Charlottesville Restaurant Spotlight: The Pie Chest

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After just opening its second location, it’s safe to say The Pie Chest is quickly becoming a popular place for Charlottesville locals and people visiting from out of town. As soon as you step through the door of The Pie Chest, the delicious smell of fresh-baked pie hits you. Not only is there something to satisfy your sweet tooth, but The Pie Chest offers savory hand pies and pot pies for those who prefer something a bit more hearty.

How The Pie Chest Began

Rachel Pennington, the chief Baker & Owner, found her love of baking through the memories made with her grandmother. She started at The Whiskey Jar, a bar and restaurant located downtown, as a baker. The southern desserts were well-received by the customers and soon after, The Pie Chest was born. The first location at 119 4th Street NE was established in 2015, and a second location just opened at 1518 East High Street in 2018.

What Do They Serve?

The Pie Chest offers a little bit of everything! The Pie Chest partners with Lone Light Coffee to serve espresso drinks and hot tea so you can quench your thirst while snacking on a tasty pie. If you happen to stop by on your way to work, grab a coffee with your breakfast hand pie. The menu changes year-round and is based on what is in season. Some of the morning choices for breakfast hand pies include sausage, goat cheese, honey, and egg, as well as spinach, feta, and egg.

The Pie Chest is also a great lunchtime spot with several different pot pie flavors available. For vegetable pies, there are quite a few options to choose from, including a summer vegetable pie or a mushroom, leek, and gruyere pot pie. Meat pies include chicken and bacon with roasted garlic along with a BBQ and peach pie, a summertime favorite.

In addition to serving breakfast and lunch pies, they also have a wide variety of sweet pies that are available by the slice or as a whole pie. The menu lists lemon chess, chocolate raspberry, dark chocolate cream, summer berry, and whiskey chocolate chip as just a few of the many pies available! If you need to place a special order, it’s best to call a few days in advance, as each pie is homemade.

Special Events

If you have an upcoming wedding or special event, The Pie Chest offers catering services as well, so email them at to contact them for catering questions or to order whole pies in advance.

Be sure to stop by The Pie Chest next time you are craving something sweet or savory!

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