Betty’s Pie Whole Saloon’s quiet, peaceful environment, an amusing contrast to its saucy name, was the first thing I noticed when I walked into the western-themed bakery. It brings to mind the word “charming” with the soothing sounds of windchimes and muted country music.
The restaurant was relatively empty, with only one family and two other customers occupying the tables. At the counter, there were about 20 pies on display and the cashier was helpful with various sweet and savory pie suggestions.
We ordered the Wild West Caramelized Onion Mushroom Pie ($8.95), Peach Pie ($6.50) and the Lemon Pucker Pie ($6.50). Despite the friendly service and the short wait, the silverware was very noticeably dirty, making the pies less appetizing. The total price, $21.95, was also far more than I expected for the amount of pie we ordered.
The Wild West Caramelized Onion Mushroom Pie tasted delicious and exceeded my expectations. The flaky and buttery rosemary-infused crust was topped with melted asiago and the savory filling, mushrooms and onions in a creamy sauce, was exceptionally flavorful for a vegetarian pie. The different mushrooms provided a variety of textures to the pastry and the onions complimented the earthiness of the mushrooms. The Wild West Caramelized Onion Mushroom Pie was my favorite out of all three pies.
We tried the Peach Pie next, which tasted good, although underwhelming compared to the first dish. The ingredients were fresh and vibrant, and the crust’s tartness complimented the creamy sugar syrup in the filling well. The peaches were tangy and juicy, but overall, the peach pie tasted like a bland, sugary cake with no distinct flavors.
The Lemon Pucker Pie, my least favorite, was saved for last. I was a little disappointed by the size; it was noticeably smaller than the Peach Pie, even though they were the same price. I’m usually not a fan of lemon pies, and the Lemon Pucker Pie was your typical lemon-flavored baked good — overwhelmingly sugary and tart. Nothing about the taste really impressed me or justified the price; however, the cream on the top tasted fresh and its coolness paired well with the slight sourness of the filling.
Overall, my experience at Betty’s Pie Whole Saloon was very enjoyable. The restaurant’s quiet and ambient environment made the lunch peaceful and relaxing. The pies themselves, however, ranged from high quality to disappointing; despite their relatively expensive price, I would go again, even if just for the Wild West Caramelized Onion Mushroom Pie.