Although it took an apple to the head for Newton to realize the law of gravity, it took a stiff pie to the face for Einstein to conceive the theory of relativity. Get a full assortment of delicious scientific inspiration with today’s Groupon: for $8, you get $16 worth of premium handmade pies at Hunka Pie, located in North Little Rock. This deal is not valid the week of Thanksgiving or Christmas.
With more than 40 regular and seasonal varieties of hand-rolled pies and a solid selection of lunchtime eats, Hunka Pie aims to please the most pernickety taste buds, even offering to create pies not on its menu. Pie procurers can wolf down a slice at the store for $3.50 or take home a whole pie for $18.50. Covetously consume Hunka Pie's Velvet Lips chocolate cream or its fruitful French blueberry, throwing on a scoop of ice cream for $1. The Kampfire S'mores pie offers a tasty alternative to melting marshmallows in radiator steam, and the decadent strawberry tiramisu indulges guests at any box social or meeting of Ken Burn's The Civil War reenactors. For heartier fare, Hunka Pie offers daily lunch entrees, ranging from the toasted artichoke sandwich, infused with pepper jack and parmesan cheese ($7), to the spinach and feta Greek pie ($3.50 slice, $12 whole).
Located inside Galaxy Furniture, Hunka Pie dots its small storefront with vintage furniture, as big-band hits quietly waft through speakers to tempt passersby with a midday snack or pie-filled lunch. Take home a hand-rolled pie to hoard or divide into 100 equal pieces to share with the Latvian parliament with today’s Groupon to Hunka Pie.
With a reputation that includes titles such as the "Pie Guy" and "The Man Who Made 100 Different Pies in One Night," it's no great surprise that Chris Monroe—a dedicated pie lover and enthusiast—runs Hunka Pie. Open since 2007, the restaurant is dedicated to small-batch and handcrafted pies that boast flaky, hand-rolled crusts and are made without the preservatives found in big-batch bakeries. Equipped with the childhood pie memories and experience of growing up with three generations of pie makers, Chris claims the "largest selection of handcrafted pie in Arkansas." And judging from his list, he may be right. Interesting flavors such as chocolate hazelnut baklava and peach with rum glaze pop out alongside classic combinations such as southern pecan and key lime.
But though Chris and Hunka Pie specialize in pie, they also bring their A-game to breakfast, lunch, and dinner food, as well. They tout classic and creative burgers made with a third-pound of ground beef, some seasoned with secret spices, and others with more exotic flavors. The bombay burger adds garam masala to the mix, and the turkey burger's patty is seasoned with herbs. And though the restaurant was once relegated to a small drive-in counter, the restaurant's new digs invite patrons to sit and relax in the classic chrome and red of a former diner.