Last week Betty’s Pie Whole Saloon hosted Princess D and I for lunch. Did you giggle like I did when you read the name? The idea of pies made my mouth water and tummy growl, but the name made me want to visit this new Encinitas restaurant. If you have been to the the Sunshine Gardens, a beautiful nursery in Encinitas, you may remember the bakery Elizabethan Desserts. Don’t worry, it is not gone. Owner and baker Elizabeth Harris just moved it to a new location on El Camino Real and opened Betty’s Pie Whole Saloon in its place.

Betty's Pie Whole Saloon in Encinitas

Raised in San Diego by her Texan parents, Elizabeth grew up eating pies, but not loving the bland taste of pie crust. By using butter instead of shortening she has created a flavorful and soft crust. She also figured out by making single serving whole pies you have portion control … because who can eat just one slice of pie?! In addition to the traditional Chicken Pot Pie, Elizabeth has created a delicious savory pie menu. From Mama Jo’s Metaball Pot Pie to the Eat Yer Greens Pie … you will be satisfied! I will note that there are no vegan or gluten free offerings, sorry folks.

Betty’s has a standard menu, but every week there are special pies offered which get posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page and on the chalkboard outside of the restaurant. I tried the Italian Stallion Pie which has artichoke sausage, chicken, smoked mozzerella and marinara sauce. Princess D got the Mac-n-Cheese Pie made of 4 cheeses and macaroni noodles (Elizabeth added some turkey bacon to the top). Both of them were DELICIOUS and just the right portion size!

Italian Stallion

Grace's Mac N'Cheese Pie

If there is a special pie that is no longer on the menu or you want a full size pie you can pre-order it over the phone to have it made for pick up. Also, in the fall you can order her Thanksgiving Pie which is filled with roast turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans and stuffing baked in a sage buttermilk biscuit!

Not in the mood for pie? Betty’s has a weekly special soup, an amazing chicken chipotle chili, side salads and dips. I recommend trying the Gold Rush Cheddar Beer dip.

Betty’s sweet pies are incredible! They come in bite size, individual size and full size. I am a self proclaimed chocoholic and my daughter has a major sweet tooth, so we shared the Mississippi Mud Pie (actually, she let me have 2 bites) which has a chocolate shortbread crust and is filled with Belgian chocolate pudding, house-made marshmallows, brownie chunks, butterscotch swirls, and two kinds of chocolate drizzle. This pie is so good I went back the following day and had one all to myself! You can bet I will be getting our Thanksgiving pies from Betty’s!

Do you like you pie à la mode? Elizabeth has a fresh take on this by mixing her leftover pies into house-made ice cream! You can grab a pint to take home and indulge whenever you want.

Mississippi Mud Pie

It is the details all around this unique eatery that add to its charm. My daughter and I love the cowgirl decor, cherry pie painted floor and BPW branding on top of some of the savory pies. It makes you feel like you are visiting a friend’s Texas home for a farm fresh cooked meal. Elizabeth has even named her pies after family members (the Boyd’s Break-the-Fast Pie is named after her brother). You can see more photos of the restaurant on my Facebook page.

So if you love savory and sweet pies, or looking for a good local watering hole then you must check out Betty’s Pie Whole Saloon in Encinitas. It is open 7 days a week! Check out the website for open hours and like their Facebook page to hear about the weekly specials.

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