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PIE - LA Dish of the Month (March 2014)

PIE - LA Dish of the Month (March 2014)

The dish of the month for Los Angeles for March 2014 is Pie.

Here's a link to the voting thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/966407

The goal is to collectively try as many different varieties, kinds and types of pies. Anything pie-related is fair game. And, it goes without saying, that telling us of fabulous places to find pie (and all of its various iterations) that you've tried in the past is great, and recounting vivid memories is also fun, but what we want are real-live, current progress reports of what and where you are finding and eating pies.

So let's start exploring and eating—report back with reviews and photos.

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  1. everyone post on 3.14 at 1.59am...

    and for those who care:

    26535897332384626433 out to 25 decimal places (but that's all i ever bothered to memorize as prompted by my 10th grade geometry teacher mr. platt.)

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    1. re: barryc

      22 divided by 7 will do for most situations.

    2. OK, I know this is very pedestrian, but i went to Marie Callendar's a couple days ago for their special. Finished with their key lime pie (actually took it home for two desserts) -- tart, sweet, creamy, with a good graham cracker crust.

      Didn't get the chicken pot pie, but chose the shepherds pie (has the right name, but no crust...). Very good, savory, flavorful gravy, with some good vegetables. Lots of very chunky meat, properly tender. Good mashed potatoes with some cheese melted atop. And a salad. And a big hunk of very light cornbread. Couldn't finish it all, even taking the dessert home.

      Chowhound material? Maybe not. But a big, satisfying lunch with good service for $9.99 + tax + tip.

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      1. re: nosh

        I still think their pumpkin pie is as good as any I've had. And so consistent.

        1. re: set0312

          I agree about their pumpkin pie. I get that and their pecan pie every year for the holidays.

          I just had their cherry pie, which was excellent. Warmed it just a bit and added a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Just the right amount of sweetness for me.

      2. Chicken Pot Pie from Clementine
        Shepherds Pie from Clementine
        Key Lime Pie from Fishing with Dynamite

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        1. Headline on the Saturday section of this morning's LA Times was "Eyes on the pies"
          Maybe inevitability had something to do with this choice!
          But it mentions many places doing the pizza versions.
          Start exploring the pizza versions.

          1. I think I've found my go to Dish at Roll & Rye in Culver City working near it and for a few years living near there, I kinda hoped I might find something to my fancy. However, I always left thinking I'd rather gone to ....... We'll for Pie month I saw they had a Turkey Pot Pie. I went today and ordered it. It was a pot pie in a bowl with a crust on top. The filling had white meat and vegetables. The probably reheated it a microwave then finished it in a salamander.

            It hit the spot. The gravy was a good consistency for me, not too thin [Grill on the Alley] and not too thick [Marie Callenders']. Good amount of meat and not overwhelmed by veggies. The crust was a bit gummy and it had a bit more salt than I like but other than that it was decent. Since I'm close by and when I'm in the mood for pot pie, I'll head there to have it.

            1. Anyone been to this place? It has intrigued me for months but haven't found time to get down there.


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              1. re: A5 KOBE

                You know... I don't mind funny, racy or even just plain dumb names. But for some reason, the name of this place really bothers...

                You know those FUB places that Mr. Taster rail about? This totally qualifies... they say they care. They really don't. The flavors are not spot on, the service is careless and as a pie lover (both sweet and savory) I've never had anything there that was remotely craveable. Simple Things is much better (although not by much), my favorite pies are still at non-pie specific places...


                1. re: Dommy

                  Thanks for the insight. Saves me a trip and calories can be had elsewhere.

                  1. re: Dommy

                    I personally disagree. I think that the chocolate cream pie there is wonderful. Probably the best I've had in the city.
                    The non cream pies have been pretty mediocre, but I've definitely been back a few times for that chocolate.

                  2. re: A5 KOBE

                    They just opened a branch in Old Town Pasadena. Anyone been?

                    1. re: A5 KOBE

                      Everyone in the industry that I know hates that place. Hipsters and yuppies frequent it because its on Traction Ave.

                      Also avoid their savory pies if you still end up there. Nothing like week old "stew" draped in undercooked pie dough.

                      1. re: A5 KOBE

                        Their maple custard pie is great.

                        1. re: bg90027

                          I agree that their maple custard pie is great. I was totally happy bite after bite and the size was ample yet given the price of the slice I was glad it was. This pie was so good that I plan on going back and try others. Pie Hole see you soon.

                        2. re: A5 KOBE

                          As an absolute lover of at the arts district, I so badly want this place to be decent but it is just terrible. Overpriced, overcrowded, but most importantly, the pie is just not good.

                          I've tried three or four flavors and have been consistently unimpressed. I remember the pumpkin being awful and the maple custard being less bad than the others but impossibly rich.

                          With all that being said, if you're at Wurstkuche give it a shot.

                          1. re: A5 KOBE

                            Pie Hole's Mac n' Cheese pie..yes, carb overload but nothing else like it on earth!

