Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanApple & salted caramel pie9-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.
Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanApple crumb pie9-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.
Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanApple pie10-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.
Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanApple pieSmall, 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.
Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanApple pie8-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.
Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanApple pie9-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.
Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanApple pie9-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.
4th of July in Los Angeles: LA's best apple pies
Nothing says being American more than eating apple pie. Show your sugar-laced patriotism with LA’s best apple pies this 4th of July in Los Angeles.
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.