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Any thoughts on where to buy the best pumpkin and pecan pies preferably in West LA?

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  1. I've liked the pies I've had from Jamaica Cakes http://www.jamaicascakes.com/

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    1. re: Servorg

      Thanks so much. I will definitely check it out.

    2. The rest of the year, I avoid it like the plague... but honestly the Pumpkin Pie at Ugo is EXCELLENT. It reminds me of a mini version of the Famous Filling Station Pumpkin Pie. They sell slices so you can sample before committing to a whole pie.

      For Pecan, I really like the Pies from Homeboy. They often have them at the Mar Vista Farmers Market, but get there early... they sell out.

      Surfas also has this Pumpkin cheesecake with Cranberries which is one of my favorite slices of anything.

      --Dommy!

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      1. re: Dommy

        Speaking of the Fillling Station , are they still making the pumpkin pie that we all like since the change of ownership ????

        Thanks.

        I'm gonna have to try that surfas shit too.

        Fuck and I was supposed to drop some serious fucking poundage.

        1. re: kevin

          Kevin!

          Language!

          You know not to say "poundage"....!

          1. re: happybaker

            Sorry.

            Pounds.

            Thanks for the correction. :)

        2. re: Dommy

          Surfas is very big; what part of the store is it at? (I only went to the cafe).

        3. I haven't tried pumpkin or pecan, but I love the fruit pies from Sweet Lady Jane on Montana in SM, so that's where I would go. The pumpkin pie at Urth Caffe is also excellent, not sure if they have pecan.

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          1. re: aching

            i second the Urth Caffe pumpkin pie.

            1. re: aching

              +1

              Any fruit pie from SLJ amazes me. I even liked the strawberry rhubarb slice I tried, which is saying a lot for me. The blueberry pie is particularly outstanding. Only way they could improve is to get some darn ice cream in there. A la mode, please!

            2. My very particular friends really like the pumpkin pie from Gelsons bakery.

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              1. re: schrutefarms

                Gelson's pumpkin pie is, for me, almost perfect! It is about the balance of ingredients. It is not too sweet and not too spicy...just really good pumpkin pie. Usually, I do not like the crust, but their crust is quite good -- and not at all greasy.

              2. I love the pies I've gotten from Maison Giraud. Last year's pumpkin pie was excellent.

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                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  How much ?

                  I'm presuming it's at least $45 for a smaller pie ?

                  1. re: kevin

                    No, $26-28

                2. I love the pecan pie at Apple Pan. I tried the pecan pie at Susie Cakes last Friday and thought it was tasty, but the gooeyness under the pecans was runny, unlike Apple Pan's which is more solid. I'd go with Apple Pan.

                  Not on the west side, but I also want to try the pecan pie from Bake n' Broil in Long Beach.

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                  1. re: young_chower

                    I def'ly wanna try the pecan pie at AP. I made my virgin visit there last weekend (which I previously posted about) and loved the highly-touted banana cream pie. But I had some thoughts about also checking out pecan. I'll go back for that. I also saw that coconut cream pie is available on Weds and Fri; wonder how that is?

                    1. re: Wayno

                      Wed and Fri is beautiful for the coconut cream pie. They make my favorite in town. And their cream pies are the best I have ever tasted in Southern California, even better than Pie N Burger though the coconut cream i just had at Jonegward's bake n broil was top notch but left me missing the crust of the Pan's pie.

                      If you grab a whole pecan pie or even a slice, please make sure to grab some whipped cream, you will need it to cut the sweetness down to size. the ice cream won't do, just the whipped cream.

                      1. re: kevin

                        I agree about the whipped cream on the pecan pie. I think the pecan pie is available only on Sundays though I could be wrong.

                    2. re: young_chower

                      but you need whipped cream with the pan pie otherwise it's just way too fucking sweeet.

                    3. I really like the pumpkin pie at Clementine's. It's not too sweet, which I prefer. But it's really very good.

                      1. For the first time Craft will be selling it's pies for pick up.
                        9-Inch Pumpkin Pie $45
                        9-Inch Pecan Pie $55
                        10-Inch Apple Cranberry Crisp With Oat Streusel $55
                        9-Inch Chocolate Peanut Butter S’mores Tart $65
                        All Desserts Will Serve 8-10 People.

                        You must pre-order by Nov. 25th.

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                        1. re: wienermobile

                          Thank you so much for all the pertinent info.........

