Apple & salted caramel pie
9-inch pie, $30. Valerie Confections.
LA's queen of confections—Angelenos love Valerie Gordon's petits fours and chocolates—offers sweet pies like this apple and salted-caramel stunner. The double crust beauty holds up to its good looks with crunchy apples and a soft, buttery crust. The selling point? Salted caramel...we just wish there was more of it.
Apple crumb pie
9-inch pie, $22. The Village Bakery & Cafe.
The Atwater Village bakery's pie tasted of apple pie bliss. The rustic pie has plenty of tart apples topped with a buttery, crunchy crumble and attains crust nirvana—a flaky creation to measure all crusts.
10-inch pie, $34. Sweet Butter Kitchen.
The Sherman Oaks cafe/bakery offers an apple pie that tastes of childhood—soul-warming and made with a skilled hand just like Mom's.
Small, 5-inch, $12.95; large (pictured), 9-inch, $35. Clementine.
The beloved Century City cafe/bakery offers holiday pies in small (serves 1-2 people) and large (serves 6-8 people) like this classic apple that encases tart, crunchy apples inside a beautiful, delicate double crust.
8-inch pie, $28. Bouchon.
More tart than pie, this dainty dessert from the Beverly Hills bakery starts with a sweet, delicate pate sucrée layered with Braeburn apples spiced with subtle hints of cinnamon and vanilla. Topped with an elegant crumb topping and powdered sugar, it's a Frenchman's take on the all-American.
9-inch pie, $30. Pie Hole.
The one-and-a-half-year-old DTLA Arts Ditrict bakery makes a textbook version of the classic with chunky, cinnamon-flavored apple cubes baked inside a thick double crust.
9-inch pie, $17. Cafe Los Feliz.
Nothing says Grandma's like a lattice top, and Cafe Los Feliz gives a nod to Grams with an old-school crust baked atop a smooth, apple sauce-like filling. There's nothing fancy here, just years of practice (the symmetry!) and lots of love.
This 4th of July in Los Angeles, show your stars and stripes by getting your sweet-tooth fix. We rounded up apple pies from LA's best bakeries and best restaurants and picked (with sugar-induced nausea) our blue ribbon favorites. From crumb and lattice topped to double crusted, here are LA's best apple pies. We can't think of anything more American.
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