                            1. re: A5 KOBE

                              I seem to be in the minority here, but I LOVE the pie hole. I've never tried their savory pies but I've had a ton of their sweet ones. Favorites are Earl Grey, maple custard, and mexican chocolate. Their chocolate crostada is really terrible though.

                            2. I have. Several times.

                              A bit torn about this place as they appear to be wildly inconsistent. I've had great pumpkin pie, and other times the pie would taste overly sweet. One time the apple pie had a raw crust. But when they hit their mark, they really sparkle.

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                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                Ah ha, so basically it is a crap shoot.

                                1. re: A5 KOBE

                                  It's probably less than that.

                                  Because when you really think about it, how hard is it to make edible and average-delicious tasting pies and baked goods? Esp. if you are *in* the business of doing so?

                                  I mean if Ralphs can do it, and Costco has perfected the "great pumpkin pie at unbeatable prices" genre, how is it that a boutique bakery that touts their baked pies as their signature item not be able to execute it consistently?

                                  Pie Hole fails at what restaurants really need to survive and thrive -- consistency. You might make bad food, but if you can do it consistently, at least people who like your bad food will know what they are going to get when they go back. (See Pantry Cafe)

                              2. The Pan's apple pie topped with cheddar and Danish vanilla ice cream.

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                                1. re: kevin

                                  ...and don't forget the Apple Pan's banana cream.

                                  1. Out of 18 posts, only three are actual real time visits?! And y'all wanted pie soooooo badly.....nothing on this thread has convinced me to go out & try anything.

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                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                      I was doing the best I could with what I had. I'm hoping to get to the Bronzed Aussie Tomorrow.

                                      1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                        Your account seemed to be one of the real time ones......

                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                          Im gonna make the trek to Jongewarrds and grab at least two slices in the spirit of Thr season.

                                          Though nothing quite makes me a fat ass as much as pie. :)

                                            1. re: kevin

                                              In Long Beach, right? I've only had the chicken pot pie at Jongenwarrds on Atlantic in LB and it is delicious. Has been for years. There is a Polly's Pies across the street which I've never tried. Maybe a 2-for-1 visit.

                                            2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                              See, I'm trying to make the most of pie month but I'm only on man.

                                              1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                One man can change the world buddy.

                                                That's all it takes.

                                                1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                  Yes you are, at least you're trying :)

                                                  I'm just giving everyone a hard time since they were so enthusiastic about the DOTM.....

                                                    1. re: maudies5

                                                      And you are participating, nonetheless! Good for you!

                                            3. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                              Maybe try the beef and bone marrow pie at Chi Spacca?

                                              1. re: Porthos

                                                Now that is a pie I could definitely go for..... If you're buying, I'll go in a heartbeat ;)

                                              2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                I'll try to venture out tomorrow to Four n 20 but I must say that I was thinking this was the best thread ever and the photos and recall! Aargh! I love pie....it is ever so much better than cobblers and I love especially many of those mentioned....banana cream at apple pan and most key limes. Savory pies are delicious as well. What a fabulous thread this month.

                                                1. re: chewbacca

                                                  Well, you have at it, chewie, and make sure to report back! I love your enthusiasm! And I just drove by there last night, and I thought of all of you....didn't stop though since I have no idea if the place sucks, and my boys & I were headed to a beer tavern after a big win to celebrate with burgers & fries ;)

                                              3. Had the homeland meat cake at Beijing Pie House yesterday. I know - "meat cake" may sound a little off-putting to some, and the word, "cake," is not pie. But hey - it was great as usual and F#?! semantics. I think most who are not familiar with these mostly-meat pastries would think their meat cake was more of a Chinese spin-off of a Mexican quesadilla. Multiple thin layers of savory pastry and juicy pork sliced into generous wedges are hard to stop at just one or two - think of that urge to keep reaching for more like in potato chips.

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                                                1. re: bulavinaka

                                                  I don't know that if fits here but, I love that. It's a must order for me.

                                                  1. re: JAB

                                                    One could argue the same for their "pies" as well. Is it a pie, a hand pie, a turnover of sorts, or some hybrid pastry? I think if asked what a pie was, most would loosely agree that a pie is something that is formed in a pie tin-shaped thing, with at least some sort of crust supporting the filling - top is optional. ipse included this above:

                                                    ...(and all of its various iterations)...

                                                    so I guess it offers a fair amount of wiggle room from the standard perceived definition.

                                                  2. re: bulavinaka

                                                    Glad this came up. LOVE their homeland meat pies, dipped in a bit of chinese vinegar. Less enthusiastic about the handheld though.

                                                  3. Kale, tomato, ricotta cheese hand pie from Valerie

                                                    1. I had a chicken curry turn over pie thing at Zam Zam on Friday. I was there at lunch time, and they brought out a pan of them.

                                                      I literally got the last one--the guy standing in front of me had originally ordered 4. When the woman heard I wanted one, she reduced his take to three. It was $1.50, and delicious.

