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Where to find the best pumpkin pie this season

In charge of the pumpkin pie for your next holiday dinner? We've got you covered with some of the best picks in town.

By Erin Kuschner

Pumpkin pie may be a love-it-or-hate-it dessert, but few can contest the fact that it has a rightful place at the holiday dinner table. Whether you're eating out for Thanksgiving, hosting your own meal or heading over to someone else's house, this seasonal treat is a staple on the menu—and, in our opinion, a better alternative to a PSL. After all the turkey has been eaten and all the bottles of wine are empty, here are the pumpkin pies you'll want to be sinking your fork into.

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L.A.'s best pumpkin pie picks

Pumpkin pie at Tavern
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

1. Larder at Tavern

Restaurants Sandwich shops Brentwood

The spiced pumpkin pie at Tavern, which can feed up to eight people, features a flaky, light crust and a filling that perfectly balances sweet and spice. $30, order by Nov 19

Pumpkin pie at Porto's
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

2. Porto's

Restaurants Sandwich shops Burbank

At just over $10, the Cuban bakery's 9-inch, custard-like pie (think creamy and caramelized crème brûlée) is a holiday steal. $10.75, order 72 hours in advance

The Pie Hole pumpkin pie
Photograph: Courtesy The Pie Hole

3. The Pie Hole

Restaurants American Downtown Arts District

Moe's Pumpkin Pie is a seasonal favorite at the Pie Hole—and with four generations behind the recipe, it's easy to see why. With a smooth, creamy filling and the flakiest crust, this 9-inch classic is going to shine on your dining room table. $33

Spiced pumpkin ice cream pie at Sweet Rose Creamery
Photograph: Emily Hart Roth

4. Sweet Rose Creamery

Restaurants Ice cream parlors Santa Monica

This dreamy spiced pumpkin ice cream pie from Sweet Rose Creamery has a ginger cookie crust filled with spiced pumpkin ice cream and topped with whipped milk, pumpkin seeds and cinnamon sugar. Available at all five locations (Brentwood, Santa Monica, Mid-City, Pacific Palisades and Studio City). $48, order by Nov 15

Photograph: Courtesy République

5. République

Restaurants French La Brea

Pastry chef Margarita Manzke is offering a slew of seasonal pies for the holidays, including her whimsical 9-inch pumpkin pie topped with toasted marshmallows. $38, order by Nov 21

Cafe Gratitude
Photograph: Courtesy Cafe Gratitude

6. Café Gratitude

Restaurants Vegan Larchmont Village

Pick up Café Gratitude's organic, plant-based pie this year for a dessert option that's friendly for everyone at the table. $35, order by Nov 20

Pumpkin pie at Republic of Pie.
Photograph: Courtesy Republic of Pie

8. Republic of Pie

Restaurants Coffee shops North Hollywood

The North Hollywood coffee and pie shop is known for having fantastic pies of all kinds (coconut cream! Espresso almond! Chocolate banana!), but this 10-inch, classic pumpkin variety is perfect for those who are craving a traditional dessert. $30, order five days in advance

Pumpkin pie at Cake Monkey
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

9. Cake Monkey Bakery

Restaurants Bakeries Fairfax District

Cake Monkey's honey-braised pumpkin tart is made with a house-made graham cracker crust and topped with a toasted, house-made marshmallow fluff. $38, or gluten-free for $42, order by Nov 22

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