Bridgeport needed an alternative to sports bars, and Maria’s arrived. It needed better food options, and it got Nana and Han 202. But we didn’t know it needed a baker of royal pies. Hell, we didn’t even know what royal pies were, but with the opening of Pleasant House, we got them: flaky, double-crust savory pies that stuff your stomach for a little more than $7. The steak-and-ale captures carrot-laden pot roast in buttery crust, the chicken Balti channels India by way of Britain with heady curry spicing, and the mushroom-kale is a good argument to go meat-free—another Bridgeport need checked off the list. 964 W 31st St (773-523-7437).