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For Great Homemade Pies in the Cleveland Area, Head to Gray House Pies

Isla Chiu

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Writing-wise, I’ve had a sluggish start to the new year — actually kind of everything-wise.

In the last days of 2021, I vowed to write more. Well, that hasn’t really happened. And in December, I vowed to lose weight. That definitely hasn’t happened.

I just feel this vague exhaustion. All I want to do is sleep, eat, and watch silly teen dramas.

Am I experiencing burnout? I feel like I haven’t worked remotely hard enough to get burnout!

Hopefully, I’ll get over this vague exhaustion soon and get my butt to work on producing CONTENT, CONTENT, CONTENT.

Anyway…

The other day, after spending hours on the computer watching too many YouTube videos and writing too few words, I was hungry and in need of a pick me up. I decided to try Gray House Pies, a local pie shop in Westlake, Ohio.

I was in the mood for a chicken pot pie. A few weeks ago, I had tried to satisfy my craving at Boston Market, and that had been a mistake. The pot pie had been bland and somehow kind of dry. But that’s what I get for going to a chain instead of a local restaurant.

Alas, when I got to Gray House Pies, the shop had sold the last of their chicken pot pies. But there were still a bunch of hand pies left. And when the nice employee told me that I could get 3 hand pies for $10, I was like, “Heck yeah!” So I got blueberry, drunken cherry, and four berry.

Dessert for lunch? Why the heck not!

As soon as I got into my car, I dug into the pies.

And they were so good!

The crusts were buttery and flaky, and the pies were beautifully baked. As Mary Berry on GBBO would say, no soggy bottoms here!

The blueberry pie was delightfully sweet and filled with juicy blueberries. The drunken cherry was a good balance between tart and sweet, and contained both tart and sweet cherries soaked in bourbon. And the four berry was a mix of blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, and blackberry. It was just sweet enough with a hint of tartness and made my taste-buds happy. You could tell that these hand pies were made with a lot of care.

If you're looking for your next pie, I encourage you to go to a local bakery instead of a big chain grocery store. Your local bakery needs your support, not big chain grocery stores.

And if you're looking for a great local bakery in Westlake, Ohio for your next pie fix, might I suggest Gray House Pies? :)

If you're on the west side of Cleveland and looking for a yummy pie, here is Gray House Pies' website. Located at 26075 Detroit Rd, Westlake, OH 44145.

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