Partner and I had driven through the Arts District but had never stopped to try anything there. Partner felt like going to Bar 82 (yay for arcade games!), and we noticed Pie Hole around the corner.
Good, refreshing, but just a touch too sweet (I like my lemonade very tart). Partner normally likes sweet stuff, and even he thought it was a touch too sweet.
(from foreground to back) Chocolate crostini, andouille sausage roll, chicken asiago roll, shepherd’s pie, blubarb pie
We ate the savory items first, and they were great. The andouille sausage had a nice kick, and the shepherd’s pie and chicken asiago roll were well seasoned.
The dough has nice layers, but it could’ve been slightly crisper (a nitpick).
The sweets, though, were a different story. The chocolate crostata really could’ve used some sea salt, and the filling was just a touch dry. I’ve only had rhubarb one other time; it from some random bakery in Paris, and I ate the pasty in a garden near the Rodin Museum. Whether it was the setting or whether it really was the pastry, that pastry was one of the best bites I’ve ever had in my life. And since it was the first time I had eaten rhubarb, well, all other rhubarb pastries are going to have equal or it (or will seem deficient).
The blubarb had some positives (good amount of filling), but it, too, was just a touch too sweet. And the crust was SO THICK and HARD. It held up well to the juices of the filling, but it was vaguely unpleasant to eat otherwise, actually.
Overall, it’s a bit of a mixed bag. We really liked the savories, but we wouldn’t be interested in ordering any of the other pies.