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Looking For A Slice Of Pie

omakase Jan 15, 2008 12:13 AM

I love a nice slice of pie - apple, banana, boysenberry, cherry, etc. Who has the best? Anywhere in L.A. is fine.

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    chowchow12345678 Feb 5, 2008 10:52 AM

    I actually like Marie Callender's cream cheese pie -- it's rich like cheesecake but not dense, more creamy. I think it had a graham cracker crust.

    1. Grover1962 Feb 4, 2008 11:31 AM

      There are several choices in Orange County...this one in particular.

      Hof's Hut
      4050 W Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92868

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        cvc Jan 21, 2008 08:00 PM

        Would concur with many of the recs here especially Pie 'n Burger and Apple Pan. If you're in the W.L.A./Brentwood area Susie Cakes makes the most amazing Coconut Cream, Chocolate Cream, Apple and Pecan pies. They don't sell them by the slice but do offer a small for $8 which is enough for two. They also don't offer them all the time. Also, try Clementine's near Century City for the banana cream, chocolate cream and key lime.

        1. katkoupai Jan 21, 2008 05:14 PM

          I really enjoyed my meal and slice of pie at Bake 'N' Broil in Long Beach. So far, I'd have to say they have the best I've tried, and their prices are very reasonable.

          All the raves about Peace Cafe in Monrovia make me really want to go there.

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            Diana Jan 21, 2008 09:55 AM

            When is national pie day?

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              JAB Jan 21, 2008 04:46 PM

              Coming up on the 23rd. I believe tha Baker's Square is offering a free slice with no strings attached on this day.

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                Diana Jan 22, 2008 05:38 AM

                thanks, I better bake a pie!

            2. wyatt3290 Jan 21, 2008 09:03 AM

              Martino's bakery in burbank has great pies.

              1. Emme Jan 20, 2008 07:14 PM

                so many good suggestions thus far... def babalu and for dutch apple, costco and ralph's (crazy i know).

                al gelato for apple or lemon meringue or coconut cream

                susina for coconut cream or banana cream

                clementine for coconut cream

                urth caffe for pumpkin or coconut cream

                california pizza kitchen (gulp!) for excellent non-food colored key lime pie

                27th st bakery for sweeet potato pie

                polly's for ollalieberry

                cafe montana for mixed berry

                the pig on la brea for pecan

                aunt kizzy's for pecan

                filling station (how has no one yet mentioned this?) for apple caramel, pumpkin, and maple pecan

                baker's square for french chocolate

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                  wutzizname Jan 20, 2008 11:47 PM

                  the pig on la brea is no more.

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                    Emme Jan 22, 2008 09:01 PM

                    that's right! *tear*

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                  avena Jan 19, 2008 11:01 PM

                  I wish I could find a pie place like in "Waitress" or "Pushing Daisies"... are any of these places like that??...hahaha

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                    bluemonster Jan 20, 2008 11:32 AM

                    I just visited the Peach Cafe in Monrovia, and they had a big selection of delicious looking pies, all baked on premises. It's not quite the Pie Hole, but it'll tide you over.

                    Peach Cafe
                    141 E Colorado Blvd, Monrovia, CA 91016

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                      crystaw Jan 21, 2008 10:52 AM

                      I just tried their pear raspberry pie and it was very enjoyable!

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                        katkoupai Jan 21, 2008 05:15 PM

                        What is the Pie Hole?

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                          ChinoWayne Jan 21, 2008 05:26 PM

                          A fictional bakery in a TV series.

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                            katkoupai Jan 21, 2008 05:35 PM

                            Thanks. :)

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                      Oh Robin Jan 17, 2008 12:35 PM

                      Bake and Broil... the crust alone is worth a trip.

                      Bake 'n Broil
                      3697 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807

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                        mlgb Jan 17, 2008 02:18 PM

                        And they're across the street from Polly's, where you can go when Bake n Broil has run out of whatever pie you were hoping to order.

