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Pie??? in Baltimore

herbage Jul 2, 2007 09:24 AM

Where can one find great pies in Baltimore? I am looking for a fine cherry pie.

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  1. aussiewonder RE: herbage Jul 2, 2007 09:34 AM

    Dangerously Delicious Pies on Light Street in Federal Hill

    I am sure there are other places but this is pretty much everyone's 'GO TO' place for pies.

    If you're in Little Italy, there's a place on Central Ave called: Piedegrotta; it's between Gough and Bank and has wonderful cakes and pies. Not sure if they have cherry, but they've made me stuff 'to order' in the past, so you might want to check it out.
    Wait, here's the link:

    Actually, Piedigrotta has made my birthday cake the last two years and those of numerous friends on a 'heavy requested' basis. The tiramasu cake is divine!

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    1. re: aussiewonder
      herbage RE: aussiewonder Jul 2, 2007 10:38 AM

      Thank you, Dangerous Pies looks great!

      1. re: herbage
        misssphinx RE: herbage Jul 2, 2007 02:22 PM

        Dangerously Delicious makes a wonderful cherry pie. Should be available now, too.

        It's a 25 dollar pie, but it's also the best I've had.

      2. re: aussiewonder
        sweetpotater RE: aussiewonder Jul 2, 2007 02:15 PM

        Oh, my. I find DDPs to be overpriced ($20-$25 for a pie, $4+ for a slice), and the crust on the several pies I've had were too hard to cut with a knife. Also, not relevant for your search for cherry, but every time I go in they have no custard or meringue pies. (There are a couple on their online menus, though.) I do think they do well with fruit filling, where others tend to make it oversweet.

        We get our pies (including for our wedding) from Baugher's Orchard in Westminster, though that is a schlep.

        1. re: sweetpotater
          charmedgirl RE: sweetpotater Jul 2, 2007 04:08 PM

          I believe they also sell Baugher's pies at Weber's Farm in Parkville/Carney.

          Also, while I love, love, love Piedegrotta, it is an Italian bakery that makes traditional italian desserts. I am not sure they make pies at all, much less the kind one would likely associate with traditional americana. (Ie. "as american as apple pie")

          1. re: charmedgirl
            bmorecupcake RE: charmedgirl Jul 18, 2007 12:08 AM

            Correct. Stopped by Piedegrotta last week and they have Italian pies. They looked different enough to me that I just couldn't bring myself to buy one.

            Sorry this is off topic, but I did not like their chocolate chip cookie. But I liked their cheescake. Seemed lighter and tasted a bit different than what I'm used to but I still liked it a lot. Foccacia wasn't bad, either.

          2. re: sweetpotater
            Denise RE: sweetpotater Jul 18, 2007 10:35 AM

            My one experience with a DDP was that the crust was thick and hard. It was a special order, and after the build-up the place was given here, I was disappointed.

            1. re: sweetpotater
              ktmoomau RE: sweetpotater Jul 18, 2007 10:41 AM

              Baugher's does make a good fruit pie. And it must have been inexpensive since as a college kid we went there a lot to get a slice or bring a whole pie back to our place.

            2. re: aussiewonder
              MDicecreamguy RE: aussiewonder Jul 3, 2007 06:52 PM

              DDP pies are waaaay over-rated, inconsistant and ridiculously overpriced......I'll take Mrs. Smiths over a DD pie!

              1. re: MDicecreamguy
                baltimorejim RE: MDicecreamguy Jul 3, 2007 07:01 PM

                Hmmm, that's what my wife said.

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              bmorecupcake RE: herbage Jul 2, 2007 04:14 PM

              Generally folks either love DDP or believe it's overrated. I personally find DDP to be a great establishment. Their pies remind me of the good 'ol fashion pies i used to eat as a kid in Louisiana before I moved to Baltimore some 20+ years ago. Yes, the crust is sometimes too hard, but to me this is a minor grievance given how difficult it is for me to find what i term "real pies". Admittedly, the price is a bit steep. I just bought two slices of pie from there on Saturday and it was $5/slice.

              You can just tell them you don't want the slice if the crust is too hard. When they are cutting a slice for you, it'll be obvious that the crust is hard because you'll see them having trouble and pushing down really hard with their knife, and many times the back part of the crust will separate from the rest of the pie. In that case, just politely refuse (I mean, you did already tell them you don't want a hard crust, right?)

              FWIW, the two slices of pie we had this weekend were mixed berry with crumb topping (mixed berry w/o crumb topping was also available) and chocolate chess. The mixed berry was very good and the crust was perfect. The chocolate chess was really good but not as excellent as it usually is. I saw them struggling with the crust when they were cutting it, but I wanted it so bad, I bought it anyway. I should've stuck to my own advice. ;)

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              1. re: bmorecupcake
                baltimorejim RE: bmorecupcake Jul 2, 2007 09:13 PM

                Hey wait a minute. I thought pies were supposed to have wonderful melt in your mouth crusts like my sister in law's homemade pies in Toledo. I told my wife we needed to go back to Rodney's cause the last slice was so tough I thought they had a bad day. She thinks no one east of Frederick makes decent pies. She even embarrassed herself once by passing off one of Rodney's pies as her own at a party. Served her right! Maybe Rodney needs to alter his name to feature that special quality of his crusts which may not appeal to some pie eaters.

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                Roland Parker RE: herbage Jul 3, 2007 08:05 AM

                Eddies in Roland Park (5114 Roland Avenue or thereabouts) sells pies made by Baughers as well as their own in-store pies. The pies are as good as they can be for something that isn't homemade, and they often carry cherry pies (I assume you are looking for sour cherry pies?). The crusts are excellent, by the way, flaky and buttery. And, you won't be paying $25 for a single pie.


                Call and see if the store has any cherry pies in stock.

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                  Hue RE: herbage Jul 4, 2007 03:06 PM

                  Another option, but its in the county, The Dutch Market in Cockeysville near Valley View Farms always has very good baked goods.

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                    bkath RE: herbage Jul 5, 2007 09:04 AM

                    I don't remember if I've seen actual pies there, but Atwater's in Belvedere Square makes absolutely wonderful tarts - the melt-in-your-mouth crust, not too-sweet fillings kind. They are just fabulous, 1tart is about right for 2 people to share (esp if ala).

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                    1. re: bkath
                      paulyr RE: bkath Jul 5, 2007 09:45 AM

                      At Atwater's you can call ahead a day or two and order a pie with the filling based upon seasonal ingredients. The last time I did it was October. I'm pretty sure they were less expensive than DDP's (yes, over-rated) $25. I have also tried Eddie's own pies and they were quite average.

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