Need a great banana cream pie in the Valley
Looking for a fantastic banana cream pie in the San Fernando Valley for a Labor Day party. Unfortunately, won't be able to make it to the Westside, so it has to be the Valley. Don't want Marie Callendar's, Coco's or the like. Looking for something really above and beyond the chains.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Have you ever tried Du-pars on Ventura in Studio City? They are not the best, but better than most chains.
Still a chain, but not as "chain"-y... Shakers in Glendale has great cream pies.
The pies at Tallyrand in Burbank are also quite good... it's a bit of a time warp and you'll be the youngest person in there by approximately half a century, but good pie.
I came to this to late to offer a suggestion but would love to know if you found one, rockhead. I've had the same dilemma, myself. If I have the time, I always go out to Pie 'n Burger, have them remove the meringue and put fresh cream on top. I think it has the best custard of any BCP in the L.A. area.
I took EliseT's suggestion and went to DuPars. It's two minutes from my house and I honestly didn't think about it until it was mentioned here. The pie was very good, not outstanding, but certainly hit the spot. The banana, custard and creme were all very fresh. Only problem was it was on the small side, smaller than a full pie from the other chains, so it didn't yield that many pieces. I'll have to try your Pie n Burger suggestion next.
We ate there once, it was pretty dreary but the staff was extremely nice. I'm guessing it would be a good local breakfast place because it's really nothing more than a coffee shop. Friends tell me the pie is no good.