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Best pie

Kathleen Hom  |  Updated 09/20/2011

Satisfy a sweet tooth with a slice of perfection from one of these local bakeries


Baked & Wired

Washington, DC

Weekends are the best time to sample traditional pies, including peach, mixed berry and pecan, at this spot near the C&O canal (look for the pink bicycle). On weekdays, it's best to call ahead or visit the shop's Twitter feed (@bakedandwiredDC). If you're lucky enough to nab a slice or a fruity handpie (bigger than a slice but smaller than a whole pie), visit the friendly baristas for freshly whipped cream and find a nook amid the crowd to indulge. $4.85 per slice, $5.25 per handpie, $36 per pie.


Best Pie Company

Bowie, MD

Don't fly down Annapolis Road, or you may miss the Best Pie Company. The simple takeout joint, near a car lot and tucked behind a hill, spotlights traditional all-American pies. Cream pies, lemon meringue and lemon chess adorn the refrigerated case, but don't forget about the hefty fruit pies with their flaky crusts and often locally sourced fruit (though out of sight, they are listed on the white board hanging behind the counter). Whole pies start at $20.99


Buzz Bakery

Alexandria, VA

Head to either one of these friendly neighborhood haunts for a hunk of the popular Mississippi mud or Key lime pies. (The Slaters Lane shop may offer more variety than the Ballston store because it's larger.) Flavors, inspired by seasonal fruits or candy bars, rotate every couple months. Both locations have sleek decor that invites guests to relax inside or out. $3.50 per slice, $25 per pie.


Dangerously Delicious Pies

Washington, DC

At least 15 sweet pies are scribbled on the chalkboard menu at this hip outpost, painted burgundy and black. An offshoot of a Baltimore bakery with the same name, Dangerously Delicious Pies boasts seasonal fruit pies and unique creations, such as the popular Baltimore Bomb, a vanilla custard sandwiched between crushed Berger Cookies. Can't make it to the H Street locale? Catch Dangerously's roving truck (on Twitter @thePieTruckDC), as it cruises around the District and Arlington. $6.50 per slice, $30 per pie.


Danielle's Desserts

McLean, VA

Located amid designer stores on Tysons Galleria's top floor, Danielle's showcases decadent Southern pies, several varieties of which are crafted daily from natural ingredients and mounds of butter. Sit down with a slice of Key lime, gluten-free Death by Chocolate or cherry almond in the cozy shop, and watch as bakers sift flour and measure batter at the back counter. $4.95 per slice, $32 per pie.


Small Comforts Bakeshop

Olney, MD

Show up early at the market, open on Sundays through mid-November, to score these seasonal pies. The stand offers 6- and 9-inch pies in captivating flavors such as peach-raspberry, pumpkin chiffon and apple cranberry. During the market's off-season, the bakers welcome special orders via email at $6 for 6-inch pies; 9-inch pies start at $18.


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