Sneak Peek at Royers Pie Haven
By Megan Giller
November 6, 2013
Pie, how we love you. Let us count the ways: strawberry rhubarb, chocolate chip, pecan, junkberry, pumpkin pie muffins, savory chicken margherita... the list goes on and on. Luckily for Austinites, Bud “the Pie Man” Royer and his daughter, Tara Royer Steele, aka “the Pie Queen,” are moving into Central Austin on 29th Street and Guadalupe, in the old Toy Joy Café location. They'll satisfy all of our pie fantasies with those previously mentioned varieties and more. (You may have heard of their famous Royers Round Top Cafe too.) We checked out the soft opening over the weekend to give you the full sweet report before the official opening this Sunday, from 11 AM to 4 PM.
The Food: The Royers do down-home exactly as it should be: nothing fancy, just savory and sweet pies done right, as well as cookies, granola, pie muffins, pie shakes and more. We swooned over the double-chocolate salted caramel cookies as well as the pies themselves. They're baking the pies fresh and bringing them from Round Top, which makes the supply, in Bud's words, "kind of like barbecue": when it's gone, it's gone, so get there early.
The Decor: Think shabby chic meets rockabilly, with cute wallpaper and sections of the menu framed on the wall, as well as tables painted with sayings like “In Pie We Crust.” The ladies behind the counter have it going on, with hairsprayed beehives and Rosie the Riveter-style bandannas that hearken back to a hipper '50s.
The Crowd: Families, couples, sports teams, students, professors, bachelorette parties - who doesn’t like pie? We’re predicting all of Austin will be here for the grand opening and going forward, especially before Thanksgiving hits.
The Cost: Very affordable. Slices run about $4.50 ($6.50 with Amy's Ice Cream), and whole pies are about $23. In addition to slices and whole pies, they also plan to do a lunch special, with a slice of savory pie, a side and a drink for just a few bucks.