                                                      I just ate a really unsatisfying Trader Joe's cherry pomegranate toaster pastry (flat pie).

                                                      1. I happen to love the key lime pie at South Beverly Drive -- same owner as Houston's (only available in-season, generally spring and summer). Graham cracker crust, intense lime flavor, whipped cream on top...delish!!!

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                                                        1. re: bringiton

                                                          Its actually "South Beverly Grill" on South Beverly Drive.

                                                          1. re: Thor123

                                                            Well, whatever it's called, please don't call me late to dinner. :)

                                                        2. So I made it to Bronzed Aussie. First I must say is the crust was AWESOME. It was both tender and flakey. It was buttery but not greasy. The crust was a bit thick but since it was so light it didn't overwhelm the pies. I had two, the Chicken Thai and the Chicken Bacon Mushroom.

                                                          The Thai was my favorite of the two and not heavy. Though had it not been called Thai I wouldn't have questioned the seeming lack of seasoning like curry or lemongrass or coconut milk to make me think Thai flavor. I would still order it again and again.

                                                          The Chicken Bacon Mushroom was more of a rib-sticking thing. The filling reminded me of how Cook's Illustrated likes to add Mushrooms to Veggie dishes to up the Umami factor. I'll come back to it at some point but I want to try some of the many other pies they seemed to have on display before coming back to it.

                                                          Someone has said 1 pie is not quite enough and 2 is too much and I think for the most part I agree since I was in a hurry I didn't see if they offered a side salad or such to make it a more complete lunch offering. 2 Pies and a Tea was just over $16 which to me was about right.

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                                                            1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                              Awesome post, Matt!! Great job!

                                                              (figured I should let you know that, since I was ribbing you earlier ;) ).

                                                              The pies look almost quiche-like. No saucy-gravy filling?

                                                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                I would call the ones I had very moist rather than saucy. Based on the ones I had here and at a Aussie Pie place in Boston, it seems this is the away they were meant to be made.

                                                            2. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                              Bronzed Aussie does a good job at Australian savory pies, its no Portland Pie Company but then again we aren't in Portland so I don't have much choice down here.

                                                            3. If anyone's looking for ideas:


                                                              My favorite savory pie is Chicken Pot Pie at Wood Spoon and any of the fruit pies at Sweet Lady Jane - I plan to hit up both this month!

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                                                              1. re: aching

                                                                the chicken pot pie at wood spoon is out of this world.

                                                              2. ISO: Key lime pie as good as Mortons and does not cost $9-$15/slice. Super thick delicious graham cracker crust a must.

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                                                                1. re: ns1

                                                                  That's funny - just this weekend I came across about $500 in Morton's gift cards that a customer had given me over the years. I guess I have some key lime pie in my future!

                                                                  1. re: aching

                                                                    yep, Morton's is my favorite key lime pie so far (it's not even a close battle) but the price makes me cringe everytime I order it.

                                                                    1. re: ns1

                                                                      The Ivy used to have superior Key Lime pie. Not sure if that's still true.

                                                                      1. re: mc michael

                                                                        I had a slice of that Key Lime Pie on Saturday. It is still delicious. My two favorite Key Lime Pies are at Ivy and Fishing with Dynamite. Both superb.

                                                                  2. re: ns1

                                                                    I'm eating leftover Morton's key lime pie - even several days later it's pretty damn good! It's not as tart as I would like, but that's just my personal taste. And the slice was huge!

                                                                    1. re: aching

                                                                      lol, thanks for following up! how much is it these days?

                                                                      1. re: ns1

                                                                        If its really great, how much is a whole pie ??????

                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                          they don't sell the whole, or at least it's not listed on the menu.

                                                                  3. Aussie pie showdown! Pie Not in Costa Mesa.

                                                                    Mary's pie (lamb). Outstanding. Flaky crust, moist filling with good lamb flavor and seasonings. Onion, maybe bacon. $6.50. Lots of other good looking pies here.


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                                                                    1. re: Porthos

                                                                      For me, the lamb pie was just average. I doubt I would order it again.

                                                                      1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                                        Where do you go for better? Did you try any of the other ones?

                                                                        1. re: Porthos

                                                                          No clue where to go for better lamb pie, I just know for me it was average tasting. I also had a beef one is it was the same, solid but not worth ordering again. The crust has a lot of do with it, rigid and flaky thin in a bad way.

                                                                          1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                                            I kinda liked the fact it was flaky, thin, and rigid (not soggy). Had to stop myself from eating the rest once I tore through the filing.

                                                                      2. re: Porthos

                                                                        Co-worker added the Drunken Cow (beef and red wine) and Sprung a Leek (chicken and leek).

                                                                        Flaky crust for all. I would rank them in order of preference Mary's Pie, Sprung a Leek, and Druken Cow a distant third.

