When you visit the Phoenix area, you’ve got to make a trip up to the the famous Rock Springs Cafe for a true taste of the wild west. This world famous little eatery attracts thousands of local cowboys and weary I-17 travelers looking for a hot meal; as famous for their old west attitude as their pies. Oh those pies!
Something to keep in mind about Rock Springs Cafe, this is not Scottsdale, and you are not going to be pampered like they do in Scottsdale. This is the place the locals go, because the food is good, but there is nothing fancy about this place except for the whipped cream on the top of the pies. The decor is roadside diner meets wild west, with dusty wooden floors, clunky old wooden booths and tables, and rusted turn of the century cowboy artifacts on the walls.
Rock Springs Cafe is known as one of the best pie shops in the country, so most don’t not come for the decor, they come for a taste of those pies!
The main entrance leads to a gift shop, as well as the to-go pie cases…with lots and lots of pies! On the left was a dark saloon; to the right, the main dining room. The dining room is decorated in a cute kitschy western theme with wooden tables and booths, as well as old-fashioned telephones on some of the tables.
Dining at Rock Springs Cafe
We intended to just have pie, but the breakfast menu looked appealing, so we decided to try breakfast first and then eat pie! We both ordered the western omelet with coffee. Chock full of veggies, the omelet came with a choice of toast, biscuit, or english muffin, as well as home fries. It was nothing fancy, a basic cowboy breakfast, hot and fresh. The price was a little steep at $9.95 per plate, but the omelets were huge. We decided that we were paying for the “authentic wild west” atmosphere as well as the food, so did not balk at the prices. Lunch and dinner choices include BBQ and burgers.
The Famous Rock Springs Cafe Pies
Now for those pies! According to staff, they sell an average of 50,000 pies a year…that is a lot of pie! Their pies are so popular with Arizona residents, holiday orders start in July. Rock Springs Cafe is most famous for their pecan pie, but they have at least twenty-five different other varieties of pie available at various times during the year (including seasonal), including two different styles of various fruit pies (crumb crust and regular crust), cream pies, and two varieties of pecan pie (Jack Daniels and regular pecan).
I ordered the Jack Daniels Pecan and a piece of the Cherry Crumb Pie to share. We would have ordered more, but were too full from breakfast.
The pies were heavenly!! The slice of cherry was a nice mix of sweet and tart, with a buttery pecan crumb crust. The Jack Daniels pecan was sweet and chock full of pecans, with a faint hint of Jack Daniels in the pie syrup. This was damn good pie!
My son ordered the banana cream pie and he said it was the best he has ever tasted (in his 16+ years). The custard was rich with banana and vanilla flavor, and had a layer of fresh cream piled high on top. We ordered several more pies to take home (for research purposes, of course) and I found that I liked the fruit and pecan pies more than the cream pies, but only because the cream pies were so rich!
I’d love to come back again some time and try a few of the other varieties of pie, as well as the dinner menu, which includes steak, ribs, BBQ, and Bradshaw Mountain oysters (not the oysters from the ocean, by the way, these are bull “oysters”).
If you are taking a trip from Phoenix to Sedona, Flagstaff, or the Grand Canyon, make sure to stop at exit 242 off of I-17 and grab yourself some pie for the road!
Rock Springs Cafe Website