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Oct 11, 2007 08:42 PM

Pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving

I'm looking for recommendations for the BEST pumpkin pie to order for Thanksgiving in the LA area. Also, I'm from Hawaii and this may sound weird, but... there was this place that made 1/2 pumpkin, 1/2 custard pie. If anyone has heard of anything like this, that would be awesome..

Also, good custard pie recommendations too...

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  1. Agree with the myriad of posters on this board who condemn the attitude of Sweet Lady Jane. But their pumpkin pie is the best of the ones I've ordered in LA -- gorgeous creamy texture, good blend of spices, lovely texture in the crust. However, must temper the recommendation by adding that the experience of picking it up was truly attrocious -- had to order in advance, stand in a massive line and then, when I noticed the crust was broken, had to trade in my left kidney to get a replacement.

    Spending this Thanksgiving in San Fran -- but would be interested to learn of options outside of Sour Lady Pain.

    1. The best pumpkin pie is not to be found in LA but in the city of Orange, at the Filling Station, on Glassell in Old Town Orange, Rich and custardy pumpkin in a delectable crust. Order ahead early. Their apple is also amazing.

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        1. I am NOT a cheesecake person however, the seasonal pumpkin pecan cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory is awesome. They have plain pumpkin as well but, the pecan is extra special! :)KQ

          1. In addition to the Filling station, quite a few good ones actually...



            Urth Caffe


            The Farm

            Al Gelato (lots of pumpkin in this sucker)

            Auntie Em's (less cloyingly sweet)

            In the Valley:




            Costco actually has great (less expensive too!) pumpkin pie.

            For something a tad different:
            Susina has pumpkin mousse
            Surfas Cafe does a pumpkin cheesecake thing.

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            1. re: Emme

              I second the Urth Caffe recommendation - that's some good eatin'! It's very deep-dish, with a ginger crust, and if you eat a slice in the cafe, they serve it with a huge dollop of whipped cream. I would definitely recommend that you try a slice, Miss M - you know, for research purposes. =)

              1. re: aching

                If you order any of the desserts that come with whipped cream (specified on the menu) to-go, they'll pack that whipped cream in a separate coated-paper container (the kind used for soups) for you.