                                                                      3. So I biked from Expo -> MdR -> SM and was looking for Lunch when I saw a poster proclaiming it as Pie week at Ye Olde Kings Head. Since Dommy and I think highly of their Fried Fish, I gave it a shot. I went into the bar and had the Shepherd's Pie and a pint of Guinness. The Guinness Was Excellent. The Pie needed work. it was well assembled but it looks like they only put it under the salamander for like :30 secs so the top didn't brown at all. Also the filling needed something herbage would have helped more veggies would have helped.

                                                                        So as I was leaving I noted their shop had more types of pies. I went in, inspected the multitudes in the case and chose to try the Cornish Pasty. The good news was the filling was much taster than the shepherd's and with it being Pie Week it was 20% off The Bad news is when I asked for it to be reheated, they nuked it, turning a well formed pastry in to a greasy chewy mess. If I were partaking again. I'd just go to the shop and get it to go.

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                                                                        1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                                          Some herbage would definitely make the pie tastier

                                                                          1. re: ns1

                                                                            We're still talking pie right?

                                                                            1. re: ns1

                                                                              Doesn't herbage make everything tastier? Or is it just my ravenous appetite due to the herbage?

                                                                              1. re: Jase

                                                                                Nah it pretty much makes everything tastier.

                                                                          2. Do empanadas count as meat pies?

                                                                            Empanadas Place Costa Mesa.

                                                                            From left to right:

                                                                            Criolla: ground beef, beans, egg, in slightly sweet tomato sauce.

                                                                            Spicy beef and cheese: beef, potato, peas, cheese.

                                                                            Arabe: ground beef, onions, parsley, hint if lemon or lime.

                                                                            Very good. Argentinan style. Flaky doughy crust. Flavorful fillings.

                                                                            In general I think I prefer deep fried Colombian empanadas more. Gratuitous shot of Colombian empanadas.

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                                                                              1. re: Porthos

                                                                                Is this the same joint that's also in LA, at Sawtelle and Sepulveda ?????????

                                                                              2. Maria's on Pico is our hangout before we go over to the Landmark for a movie: they serve warm apple pie for four in a big soup bowl, four spoons. The crust is criss cross sugar twirled and the filling is not too sweet well flavored and very apple-y. Topped with a really large blob of vanilla icecream and four very happy people dived in. Mme Zoe is the pie queen and this met with her approval.

                                                                                1. Lemon icebox pie or whatever they call it at Hart and Hunter. Wonderfully tart.

                                                                                  Had it a few months ago--will have it again soon I promise, so I can report back on the specifics.

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                                                                                  1. re: set0312

                                                                                    You may want to call first to see if they're offering it..... They seem to only offer one dessert at a time, in addition to the cookies and other small treats at the counter.....was just there this week and it wasn't a piece of pie.

                                                                                  2. 2 recs:

                                                                                    Just had a slice of bittersweet chocolate cream pie at Cole's last night.

                                                                                    And, although not in LA, if you wanted to send someone PIE as a gift, a best-in-class item can be purchased from Goode Co BBQ. Their Brazos Bottom Pecan PIE is a show stopper! http://www.goodecompany.com/brazos-bo...

                                                                                    1. Strawberry-rhubarb pie at Thyme Cafe in Santa Monica last night. I had the same reaction that I always have at Thyme, which is that I want to love it, but it just falls short for me. The rhubarb wasn't cooked quite enough, the crust was a bit tough, and there was a bitter aftertaste that I couldn't quite place. Oh, don't get me wrong, I ate the whole thing - but it didn't come close to my favorite fruit pies at Sweet Lady Jane.

                                                                                      1. Crappy BCP at Layer Cake in Fullerton

                                                                                        1. I haven't had either of these for at least a year, but my favorites (pedestrian though they may be) are:

                                                                                          Banberry @ Polly's Pies

                                                                                          Fresh Peach Pie @ Marie Callender's (seasonal)

                                                                                          1. Don't know if it's been mentioned, but the Bavarian chocolate cream pie at House of Pies is great. They salt the crust. Makes the chocolate really delicious.

                                                                                            1. Nobody else has mentioned the Pasty Kitchen in Los Alamitos off Katella and the 605. Excellent and cheap with a limited menu. Small or large pasty. Beef, chicken, or vegetable. A few sides, gravy, and soda/water. Simple and elegant. Fantastic crust and very filling. Check them out at:



                                                                                              1. Has no one really mentioned Republic of Pie in North Hollywood? I've only been there twice but both times were with a group and everything I tasted was excellent.
                                                                                                Last time, my order (pictured) was espresso chocolate cream pie with graham cracker crumbs in the crust...not as the crust, but an extra layer of texture. It was outstanding.

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                                                                                                1. re: mprove1

                                                                                                  i like their savory more than i like their sweet. do they have wifi yet?

                                                                                                  1. re: ns1

                                                                                                    Republic of Pie does have wi-fi, but you have to ask for the password that they'll give you after you make a purchase. I think the place is nice, the workers and the public are all pretty cool, but I wasn't too crazy about the various pie slices I've gotten there. Then again it was later in the evening so maybe everything had slid down in taste, etc. by 8 pm-ish.

