I had two new and very good food experiences today in Bowie, MD: I picked up a pie that I had ordered from the Best Pie Company and then stopped in the Pomo Grille for lunch.
The Best Pie Company looks like a mostly one-man operation working out of a small place next to a 7-11, but, wow, what a great pie! The crust - which to me makes or brakes the pie - is spectacular! It is light and flaky, but yet it holds together without cracking or crumbling too much. The edges are not too thick or too thin - they are just right.
I had hoped to get a cherry pie, but was told on the phone that they didn't have any fresh cherries, so I guess some of the pies are seasonal. I opted for an apple pie, which came with a generous portion of what look like hand sliced apples. The filling is sweet for my tastes, but they offer a reduced sugar version, which I will get next time. There is a spice in there that I can't quite put my finger on.
I ordered my pie for 10 AM, then got delayed and picked it up at noon, and it was still cooling. The man at the counter, who I assume is the owner, packaged the pie with the lid open to allow it to continue to cool down. He said he makes his pies fresh each day - no day-old pies. Sadly, he only sells whole pies, so I wasn't able to taste any of the other flavors.
On the way home, I stopped for lunch at the Pomo Grille. It is located in the Freestate Mall complex of stores, facing onto Route 450. According to signs in the restaurant, it is part of a restaurant group that includes the 4 Seasons Grille in Crofton, Squisito in Annapolis, and Cafe Mezzanotte in Severna Park.
The restauran't signature is "Fresh - Casual - Italian," and that nicely summed up my meal and the experience. I had a lunch combo consisting of the house bistro salad and a half pizza. I chose the wild mushroom pizza, which had a nice crispy thin crust, mushrooms, a flavorful mozzarella cheese, and pesto sauce. The combination of flavors was wonderful, and it really did taste fresher than pizza I normally get. I had two leftover pieces that I shared at home with my husband; he too raved about the pizza and loved the addition of the pesto sauce.
The restaurant was pretty full, including a party of 20 whom I sat next to, but my meal came quickly. The restaurant has a bistro feel to it, with an exposed kitchen, but considering how much was going on, it thankfully did not have the awful din that drives me out of a restaurant.