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Polly's Pies? Anyone?

schrutefarms May 22, 2013 11:13 PM

I grew up going to Polly's in LB, so there is a lot of nostalgia. But I have been back many, many times as an adult, and I gotta say, that Backburner soup is just as good now! The pies are good, but there are probably better to be had (except maybe the chocolate silk). But that soup...a couple of buttered rolls to dip in, and that's one of my perfect meals. It's been on my mind a lot lately, perhaps because the only one in LA closed it's doors quite a few years ago. But at least once a month I think about driving to Long Beach just for that soup. Anyone with me on Polly's?

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  1. PeterCC RE: schrutefarms May 23, 2013 12:40 AM

    My wife worked at Polly's in SM while attending UCLA, so we used to go there (way after she stopped working there) when she felt nostalgic. We definitely lamented its closure and do on occasion go to the one in LB for a pie fix. Don't think I've had the Backburner. My favorite non-dessert item of theirs was the pot roast pie.

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      kevin RE: PeterCC May 23, 2013 08:03 PM

      That's now a Panera Bread cafe, right ?

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        PeterCC RE: kevin May 23, 2013 08:09 PM

        Yes, unfortunately.

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      Ogawak RE: schrutefarms May 23, 2013 07:12 AM

      I used to like Polly's Pies in Santa Monica before it closed. When I am in the Long Beach area, I rather prefer Jongwaard's, especially when they have Ollalieberry pie season, which should be coming up really soon.

      There is a Polly's in Torrance as well.

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        kevin RE: Ogawak May 23, 2013 08:00 PM

        In my opinion, Jongewarrds (how in the hell does one pronounce it ?) is way better than Polly's.

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        Ernie RE: schrutefarms May 23, 2013 09:07 AM

        Recently tried Polly's in Montebello for breakfast for the first time and was pleasantly surprised. Their banana macadamia nut pancakes are very good

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          namstermonster RE: schrutefarms May 23, 2013 03:31 PM

          not sure which part of LA you're @ but there's a polly's down the st from my place in norwalk (15mins from dtla).

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            schrutefarms RE: namstermonster May 23, 2013 05:05 PM

            REEEEALLLLY...... That might be a worth a trip this weekend! (Usually I only get to Pollys after the LB flea mkt.) I'll look it up! Maybe take some Backburner home and freeze it! :)

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              chowbee RE: namstermonster May 24, 2013 08:52 AM

              There is also a relatively new one on Carson in Torrance, just E of Western. Just a few blocks from the 110.

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              OCSteve RE: schrutefarms May 23, 2013 05:16 PM

              I like Polly's. I go to the one in Yorba Linda. Not spectacular, but very solid breakfast in my experience. Blueberry pancakes are very good, and they have an ample cinnamon roll. I also enjoy their pies.

              1. Porthos RE: schrutefarms May 23, 2013 06:02 PM

                I think the pies are just okay but picked up 6 pies for the office tomorrow from the HB branch based on this thread--fresh strawberry, promo double crust pie of apple and blackberry, chocolate silk and banana custard. The chicken pie to go deal was very tempting but I need another few nights of home cooking after being out of town for 10 days.

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                  schrutefarms RE: Porthos May 23, 2013 07:42 PM

                  Chocolate silk and all the berry pies were my favorite growing up.

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                    Porthos RE: schrutefarms May 24, 2013 09:15 AM

                    Reporting back. The strawberry pies were okay. The glaze portion being a bit too sweet for me. Chocolate silk was a hit. Didn't get to try any because I was too slow kind of hit. The banana custard was excellent. I would order that one again.

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                    kevin RE: Porthos May 23, 2013 08:02 PM

                    Home cooking ?

                    And you call yourself a hound ?


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                    kevin RE: schrutefarms May 23, 2013 08:02 PM

                    I do like a great French chocolate silk pie.

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                      SoozyQ RE: schrutefarms May 24, 2013 10:25 AM

                      I meet some friends at the Montebello Polly's once in a while and I always seem to order the same breakfast which is the California Benedict. It's eggs benedict made with turkey breast, avocado, tomato, poached eggs on an English muffin. Not being a breakfast eater as a rule, this is something I found that I really enjoy. They also sell some killer oatmeal cookies. I have never been on to flip over oatmeal cookies but these are definitely an exception. Very addictive. Their homemade berry jam is also very good.

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                        1. TonyC RE: schrutefarms May 24, 2013 11:35 AM

                          After approx. a decade after the last visit, tried Polly's Strawberry pie (same aforementioned Montebello location) and threw away 3/4 of the pie. Deplorable slop. Feel bad for the neighborhood.

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                            schrutefarms RE: TonyC May 24, 2013 12:02 PM

                            I've never tried the strawberry, but I have enjoyed the Boysenberry and Marionberry on many occasions.

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                              kevin RE: TonyC May 24, 2013 09:10 PM


                              Now that's what I'm fucking talking about.

                              No joking around.

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