10 Best Pies in Los Angeles
While there are quite a few restaurants in Los Angeles that are so confidant in their pie that they put the word in their name, none does it as well as Pie 'n Burger. Sure, it's an institution, on the scene since 1963, but what keeps it going is a dedication to making an easy-to-love standard. Flaky, golden crusts made with shortening are rolled thin and baked through. The seasonal choices include olallieberry, peach and strawberry. Classic and flawless. While you're there, the burgers are mighty tasty, too. 913 E. California Blvd., Pasadena; 626-795-1123.
6. Alcove Apple Pie:
Rachael Narins Alcove apple pie
Come here, line up and order the heavenly-scented cinnamon-spiced apple pie. Made with thin slices of slightly tart, still somewhat crisp Granny Smiths, a crumble topping and a glaze of frosting. When apples are sliced thin, there is more friction and therefore more binding, so the slice keeps its structure, which we love. Alcove has a full bar as well, so if you're there later in the day or for brunch, consider asking the bartender to pair this with prosecco or a bourbon-based drink. If you aren't feeling decadent enough from eating a large slice of pie, that is. 1929 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles; 323-644-0100.
5. Baby Blues Barbecue Porch Pies Buttermilk Pie:
Rachael Narins Buttermilk pie by Porch Pies
This is buttermilk pie as it should be. The filling is rich, pale, creamy and very sweet, with the faintest tang from the slightly acidic primary ingredient. The whipped cream it comes with is superfluous, so tell them to leave it off. Delivered to local restaurants by charming Alabama baker Robyn Poarch, it's as authentic as you are going to find this far from the South. The unpretentious, hand-rolled crust falls on the thicker side -- and you for sure need a knife and fork to get through it. Or you could just pick it up and bite in. 7953 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles; 323-656-1277.
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