                          1. re: wienermobile

                            Good Lord, I do love me some Craft, but $45 for a fucking pie?!? It better be a super size one, & covered in gold leaf...just sayin! Ain't no mother fucking pie worth that much unless.... Well, I already said it.... And here I thought paying $26 for a pie was highway robbery.... Craft isn't even known for its phenomenal croissants the way Maison G is.....

                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                              kevin...get back to your own screen name...now!

                              1. re: Servorg

                                LMAO...! I know, I was channeling my good buddy kevin there.... Not a bad impression, huh?!

                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                  Yeah, but he drops F-bombs indiscriminately. I can (and do) curse as much as anyone, but he has no concept of when it's appropriate to do so.

                              2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                LOL. And this evokes an earlier thread wherein I bitched about getting rawdogged by Sweet Lady Jane the Highway Robber when I paid $55 for an apple pie. With no happy ending. And then someone commented not too charitably about what it was like working for "the sweet lady."

                                1. re: Wayno

                                  Just an added comment about Sweet Lady Jane~

                                  They have expanded immensely. Some of their products can be found now at Gelson's (salt-top brownies, lemon bars) and Costco (brown sugar bars).

                                  1. re: Wayno

                                    Then there's the SLJ story about JLo "designing" the cake for her wedding to Marc Anthony . . .

                                  2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                    9-Inch Pumpkin Pie $45

                                    9-Inch Pecan Pie $55

                                    10-Inch Apple Cranberry Crisp With Oat Streusel $55

                                    9-Inch Chocolate Peanut Butter S’mores Tart $65

                                    All Desserts Will Serve 8-10 People.

                                    Availability Is Limited. All Orders Must Be Placed By Monday, November 25th. Pick Up On Wednesday, November 27th After 5PM Or Thanksgiving Day Between 8AM – 12PM.

                                    To place an order, please contact Anna Morini.
                                    amorini@craftlosangeles.com or 424.204.7485

                                    1. re: Jack Flash

                                      OMG, thank you for this information. I love Craft's desserts, and more importantly, my office is next door. Convenience is definitely worth $45 to me.

                                      I hope they will repeat this for Christmas/New Year's.

                                    2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                      Sweet Lady Jane's pies are in that price range too (and about $7 a slice). It's pretty ridiculous, especially since I like to make my own pies and know that a pecan pie using super premium ingredients costs no more than $10 to make (and pumpkin is probably more like $5).

                                      1. re: aching

                                        $55 for SLJ apple pie, as I posted above. Total rip-off.

                                        1. re: Wayno

                                          But it's goooooooood...

                                          1. re: Wayno

                                            For the size of the pie, it's not a rip-off at all.

                                            It's high quality, delicious goodness.

                                            1. re: latindancer

                                              I thought it was good, but not exceptional. I wouldn't in a million years repeat the purchase. But to each his/her own.

                                              1. re: Wayno

                                                fuck and I thought the apple pan was expensive for whole pies.

                                    3. There is a ridiculously good sweet potato-pecan pie at JNJ Burger shack (Adams & Fairfax). One of the best pies I have ever tasted!

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                                      1. re: shinstigator

                                        And for $15 a pie, the price cannot be beat.

                                        1. re: shinstigator

                                          That sounds pretty awesome. I'm adding it to my local bucket list.

                                          1. re: Wayno

                                            It's good.

                                            But if you are there it would be hard to resist some of his BBQ, just tap that old-fashioned bell.

                                            Supposedly he also had some peach cake on hand as well as other cakes that his mom home made for the restaurant.

                                            It is good stuff, but the bbq is very good too. At least it was a few years back.

                                            1. re: kevin

                                              Which brings me to... Cobbler.

                                              Why not pick up cobblers for thanksgiving?

                                              I LOVE Thecobbler factory in Pasadena. Thought it was getting pretty pricey. But looking at these rates - it's still a decent bargain : )

                                              http://www.thegourmetcobblerfactory.c...

                                            2. re: Wayno

                                              You can get it by the slice too.

                                          2. re: shinstigator

                                            and so close to kobbler king on crenshaw/jefferson too...dynamite cobbler and pie. ever had a pecan cobbler?
                                            let's just say you can feed your block for the price of Sweet lady jane's pie.

                                            1. re: jessejames

                                              Very very very true.

                                              Is Kobbler King in the old Stevie's on the STrip space, then ???

                                              There was also a Cobbler Lady place, can't remember the name, on Crenshaw, down hard by the original Philllip's BBQ in Leimert Park. Maybe a mile and a half South of Jefferson along crenshaw.

                                              Anyone been to Mama's Place there for soul food ?????

                                              1. re: kevin

                                                3622 W Jefferson Blvd, just a block and a half west of Crenshaw. I think Cobbler lady RIP.

                                                1. re: jessejames

                                                  shit.

