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Where to find the best pies in Los Angeles

Banana cream, lemon meringue, chocolate rye—we found the very best pies in Los Angeles to satisfy your sweet tooth

By Erin Kuschner and Stephanie Breijo

Whether you’re planning a summer picnic or getting ready for a Thanksgiving feast, there’s nothing wrong with having pie as the meal’s central focus. And L.A. has some excellent pies.

Not only can you find creamy lemon meringues and classic apple pies in old-school diners, but a handful of restaurants around town are excelling at creative and cheffy variations—and then there are the city’s top pastry chefs, who produce drool-worthy pies wherever they go, from farmers’ markets to weekend festivals. Check out our guide to L.A.’s best pies—ice cream optional.

15 spots for L.A.’s best pies

Nicole Rucker Grand Central Market Fat and Flour pop-up pies
Nicole Rucker Grand Central Market Fat and Flour pop-up pies
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1. Fat & Flour

Restaurants Bakeries Downtown Historic Core

You probably tasted her baked goods at her own Fiona or at Gjelina, Gjusta, Smorgasburg or Cofax through the years, which means you’ve probably tasted the love and care Nicole Rucker puts into her pies. They come brimming with bright pops of acidity and sweetness from the season’s freshest produce—carefully sourced and inspected by Rucker—and silken with butter or custard or chocolate, an always-craveable treat currently available for weekend preorder by the mini pie or whole 9-inch version. At her new stand inside Grand Central Market you can find some of her most iconic baked goods (light-as-air Key lime pie, anyone?) as well as newer creations, such as cookie-crust pies and savory hand pies, too. Order online for Friday and Saturday pickup here.

2. The Pie Hole

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With locations in Hollywood, Pasadena and the Arts District, plus a stand in Glendale’s Americana at Brand mall, the Pie Hole has developed a reputation as L.A.’s go-to spot for a serious slice of pie. The family-owned café—whose interiors often include rustic touches like wooden picnic tables and chairs—offers homemade pies that range from Mexican chocolate to a savory mac-and-cheese hand pie. One of our favorites includes the light-as-a-feather Earl Grey tea pie, with its mound of whipped topping and a thin layer of chocolate ganache on top of the buttery crust. You can order ahead for pickup, and if you’re not near any location or simply want to send someone a taste of L.A., these guys ship nationally, too.


3. The Apple Pan

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The U-shaped counter, the sauce-slathered burgers and especially the pies at this West L.A. institution all somehow seemed to escape time. Burger patties sizzle on the griddle that’s been around for decades (since 1927, to be exact) and get served by friendly waiters who seem to have been around for just as long. But when it comes to sweets, the Apple Pan’s trademark pies are incredibly old-school, topped with fluffy whipped cream and available in the all-American classics. We’re partial to the banana cream pie, which comes stuffed with thick banana slices, but it’s hard to beat the pecan with ice cream, too. Find them all available by the slice at $6.95 apiece, or whole for $28—one of the best pie buys in town.

4. Winston Pies

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Brianna Abrams first lit up farmers’ markets with her mobile bakestand, ButterCrust Pies, then continued the magic with not one but two brick-and-mortars under the Winston Pies name. Both her Brentwood and West Hollywood shops offer pies whole, by the slice, in individual-size 5-inch pies, square hand pies, and 2.5-inch pie bites. (Because sometimes you just need a bite of pie, right?) The focus here is Southern classics made with all-butter crusts, so you can expect options such as the sweet-tart Dixie Cherry, Southern pecan and the Blue Ridge Blueberry in addition to Key lime pies and other staples. There’s even ice cream and a full espresso bar, in a quaint country setting, no less. Want to send some Winston goods to friends and fam beyond California’s borders? Abrams makes it easy with national shipping, so you can share the love.


5. Valerie Confections

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With more than 15 years of experience and passion for making sweets that rival any to be found in L.A.—or the country, we’d wager—Valerie Gordon offers stunning, can’t-put-them-down confectionary treats (caramels, truffles, toffees, bark) along with cakes and jams and, of course, pie. You can often find slices waiting in the cases of her Echo Park café or her charming boutique in Historic Filipinotown, and if you’re looking for the whole shebang you can order them whole online—whether you’re looking for seasonal fruit pies, flaky-crusted chocolate chess pies or other homey-yet-whimsical baked goods.

6. Republic of Pie

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Republic of Pie looks more like a living room than a coffee shop, but that doesn’t mean their menu is something you could whip up in your kitchen. Beautiful and indulgent pies are made fresh daily—and dare we say, they’re some of the best desserts in the Valley. If you’re craving something sweet, go for the chocolate banana bread pudding pie, the cookies n’ cream, or the coconut cream pie. Wanting something savory? Their mac and cheese pot pie is crazy good, as is their ham and swiss quiche. As for the drinks, a long list of coffee and tea is written out on a blackboard, boasting items like the NoHo cold brew and a refreshing jasmine tea.


7. knowrealitypie

Restaurants Bakeries Eagle Rock
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Knowrealitypie (yes, all one word) might have a strange name and an even stranger-looking storefront, but the Eagle Rock bakeshop is not messing around when it comes to pies. They’ve won ribbons multiple years in a row at KCRW’s pie contest, and it’s easy to see why when you sink your teeth into one of their sweet or savory slices. Seasonal pies include inventive options such as apple crumb with whiskey sauce; toffee praline caramel apple; and hot buttered rum cream pie. Be warned: Preorders for these pies tend to get booked far in advance, so get on it early—especially if you’re ordering for the holidays.