                                                                                                    1. re: Feed_me

                                                                                                      i agree with you for the sweet pies; the best thing i've had there is the chicken pot pie.

                                                                                                2. Decided to commemorate Pi Day (Friday, March 14) early -- had a Steak and Ale potpie from Pie Hole for lunch and then a Seafood Pie from Bronzed Aussie for dinner.

                                                                                                  ETA: I see that barryc has pi on his mind too...

                                                                                                  1. Has anyone tried the new Simplethings in Westwood Village? It is on the south side of Kinross east of Westwood Blvd, around the corner north of the old Acapulco. No easy, cheap parking in that block. Wonder what kind of business it will do. Gosh, they should put a really good coupon in the Daily Bruin.

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                                                                                                    1. re: nosh

                                                                                                      I have never enjoyed simplethings pies. I find the crust on the larger pies tough and the crust on ALL the mini pies is graham cracker, which is criminal with banana cream and pushed the caramel into far too sweet territory.

                                                                                                      1. re: nosh

                                                                                                        I've had their sandwiches twice - both times, excellent! I really hope they survive - WW Village needs all the good places it can get.

                                                                                                      2. Has anybody found any savory pies in the valley?

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                                                                                                        1. re: Kalivs

                                                                                                          In Tarzana, you can find savory pastries such as turkey bacon/egg pastries and fish/chicken/beef patties (similar to empanadas/turnovers) at Apey Kade, a Sri Lankan restaurant.

                                                                                                          See under "Appetizers" on the menu: https://www.facebook.com/146500275463...

                                                                                                          1. re: d_doubleyew

                                                                                                            thank you! I've been meaning to try their string hoppers.

                                                                                                        2. Had a mushroom empanada from Semi Sweet Bakery in downtown LA (6th and Main) - they also have beef empanadas: http://www.semisweetbakery.com/

                                                                                                          1. Couple of banana cream pies from Polly's Pies for Pi Day tomorrow. An office favorite. May be their best pie.

                                                                                                            Big thanks to the manager at the HB branch. There weren't any in the display case so he went back and made 2 to order.

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                                                                                                            1. re: Porthos


                                                                                                              Polly's. ??????????????

                                                                                                              You can do way way way way betta than that.

                                                                                                              Come on. :)

                                                                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                Big talk for someone with just 1 contribution and no picture. Just sayin' ;)

                                                                                                              2. Happy pi day, all.

                                                                                                                So where to go for cheap-ish but decent-ish pie? Mid-city, Culver City, WLA, Pico-Robertson, or anywhere in general mid-LA area. By cheap-ish I mean less than $20 for a pie. I know I'm not going to get the best pie of my life for that price, but $$ are tight right now, and I just want some pie! Any supermarket pie better than others, should I just go to Marie Callendar, ???? First choices are banana cream and cherry, don't love pumpkin or lemon meringue.

                                                                                                                Next year there will be a moment that will be the best pi day ever: 3.14.15 9:26:53

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                                                                                                                1. re: arb

                                                                                                                  What's that number list all about ???????

                                                                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                    Pi to 9 decimal places 3.141592653 = March 14, 2015 at 9:26:53 am. Meaningful or impressive only to major geeks. ;)

                                                                                                                    1. re: arb

                                                                                                                      Yeah. I have no clue what you mean by "Pi". This a pie month.

                                                                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                        Angel Maid on Centinela just north of Culver Blvd., sells a pretty good apple pie. Nothing fancy, but a good quality and not too sweet straightforward apple pie for (can't think now) $9 (plus or minus 50¢). They also sell a custard pie, but I don't know the price. You should call first, either they sell out or don't always have them.

                                                                                                                2. for my friday weekly lunches in the SGV, how could we not do beijing pie house for lunch today? we'll be there a little after noon.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: barryc

                                                                                                                    Is this the lunches that you have with nosher ??????

                                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                      he's come out for a couple so far, but yeah.

                                                                                                                      the place was surprisingly full for lunch, but i'm pretty sure that no one else was there because it was 3/14. one geeky looking non chinese came in, but he ordered a bowl of noodle soup.

                                                                                                                  2. I've gotta put in a vote for the Pear Tatin at Cafe Moi in Van Nuys . . . topped with Creme Fraiche it's OOTW.

                                                                                                                    1. Since I'm a bit technically incompetent the fact that my photos are on my phone and I can’t type more that 5 words at a time on it, I have a bit of a backlog of posts.

                                                                                                                      Starting with the Empanadas at Grand Casino Bakery in Culver City. They were the first ones I found in LA which were not Fried and had hope they might be like the ones I had in DC from Julia's. That was not to be the case. They’re a bit pedestrian and the combination of flavors you might find in say a Salteñas Empanada won't be found here. However, for $2 bucks it makes a nice snack. They have beef, chicken, eggplant, ham and cheese, spinach and cheese. Plus at the Tuesday farmers' market they have a few more flavors like Capresse.