                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                    you'll be happy with the king...avoid the farakan dudes bean pie hard sells tho!

                                                    1. re: jessejames

                                                      farakahahn ? as in louis farakhan ?

                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                        yes

                                                        you'll see them with suits/hats and pink boxes of bean pies up and down crenshaw area.

                                                        1. re: jessejames

                                                          No offense, but I know exactly what you are talking about.

                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                            The Cobbler Lady place on Crenshaw closed down a while ago, but I heard she moved in with a business called Cobblers Cakes and Kream (no idea why the last one is spelled with a K) on Manchester in Inglewood. http://www.cobblerscakesandkream.com/...
                                                            Incidentally if you're not black the bean pie guys avoid you at the stoplights. Years ago I wanted to try one and I couldn't flag one down. As soon as they saw my ugly mug they turned away. I have a buddy who has the right skin color and he said he wished he had "my problem" :-)

                                                            1. re: Feed_me

                                                              Exactly...."young man...young man..."

                                                              1. re: Feed_me

                                                                Really ? I thought money talks ???? Unless they were going after hot chicks.

                                            2. FYI Gelson's is selling pies made by the Rockenwagner bakery. Apple, pecan or pumpkin, 24-32 oz, available 11/23-28th. My ad says regularly 12.99 - 13.99, but doesn't list a price...odd but I bet they're not bad. I love his brioches & mini pretzel buns..... Anyway, just another example of how incredibly overpriced SLJ's are.....

                                              1. Surprised HUCKLEBERRY hasn't come up yet.

                                                Our pies from have always been nothing short of amazing.

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                                                1. re: revets2

                                                  Better be amazing for $45 for a pumpkin pie......

                                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                    It was amazing and beautiful...yes and pricey.

                                                    But cheaper for both ingredients and my time and better tasting and looking than I would have done myself.

                                                2. I really like the pans pumpkin pie topped with that freshly whipped cream.

                                                  1. Update from the front lines:

                                                    I went to Jongewaard's Bake n Broil today in Long Beach and tried a slice of pecan pie.

                                                    I was very pleased. The crust is better than Apple Pan's but not quite as good as Susie Cakes. The filling was tasty and had a very good texture, feeling more solid than Susie Cakes which I found too runny.

                                                    I think I'd actually prefer Bake n Broil's pecan to Apple Pan's. After the taste I ordered a whole Pie for Thanksgiving morning, which cost $14.95 instead of the $20+ for Apple Pan.

                                                    I think it's a worthy contender to this pie roundup.

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                                                    1. re: young_chower

                                                      Can't say enough good things about Jongewaard's Bake and Broil! Just did an early TG dinner, ordered their amazing pumpkin, holiday lush, coconut and banana cream pies and we finished everything! I drive from Woodland Hills to Long Beach for their food. I brought a friend with me and she is now a convert. Don't forget the chicken pot pie!

                                                      1. re: foodie411

                                                        spot sounds great -- never been -- will have to combine a kiddy aquarium trip with that!

                                                    2. just tried Urth Cafe's pumpkin pie and not impressed. Graham cracker crust(?) or whatever the crust was was gummy and thick. The filling was not bad.

                                                      I think I'm just going with tried and true Marie Callendar's.

                                                      Sometimes new or trendy isn't always better I guess. Maybe if I have time, I'll try Gelson's since so many people are talking about it.

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                                                      1. re: lakeshow318

                                                        I have always found all of Urth Cafe's desserts disgusting, albeit of huge portions.

                                                        1. re: omotosando

                                                          Yes.

                                                        2. re: lakeshow318

                                                          lakeshow318, Gelson's has mini pumpkin pies in their case at the bakery. Perhaps you could try one of those before making your commitment to a whole pie.

                                                          I like Gelson's pumpkin pie because it is not too sweet and it tastes like pumpkin!

                                                        3. Dupars has a nice fleet of pies.

                                                          1. Some of the best pies I have in LA are at Valerie's Confections. I am not a pie person, b/c I am not big on crust. However, not sure what they do, but I love their crust. I have yet to be disappointed.

                                                            1. Now don't all scream at me, but the pumpkin pie I tasted at Trader Joe's yesterday was great...and that was after I spent more to get a custom-made pie elsewhere.

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                                                              1. re: Discerning1

                                                                yes, I didn't like the Gelsons or jamaica's cakes.

                                                              2. My daughter brought a delicious pecan/chocolate pie that she got at LACMA (Patina). It put all the other pies to shame.