Flora & Ella’s Pies Make Stop Worthwhile

1 Dec

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The sign above is one of the first things you’ll see as you step towards Flora & Ella’s, a rather famous Cracker eatery along State Highway 80 in La Belle, Florida. They have been serving up down home chow and friendly service for many decades now. I love seeing messages like this at businesses because you know you will be treated with true Christian hospitality. The folks here are extremely nice.

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The vintage equipment seen above hints at the FL restaurant’s longevity

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I was very familiar with their pies, yet we had not truly dined here until last week. I was tempted to order the meat loaf with tomato sauce, but I was a good boy and called for the Vegetable Plate (shown above). I must say I was pretty darn disappointed with the result. Sadly, the days of scratch cooking at Flora and Ella’s are apparently a thing of the past. The greens and black eyes were right out of the can. THOU SHALT NOT SERVE YOUR FELLOW MAN CANNED VEGETABLES. The okra was of the pre-breaded, frozen variety (yuk!). THOU SHALT NOT SERVE HIM FROZEN OKRA. And the cornbread stuffing (served without a drop of gravy) was a dry, flavorless blob of bread and herbs. THOU SHALT NOT WITHHOLD GRAVY FROM A WEARY TRAVELER.

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The servers at Flora and Ella’s wear T-shirts that state “Life is Uncertain, Eat Dessert First.” Boy, I didn’t really know how true that was until I finally gave up and pushed the veggie platter aside. I quickly turned my attention to the pie vault, which was conveniently located just a few feet from our table. You can see the wide variety of sweets offered by taking a look at the menu seen directly above. REMEMBER: THOU SHALT NOT COVET THY NEIGHBOR’S COCONUT CREAM PIE.  

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The Peanut Butter Cream sounded so fabulous, but my #1 favorite pie at Flora and Ella’s is their to-die-for Coconut Cream with its mile high meringue. As you can see below, they boxed up a full pie for us and even added a doily at the bottom for extra class and elegance. Now that’s a true Granny-style Southern touch you won’t get at your local Wal-Mart bakery.  

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The pies at Flora and Ella’s are very reasonable — and super deee-lish!

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We carried our pie on down the road to my parents’ place on Singer Island. However, Flora and Ella’s has kindly placed a nice row of rocking chairs on their front porch just in case you need to digest a spell before continuing on your journey. So please take my advice and do stop for a slice (or a whole pie). If you’re hungry for more than that, there is a Popeye’s Fried Chicken right next door. Your meal will likely be cheaper, faster, and ultimately more satisfying.

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