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BearCity Oct 27, 2008 01:57 PM

My wife just returned from the Deep South, and has requested pecan pie for her birthday (next week). I need to pick up a whole pie to go. Most convenient would be around Hollywood/Studio City/Burbank areas, but I'm willing to drive if the good pie lives elsewhere.

My only lead so far is House of Pies in Los Feliz. What say you, hounds? Is there great pecan pie in L.A.?

  1. orythedog Oct 27, 2008 02:41 PM

    Goode Company BBQ in Houston, TX has some of the very best pecan pie I have ever tasted. It's actually called Brazos (after the river) bottom pecan pie. Take my advice and have some sent to you 2 day express mail. It should run about $40 and comes in wooden box with a sliding top. The bomb!
    www.goodecompany.com

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      JeetJet Oct 28, 2008 02:01 AM

      I happen to notice pecan pie on the menu at Pie n' Burger several days ago when I was having my fix of the best thin pancakes around. I have not had the pecan (YET) but all the other pies I have had from there have been very good. -- great! This place is worth a visit for some pancakes (I lke the thin style but they also offer very good thick fluffy style) or a burger with a slice of pie. If you like what you have order a whole pie.

      Pie n' Burger
      913 E California Blvd (Just East of Lake Ave)
      Pasadena, CA 91106
      Phone: (626) 795-1123

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        spacestationvegas Oct 28, 2008 03:35 AM

        Apple Pan, of course! Really good, classic pecan pie.

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        1. re: spacestationvegas
          ReelMike84 Oct 28, 2008 06:42 AM

          I'd only order the pecan pie from Apple Pan if I was allergic to bananas and unable to eat their amazing banana cream pie. But even then, I think the few moments of sweet deliciousness are well worth the throat closure.

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          BearCity Oct 28, 2008 01:02 PM

          Thanks for the rec's. Now that you mention it, I recall the Apple Pan pecan pie being lauded on these boards in years past. Looks like I should go on some burger-and-pie runs to do a little taste-testing. Sucks to be me. ;-)

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            JeetJet Oct 29, 2008 01:55 PM

            Your post got me in the mood for some pecan pie. So I returned to Pie n' Burger for lunch today and had the burger and a slice of the pecan pie. Wow! The burger is always great but the pie was also picture perfect. The crust complements the pecans and filling. Not only for flavor but also because of the way it becomes a visual and texture part of the filling with the baked-on glaze running on to the crust. The pecans are fresh and baked a little crunchy and the whole has a good flavor. The pecans are llarge and cover the top. It could be made better if the pecans filled the pie but it was still great with the top covered with pecans.

            I will not be in the Westside area this week but will soon also try the Apple Pan slice with the great burger they have. Both of these places are small and have limited seating. Apple Pan has only a counter and Pie n' Burger has a counter with just a few tables. Do not go to either place at rush hour. A burger, slice of pie and a drink will set you back a little over $15. I bought a whoile Boysenberry pie last week at Pie n' Burger ($16) and noticed it was 8.5 inches round -- nice size.

            Apple Pan
            10801 W Pico Blvd
            Los Angeles, CA 90064
            (310) 475-3585

            Pie n' Burger
            913 E California Blvd
            Pasadena, CA 91106
            (626) 795-1123

            1. re: JeetJet
              sbritchky Oct 29, 2008 02:23 PM

              "8.5 inches round"? I assume you mean diameter, not circumference.

              Yes, the Pie n' Burger pecan pie is outstanding. My only complaint with the place has been the lukewarm temperature at which they often serve their chili. (Bad for taste, great for growing colonies of baceteria.)

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                JeetJet Nov 1, 2008 10:35 AM

                Correct, round -- not circumference. Also, not a ball -- pie.

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                ozhead Oct 29, 2008 04:10 PM

                " It could be made better if the pecans filled the pie but it was still great with the top covered with pecans."

                Pecans on the top is the way a pecan pie IS. You par-bake the crust, put the pecans in, pour the custard mix (eggs, sugar, Karo syrup, etc.) over the pecans and bake it. The pecans rise up through the custard during the baking, so the end result is crust on the bottom (and sides), custard in the middle, pecans on top. Filled with pecans would be a mistake -- too hard and dense to eat easily.

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                  ipsedixit Oct 29, 2008 06:49 PM

                  "Filled with pecans would be a mistake -- too hard and dense to eat easily."

                  It was also be too rich. Pecan pie is one of those instances where "less is more".

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                    JeetJet Oct 31, 2008 12:33 PM

                    oz and ipse, Dah boat a yews are wrong! "too hard, dense," "too rich." So much opinion and no experiance of having it. Think crunchy, chewey, gooey, sticky and that is what I am talking about with a crust filed with pecans and the void between the nuts filled-in with some custard. Same pie stuff just a different ratio of nuts to custard. My opinion is based on having it in Boston but even there the pie was not deep enough. I saw a deep one (filled with nuts and then just a little custard poured over them) onn Food TV once and it was a place that also sold them mail order for about $45 a pie. I once had the web page and even saw the place mentioned here on Chowhound but am unable to locate it.