                        Polly's does a great fresh strawberry pie in season, they've got their own supplier and the quality is great.

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                          Oh Robin Jan 17, 2008 02:48 PM

                          I like Polly's egg custard pie, but B & B is where it's at.

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                            TonyC Jan 22, 2008 09:34 AM

                            thanks for the tip Oh Robin,

                            B & B is absolutely accessible during lunch for me.

                            That said, anyone been to:

                            Broadster Kitchen
                            1440 W Beverly Blvd
                            Montebello, CA 90640
                            (323) 722-4190

                            ? big signs for "home made pies"...

                      2. yogagals Jan 16, 2008 11:40 PM

                        House of Pies in Los Feliz has some good selection and I've always enjoyed Marie Calendar's pies--can't beat that! (:

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                          Diana Jan 17, 2008 06:19 AM

                          yes you can :)

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                            Fru Jan 17, 2008 06:31 AM

                            Apple Tarte Tatin at Cafe Bizou!

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                            avena Jan 17, 2008 09:03 AM

                            Having worked at a Marie Callenders while in high school, I do have a sentimental place in my heart for them...well, maybe just for the restaurant I was working in. Plus my aunts have brought their pies to family functions for YEARS. But I now refuse to buy their pies. I was horrified one time when my family bought a "blueberry" pie and discovered (gasp) purple jello in the filling in place of real blueberries! How dare they?! Come on, thats just sad.

                            I have to say though, they do have good muffins.

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                              fatfudge Jan 17, 2008 11:04 AM

                              Their pies have really gone down hill. The crust for the cream pies are horrible! It tastes like it was barely cooked. The filling for their fruit pies have zero taste. And buying a slice of pie is a rip off--over $5.00!

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                              jeremypb Jan 17, 2008 05:28 PM

                              House of Pies is amazing, esp the chocolate cream and strawberry

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                              CulverJack Jan 15, 2008 09:12 PM

                              I haven't had these, but Al Gelato has some huge, crazy looking behemoth pies in their case. I'm sure some other hound can let us know on these (I'm curious). I've always had gelato when I've been. Pie - thumbs up?

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                                cookieyumyum Jan 15, 2008 09:32 PM

                                I love Marcie's Pies at the Hollywood Farmer's Market. The Blackberry Crumb pie is heaven. You can write home about their Raspberry-Peach and Strawberry-Rhubarb pies as well.
                                They have individual and regular size pies. Plus are wonderful with letting you try samples. Take one home and enjoy many slices.

                                Oh and Al Gelato's Apple Pie is the crazy huge one you saw. I thot it was good, but I prefer their devil's food cake. Its what I remember cake being like on my 8th birthday. mmmmm

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                                  omakase Jan 15, 2008 11:09 PM

                                  Is Marcie's at the Farmer's Market on 3rd/Fairfax? It sounds wonderful, especially that Blackberry Crumb. Also, someone else mentioned Al Gelato's. May have to try that one too. Thanks CookieYumYum. I love saying that - cookieyumyum.

                                  1. re: omakase
                                    cookieyumyum Jan 16, 2008 07:22 AM

                                    Actually Marcie's Pies are only available at the Hollywood Farmers Market at Ivar & Selma Ave. from 9am-1pm on Sundays. And I'd get there by 10-11 at latest. Seem to sell out of the favorite flavors of pies by the end of the day.
                                    They may sell at another farmers market around town on a different day but I'm not sure....
                                    No prob omakase, & your name reminds me I still need to try Omakase.

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                                    J.L. Jan 16, 2008 01:05 AM

                                    A lot of good pastry stands at Farmer's Market (adjacent to The Grove).... Thanks for the reminder.

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                                      michelle in laguna Jan 16, 2008 05:44 PM

                                      Jongewaard's Bake & Broil
                                      3697 Atlantic Ave
                                      Long Beach, CA 90807
                                      (562) 595-0396

                                      Best pie anywhere!
                                      In season ooh la la berry (to die for)!