                                                                                                                      I was shopping in Koreatown when I decided to make a detour to 2 places in Little Bangladesh, Swadesh and Deshi on 3rd Street near Normandie. I had heard of Curry hand pies and want to try. Each had chicken and beef and they looked like they came from the same kitchen. Basically they're turnovers with a bit of dry-ish curry inside. I don’t know if was because it was late in the day and the pies had been sitting under heat lamps all of that time but when I bit in to each of them, they shattered with flakiness all over my car. I really liked the spicy curry inside each but there was not enough to counter the dry pastry. I may try again to see if it is the luck of the draw.

                                                                                                                      As I was on my way home one night I stopped by one of the many Belizean places in my neighborhood to try one of their Meat Pies. Joan and Sisters gets high reviews on yelp and there is a picture of Panades on yelp and I went in to try. What I found was a heat lamp case full of Softball sized meat pies. It had a soft crust, but brimming with a very flavorful stew. For whatever reason I failed to put hot sauce on it and that would have brought the flavor from pretty good to excellent. I will be back to try the Panades and other things on the menu.

                                                                                                                      And finally for this review I was in the Marina on Lincoln passing by Morfias Ribs and Pies. I went in checked out their case and saw something that looked a bit odd and potentially wonderful. They called it their Baklava Cheesecake. Basically it is a layer of chopped nuts, honey and phyllo Dough on top of a cheesecake. Fortunately the cheesecake was not too sweet so the end result was pretty good.

                                                                                                                      That’s all for now! Happy Pi Day!

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                                                                                                                      1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                                                                                        Awesome job, Matt! You da man!

                                                                                                                        Whereabouts on Lincoln is the last place? I find myself on that route fairly regularly, and I've never heard nor seen the place. Thanks, D.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                          I should have put all of the Addresses in.

                                                                                                                          Grand Casino Bakery & Café
                                                                                                                          3826 Main St,
                                                                                                                          Culver City, CA 90232
                                                                                                                          (310) 202-6969

                                                                                                                          4153 W 3rd St,
                                                                                                                          Los Angeles, CA 90020
                                                                                                                          (213) 386-7799

                                                                                                                          Deshi Food & Groceries
                                                                                                                          3723 W 3rd St,
                                                                                                                          Los Angeles, CA 90020
                                                                                                                          (213) 389-9644

                                                                                                                          Joan & Sisters Restaurant
                                                                                                                          3709 S Western Ave,
                                                                                                                          Los Angeles, CA 90018
                                                                                                                          (323) 735-8952

                                                                                                                          Morfia's Ribs & Pies
                                                                                                                          4077 Lincoln Blvd,
                                                                                                                          Marina del Rey, CA 90292
                                                                                                                          (310) 821-6939

                                                                                                                          1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                                                                                            Thanks, you rock! It's in MDR, that's why I've not noticed it. Don't usually go down that far as often as turning on
                                                                                                                            Washington. Appreciate it.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                              Yeah. Morfias is a couple blocks south of Washington on Lincoln.

                                                                                                                              Damn. I still have to get to Jongewarrds Bake and Broil before the month is up.

                                                                                                                              Or maybe I should be a good boy and work on my old diet.

                                                                                                                          2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                            Maybe just stay away from the "cue" at Morfias.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                Not exactly.

                                                                                                                                Especially if you are used to the good stuff in LA.

                                                                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                  Thanks for the heads up... So what is good there, the pies?

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                    I just tried the chocolate cream pie an it was no better than a Vons pie.

                                                                                                                                    But if you want try it and report back if it's already on your way.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                      Always thinking of your fellow hounds :)

                                                                                                                                      But, I gave up pie for lent ;) lol....

                                                                                                                        2. Doing my part on 3.14 Day: Pies from Apple Pan!

                                                                                                                          I bought 2 pies: Banana Cream and Chocolate Cream.

                                                                                                                          As expected, great stuff... Perfect crust, creaminess, denseness/consistency. The whipped cream on top is so fresh.

                                                                                                                          Happy Pi Day everybody!

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                                                                                                                          1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                            That's the stuff man.

                                                                                                                            Coonut cream is the best though.

                                                                                                                            Over half the goodness of those pies is the whipped cream.

                                                                                                                            Though the chocolate cream is more like a jell-o chocolate pudding mix than a suave cream but I still devour it like crazy on a myriad of occasions.

                                                                                                                            And the apple pie gets good when you add a couple slices of cheddar on top along with the requisite balls of rich Danish vanilla ice cream riding shotgun.

                                                                                                                            1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                              Did you devour both pies in one sitting by yourself ?????????

                                                                                                                            2. Yesterday, in honor of "pi" day, I had a good chicken pot pie at Side Door. Problem with the pot pie there is consistency--most times they are good but other (fortunately rarer) times they are bland and/or the crust is not baked properly. Interesting beer list, too, which they change every so often.

                                                                                                                              1. My latest pie surprise? They call it a bun, but it's not.

                                                                                                                                Go to King Hua and order the chicken salad bun. OMG. It's like a teeny tiny chicken pot pie. Divine!

