Review of the Flying Saucer Pie Company in Houston

Updated on March 25, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Mural at the Flying Saucer Pie Company
Mural at the Flying Saucer Pie Company | Source

The Flying Saucer Pie Company

The Leeson family and their helpers have been making homemade pies at the Flying Saucer Pie Company, located in Houston, Texas, for decades. Founded in 1967, they have focused on making from-scratch pies that contain no preservatives and are ready to eat. According to their website, they use only high-quality ingredients, and they do not use sugar substitutes.

The Flying Saucer Pie Co.
The Flying Saucer Pie Co. | Source

It's a Busy Place!

As you can see from my photos, our visit to this shop was in July. It was hard to get a clear picture of the mural on the side of the building because a steady stream of cars kept pulling in and blocking the view. My husband and I had to spend quite some time before being able to snap these photos.

Every customer we observed exiting the store was carrying at least two, if not more, boxes of pie. I asked one gentleman who was carrying out a stack of five boxes if he was a regular shopper. He affirmed that he was and had been patronizing the Flying Saucer Pie Company for many years and said that the pies are all delicious.

The day we were there, I was interested in taking photos of some of the murals around town. Had I known that single slices of pies are also available for sale, we might have been tempted to purchase one. Being able to buy a single slice of pie gives us a reason to return!

Unless we have company over for dinner, there is no justification for my husband and me to polish off an entire pie. We would need some willing participants to help us eat one.

View of the mural at the Flying Saucer Pie Co.
View of the mural at the Flying Saucer Pie Co. | Source

Outer Space Mural

The mural on the side of the building is colorful and amusing. While the pies may be “out of this world,” the red planet and the little green man depicted on the right side of the mural are suggestive of the planet Mars and an extraterrestrial so often illustrated in comic books or movies of the past.

The spaceman on the left-hand side is representative of a United States astronaut floating in space.

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Green outer spaceman on the mural
Green outer spaceman on the mural | Source
U.S. astronaut on the mural
U.S. astronaut on the mural | Source
View of the mural
View of the mural | Source
View of the mural
View of the mural | Source

The Curiosity Rover on Mars

Did you know that we have had a science laboratory rover named Curiosity exploring the planet Mars ever since 2012? It is gathering and sending back information, which may someday lead to human exploration on that fourth planet from our sun. Another more advanced rover is in the planning stages for 2020.

Mars may, at one time, have supported some life. More scientific evidence is required. We also need to know that enough oxygen can be found or made from existing substances on the red planet to enable humans to be able to live on that planet. An artistic depiction of the red world was once in our Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston.

Below is a fascinating video showing what Curiosity has accomplished as well as some of the earlier Mars rovers.

Flying Saucers

Many people reported seeing flying saucers, particularly back in the 1950s. Saucer-type crafts, as well as other shapes, are still occasionally spotted today. All are known as UFOs or Unidentified Flying Objects.

I find it hard to believe that we are the only life forms in our entire solar system or what lies beyond in the vast universe. There may or may not be little green men. If UFOs have some life forms studying us from afar, they would be more advanced than us. We must appear much like savages to them, with all of the killing taking place on earth. Why risk an encounter with us?

The pie portion of the mural
The pie portion of the mural | Source

Location and Hours of Operation

The Flying Saucer Pie Company operates every day of the week except Sundays and Mondays. Their regular hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and they are at 436. W. Crosstimbers Road, Houston, Texas 77018. The pies are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, and no reservations or holds can be made nor prepayments done.

That is how they have always operated, and it seems to be working just fine for them. The store opens an hour earlier during the holiday season, and police officers are on-site to direct traffic. At that time of year, the waiting lines are long, and it is not unusual to have to wait for more than an hour to reach the counter and order the pies. People can only hope that their favorite kind is not already sold out for the day.

The local news channels often feature the long lines of people waiting for their pies starting before Thanksgiving. In online reviews, there are some negatives amidst the many positives. This business never advertises. Yet, they always have enormous crowds of people vying to purchase their favorite types of pies year after year. They must be doing something right!

Would you stand in line up to an hour to purchase pies?

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      As you wrote, it "must be some pretty awesome pie!" Glad you enjoyed learning about it.

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      3 months ago from USA

      That must be some pretty awesome pie! It’s too bad they can’t figure out a better way to get people in and out quickly. The space aliens are probably bewildered about that. Very cute theme though!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bill,

      Like you, there is no way we would stand in line for hours just to be able to purchase a pie. Going there in the non-holiday time of year would be best to avoid the crowds.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela,

      Assuredly they would not have remained in business so long if they did not make excellent pies. Perhaps someday, if we are in that part of the city, we will buy two different pieces and share them between us.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Manatita,

      I'm happy for you that you saw humor in this. It is a cute mural!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lorna,

      That is my exact thought. If there are sentient beings in other parts of our galaxy who had the capability of coming here, they would undoubtedly view us as uncivilized and way too war-like.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liz,

      It is always interesting finding these out of the way places. The mural is what drew my attention. But it is the pies that bring so many Houstonians to that place year after year.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't know if I would stand in line for hours, but I would love to try one of those pies. What a great idea for a business.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      3 months ago from Sunny Florida

      This company certainly has a unique name for a bakery that makes pies. I imagine their pies are excellent or they would not have been in business for such a long time. If I lived near I would be tempted to buy one.

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      3 months ago from london

      Well Peggy,

      One with a difference, I suppose, a flying one. Ha ha. In my book The Galaxy World, I was a UFO sent to earth by my Father, who was the Micardo (Ruler) of my world. Haha.

      Some pie, eh? I need some of that. Perhaps I'll fly too. (Chuckle) Sorry, Peggy, just joking round.

      It's an interesting story though, with some nice astronomy and UFO's to boot. Peace.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      3 months ago

      I love a tasty pie Peggy and I enjoyed reading about 'The Flying Saucer Pie Company' and their wonderful fare. The wall mural is excellent and I am sure that life in other parts of the galaxy would use us as an example of what not to do. An enjoyable and enlightening read.

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 months ago from UK

      You have a skill in uncovering interesting places and investigating them. I would be like you. We are not big pie eaters and two slices would be fine. A friend recommended pie night at a local pub recently. We went with relatives and are planning to return with friends sometime.


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