Pie, Perfected: Your Go-To Guide To D.C.'s Most Delish Desserts

Sometimes you just need to give in to life’s little indulgences. Whether it’s finally buying those sandals you’ve been eyeing since March, taking an impromptu beach weekend, or treating yourself to a seriously sinful dessert, giving the green light to summer’s sweetest desires just feels right.
And that’s where pie — sweet, flaky, juicy, delicious pie — comes in. It’s the ideal way to satisfy your hot-weather sweet tooth — not melty, messy, or too heavy. Basically, it's perfection on a plate.
So, it’s high time you familiarized yourself with the area’s best options to see which pie shop is your perfect fit. We scoured the DMV and found 10 delicious destinations from Arlington to Olney to H Street NE. Click through and prepare yourself for the sweetest part of the season.
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Livin' the Pie Life
Heather Sheire and Leah Haskvitz, the ladies behind Livin' the Pie Life, are all about making life delicious. And if you’re into tasty treats, you’re going to love their custom-made pies (they even have gluten-free versions!). For now, these Arlington moms-turned-pie-makers are just doing local delivery on Fridays and catering for special events, but we predict big things in their future.

How to get it: Order by phone at 703-244-2775 or online.

Photo: Courtesy of Livin' the Pie Life
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Tarts by Tarts
The two main ingredients that led Emily Hilliard and Kari Nye to found Tarts by Tarts were Gchat and a partnership for D.C.’s annual Crafty Bastards Fair. The rest was sweet, sweet history. Bourbon fuels their cooking, which is inspired by "the time when butter was its own food group.” And boy, do we like the sound of that. To choose your favorite flavor — Is it lemon icebox pie? Florida grapefruit-white chocolate pie? — browse their web site and send in your request. Be sure to sample the cider, whoopie pies, doughnuts, and other treats they’ve got going on, too.

How to get it: Order via Tarts by Tarts email.

Photo: Courtesy of Nothing in the House
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Mom's Apple Pie Company
At this Leesburg shop, owner Avis Renshaw makes pie production a family affair. Avis heads up the baking, and her husband and son help grow and harvest the fruit on their farm in Loudoun County. And this is exactly what makes Mom’s pies so good: Local, farm-raised fruit put to good use, pronto. The shop's blackberry pie was recognized as one of Southern Living magazine’s Best Pies in the South; if that’s not enough to convince you, take a cue from Michelle Obama, who recently made a visit to the Occoquan outpost and picked up apple and sour cherry pies.

How to get it: Visit Mom's Apple Pie Company (220 Loudoun Street SE, Leesburg; 703-771-8590 and 126 A Commerce Street, Occoquan; 703-497-7437) or order online.

Photo: Courtesy of Mom's Apple Pie Company
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Dangerously Delicious Pies
The name of this place says it all: Take one sweet bite from a Dangerously Delicious pie, and you might not be able to stop yourself from eating the whole thing at once. It’s no wonder that these H Street pie-makers won this year’s coveted title of Best Pie in the District in a Washington City Paper reader’s poll. The shop, owned by rock-'n'-roller-turned-baker Rodney Henry, makes sweet and savory “bad-ass pies,” and they do it all by hand. They’ve even got a food truck and late-night weekend hours. We say: Bring on the danger!

How to get it: Visit Dangerously Delicious Pies (1339 H Street NE; 202-398-7437) or order ahead online for in-store pickup.

Photo: Courtesy of Dangerously Delicious Pies
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Pie Sisters
Any shop with a motto like “Any time is pie time, morning noon or night,” gets the seal of approval from us. Not that Pie Sisters needs it. Owned and operated by three sisters from Great Falls, the outpost debuted in January and has already taken home third place for Best Pie in that City Paper poll we were just talking about, so you know their pies have got to be good. The sisters also bake mini pies, called “cuppies,” which come in flavors such as pecan, apple, lemon meringue, and even chicken pot pie. We think getting one of each is clearly the best option.

How to get it: Visit Pie Sisters (3423 M Street NW; 202-338-7437) or order ahead online for in-store pickup.

Photo: Courtesy of Pie Sisters
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Shut Your Pie Hole
Now here's a pie shop with some history. The Copperthite family first started baking pies in Georgetown in 1885 as the Connecticut-Copperthite Pie Company, and now the original owners' great-great grandson is finalizing a lease in Georgetown to set up shop once more. The new operation, cheekily named Shut Your Pie Hole, debuted its world-famous blackberry pies at Taste of Georgetown in early June, selling out early (and quickly). If you can’t wait until fall, when the shop opens, check out the web site for limited catering and wholesale options.

How to get it: Call 202-670-7430 or email Shut Your Pie Hole.

Photo: Courtesy of Shut Your Pie Hole
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Small Comforts Bakeshop
Thanks to Small Comforts Bakeshop, your weekend just got a whole lot sweeter. Found exclusively on Sundays at the Olney Farmers and Artists Market, this baking operation features seasonal pies that have nabbed Editor's Pick status from The Washington Post. Owners Karen Sippel and Binni Chadda get their ingredients exclusively from three local farms in Maryland, and this summer, they're keeping it classic with seasonal pie offerings like blueberry, cherry, and peach-raspberry. Six-inch pies are just $6 at the market, and nine-inch pies are available for special order, starting at $18.

How to get it: Visit Small Comforts Bakeshop at the Olney Farmers and Artists Market (Route 108 and Prince Phillip Drive, Olney; no phone) on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., now through November.

Photo: Courtesy of Small Comforts Bakeshop
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Danielle’s Desserts
If you need one more reason to go to the mall, let it be Danielle’s Desserts. Seasoned baker Danielle Poux specializes in throwback desserts, and at this Tysons Galleria location, pies are a big part of that historical picture. From old-fashioned sweet potato and Death by Chocolate to new-school pecan-coconut-chocolate-chip pie, any slice you take home will be devoured instantly.

How to get it: Visit Danielle's Desserts (Tysons Galleria, 2001 International Drive, 3rd Floor, McLean; 703-442-04046) or order ahead online for in-store pickup.

Photo: Courtesy of Danielle's Desserts
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Buzz Bakery
At Buzz Bakery's two Virginia locations, award-winning pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac and her staff do way more than just bake. For pies, the options range from Mississippi Mud to lemon custard with lavender whipped cream, and there are gluten-free options, too. But the menu also includes breakfast treats, cookies, cupcakes, beer, wine, and cocktails — you know, in case you can't exist on pie alone.

How to get it: Visit Buzz Bakery (901 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, 703-600-2899; 818 North Quincy Street, Arlington, 703-650-9676) or order ahead by phone for in-store pickup.

Photo: Courtesy of Buzz Bakery
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Founded in May 2011 by two D.C. food bloggers, Whisked! sets up shop every Saturday at the 14th and U farmers' market with a winning team of sweet and savory pies. Jenna Huntsberger and Stephanie Willis have a newsletter to keep you updated on which pies are available (they offer one sweet and one savory pie each week) and how to order them. Sign up now, and keep an eye out for strawberry rhubarb — it’s Jenna’s favorite.

How to get it: Visit Whisked! (14th & U Farmers Market, corner of 14th and U streets NW; no phone) on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., now through November, or order online for local pickup.

Photo: Courtesy of Whisked!

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