Leonardtown, MD- I first let you know about The Slice House last June (see link below). I’m happy to say they are still baking up great pizza. They are keeping their brick oven very busy these days because they have added fresh house-made, NY-style bagels to their menu.

The bagels are amazing! According to Jordan Walker (Master baker and bagel maker), “It’s a labor of love”. The dough cold-ferments for 24 hours before being shaped, boiled and baked in the brick oven. Jordan is a great addition to the team and came to The Slice House from the Front Porch, where she made desserts. Jordan brings credentials from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York. She told me it took some tweaking to get the recipe just right, and it worked. They open early for bagels on Thursday through Sunday; Jordan and her helpers are there at 3:00 am to start the process. You can’t get any fresher than that!

I asked owners Ken and Maegyne Held why they added bagels; they were already pizza-making delicious pizza. Maegyne told me “We just love bagels”. Ken said, “You can’t get a fresh, NY-style bagel in Southern Maryland”. Well, now you can! In addition to Ken and Maegyne (who are always there), they have their son, John, helping run things. I love family businesses!

They start the morning with around 400 bagels, and usually sell out! I went on Sunday and they had six varieties…Plain, Everything, Salt, Poppy Seed, Pepper Parmesan, and Garlic. They also have house-made cream cheese spreads. The flavored spreads include Plain, Blueberry, Scallion, Veggie, and Lox. They have a Lox bagel sandwich made with Lox from Brooklyn, cream cheese and onions. I didn’t have one, but it looked delicious.

I had a Poppy Seed Bagel with Veggie Spread and a Salt Bagel with Blueberry Spread. These bagels are wonderful! Crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside! I will make special trips there just for these bagels…they are that good! I brought home five bagels…Poppy Seed, Salt, Garlic, Everything, Pepper Parmesan and a tub of Scallion Spread! These are probably not on my low-carb diet, but sometimes life says, “Yes”!

To go with the bagels, The Slice House serves hot, fresh-brewed coffee from Lacas Coffee Company. Lacas is one of the nation’s longest-running independent coffee roasters. Since 1921 they select and import only the highest quality new crop Arabica beans from family-owned plantations throughout the world’s coffee-growing regions.

In addition to the coffee, they have a fully stocked bar with seating. They serve Mimosas, Bellinis, and Bloody Marys, along with beer (local craft beer on tap), wine and spirits.

Don’t forget…The Slice House has delightfully delicious pizza! Their dough is made fresh, in-house, every day. They make their own sauce too, using the best ingredients. The cheese is from Wisconsin and has no additives or caking agents. They hand-toss the pizza and it goes on 18-inch pans. The crust is perfectly thin, which is the way I prefer it. The balance of crust and toppings is perfect!

The Slice House is located at 41565 Park Avenue in Leonardtown, MD.

The Slice House hours are:

  • Monday thru Wednesday………11:00 am to 8:00 pm (Pizza)
  • Thursday thru Saturday…………6:30 am to 10:00 am (Bagels Only)
  • Thursday thru Saturday ………11:00 am to 8:00 pm (Pizza)
  • Sunday………………………….6:30 am to 10:00 am (Bagels Only)

You can visit the Facebook page by clicking here The Slice House of Leonardtown.

Website: http://theslicehouse

June 2019 article from The Southern Maryland Chronicle:

SOMD Taste and Sip Encounters with Lynne O’Meara: Slice House

Rating (out of 5):

  • Food – 4.8
  • Service – 4.8
  • Ambiance – 4.4

Total – 4.7

David M. Higgins II is an award-winning journalist passionate about uncovering the truth and telling compelling stories. Born in Baltimore and raised in Southern Maryland, he has lived in several East...