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                      mlgb Oct 31, 2008 12:44 PM

                      Boston and pecan pies are not something I would ever use in the same sentence. Whatever you had wasn't a "real" pecan pie .

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                        JeetJet Oct 31, 2008 12:59 PM

                        You are sooooo wrong! Even more wrong than oz and ipse. If what you say is true, well, then there is no "real" pecan pie in L.A.,.The lady who owns the bake shop in Boston, which is so loved by the Boston Hounds who told me about it, was raised in the South -- as was some of the Boston Hounds.

                        What we really need to do is find the mail order place I mentioned above. As I recall, they sell more Pecan Pies than any other palce in the South and have a large sit-down pie shop.

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                          mlgb Oct 31, 2008 02:52 PM

                          It isn't surprising that variations on a "real" pecan pie with more nuts would be popular in the north, and would be easier to sell by mail order and for a premium price. It isn't surprising that many people would prefer a pie that isn't as sweet. But a classic pecan pie has a layer of pecans on top of the translucent corn syrup filling.

                          They're very easy to make. So easy in fact that it was included in my 8th grade home ec class (along with other Southern specialities like biscuits and buttermilk fried chicken). Why not go to the source (Karo Syrup) and view their video recipe?

                          http://www.karosyrup.com/recipe_details.asp?id=485

                          http://www.karosyrup.com/recipe_detai...

                          1. re: JeetJet
                            ipsedixit Nov 1, 2008 12:30 AM

                            Too much pecan and not enough custard filling results in a cookie like creation, and not a pie.

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                              kevin Nov 1, 2008 09:39 AM

                              I wholeheartedly agree, if it is 90% pecans that is way to much. But even up to up to 55% might be all right.

                              You have to have that Karo syrup, or maple syrup level that is mandatory.

                              And of course some fresh whipped cream.

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                                JeetJet Nov 1, 2008 10:31 AM

                                The pie I am talking about is about 50% to 65% pecans and the rest custard. More pecans makes a Pecan Pie more a true "pecan" pie and less a "syrup" pie. Think of the best apple pies having more fresh apples. Now, about the whipped cream. I really like the whipped cream at BB but the flavor of the filling and pecans, IMO, is enough w/out it. I had a slice there yesterday and the server asked me if I wanted ice cream or whipped cream and I ordered the whipped cream. They heated my slice and smothered it with that great whipped cream. As soon as I saw it I realized how much I like to see the pecans on top. and not whipped cream Maybe ask for the whipped cream on the side of the slice.

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                    kevin Oct 31, 2008 04:04 PM

                    hey jj,

                    apple pan will be more like 20 per person with tax and tip. but at both places get fresh whipped cream with the pecan pie to cut the richness down to size. The harmony that unfolds between the whipped cream and the rich, mapley sweetness of the roasted pecans is a thing of utter beauty.

                    When you're at the Pan, please skip the apple pie, it is without a doubt the worst slice of pie on their menu.

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                      sel Nov 1, 2008 10:59 PM

                      Sorry Kevin, the Chocolate Cream Pie is not only the worst pie on The Apple Pan's menu, it's their worst item, period! The filling tastes like that Royal or Jello Brand Instant Chocolate Pudding that isn't even cooked, just mix and eat, YUK! I'm not a fan of the Apple Pie but if someone put a gun to my head and said eat one, I'd choose the apple over the chocolate. And I love the Banana, Berry and Cherry Cream Pies and like the Pecan Pie at The Apple Pan.

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                        kevin Nov 2, 2008 12:39 AM

                        I guess we'll differ on the chocolate pudding cream pie. Yes, it does taste instant, and I do like it. Nostalgia is probably a big factor. But the apple pie really is pretty bad.

                        The only way to doctor the apple pie is to get a slice of their Tillamook cheddar melted over it and a couple scoops of rich Danish vanilla to top it all off.

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                    whatsfordinner Oct 30, 2008 07:06 AM

                    I love Apple Pan's pecan pie! As I recall they have it only on certain days of the week. Sunday maybe?

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                    mojoeater Oct 29, 2008 02:19 PM

                    A couple years ago we had a pie from House of Pies where the bottom part was pecan pie and the top was cheesecake. Man was it good!

                    1. 420 Reasons to eat Oct 29, 2008 04:51 PM

                      Try Porch Pies they are located in Studio City. They bake them out of there home so you will have to call to order and they will deliver to you. If you live in the Studio City area they will deliver for free.

                      These are traditional southern pies.

                      Here is a link. http://www.porchpies.com/
                      Please let me know if you give them a try what you think.
                      I really enjoyed them i had the Pecan and the chocolate chess pie.

                      Ron

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                      1. re: 420 Reasons to eat
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                        rickym13 Oct 29, 2008 10:28 PM

                        pie n burger

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                        JeetJet Oct 31, 2008 12:22 PM

                        I went to Bake 'n Broil in Long Beach this morning to pick up pies and cupcakes for a party tonight and since I was there.... I had a great slice of Pecan Pie. The crust is special here and IMO the best in LA. The Pecans were crunchy and fresh. What added to this slice was the ratio of pecans to custard filling -- more pecans and less filling. than others. However, the flavor of the filling was perfect and it would have been fine to have more of it.