                                                                                                                                I've had it at other places - not as good. And then I took a very DAR/Ladies Who Lunch gal to King Hua (good for her, for being adventurous!) got her the chicken bun... And she ADORED it. Loved loved loved it.

                                                                                                                                Then ice cream at Fosselman's afterwards.

                                                                                                                                Pretty close to perfect : )

                                                                                                                                1. Just roasted up 5 ginormous chicken breast for dinner.

                                                                                                                                  That means dinner one night.

                                                                                                                                  Salad another day.

                                                                                                                                  And a batch of chicken pot pies, made with the shredded chicken, a white sauce, sherry, veggies and a buttermilk biscuit crust for the day after.

                                                                                                                                  Flour power.

                                                                                                                                  1. Had an Armenian cheese boreg (puff pastry turnover stuffed with cheese) from Nareka Market in Hollywood (5654 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028). They also have a nice selection of meat, cheese, bread and prepared food.

                                                                                                                                    1. Chicago deep dish at Masa....ehhh

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                                                                                                          That placed never sounded appealing to me and this photo confirms it.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Ernie

                                                                                                                                            yeah the sausage should be above the crust and below the other stuff not this way, at least chicago style and like hollywood pies/lou malnatis.

                                                                                                                                        2. Beijing Pie House to Go
                                                                                                                                          Lamb Pie (shown)
                                                                                                                                          Fennel Pork Pie

                                                                                                                                          So Juicy
                                                                                                                                          So Tasty

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                                            Those look like pancakes. What are they? Where is the meat? In between doughy layers? How about a description for those of us who have never been there? Thanks.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                              Northern Chinese Pies, quite a bit thicker than pancakes, stuffed with different fillings. Yelp-lifted side shot of the lamb pie added. Very juicy - like XLB or classic Chicken Kiev - they can burn you by squirting very hot juice when bitten into.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                                                Ah, that's better! Now I get it! Thanks CB!

                                                                                                                                            2. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                                              they don't travel well IMO; they either get cold and/or soggy.

                                                                                                                                              i was there friday at lunch time and was definitely the only one there because the date was 3/14.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: barryc

                                                                                                                                                I agree barryc - those pies are not as good after a journey. Unlike the potstickers which are easily crisped up - pumpkin with pork and shrimp - they were divine.

                                                                                                                                            3. ipsedixit, I'm sure you had the beef and bone marrow pie at Chi Spacca….amazing dish!

                                                                                                                                              For dessert pies, I like the ff. from King's Hawaiian Bakery in Gardena/Torrance:

                                                                                                                                              -Banana MacBerry Pie (strawberries and macadamia nuts)
                                                                                                                                              -Classic custard pie…'nuf said.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: trvlcrzy

                                                                                                                                                ipsedixit, I'm sure you had the beef and bone marrow pie at Chi Spacca….amazing dish!

                                                                                                                                                Y'know, I haven't. Will have to try. Thanks.

                                                                                                                                              2. Todays pie journey brought me to Ella's Belizean on Western near MLK. I went there because I was intrigued by a Bill Esparza article in the LATimes on Little Belize http://articles.latimes.com/2012/oct/...

                                                                                                                                                I primarily went there to try the Salbutes, the Beliziean version of a Yucatecan dish which Dommy's Abuelita showed me how to make but I never got the hang of before she passed away a few years ago.

                                                                                                                                                Bill mentioned that Ella's is more of a Snack Shack. they had on their menu a few little things like Conch Fritters and Garnaches But I was drawn to the Panades a fried masa hand pie with a little tuna inside. They cook them fresh and it takes about 10 minutes and it is well worth the wait. Asked for a side of pickled habanero and onion cordito they have and add a little bit in a split open one. it is delicious!

                                                                                                                                                Even though this is Pie month I had to Include a photo of the Salbutes, which while different was on par with Abuelita's.

                                                                                                                                                Ella's Belizean Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                3957 S. Western Ave,
                                                                                                                                                Los Angeles, CA 90062
                                                                                                                                                (323) 737-5050.
                                                                                                                                                Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                Monday to Saturday.
                                                                                                                                                Cash only.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                                                                                                                  CONCH FRITTERS?!? Oh my... I may have to find this little shop!

                                                                                                                                                  Matt, you OWN this thread! Great work!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                    And I haven't gone to a single pie shoppe this month just yet if my memory serves me correctly.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                          Kevin -

                                                                                                                                                          We are celebrating your keeping your girlish figure.

                                                                                                                                                          No pie for you!

                                                                                                                                                          : )

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: happybaker

                                                                                                                                                            Marcie's Pies.

                                                                                                                                                            Jimenez family farms.

                                                                                                                                                            Blueberry pie.

                                                                                                                                                            I didn't eat it. At least not yet. The month is still young.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                      Dirtywextraolives when you get to Ella's please report back. I talked to Bill Esparza and he said to note that Ella's frequently has off menu specials on the weekends. Something to think about.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                                                                                                                        Oh okay, good to know. I hope I remember to ask her what her specials are.

