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Looking For A Slice Of Pie

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

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    Babalu
    1002 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

    1. 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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      1. re: baloney

        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. 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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          1. re: wutzizname

            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

              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.

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

          2. re: Diana

            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.

            1. re: Diana

              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

                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.

              2. 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.

                http://www.pollyspies.com/locations.html

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                1. re: mlgb

                  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.

                  1. re: mlgb

                    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

                      Polly's in Santa Monica has been replaced by Panera Breads.

                  2. 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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                    1. re: claudiamcd

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

                      http://www.whaleofatale.net/wordpress...

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

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                      1. re: magicapple

                        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.

                        1. re: Lmo1823

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

                          1. re: Sarsa

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

                            1. re: Lmo1823

                              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.

                              1. re: Jack Flash

                                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.

                          2. re: Lmo1823

                            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.

                            1. re: friedegg67

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

                        2. 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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                          1. re: unocal

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

                            1. re: unocal

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

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

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

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

                                1. 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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                                  1. re: Sarsa

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

                                    1. re: Sarsa

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

                                    2. 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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                                      1. re: CulverJack

                                        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

                                        1. re: cookieyumyum

                                          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

                                            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.
                                            http://www.farmernet.com/events/one-c...
                                            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.

                                          2. re: cookieyumyum

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

                                            1. re: J.L.

                                              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)!

                                        2. 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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                                            1. re: Diana

                                              Apple Tarte Tatin at Cafe Bizou!

                                            2. re: yogagals

                                              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.

                                              1. re: Diana

                                                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!

                                              2. re: yogagals

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

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

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

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                                                1. re: Oh Robin

                                                  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.

                                                  1. re: mlgb

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

                                                    1. re: Oh Robin

                                                      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. 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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                                                  1. re: avena

                                                    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.

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                                                    Peach Cafe
                                                    141 E Colorado Blvd, Monrovia, CA 91016

                                                    1. re: bluemonster

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

                                                    2. 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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                                                      1. Martino's bakery in burbank has great pies.

                                                          1. re: Diana

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

                                                            1. re: JAB

                                                              thanks, I better bake a pie!

                                                          2. 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.

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

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

                                                                1. 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.