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                                  Sarsa Jan 15, 2008 08:25 PM

                                  Apple Pan has the best Bannana Cream and very good Pecan.

                                  Pie n Burger's pies are sweet in general, and they have very good cream and merengue pies but if you don't like it sweet I would recommend getting their fresh peach, strawberry, or ollaberry, when in season.

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                                    omakase Jan 15, 2008 08:36 PM

                                    Pie N' Burger seems to be the hands down favorite. Thanks for all the rec's.

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                                      mstinawu Feb 5, 2008 11:17 AM

                                      LOVE Apple Pan's Banana Cream Pie.. Can't live w/o it.

                                    2. ipsedixit Jan 15, 2008 08:16 PM

                                      For a good pumpkin pie, try Philippe's in DTLA.

                                      Pie N Burger is very good as well, esp. the banana cream.

                                      1. J.L. Jan 15, 2008 07:46 PM

                                        Pie N Burger in Pasdena (by Caltech). No question.

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                                          unocal Jan 15, 2008 03:04 PM

                                          how do people here like house of pies? i honestly don't think their pies are all that, or maybe i'm just choosing the wrong pie. i do however like their western breakfast i think it is, w/ pancakes or waffle, eggs, choice of meat, toast, the whole 9 yards for i think $9 or so...i dunno, w/ a name like house of pies, most of, if not all, their pies should be good if not great.

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                                            justagthing Jan 15, 2008 04:59 PM

                                            sorry, personally I don't care for their pies, just mediocre at best. i prefer polly's or bake and broil

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                                              wutzizname Jan 16, 2008 12:43 AM

                                              Some of their pies are better than others. I think their Banana Cream and Strawberry Rhubarb are pretty damn good, especially at the price.

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                                              magicapple Jan 15, 2008 10:53 AM

                                              Do not be afraid...
                                              Banana Cream at Pie N Burger. Enough said.

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                                                Lmo1823 Jan 15, 2008 12:35 PM

                                                But the banana cream at Pie N Burger has merengue, not cream! That was a big no-no for me. You've got to go banana cream at Apple Pan. It will blow your mind. I do like boysenberry at Pie N Burger though.

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                                                  Sarsa Jan 15, 2008 07:49 PM

                                                  Actally , at Pie n Burger, you can get Bannan Cream with merengue OR whipped cream.

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                                                    Lmo1823 Jan 15, 2008 10:48 PM

                                                    Oh, good to know. They didn't offer me a choice, but next time I go I'll know to speak up!

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                                                      Jack Flash Jan 16, 2008 03:56 PM

                                                      Yeah, they don't always mention it, but they're happy to do it. In fact, I think they'll swap out the meringue for whipped cream on any pie that comes with the former.

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                                                        kevin Jan 16, 2008 08:30 PM

                                                        it gets a little messy they have wipe away the meringue and then top it with whipped cream, also i think it's closed to an additional 1.50 on top of the price you're already paying for the pie.

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                                                          ipsedixit Jan 17, 2008 08:43 AM

                                                          Or, you can get both ...

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                                                    friedegg67 Jan 17, 2008 01:54 PM

                                                    You are kidding about the Apple Pan right? The last time I had a slice of banana cream it was just a couple of layers of brown sliced bananas and a too thin layer of cream smeared on top. Pie N Burger is MUCH better.

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                                                      Diana Jan 17, 2008 03:34 PM

                                                      The banana cream pie I always get is nothing like that! Thick, yummy cream custard and fabulous bananas topped with yummy whippy cream.

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                                                  claudiamcd Jan 15, 2008 09:12 AM

                                                  Hands down in Pie N Burger. I grew up around there and have been going for 20 years or so. Every flavor is awesome and fresh. Don't be afraid of their "diner decor". It is clean and yummy! My favorites are the Peanut Butter and Coconut Cream.

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                                                    jonahlee Jan 15, 2008 02:58 PM

                                                    I had the boysenberry pie at Pie N Burger and aboslutely loved it, and the burgers are well worth trying too.


