A successor has not been officially named.

For the Monet exhibit, she has simplified the menu to handle larger crowds and added more French dishes.

The Kimbell is open for lunch daily except Mondays and for early dinner at 5:30 p.m. Fridays; 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-332-8451, ext 277;

Recovery at Reata

Last Saturday night, Reata Restaurant owner Mike Micallef was grilling steaks to help Dutch’s owner Louis Lambert raise money for Alzheimer’s services.

By Monday afternoon, Micallef was hospitalized with injuries after he was struck by an SUV downtown.

Micallef is a driving force behind the Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival, and his restaurants are the flagship at the Stock Show and Rodeo.

Reata’s Russell Kirkpatrick and others will keep the restaurant riding high till Micallef returns.

Favorite chains

Consumer Reports’ new ranking of chain restaurants lists some familiar names at the top.

Hillstone, the former Houston’s, is ranked the best family-dining restaurant chain of all.

(Hillstone only has a Dallas location, but former Hillstone executives and chefs operate chef Felipe Armenta’s Cork & Pig, Pacific Table, Press Cafe and The Tavern.)

The poll of 68,950 readers also singled out familiar chains Abuelo’s (Tex-Mex), Eddie V’s (seafood) and Rudy’s Country Store & Bar-B-Q (barbecue).

The winner as best family restaurant is First Watch, the Florida-based chain slowly taking over and remodeling The Egg & I cafes.

Bud Kennedy: 817-390-7538,, @EatsBeat. His column appears Wednesdays in Life & Arts and Fridays in