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2008_10_hasmaps.jpgToday, math geeks and pie lovers unite: It's March 14, or 3.14, and since the pronunciation of this (?) Greek mathematical symbol is the same as the sweetest emblem of Americana, it's high time to eat some pie. To commemorate this, one of the best days of the year, how about a handy Eater map of LA's best pie? Find our picks below, and feel free to leave the name of your favorite slice in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. simplethings Sandwich & Pie Shop

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8310 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 592-3390
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Strawberry season is back, and simplethings is celebrating with pie in all sizes, including their famous cutie pies (tiny, single-sized bites), filled with saucy berries, pillows of whipped cream and a nutty crumble. Check their website for the day's flavors.

2. The Pie Hole

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714 Traction Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 537-0115
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While they sometimes sell classics like double crust apple pie, it's their riffs on American classics that set The Pie Hole apart. Think: swoon-worthy creations like ginger-caramel and grapefruit curd. Ask about the fresh blackberry pie this summer.

3. Heirloom LA

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4126 Verdugo Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Follow @heirloomLA to find the truck for a daily fix, or pop into Silverlake Wine for dinner to see if pie is on the menu. Owner/Pastry Chef Tara Maxey makes some of the best pie in town, and if she had a pie shop, it would be full of fan favorites like chocolate truffle and caramel pie with sea salt; fresh strawberry pie; and Tara's personal favorite, blueberry pie.

4. Republic Of Pie

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11118 Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 308-7990
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This popular NoHo shop is where to find a classic slice of lemon meringue, apple, berry, pumpkin or pecan done well.

5. Proof Bakery

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3156 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 664-8633

Proof Bakery's pastry chef Na Young Ma makes dainty, French-style tarts daily, but every now and then she also makes pie. The quiche is also excellent.

6. Sweet Lady Jane Bakery

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8360 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 653-7145

Sweet Lady Jane's pies are not for the faint of stomach. This is a monster slice of pie, with a cookie-like crust and miles of filling. The tart cherry, with berries bursting out at the seams, is a clear favorite.

7. Huckleberry Cafe & Bakery

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1014 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-2311
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Pastry chef Zoe Nathan has taken what is essentially as rich and perfect as chocolate pot de creme and, get this, put it in a buttery pie crust. And we all win.

8. The Hart + The Hunter

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7950 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 424-3055

By now, everyone knows to get the biscuits at this new, highly rated Melrose hot spot. But they should also order the Lemon Ice Box Pie. So unlike most cloying lemon meringues, this is a creamy lemon mousse topped with lightly toasted, marshmallow-like meringue.

9. Jones

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7205 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 850-1726

Jones on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood seems to do a decent job at most everything except their apple pie. That's because the apple pie is possibly the best thing there. It's served in a fajita pan, and brought, still sizzling, to the table. Do they fry it in butter? Possibly? Hopefully.

10. Brite Spot Family Restaurant

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1918 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 484-9800
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Today only, get pie at Brite Spot for $3.14. Allow us to recommend Patricia's Honey Pie, which is a type of Chess Pie. It's a lot like pecan pie, but without the pecans.

11. Cooks County

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8009 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 653-8009

There's often a pie on pastry chef Roxanna Jullapat's menu at Cook's County, her restaurant on Beverly Boulevard. Whether she's celebrating cherries or chocolate, the crust is a wonderful blend of flaky and buttery.

12. The Apple Pan

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10801 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 475-3585
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Apple Pan's signature pie is a 1950s-style, shortening crusted specimen filled with saucy apples. They almost force the ice cream on the side. And while butter is better, Apple Pan's pie is served piping hot, with cool vanilla ice cream on the side.

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1. simplethings Sandwich & Pie Shop

8310 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Strawberry season is back, and simplethings is celebrating with pie in all sizes, including their famous cutie pies (tiny, single-sized bites), filled with saucy berries, pillows of whipped cream and a nutty crumble. Check their website for the day's flavors.

8310 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

2. The Pie Hole

714 Traction Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90013

While they sometimes sell classics like double crust apple pie, it's their riffs on American classics that set The Pie Hole apart. Think: swoon-worthy creations like ginger-caramel and grapefruit curd. Ask about the fresh blackberry pie this summer.

714 Traction Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90013

3. Heirloom LA

4126 Verdugo Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90065

Follow @heirloomLA to find the truck for a daily fix, or pop into Silverlake Wine for dinner to see if pie is on the menu. Owner/Pastry Chef Tara Maxey makes some of the best pie in town, and if she had a pie shop, it would be full of fan favorites like chocolate truffle and caramel pie with sea salt; fresh strawberry pie; and Tara's personal favorite, blueberry pie.

4126 Verdugo Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90065

4. Republic Of Pie

11118 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

This popular NoHo shop is where to find a classic slice of lemon meringue, apple, berry, pumpkin or pecan done well.

11118 Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601

5. Proof Bakery

3156 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

Proof Bakery's pastry chef Na Young Ma makes dainty, French-style tarts daily, but every now and then she also makes pie. The quiche is also excellent.

3156 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039

6. Sweet Lady Jane Bakery

8360 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90069

Sweet Lady Jane's pies are not for the faint of stomach. This is a monster slice of pie, with a cookie-like crust and miles of filling. The tart cherry, with berries bursting out at the seams, is a clear favorite.

8360 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90069

7. Huckleberry Cafe & Bakery

1014 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Pastry chef Zoe Nathan has taken what is essentially as rich and perfect as chocolate pot de creme and, get this, put it in a buttery pie crust. And we all win.

1014 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

8. The Hart + The Hunter

7950 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

By now, everyone knows to get the biscuits at this new, highly rated Melrose hot spot. But they should also order the Lemon Ice Box Pie. So unlike most cloying lemon meringues, this is a creamy lemon mousse topped with lightly toasted, marshmallow-like meringue.

7950 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

9. Jones

7205 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046

Jones on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood seems to do a decent job at most everything except their apple pie. That's because the apple pie is possibly the best thing there. It's served in a fajita pan, and brought, still sizzling, to the table. Do they fry it in butter? Possibly? Hopefully.

7205 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

10. Brite Spot Family Restaurant

1918 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Today only, get pie at Brite Spot for $3.14. Allow us to recommend Patricia's Honey Pie, which is a type of Chess Pie. It's a lot like pecan pie, but without the pecans.

1918 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

11. Cooks County

8009 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

There's often a pie on pastry chef Roxanna Jullapat's menu at Cook's County, her restaurant on Beverly Boulevard. Whether she's celebrating cherries or chocolate, the crust is a wonderful blend of flaky and buttery.

8009 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

12. The Apple Pan

10801 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

Apple Pan's signature pie is a 1950s-style, shortening crusted specimen filled with saucy apples. They almost force the ice cream on the side. And while butter is better, Apple Pan's pie is served piping hot, with cool vanilla ice cream on the side.

10801 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

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