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Jun 26, 2002 06:01 AM


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heard about a new book about searching for pie. that begs the questions, where do we go for pie?
I know many will mention the apple pan. I like the fresh strawberry and the banana cream. but it's been a while.

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  1. Du Par's, especially the boysenberry.

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    1. re: LBQT

      I don't know. I went to DuPar's for the famous Toffee Cream Pie and the whipped cream stuck to the top of my mouth like peanut butter or Carnauba wax..

      1. re: G

        Stick to the fruit pies. IMHO DuPars is for breakfast, date nut bread, and fruit pie. That's what they're good at.

        1. re: LBQT
          Mrs. Marshall

          I have to add they do a pretty fine job on pecan pie too!

    2. It's a bit of a trek, but I've heard about a couple of places in Julian (down south) that are rumored to make very good apple pie. I keep thinking that one Sunday, the Missus and I will drive down there for a slice of pie, but so far haven't made it. Does anyone know about this? Is it worth the drive?

      Closer to home, I think the tart tatin at Le Petite Bistro on La Cienega is among the best I've had. (Pretty darn good poulet frites also).

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      1. re: David Kahn

        Julian is worth the trip. It's a single street town, surrounded by a beautiful forest up in the mountains S.E. of San Diego, about 2.5 hours. You can find apple pie all over town and it's all great. There is a cute cowboy restaurant (a little touristy but, good food) in the middle of Main St (no joke). If you go in late summer/early fall you can go apple picking as well. Many B&B's to stay and go exploring.

        1. re: David Kahn

          Best tarte tatin I've ever had is at Chez Mimi, on 26th in Brentwood. It's ultra thin - but that belies the full flavor and sweetness of the dessert. It is truly out of this world.

          1. re: LBQT

            The best Tarte Tatin I've ever had was at the BISTRO GARDEN in BH where Spago's now sits.

            1. re: russkar

              The best I have ever had was at Chez Mimi in Brentwood. It is only the best if you have it served with Creme Fraiche.

              1. re: Just Larry

                Mimi's is similar, but I'm not enamored with her inconsistent food.

                1. re: russkar

                  I go there for the decor, Tart Tatin, Bouibasse (sp?), lamb stew and Lemon Tart. I am not such a regular that I get tired of these few "sure things". I have my favorites at Lunaria too. Both places have lots of hits and misses but as long as you know the hits you can have a good meal.

                  1. re: Just Larry

                    I used to love Chez Helene in Venice and it was always good. Then two restaurants later poof, MIMI'S. Last two times have been total misses.

          2. re: David Kahn

            worth a 2 hr. trip? depends on how much you like apple pie and cute little towns. i've tried julian pie company and mom's pies. J.P.C is better...less cinnamon,better crust. They also have boysenberry-apple and dutch crumble topping if you prefer. nice outdoor patio in the back. used bookstore across the street.