Betty’s Pie Whole Saloon opened in December of last year. The eatery is by the founder of Elizabethan Desserts and occupies the former space of Elizabethan Desserts (with the cupcake bakery moving to a new location nearby).
Offering both sweet and savory pies, the space has been completely transformed into an Old West feel. They have a variety of pies for dine-in or take-out.
The Field Hand
We chose this savory hand pie, filled with cheddar, broccoli and chicken. I really dug the branding on top. I accidentally heated this one a little too long so the top turned quite dark, but luckily it didn’t taste burned. The filling reminded me of a chicken pot pie. The exterior is a yeast dough that was more bread-like rather than a pie crust.
This hand pie had an herb crust, filled with creamy mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese and broccoli. Of the savory pies, we both enjoyed this one more, mainly because of the mashed potatoes. While I liked both pies, they also didn’t really stand out for me. However, I felt completely different about the sweet pies.
Cherry Baby Lattice
This mini pie was calling out to me, with its dark red juices overflowing across the surface. It did not disappoint. A good balance of sweet and tart, intermingled with thick strips of sugar coated pie crust.
Pecan Pie Bite
We also got a pecan bite and I wish we got a mini pie version rather than just one bite because this bite was very promising. The filling is dense, sweet, sticky, and everything a pecan pie should be.
The lemon pie was good too, especially if you enjoy lemon pies. The filling was tart and thick, reminding me of lemon bars.
Overall, we had a good time here. I enjoyed the sweet pies more than the savory ones but I would like to dine in and try some of the traditional savory pies that are not hand pies. I am happy that we now have an exclusive pie shop in San Diego churning out some pretty tasty pies.
Betty’s Pie Whole Saloon
155 Quail Gardens Dr
Encinitas, CA 92024