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The Essential Guide to Pies in Los Angeles

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Pies are everywhere around the city, from old-school to new-school, served after a greasy spoon lunch or as a midnight snack. L.A.'s abundance of fresh fruit certainly doesn't hurt either, as the best examples of flakey, buttery crusted pies come loaded with seasonal ingredients. Here now, Eater presents the Essential Guide to Pies in Los Angeles.

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1. Valerie Echo Park

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1665 Echo Park Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 739-8149
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Touting some of the best seasonal fruit pies in the city, Valerie's crust features a buttery, flakey construction that holds in the fresh fruit nicely. The mini-pies are useful for curbing any overconsumption, if that's desired. Also available at the Grand Central Market location.

2. 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. Nathan is about as obsessed with making pies as anyone could be, so order anything available.

3. 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. The maple custard and earl grey are also new classics.

4. 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. And while butter is better, Apple Pan's pie is served piping hot, with cool vanilla ice cream on the side. The banana cream pie is worthy of all of its accolades, while everything from the cherry, strawberry, and other seasonal pies are certain to be worth the detour. Come early as the good ones sell out almost daily.

5. 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.

6. Pie 'n Burger

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913 E California Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 795-1123
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Pasadena's answer to Apple Pan's westside hegemony of the old-school pie game, Pie n' Burger has some delectable fruit pies and cream pies that will make one absolutely swoon after a flat-top burger at the counter.

7. Brite Spot Family Restaurant

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1918 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 484-9800
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Brite Spot's pastry program has certainly gotten a nice update, in addition to its interior. 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.

8. 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 coming soon, and simplethings celebrates 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.

9. 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.

10. Urth Caffé

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451 S Hewitt St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 797-4534
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The apple pies at Urth Caffe at baked daily and delivered to its various outlets, but the expansive Downtown location might be the easiest place to nab a slice. Crunchy sugar lines the top, which might make it a little too sweet for most, but the texture of the crust is spot on.

11. 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.

12. Short Cake

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6333 W 3rd St Stall 316
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 761-7976
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The mini-crumble pies at this Farmer's Market stand are sure to brighten anyone's day. Filled with fresh, seasonal fruit and the like, Short Cake does a textbook job of making pies.

13. Baby Blues BBQ

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7953 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 656-1277
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The chess pie at this barbecue joint is about as Southern as one could expect to find in West Hollywood or Venice. Sweet, thick-crusted, and essentially the most buttery thing imaginable, it's best in small forkfuls after the smokey brisket or ribs.

14. Clementine

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1751 Ensley Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 552-1080
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The pies at this cheerful bakery in Century City rotate daily, but the preparations are clean, well-done, and about as pure as one could expect. The key lime pie is a stand out, as well as the pumpkin pie when it's in season.

15. House of Pies

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1869 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 666-9961
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Pretty much as old school as one could get, this humble coffee shop in Los Feliz does pretty unremarkable food that's buoyed by the pretty darn incredible pies, especially the strawberry cream pie. Order that when it's in season.

16. Philippe the Original

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1001 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-3781
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The apple pies here are a legendary after-lunch treat. A simple, flakey, buttery crust with a filling that's not too sweet, not too heavy, and just the right thing to finish off a double-dip french dip sandwich.

17. Du-par's

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6333 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-8446
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Being located right next to new competition Short Cake could be tough, but the old-timey feel of Du-Par's is more than enough to make it stand on its own. Cream, fruit, and chocolate pies line the shelves of the outdoor pie takeaway, at a fraction of the price of Short Cake.

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1. Valerie Echo Park

1665 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA

Touting some of the best seasonal fruit pies in the city, Valerie's crust features a buttery, flakey construction that holds in the fresh fruit nicely. The mini-pies are useful for curbing any overconsumption, if that's desired. Also available at the Grand Central Market location.

1665 Echo Park Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

2. 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. Nathan is about as obsessed with making pies as anyone could be, so order anything available.

1014 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

3. 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. The maple custard and earl grey are also new classics.

714 Traction Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90013

4. 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. And while butter is better, Apple Pan's pie is served piping hot, with cool vanilla ice cream on the side. The banana cream pie is worthy of all of its accolades, while everything from the cherry, strawberry, and other seasonal pies are certain to be worth the detour. Come early as the good ones sell out almost daily.

10801 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

5. 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

6. Pie 'n Burger

913 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

Pasadena's answer to Apple Pan's westside hegemony of the old-school pie game, Pie n' Burger has some delectable fruit pies and cream pies that will make one absolutely swoon after a flat-top burger at the counter.

913 E California Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91106

7. Brite Spot Family Restaurant

1918 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Brite Spot's pastry program has certainly gotten a nice update, in addition to its interior. 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

8. simplethings Sandwich & Pie Shop

8310 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Strawberry season is coming soon, and simplethings celebrates 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

9. 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

10. Urth Caffé

451 S Hewitt St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

The apple pies at Urth Caffe at baked daily and delivered to its various outlets, but the expansive Downtown location might be the easiest place to nab a slice. Crunchy sugar lines the top, which might make it a little too sweet for most, but the texture of the crust is spot on.

451 S Hewitt St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

11. 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

12. Short Cake

6333 W 3rd St Stall 316, Los Angeles, CA 90048

The mini-crumble pies at this Farmer's Market stand are sure to brighten anyone's day. Filled with fresh, seasonal fruit and the like, Short Cake does a textbook job of making pies.

6333 W 3rd St Stall 316
Los Angeles, CA 90048

13. Baby Blues BBQ

7953 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

The chess pie at this barbecue joint is about as Southern as one could expect to find in West Hollywood or Venice. Sweet, thick-crusted, and essentially the most buttery thing imaginable, it's best in small forkfuls after the smokey brisket or ribs.

7953 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046

14. Clementine

1751 Ensley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

The pies at this cheerful bakery in Century City rotate daily, but the preparations are clean, well-done, and about as pure as one could expect. The key lime pie is a stand out, as well as the pumpkin pie when it's in season.

1751 Ensley Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024

15. House of Pies

1869 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Pretty much as old school as one could get, this humble coffee shop in Los Feliz does pretty unremarkable food that's buoyed by the pretty darn incredible pies, especially the strawberry cream pie. Order that when it's in season.

1869 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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16. Philippe the Original

1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The apple pies here are a legendary after-lunch treat. A simple, flakey, buttery crust with a filling that's not too sweet, not too heavy, and just the right thing to finish off a double-dip french dip sandwich.

1001 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

17. Du-par's

6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Being located right next to new competition Short Cake could be tough, but the old-timey feel of Du-Par's is more than enough to make it stand on its own. Cream, fruit, and chocolate pies line the shelves of the outdoor pie takeaway, at a fraction of the price of Short Cake.

6333 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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