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

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  1. Dangerously Delicious Pies on Light Street in Federal Hill
    http://www.dangerouspies.com/

    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:
    http://www.piedigrottabakery.com/inde...

    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

      Thank you, Dangerous Pies looks great!

      1. re: herbage

        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

        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

          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

            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

            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

              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

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

            3. 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

                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.

              2. 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.

                http://www.eddiesofrolandpark.com/

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

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

                  1. 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

                      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.

                    2. (Bumping this seven-year-old thread.)

                      Coming to B`more this Thanksgiving and would like to buy one or two good pies. It looks like DDP, Eddies, and possibly Aldi, are the main choices -or used to be.
                      Any more up-to-date recommendations, or is it still what it was?

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                        1. re: Vidute

                          Thanks for that recommendation, Vidute.
                          I have until next week, so maybe some more Baltimore 'hounds will chime in with their thoughts, too.
                          Cheers.

                        2. re: Phil Ogelos

                          Where are you going to be in Baltimore?

                          If you're visiting family in, say, Howard County, I wouldn't drive all the way to Eddie's in North Baltimore just for the pies or DPP in downtown. Wegman's in Howard County will have perfectly good pies.

                          Likewise, if your family is near the Hunt Valley Wegmans north of the city, that's a good option. Wegman's in-house bakery is pretty good.

                          1. re: Roland Parker

                            I'll actually be just a little ways up Charles Street from the Ruxton Eddie's, RP, and visiting other family who live near the Hunt Valley Wegman's, so I have both those bases covered. I also don't have a problem going down to Federal Hill, since I have an appointment on Wednesday at the Inner Harbor.

                            I have to say I'm a little surprised that all these piemakers (excepting DPP) are nested within grocery stores; I'd have thought somewhere in Hamden or Canton, say, there'd be an(other) awesome baker making magic behind an unassuming storefront.

                            EDIT: How about Atwater's at Belvedere Square? -also easy for me to get to.

                            1. re: Phil Ogelos

                              Atwaters could be an excellent option. We mostly go there for sandwiches and soup. I've never had their pies but their breads and other baked goods are very good and I'm sure their pies are equally as good.

                              There are not many bakeries in Baltimore, particularly the old school type bakeries that would sell traditional pies. There may be one or two places left somewhere in the NE Baltimore region but economic factors took care of the other ones. Atwaters is probably the closest to a good bakery in the north Baltimore region, other than the various French options.

                              1. re: Roland Parker

                                Thanks, lawhound, for those two suggestions; they may be a little far east for me, but I'll keep them on the roster.

                                RP, you threw me a curve right at the end of your last post - "... other than the various French options." Say what? I don't recall any "French options" mentioned above, even in 2007. Can you elaborate a little for me, please?

                                1. re: Phil Ogelos

                                  Bonjour bakery on Falls Road just off Lake Avenue. Excellent French pastries and bread. They even sell quiches. They have a side business selling gourmet hot dogs called "Haute Dog Carte" and despite the twee name it's very good.

                                  Downtown has Patisserie Poupon with two locations, one on Charles Street and the other on East Baltimore Street, it's where my wedding cake came from. Then there's Bonaparte in Fells Point. Of the two, Patisserie is better.

                                  1. re: Roland Parker

                                    Haute Dog is an independant operator, not a side business-- and boy are they good!

                              2. re: Phil Ogelos

                                if canton is closer, atwater's has a full-service restaurant there at canton crossing. best to order the pie.

                                http://atwaters.biz/

                                fenwick bakery on harford rd has been around for 100 years and has good reviews. (althoug i've not purchased anything from there

                                )

                                http://www.thefenwickbakery.com/

                                hoehn's bakery in highlandtown, also, has good reviews. it's been around for over 80 years.

                                http://www.hoehnsbakery.com/

                                all three are scratch-bake bakeries.

                            2. re: Phil Ogelos

                              I have heard good things about the Hamilton Bakery, though I have not been there myself. Their website reports pies. Same for Woodlea Bakery on Harford or Belair Road.

                              1. re: Phil Ogelos

                                I see some heavy carbo-loading coming next week!
                                Thanks Vidute, RP and lawhound for your recommendations; I learned more in two days here than I ever could have otherwise.
                                Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

                                1. re: Phil Ogelos

                                  happy thanksgiving to you, too, phil. btw, where'd you decide to get the pie?

                                  1. re: Vidute

                                    When I get to Baltimore, I'll stop in at a few of the places that've been recommended here and decide then; I will report back.

                                    [I am also doing a little pre-scouting online, of course, since I know that shopping for pies on the Wednesday before T'giving won't offer any kind of embarrassment of riches.]

                                  2. re: Phil Ogelos

                                    If you're still reading Phil, I have another recommendation. Woodberry Kitchen sells pies at the JFX Sunday Bazaar and Farmer's Market (they are in the little parking lot section with Michelle's Granola.) I've had apple and chocolate pecan pies from them. The pies aren't super great, but I haven't found better in Baltimore recently. You could try calling and see if there's some way to order one closer to Thanksgiving.

                                    Since my previous post many years ago, I've completely given up on DDP. It's been quite a few years since I sampled their pies. Maybe someone has a recent report.

                                    I haven't been to SugarBakers since Atwater's opened in Catonsville. For a long time, Atwater's was my gold standard because I could get pies the same day they were baked, no refrigeration, no wrapping. Now, they've centralized their operation -- no longer baking in Catonsville -- and increased their volume to the extent that I can't recommend them on a board like Chowhound. If you're not so picky, but still care about good ingredients and supporting local business, you can order a pie from Atwater's to pick up on Wednesday at one of their many locations. Thanksgiving volumes are especially high, but they still bake lots of extras so I've never found a need to order. Just get there early on Wednesday. In previous years, I was disappointed with Atwater's for experimenting with unusual flavors for Thanksgiving without mentioning it beforehand. Once they had (very burnt) caramel in their sweet potato pies, and far too much orange zest in their pecan pies. I've asked a couple times and been told their sweet potato pie is "normal" this year. I know they use canned pumpkin, but I'm fairly certain they use fresh sweet potato. Check just in case.

                                    For me pie must have an all-butter crust, no shortening. (I haven't recently come across any vendor still using lard in their crust.) The only unnaturalish ingredient I'll accept in the filling is corn/tapioca starch. (So obviously, with such a strict set of parameters, take my opinions with a huge grain of salt.) For this reason, I don't consider places like Wegman's or even some other local bakeries mentioned above, like Fenwick, Woodlea, or Hoehn's. Hamilton had a location in Fell's Point for a while, but I was never impressed. Maybe the original location is better.

                                    I don't think any of the French places have what you're looking for, though. Personally, I was a Bonaparte fan before their recent centralization (a common trend everywhere I guess). I have lots of issues with Patisserie Poupon, but there's no question they are the most consistent.

                                    Couple years back there was a pie/tart lady at the Catonsville Farmer's Market with that sort of magic you were referring to. She could even make Hershey's chocolate taste good! Sadly, she's no longer in the business.