Island Eats: Savory and sweet meet at Whidbey Pies Cafe

While it’s a popular destination for many in the summer, I find we venture to Greenbank Farm more often when the weather turns cold. The dog park provides dry ground for the pups to run and after braving the windy acres, a savory pie or quiche is the perfect way to warm up. And the cozy cafe isn’t a bad place to firm up some hobby farm goals we’ve been discussing.

The Whidbey Pies Cafe has a regular menu of soups, sandwiches, salads and of course, pies.  But before heading down the salad or sandwich path, be sure to move your eyes away long enough to peruse the specials board for the featured soup, quiche, strata and savory pie.

Think about it. This place specializes in pie. So why not go for a savory piece.

This weekend the cafe offered Beef Bourguignon as the savory pie which is one of my winter favorites. The crust perfectly flakes off your fork and is the perfect compliment to the crazy tender melt in your mouth beef and hearty veggies slowly cooked to perfection in a rich burgundy sauce. A side salad full of hydroponically grown butter lettuce, crisp vegetables and a simple vinaigrette gives this filling dish a light accompaniment.

Josh went for the savory picnic pie filled with ham, carmelized onions, potatoes and a pecorino sauce also paired with a butter lettuce side salad.

Paired with a St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc these two dishes make for a perfect winter warmer over the weekend.

And I know this time of year most people are focusing on the Whole 30 or Keto diet, but don’t think for a second I didn’t have a sweet slice of pie.

With whipped cream, of course, because I don’t mess around when it comes to pie.

Be sure to check their website for their schedule. They are open 11a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Monday.

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