Spring and Summer mean one thing…it’s time for picnics and family get-togethers.
But no one wants to do heavy cooking during the warm weather months.
Why heat up the kitchen? Why be indoors when you can be outdoors?
So Michael Wilkes of The Original Fried Pie Shop has the perfect solution.
“Our fried pies are perfect for spring and summer events. They’re traditional food with a family feel, and at the same time they are highly portable, and perfect for taking along for everything from the kids’ baseball games to family reunions and picnics,” said Wilkes.
Wilkes stays very busy during the warm weather months because fried pies are in high demand for everything from the Azalea Festival in Charleston to rodeos and summer celebrations throughout Southeast Missouri.
“We have every weekend in May booked,” he laughed. “We’ll be at bbq’s and the Puxico Car Show, and even the 100 Mile Yard Sale!”
And of course the pies are always available at his Sikeston shop located next door to Lambert’s. He says that has been a perfect location for his shop, because so many Lambert’s fans are also discovering his shop.
“Lamberts literally has busloads of people stop there, so often there is a wait. A lot of those people wander over to our shop and discover us,” he explained. “We are growing by leaps and bounds.”
A lot of that has to do with Wilkes’ approach to business, which is all about making the customer happy.
He does weekly deliveries to Poplar Bluff on Wednesdays, and to businesses throughout Sikeston on Thursdays. That’s because The Original Fried Pies are the perfect lunch break.
“It’s great food, whether people choose savory or fruit pies, and they just bring a sense of celebration to the day,” said Wilkes. Nothing makes him happier than seeing the smiles on customers’ faces as they enjoy their pies.
He is always looking for new ways to engage customers. He’s thinking of adding some fun events, like a “Pie Eating Contest” to the many events in which he already takes part.
He notes his customers are extremely loyal and excited about the pies.
“One customer called our pies ‘sin in a crust’,” he laughed. “That really tickled me. That’s a pretty good description!”
And if you’re in the mood for some “sin in a crust”, just call in or fax your order to Wilkes. He’ll hook you up. The fax number is 573-481-9468. The phone number for calling in orders is 573-481-9454.
“We leave Sikeston on Wednesdays at about noon, and we come through Dexter, Dudley, Fisk, Brosely and Qulin on the way to Poplar Bluff, delivering pies all along the way!” said Wilkes.
And each one is a happy delivery.