The Best Pies in All of Los Angeles
These days, pastry chefs are working their baking magic in wild new ways to reinvent the classic dessert: Think deconstructed, single-serve, cereal-infused and unapologetically vegan. And they’re all just as good, err, better than a certain family matriarch used to make us. (Sorry, Mom.)
Pecan Pie at Friends and Family
Families need not get into heated disagreements at Thanksgiving any longer over the age-old pie preference debate (pumpkin or pecan?)—order one of each. For the latter, get this Hollywood hipster diner's beautifully sculpted and perfectly-flavor-balanced pie, available to order from October 22 through November 18.
5150 Hollywood Blvd.; 323-668-2000 or friendsandfamilyla.com
Crack Pie at Milk Bar
Hotshot New York-based chef Christina Tosi has opened an outpost of her bakery in Hollywood (imagine a smiley-face emoji on a sugar high, and you've got the vibe). This is one of her signature desserts, with a toasted oat crust and salty-sweet filling that she first made for family meal at the restaurant where she baked (the staff named it for its addictive nature, if that wasn't obvious).
7150 Melrose Pl.; 323-297-3250 or milkbarstore.com
Pumpkin Pie at SusieCakes
You're way too cool to pick up one of those bland supermarket cakes, and you don't have the patience to fiddle with flavor balancing. (Us, too.) This cheery bakery has you covered: Order up to a week before your special event and pick up a pitch-perfect pumpkin pie (just the right amount of spice) the day of. Everybody's happy.
Various locations; susiecakes.com
Harvest Apple at Winston Pies
If you like your dessert 'extra,' you've come to the right place. Choose from a dozen year-round and seasonal flavors, including classic cherry and blueberry as well as the caramelly Chocolate Cowgirl variety. Many flavors can be ordered in vegan and gluten-free options, including this jumbo (11 inches instead of the usual 9) juicy apple pie.
Locations in Brentwood and on West Third St.; winstonpies.com
Chocolate Chess Pie at Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
There's nothing more Southern than the dense and delicious taste of chess pie, that simple confection of eggs, flour, butter and sugar. Make a meal of, say, a juicy leg and breast of Gus's spicy Memphis-style bird, then follow up with a slice of chess pie (and get ready to be blissed out for hours).
Locations in Burbank and on Crenshaw; gusfriedchicken.com
Salted Caramel at Atticus Creamery + Pies
Not a fruit filling kind of lady? We feel you. So do the folks at Atticus, where a mini pie shell gets a bottom layer of chocolate ganache, then a caramel mousse filling, then a tower of light cream topped with caramelized popcorn.
6015 W. Third St.; 323-934-7980 or atticusinla.com
Cherry Hand Pie at The Village Bakery and Café
Extra marks for presentation (a sweetheart!) and the textured sprinkling of Demerara sugar on these juicy little single-serve delights. They’re heaven for breakfast. Yep, pie for breakfast.
3119 Los Feliz Blvd., Atwater Village; 323-662-8600 or thevillagebakeryandcafe.com
Cereal Killer Cheesecake Pie at The Pie Hole
Next-level creativity for crunch lovers: A house-made cheesecake filling is flecked with Fruity Pebbles, then poured into a Nilla Wafer crust and topped with Frosted Flakes. Or Froot Loops. (It’s supposed to taste like cereal and milk, but we think it’s way better.)
Various locations; thepieholela.com
Butterfinger Pie at Republic of Pie
Peanut butter, chocolate and crunchy wafers equal a candy lover's fresh-baked dream at this beloved North Hollywood hang-out, where the Stumptown Coffee flows (and guests' glycemic levels are happily off the charts).
11118 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood; 818-308-7990 or republicofpie.com