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                                                                                                                      Cool report, thank you. I love Yucatecan cuisine and very curious to try the Belizean versions of those dishes

                                                                                                                                                    3. So for todays Pie of the Month trek, I went to Jamaica. Well, not really but the next best places. I was in search of meat and veggie patties and was led to Front Page and Stone's Groceries & Market.

                                                                                                                                                      Front Page is in a strip mall at the corner of Florence and Manchester near LAX. It's a nice layout. You order at the counter and they take it to you. I ordered the a beef, a chicken and a Veggie for $3 each. I am always fearful of ordering patties, hoping they haven't been sitting under heat lamps for hours. At Front Page individually wrapped in parchment and served hot. The crust was tender the filling was a bit spicy with a real hit of ginger. The filling was very moist. I really liked the chicken since the spicing asserted itself against the chicken. Same with the veggie. The beef was my least favorite since the beef overwhelmed the spicing. A little of the vinegary hot sauce from the table did help a bit.

                                                                                                                                                      From there I went over to Crenshaw and the railroad tracks (67th) to Stone's Grocery and Market. The main building on the lot is the grocery and the smaller almost shack like place is where they cook and serve. These patties were under the heat lamps but still fresh. At $2 each I again got one of each a bit of confusion led to a 4th added to my order. Their crust had more of a bite to it, which i liked and the filling for the meat ones was more of a paste like consistency. In fact when I broke them open, I couldn't tell the chicken and beef apart by looks. The spicing was more mild than Front Page but it was more like comfort food to me. In many ways I liked it better than Front Page. The stand out was the Veggie since they cut up the greens, onions and carrots much better than Front Page.

                                                                                                                                                      If their were patties I would seek and get, it would be Front Page's Chicken and Stone's Veggie. But I wouldn't go wrong getting the other ones as well. I will have to go back and try some of the stews. since I was there early, I was seeing the trickle of folks starting the lunch rush and what they ordered looked and smelled great.

                                                                                                                                                      Front Page Jamaican Grille
                                                                                                                                                      1117 W Manchester Blvd, Ste C,
                                                                                                                                                      Inglewood, CA 90301
                                                                                                                                                      (310) 216-9521

                                                                                                                                                      Stone's Grocery & Market
                                                                                                                                                      6700 Crenshaw Blvd,
                                                                                                                                                      Los Angeles, CA 90043
                                                                                                                                                      (323) 751-5526

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Porthos

                                                                                                                                                          I'm working on it, and trying to go off the beaten path.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Porthos

                                                                                                                                                            And I haven't even posted on one joint yet.

                                                                                                                                                            I guess it's just not my month.

                                                                                                                                                          2. Tarte au Citron at Bouchon . Had it 3 days ago. Wonderful dessert, if one loves lemon.

                                                                                                                                                            1. Yeah budddy.

                                                                                                                                                              I finally fulfilled my civic duty wine though I was supposed to be on a rigorous diet.

                                                                                                                                                              A slice of Coconut Cream Pie from the Apple Pan.

                                                                                                                                                              1. After many years of wanting to go, I finally made it Jongewaard's Bake-n-Broil (I'm just not in Long Beach very often) last Friday. The place was bustling at about 2:00 PM so we opted for carryout. In celebration of the Dish of the Month, two pies were included. Here's what we brought home:

                                                                                                                                                                * A Broccoli Cheddar Quiche (one of the best quiches I've eaten) (and I think this is a pie, right?)
                                                                                                                                                                * A Pecan Pie (pretty darn excellent, but too many pecans [yeah, I know - it's the filling I like, the pecans not-so-much])
                                                                                                                                                                * Four pecan shortbread cookies with a lemon glaze (beyond amazing - perfect with coffee)
                                                                                                                                                                * Three lemon bars (dessert tonight)
                                                                                                                                                                * A carrot loaf cake (also incredible)

                                                                                                                                                                Total was $40 something and change. Tossed in a decent tip (yes, I tip on take-out and no I don't want to discuss it) because the counter person was incredibly helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient, even in the midst of the chaos.

                                                                                                                                                                1. I'm in! I just realized that I had "pie" on Saturday. Lobster pie at Dublin 4 in Mission Viejo. This was a circular oven proof dish with a ring of puff pastry on top. Not much Lobster to speak of and not much flavor to speak of either. I still do really like this place for their fish & chips, pork belly, beer selection, staff and the owners though.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. A tale of two very different pies in 24 hours:

                                                                                                                                                                    McDonald's Cherry Pie & Philippe's the Original Pumpkin Cream Pie

                                                                                                                                                                    1. Had a nice apple pie from Lenny's Deli (old Junior's spot) the other day.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. We had empanada's from Rincon Argentino in Glendale today.

                                                                                                                                                                        As always - yum. Spinach, Corn, Chicken and beef - all fresh, all good and very well priced. Love that place.