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                                                    mlgb Jan 15, 2008 08:20 AM

                                                    Not quite LA but close is the chain, Polly's Pies. The pies are baked on site daily so the crust is always good. They have great berry pies in season, and have banana strawberry (banaberry) all year long.


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                                                    1. re: mlgb
                                                      Fru Jan 15, 2008 08:36 AM

                                                      I love Hof's Hut's banana cream pie from the whipped cream down to the crust. http://www.hofshut.com I never try any other fruit because I LOVE banana cream.

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                                                        omakase Jan 15, 2008 12:50 PM

                                                        Isn't there a Polly's Pies in Santa Monica on Wilshire Blvd? Maybe I imagined it. If so, that would be close enough even though I live in the San Fernando Valley. Thanks.

                                                        1. re: omakase
                                                          fdb Jan 15, 2008 08:03 PM

                                                          Polly's in Santa Monica has been replaced by Panera Breads.

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                                                        Diana Jan 15, 2008 06:42 AM

                                                        For banana cream, go to the Apple Pan. Forget their apple pie, however, it suckks.

                                                        For apple, believe it or not, I like Mel's Drive in. People keep telling me about Pie N Burger, but my husband is afraid to take me. I prefer dutch apple, so I go for the cumb topping. In desperation of finding a fabulous dutch apple pie, I leaned to make my own.

                                                        For Pumpkin-Costco. No kidding, Costco.

                                                        If you can, try Pie N Burger.

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                                                          wutzizname Jan 15, 2008 07:14 AM


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                                                            Diana Jan 16, 2008 05:28 AM

                                                            When in the mood, I can eat a LOT of pie. Sometimes, if presented with too many choices, I "sample" as many as I can. He says it is truly an awesome and terrific sight, in the old senses of the words (Awesome form the same root as aweful, terrific in the old sense, to inspire terror, for the same rot as terrible.)

                                                            1. re: Diana
                                                              sbritchky Feb 5, 2008 10:43 AM

                                                              I'm glad you answered that question, Diana! I thought you might be afraid of the marauding gangs of Cal Tech physics students often seen in front of the Pie N Burger. They're actually quite nice. Just don't say anything stupid about quantum mechanics in casual conversation, and you'll be OK.

                                                              P.S. The meringue pies at PNB are also nice.

                                                              Pie 'n Burger
                                                              913 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

                                                          2. re: Diana
                                                            omakase Jan 15, 2008 12:47 PM

                                                            Diana, I love Dutch Apple too. Haven't tried it at Mel's, though. Almost bought the Costco Pumpkin during the Holidays, but I'm the only one in the my family who wanted it. I hope you get to Pie N' Burger soon.

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                                                              Minimang Jan 15, 2008 03:17 PM

                                                              I love Pie N Burger. But I can never eat a meal there and have room for pie. I have to get one or the other.

                                                              I suggest the Lemon Meringue. It is my favorite!

                                                              1. re: Diana
                                                                mungus Jan 15, 2008 09:07 PM

                                                                Agree on the banana cream at Apple Pan. You know what else is good there is the blackberry (or it might be boysenberry...something-berry) cream pie. Similar custard/whipped cream makeup as banana, just berries instead.

                                                                Also, pumpkin at Urth is good.

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                                                                baloney Jan 15, 2008 06:27 AM

                                                                I'm sure you'll get many suggestions for Bake N Broil and I would agree with them. They've got lots of choices, but for apple pie I actually really like Langer's. And I don't even like apple pie that much!

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                                                                  omakase Jan 15, 2008 12:43 PM

                                                                  I can't believe I've never tried their apple pie, and I go to Langer's all the time. I think the main reason, though, is that I stuff myself on their sandwiches and large fries. I will have to try the pie. I'll cut out the fries. Thanks for the rec.

                                                                2. goodhealthgourmet Jan 15, 2008 12:16 AM

                                                                  i've never had them myself, but word on the street is that babalu in santa monica does some serious pies.

                                                                  1002 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

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