Piecemeal Pies Adds To White River Junction's Renewal
Cold sleet outside, warm pies inside . . .
It doesn't have to be winter to eat warm, satisfying pies. Based upon my recent experience in fighting back the gloomy snows of late October, however, I am predicting that gray winter afternoons might be made better by a trip to Piecemeal Pies in White River Junction VT.
Seats along the counter, with the best view in town
This restaurant, barely 3 weeks old, is owned by Chef Justin Barrett, and is part of the ongoing renewal/expanding hipness quotient of downtown White River Junction. It is located in the renovated Newberry building (5 South Main Street), which it shares with an expanded Tuckerbox and a new weekly marketplace. Barrett has varied cooking experience, including working at the Michelin-starred The Spotted Pig in New York City. The restaurant offers pies both savory and sweet; on my recent near-winter afternoon there, the entree items included beef and mushroom, the alliterative pork and parsnip, and curried vegetable pies. Unlike the potpies you may be used to, these have a British air about them, freestanding and tall with a vent hole smack in the center.
There is more to the menu, including salads, soups, and sweet pies and other desserts. Beverages include sodas and coffees, and according to its beautifully-designed website, hard cider. The folks at Piecemeal Pies claim to "love you even if gluten does not," offering many gluten-free items.
The space is attractive, with an open kitchen where chefs continued to cook placidly through my impromptu photo shoot. Seating is varied--a few regular tables, a communal table in the center of the room, and some hightops at a bar that allow you to face the front window and take in all of the sights that downtown White River Junction has to offer.
Gotta run? Take-out is available. I took one each of the beef and pork pies home for supper. They were packed up in their individual containers (below). Impossible to mix them up--there's a tiny piece of art on the top of each box.
And the pies? Could not have been better.
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Susan B. Apel, blogger, ArtfulEdge