Few of us have the skills/patience/time to whip up a masterpiece of baked glory, but we all want to have a pie ready for our Thanksgiving dinner guests—or as a hostess gift for the harried cook who’s feeding us turkey. These ten spots have it all, from flaky-crusted apple pie to pumpkin-cheesecake ice cream pie.
Small Batch Ice Creamery
When it’s pushing 70 degrees in a typical Los Angeles November, ice cream sounds good. When it’s served on a flaky crust in a seasonal flavor such as pumpkin cheesecake, it’s even better. This little Mar Vista ice creamery run by Top Chef Brooke Williamson and her husband is a combination neighborhood sweet shop and foodie pilgrimage.
12222 Venice Blvd.; 424-289-9552 or smallbatchicecreamery.com
This bakery specializes in gluten-free treats, so you can order your honey-braised pumpkin tart in graham cracker crust with toasted marshmallow topping in a gluten-free version, too. Whichever you choose, this pie’s fluffiness offsets the sweet spice of its pumpkin filling.
7807 Beverly Blvd., 323-932-1142 or cakemonkey.com
McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams
This classic Santa Barbara ice creamery always wins us over with its perfectly balanced, locally sourced ice creams. And the love affair continues with its pumpkin ice-cream pie that’s dripping with caramel (and pecan pralines to add crunch).
Locations in DTLA, Studio City and Los Feliz; mcconnells.com
Magpies Soft Serve
Attention vegans and the people who love you: There’s a dairy-free Dutch apple soft-serve pie waiting for you in Silverlake. It’s topped with toasted almond streusel and homemade almond butter and turns a dietary restriction into a fluffy, sweet indulgence.
2660 Griffith Park Blvd.; 323-486-7094 or magpiessoftserve.com
Individual upside-down pies and bread pudding in flavors like pumpkin spice and pumpkin brown butter crumble fly out of this little bakeshop alongside more unusual flavors like ube and caramelized bacon.
3116 ½ Sunset Blvd.; 323-285-1458 or frankielucybakeshop.com
The Pie Hole
Specializing in single-serve hand pies, this bakery also excels in its multi-slice versions. Which is good, because lots of people are going to be needing multiple slices on a table with flavors like apple crumble, pumpkin, salted caramel pecan, maple custard, Earl Grey and Mexican chocolate.
Locations in Arts District, Pasadena, Hollywood and Glendale; thepieholela.com
This retro supper club is a hip party spot, but insiders know the real draw is the deep-dish apple pie for two on a heated plate with a dish of vanilla ice cream. You’d better treat this classic pie, with its perfectly balanced spice and hint of fruity tartness, with the same respect when you serve it at home.
7205 Santa Monica Blvd.; 323-850-1726 or joneshollywood.com
This French bistro and bar is the kind of place we want to disappear into forever. Same goes for the selection of pies, including a perfectly crunchy pecan pie and rustic-crust pumpkin. Because for the French, you know, baking is a thing. One that you want to enjoy at home, stat.
624 S. La Brea; 310-362-6115 or republiquela.com
The chess pie is a classic Southern dessert with a simple, custardy base yielding endless variations. The cranberry-orange chess pie made by the North Carolina-native baker here is a sweet, tart beauty that will even bring those “I don’t like pumpkin pie” wet blankets over to the dessert table.
11678 San Vicente Blvd.; 310-207-5743 or winstonpies.com
Fresh-baked daily since 1938, the baked goods are the centerpiece of this classic Los Angeles coffee shop—the lighted pie case, the leatherette banquettes, the whole nine yards. Mince, sweet potato and blueberry here are especially nice additions to the usual seasonal pumpkin-and-pecan fare.
Locations at the Farmer’s Market, Studio City and Pasadena; dupars.net