                        Bake 'n Broil has a burger special which includes a very good burger (on a bakery bun), slice of pie and a drink for about $8.50+/- which is about half the price of Apple Pan and Pie'n Burger.

                        The Banana Cream and Lemon Lush are both must try pies also.

                        Bake 'n Broil
                        3697 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA
                        (562) 595-0396‎

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                          kevin Oct 31, 2008 04:09 PM

                          shit, excuse my french, but that is CHEAP, if what you're saying is correct that is a hell of a deal. Burger, pie, and soda for less than $9 bucks. Does that include every pie on their menu and is it offered everyday.

                          Also, does JOnegarnward's Bake and Broil also have the option of fresh whipped cream to gild the lilly. I just hate it when the whipped cream is canned in that aerosol contraption.

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                            JeetJet Nov 1, 2008 09:26 AM

                            Well, not every pie on the menu but many. You can upgrade for a small amount more (? $1+/-).. The whipped cream is special and that is one reason why the Banana Cream pie is so special. Add the great crust and it is a hell of a deal but then the burger is very good also. I tried the apple pie once -- not their best pie. But I don't like the apple pie at Apple Pan either --not their best slice. The Pumpkin Muffin at BB is not their besrt item and forget about the cookies also. BB is about home cooking, Pie and cakes. A perfect Red Velvet, chocolate and German Chocolate cake. IMO, the Lemon Lush pie is maybe the best pie in L.A...

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                              kevin Nov 1, 2008 09:41 AM

                              Well, then I'll definitely go for the burger and pie deal, most likely the pecan pie with whipped cream or the banana cream pie.

                              It's on Atlantic Blvd, in Long Beach, in the Bixby Knolls area, right?

                              thanks.

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                                JeetJet Nov 1, 2008 10:17 AM

                                Yeah. Bixby Knolls at the corner of 37th? Try to get a seat at the end of the counter facing all those pies and cakes. Yesterday as I sat there they brought out about a dozen fresh baked pies (cherry, chocolate chip/walnut, berry, etc) and the air around the counter area was like breathing gold.

                                edit.
                                I hope I am correct about the drink being included in that price of the burger special. I recall the readingf the menu saying burger, soup or salad or slice of pie, but it went on and now I am not sure about the drink.

                                Edit again, i called and the Special does include a cup of coffe (pretty good coffee) or a soft drink.

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                                  kevin Nov 1, 2008 05:06 PM

                                  sweet, sounds great. This is definitely the best sit-down deal in town. If you are correct, the same thing at the apple pan would run you, $7 for the burger, and $5.75 for the pie, and $2 for a coke, and you're looking at upwards of $20 plus tax and tip. And the apple pan never gives any sort of discount, even if you want a double burger, they will charge the same prices as do single burgers.

                                  1. re: JeetJet
                                    susans Nov 18, 2008 11:07 PM

                                    And the pumpkin pie is wonderful. We are always asked to bring the pies for Thanksgiving, because we live near B&B. They sell so many Thanksgiving pies, they set up an overflow space in back of the tile store next door just to dispense pies. Order in advance.

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                            spm Nov 5, 2008 09:01 AM

                            Home made pecan pie made with maple syrup (using your own buttery crust) slightly warm is one of the sexiest desserts on the planet. Try the recipe in The Silver Palate Cookbook,
                            an oldie but goodie.

                            1. clam Nov 5, 2008 10:09 AM

                              If its not to late, head straight to BABY BLUES BBQ in Venice, on Lincoln near Rose.

                              A woman who moved here from the south w/ her family recipe makes homemade pecan pies for them. Hers are the best I've ever had: we've got family in N Carolina & for past 15 yrs have spent lots of time down there delighting in amazing East Carolina bbq & pecan pie. Just one bite of their pies & I'm eating grandma's.

                              Its worth the ride over. And if this isn't in time for her b-day, t-giving is around the corner. they're taking t-giving orders now.

                              -----
                              Baby Blues BBQ
                              444 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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                                BearCity Nov 5, 2008 03:52 PM

                                We opted for Pie 'n Burger, which was a classic, good pecan pie. Nothing to knock your socks off, and maybe a tad overcooked, but very solid and tasty. Bonus points for real whipped cream on the side--delicious (and a great burger, to boot).

                                My lovely wife thought it didn't reach the heights of what she had in Tennessee, but satisfied her pecan pie jones. I'm sure we'll be getting around to trying many of the other great suggestions here in the near future.

                                1. tenxtone76 Nov 18, 2008 03:28 PM

                                  I know this won't help, but when in San Francisco, check out Tartine Bakery. Great pecan pie. I'm a fan of Pecan Pie and a food lover.

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                                    posh Nov 18, 2008 08:04 PM

                                    I just had some from Susina. It was pretty fantastic.

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                                      Red4Mit Nov 19, 2008 10:25 AM

                                      I just ordered a pecan pie from Porch Pies last week and let me tell you, it was out of this world FANTASTIC! I am from the South (transplant to L.A. for 12 years), and this is the first pie that has come close. The owner is from the South and uses her grandmother's recipe.

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