"Bud the Pie Man: Round Top, Texas" Round Top by Rich62

Round Top Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 24 photos

The place to go for delicious pie

On the morning of November 22, 2009, we were in Austin, Texas, preparing to leave for Houston. Our tv happened to be tuned to CBS and the "CBS Sunday Morning" news program. That morning the theme was food. The last episode was about the fabulous pies made by Bud Royer at his restaurant in the tiny town of Round Top. Out of curiousity we looked Round Top up on our Rand McNally Atlas and to our amazement and delight we discovered that it was only five miles off of the highway that we would be taking between Austin and Houston.

Naturally we stopped to see for ourselves. Although the street was lined with cars and the front porch had people waiting to get in, we decided to go on inside and just buy a pie. Immediately we were greeted by Bud (pictured here with my wife) and soon we were the proud owners of an apple pie ($17) which proved to be worth every penny.

A week later on our way back, we stopped and purchased a cherry pie and it was wonderful as well.

postscript: In 2013 we stopped and bought a "Junkberry Pie." It had all kinds of berries in it, and peaches too, I believe. It was wonderful, but the cost had gone up to nearly $25 including taxes. Good pie for sure, but a pretty steep price.

The location

Round Top is just five miles south of highway 290, which runs between Houston and Austin. It is closer to Houston than Austin.

They proudly fly this banner inside the restaurant.

What else to see?

Besides Royer's Cafe, there are other sights to see as well, despite the small size of the town (population 77). See my tips below for more information on Round Top.

This is the city limit sign as seen on CBS on Nov. 22, 2009

Twice a year, Round Top hosts one of the nation's largest antique events. It now is a ten day show with thousands of dealers coming from all over the world.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great pies, wonderful art stores, musical performances too
  • Cons:We looked for some cons but couldn't find any
  • In a nutshell:One of the best small towns we have ever come across.
  • Last visit to Round Top: Nov 2009
  • Intro Updated Feb 13, 2013
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