Historically in the American South, fried pies were known as "Crab Lanterns", a term that dates back to at least 1770, and may originate from crab apple pies that had slits for ventilation, thus resembling a lantern.New Hampshire fried pies were popular with U.S. president Franklin Pierce.
A McDonald's fried pineapple pie, July 2013 in Chengdu, China.
Hubig's, New Orleans' famous local fried pie maker and the last one of its kind, burned on July 27, 2012, but expects to rebuild. It was the last one from a southeastern chain originated in Ft. Worth, Texas, that did not survive the Great Depression. The owners originally stated that they planned to rebuild the factory as soon as possible. As of July 2014, however, it is still closed, and one co-owner stated the rebuilding efforts were moving at a 'snail's pace'.