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Best Pumpkin Pie and Pecan Pie from a bakery in West Los Angeles

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ibeblu Nov 11, 2013 05:23 PM

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

  1. Discerning1 Nov 30, 2013 03:35 PM

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

    1. Discerning1 Nov 27, 2013 11:49 AM

      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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        laxfoodfeedback Nov 27, 2013 10:42 PM

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

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        tkkordic Nov 27, 2013 10:10 AM

        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.

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          jessejames Nov 24, 2013 06:11 PM

          Dupars has a nice fleet of pies.

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            lakeshow318 Nov 24, 2013 04:15 PM

            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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              omotosando Nov 24, 2013 06:03 PM

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

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                bigplay80 Nov 27, 2013 09:46 AM

                Yes.

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                liu Nov 24, 2013 08:26 PM

                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!

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                young_chower Nov 23, 2013 02:09 PM

                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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                  foodie411 Nov 27, 2013 06:16 AM

                  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!

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                    jessejames Nov 27, 2013 10:25 AM

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

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                  kevin Nov 16, 2013 07:47 PM

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

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                    revets2 Nov 16, 2013 04:38 PM

                    Surprised HUCKLEBERRY hasn't come up yet.

                    Our pies from have always been nothing short of amazing.

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                      Dirtywextraolives Nov 16, 2013 05:50 PM

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

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                        revets2 Nov 17, 2013 04:34 PM

                        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.

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                      Dirtywextraolives Nov 16, 2013 12:31 PM

                      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.....

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                        shinstigator Nov 13, 2013 12:39 PM

                        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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                          shinstigator Nov 13, 2013 01:10 PM

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

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                            Wayno Nov 13, 2013 01:15 PM

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

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                              kevin Nov 13, 2013 03:51 PM

                              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.

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                                happybaker Nov 16, 2013 09:20 PM

                                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...

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                                kevin Nov 13, 2013 03:51 PM

                                You can get it by the slice too.

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                              jessejames Nov 14, 2013 10:16 AM

                              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.

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                                kevin Nov 14, 2013 02:35 PM

                                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 ?????

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                                  jessejames Nov 14, 2013 02:59 PM

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

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                                    kevin Nov 14, 2013 03:08 PM

                                    shit.

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                                      jessejames Nov 14, 2013 03:10 PM

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

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                                        kevin Nov 14, 2013 03:13 PM

                                        farakahahn ? as in louis farakhan ?

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                                          jessejames Nov 14, 2013 03:16 PM

                                          yes

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

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                                            kevin Nov 14, 2013 03:29 PM

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

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                                              Feed_me Nov 14, 2013 04:11 PM

                                              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" :-)

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                                                jessejames Nov 14, 2013 04:15 PM

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

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                                                  kevin Nov 14, 2013 04:15 PM

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

                              2. wienermobile Nov 12, 2013 02:36 PM

                                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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                                  ibeblu Nov 12, 2013 03:22 PM

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

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                                    Dirtywextraolives Nov 12, 2013 05:04 PM

                                    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.....

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                                      Servorg Nov 12, 2013 05:16 PM

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

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                                        Dirtywextraolives Nov 12, 2013 06:52 PM

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

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                                          Jack Flash Nov 12, 2013 10:03 PM

                                          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.

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                                        Wayno Nov 12, 2013 05:32 PM

                                        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."

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                                          liu Nov 12, 2013 05:43 PM

                                          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).

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                                            Kate is always hungry Nov 14, 2013 10:54 PM

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

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                                            Jack Flash Nov 12, 2013 10:06 PM

                                            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

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                                              omotosando Nov 24, 2013 06:06 PM

                                              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.

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                                              aching Nov 13, 2013 02:39 PM

                                              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).

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                                                Wayno Nov 13, 2013 03:57 PM

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

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                                                  aching Nov 14, 2013 08:04 AM

                                                  But it's goooooooood...

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                                                    latindancer Nov 14, 2013 08:13 AM

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

                                                    It's high quality, delicious goodness.

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                                                      Wayno Nov 14, 2013 09:37 AM

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

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                                                        kevin Nov 14, 2013 02:34 PM

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

                                            3. perk Nov 11, 2013 09:51 PM

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

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                                                young_chower Nov 11, 2013 08:54 PM

                                                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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                                                  Wayno Nov 12, 2013 05:34 PM

                                                  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?

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                                                    kevin Nov 13, 2013 03:56 PM

                                                    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.

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                                                      whatsfordinner Nov 14, 2013 11:58 AM

                                                      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.

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                                                    kevin Nov 13, 2013 03:53 PM

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

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                                                    Dirtywextraolives Nov 11, 2013 08:07 PM

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

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                                                      kevin Nov 13, 2013 03:53 PM

                                                      How much ?

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

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                                                        Dirtywextraolives Nov 13, 2013 07:46 PM

                                                        No, $26-28

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                                                      schrutefarms Nov 11, 2013 07:19 PM

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

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                                                        liu Nov 11, 2013 07:52 PM

                                                        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. aching Nov 11, 2013 07:12 PM

                                                        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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                                                          beaubourne Nov 15, 2013 10:26 AM

                                                          i second the Urth Caffe pumpkin pie.

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                                                            CLowe Nov 17, 2013 07:31 PM

                                                            +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. Dommy Nov 11, 2013 05:58 PM

                                                            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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                                                              kevin Nov 13, 2013 03:52 PM

                                                              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.

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                                                                happybaker Nov 16, 2013 09:16 PM

                                                                Kevin!

                                                                Language!

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

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                                                                  kevin Nov 16, 2013 09:18 PM

                                                                  Sorry.

                                                                  Pounds.

                                                                  Thanks for the correction. :)

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                                                                laxfoodfeedback Nov 27, 2013 10:44 PM

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

                                                              3. Servorg Nov 11, 2013 05:26 PM

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

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                                                                  ibeblu Nov 11, 2013 06:02 PM

                                                                  Thanks so much. I will definitely check it out.

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