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Beuchert’s Saloon really, really wants to prove Tom Sietsema wrong about its pie. In his 1.5 star review, the Post critic wrote: “Chess pie in a slip of a crust would be better if it had less sugar, but I like the orange note that brightens the filling.”
Not exactly the most scalding remark, but apparently a good enough excuse for some gimmickry: The Eastern Market restaurant is launching a “Stand By Your Pie” campaign to call the critic’s pan of the pie “BS.” (Get it?) On select days between now and June 20, Beuchert’s will give out free slices of chess pie (in seasonal flavors) to anyone who photographs the dessert and then posts their thoughts on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. (Follow the restaurant on Facebook or Twitter to find out which days the promotion is on.)
A publicist delivered a free pie to the Washington City Paper office this afternoon so we could have a try. It’s got a decent crust and a pleasant hint of citrus from the orange peel, but the staff consensus? It would be better if it had less sugar.
Photo by Jessica Sidman