Sibling Rival DTLA Hoxton Hotel pie
Sibling Rival DTLA Hoxton Hotel pie
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8. Sibling Rival

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This modern diner within DTLA’s Hoxton Hotel unsurprisingly serves contemporary diner fare, and what would a nouveau diner be without pie? The hotel’s killer pastry program, helmed by chef Mallory Cayon, includes sweet and savory hand pies in the coffee shop, but at Sibling Rival, you can occasionally find the pies on full display in flavors such as kabocha squash pie with pumpkin cumble. In normal times, in lieu of a diner’s rotating pie case, there’s a pie cart that wheels its way through the dining room offering hearty slices of seasonal and creative desserts. As this year is unlike any other, though, Sibling Rival’s got plans for a pie-forward pop-up this fall to really dive into their pies now that they’ve recently reopened. Keep your eyes on the restaurant’s Instagram page for updates.

Sweet Lady Jane
Sweet Lady Jane
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9. Sweet Lady Jane

Restaurants Patisseries Santa Monica

Sweet Lady Jane is known for just about everything—cakes, tarts, breads—and especially their signature crowd-pleaser, a Triple Berry Shortcake. But if pies are what you’re in the market for, Sweet Lady Jane’s don’t disappoint: Available by the slice and as entire pies, fillings include apple, blueberry, cherry, and pecan, as well as seasonal favorites such as pumpkin. Plus, there are locations in Encino, Santa Monica and WeHo—and the pie shop is also available on delivery services—so no matter where you are, there’s pie within reach.

10. Du-par's

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Du-par’s has been selling legend-status pies since 1938, and you can certainly feel the old-timey magic—especially given the setting: its original location in the Original Farmers Market, which has been around for even longer. It’s here you’ll find straightforward, homey classics in sliced, whole and mini variety: peach pie, sweet potato pie, apple pie, pecan pie, coconut cream pie, custard pie—each bite is almost like a time warp in and of itself, which makes sense, as some of these recipes date back to the ’30s.

Pecan pie at Brite Spot
Pecan pie at Brite Spot
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11. Brite Spot

Restaurants Diners Echo Park

Like so many of Echo Park’s worthiest eateries, Brite Spot has a knowing sort of charm. Their retro décor—complete with rosewood tufted booths and shiny display cases—matches the menu, which can best be described as classic diner with a SoCal twist. If you’re not here for stacks of pancakes and massive omelette plates, you’re probably here for the pie: a rotating cast including hits such as salted honey, chocolate espresso, classic apple, bourbon pecan, chocolate cream, strawberry rhubarb crisp, and key lime. The honey whiskey pie is a standout, as is the peanut butter pie, so keep your eyes peeled.

12. Just What I Kneaded

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Pies normally rely on butter crusts, egg washes and yolk-rich custard fillings, but if you’re looking for vegan pie, Just What I Kneaded has you covered. (Come on, this is L.A., after all.) From homespun Instagram operation to one of the city’s favorite wholesale vegan bakeries, Just What I Kneaded eventually landed a bake shop of its own, and Justine Hernandez’s charming outfit whips up plant-based market-fresh scones, cookies, cinnamon rolls and more with a full coffee program. The bakery case rotates daily, but you can usually find slices of pie once or twice a week, and it's always available for custom orders—giving vegans a reliable, whimsical go-to for whole pies, whatever the occasion.


13. Pie ‘n Burger

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Don’t be fooled by the relaxed vibe given off by this throwback diner, which first opened in 1963: As the name suggests, when it comes to pies and burgers, they mean business. In addition to the griddle-cooked patties (topped, of course, with a secret recipe house-made sauce), the selection of pie here includes pillowy meringues (banana, peanut butter, chocolate, coconut, lemon, butterscotch), seasonal fruit (strawberry, blackberry, peach and more) and classics (pumpkin, custard, cherry and even mince)—some for as little as $24 for the whole pie. Add ice cream or house-made whipped cream to a slice for $2.50.

14. Jones

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Just two and a half blocks shy of the Hollywood border, this West Hollywood restaurant/bar/café feels like the sexy younger cousin to Dan Tana’s. The main room is straight out of Goodfellas, while the café hearkens back to a family restaurant you might find in Rome’s Campo de’ Fiori. For dinner, there’s pizza and pasta galore, but anyone with a sweet tooth knows to order Jones’ famed apple pie for two: The ooey, gooey slice spills out onto a wrought iron skillet, accompanied by a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s old school, old-fashioned and timeless, and even available for delivery—so you can dig into one of WeHo’s best sweets from the comfort of your couch.


15. Jongewaard’s Bake N Broil

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If you can bake it in a crust, Jongewaard’s will make it. Opened by Roger and Carol Jongewaard in 1965, the family-owned restaurant specializes in dishes that conjure up a meal around grandma’s table: pot roast, chili, chicken fried steak, sandwiches. But it’s the pies (oh, the pies!) that make first-timers become regulars here, a never-ending list of sweet and savory options that include banana meringue, rhubarb, pumpkin streusel, lemon cream, French apple, pecan, boysenberry and more. Pie for every meal, honestly.

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