Pie is one of the most versatile baked goods in the Universe but there are still people who make bold statements like “I hate pie!” You might even call some of those people “family.” Well, this holiday season, we want to change hearts, minds, and stomachs, so we’ve collected some of the must-try pies in the DC metro area. Be the “Pie Hero” of your family dinner by bringing one of these delcicious round pastries to the table.
This is in no way intended to be a complete list. What did we miss? Where do you get your secret pie fix?
1. Dangerously Delicious Pies :: Blueberry Pancake Batter Pie
1339 H Street N.E./1309 5th Street N.E. (Union Market)/675 I Street N.W. (and a roaming truck)
Few decisions are more difficult than choosing between the Baltimore Bomb and the Pancake Batter. The Baltimore Bomb is composed Baltimore’s iconic Berger cookies all melted down and swirled into a vanilla chess filling. The end result is a decadent pie of shortbread and fudge. The Blueberry Pancake Batter Pie won out for two reasons 1) the pie is like dipping your finger into a bowl of breakfast nostalgia. It manages to combine the uncooked scrumptiousness of uncooked blueberry pancake batter with a syrupy flavor. 2) This is “UpOut DC” and not “UpOut Baltimore.”
2. Pie Sisters :: Jumble Berry
3423 M Street N.W.
The jumbleberry pie was likely invented when someone realized they didn’t have enough of a single berry type to make a whole pie. A homemade jumbleberry pie can sometimes be a mess with one berry flavor overwhelming the rest and the juices making the crust soggy. That’s why we leave it to the professionals at Pie Sisters. They have a Jumble Berry that’s well-balanced and is consistently crunchy right up until the last bite. The Pie Sisters signature jumble blend is composed of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.
3. Baked and Wired :: Double Crust Apple Pie
1052 Thomas Jefferson Street N.W.
One casualty of the cupcake revolution was how they overshadowed so many other delightful baked goods. Nowhere is that clearer than at Baked and Wired which has, arguably, some of the best cupcakes in the District, but additionally has one of the best apple pies in the nation. We know, we know, that honor typically goes to Blue Duck Tavern, but if you’re looking for a traditional double crust apple pie this is the one to beat.
4. Whisked! :: Sea Salt Chocolate Chess Pie
You can find Whisked! pies all over Washington, DC and they’re worth seeking out. Whisked! doesn’t muck around with presentation, so if you expect a pie to be a beautiful centerpiece these might not be for you. However, if you know what matters most with pie is what it does when you stick it in your pie hole than seek out the Sea Salt Chocolate Chess Pie. Right now. Go. This pie is the perfectly silky and delightfully salty, sweet.
5. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace :: Key Lime Pie
1612 14th Street N.W.
It might have a mascarpone ice cream cone on top, but Pearl Dive isn’t kidding around with this Key Lime Pie. It’s tart but not too tart. The graham cracker crust is sturdy and rarely soggy. It could stand side-by-side with most key lime pies served in the Florida keys. It might have a mascarpone ice cream cone on top, but Pearl Dive isn’t kidding around with this Key Lime Pie. It’s tart but not too tart. The graham cracker crust is sturdy and rarely soggy. It could stand side-by-side with most key lime pies served in the Florida keys.
6. Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Snow Crab :: Boston Cream Pie
750 15th Street N.W.
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Snow Crab shouldn’t be overlooked even though it’s technically a chain. They have shockingly delicious pie (we’re still stuck on the Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Ice Cream Pie from 2015, but don’t know if it’ll ever return to the menu). One of the best on the menu is the Boston Cream Pie. Like most Boston Cream Pies it exists on that fine line that separates cake and pie. This is the pie you want to serve to your weird friend who doesn’t like pie.
7. Milk Bar :: Crack Pie
1090 I Street N.W.
Milk Bar is best known for cookies and cakes, but one shouldn’t miss the New York-based chain’s Crack Pie. One small bite of this sweet, but salty concoction makes it clear the name is well-deserved.