It’s holiday season, and all eyes are on pies. Bring on the cold weather and give a warm welcome to these warm deserts. Here’s a rundown of popular pie purveyors you may or may not know, but probably should. Let the face stuffing begin.
Winston Pies, Brentwood
This year, even more pie shops opened throughout Los Angeles. Winston Pies in Brentwood is the latest to meet the insatiable demand, serving flakey goodness with a side of Southern charm. North Carolina native Brianna Abrams initially won over Angelenos with her home-based catering business ButterCrust Pies. Now, customers can buy her pastries seven days a week. Five options are available: 11-inch round ($42), 5-inch mini ($9), 4-inch square hand pies ($5), 2.5 inch PieBites ($18 dozen), or by the slice ($7). Orders for Thanksgiving need to be in by Nov. 17. But if you miss the deadline, there’s always Christmas, or any other occasion suitable for pies (when is it not?).
11678 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049 / 310-207-5743
Knowrealitypie, Eagle Rock
Blink and you’ll miss the tiny shop of this pie slinger. But the size of the shop is no indication of the reputation and repertoire of Knowrealitypie. The shop is most known for regularly scooping up awards at KCRW’s annual Good Food Pie Contest. This year’s holiday menu offers several previous winners, such as Berries Gone Wild, Triple-Berry Cabernet, Salted Caramel Mongo-Rum Passion, and Kahlua Espresso Chocolate Pecan. The shop is no longer taking Thanksgiving orders, but they will be open on Nov. 22 from 3pm to 6pm selling whatever is available (cash only). If you miss your chance this month, the shop is now taking Christmas orders – so you can beat the rush.
5106 Townsend Ave, Los Angeles, 90041 / 916-799-5772
Ugo, Culver City, Santa Monica, and Downtown LA
One of the city’s most talked about pumpkin pies is not from a bakery, but an Italian restaurant. Ugo has been a solid Italian option in Culver City for 15 years, serving pasta, Neapolitan pizzas, and gelatos. All the while, diners eagerly anticipate the arrival of the pumpkin pie every fall. Ugo describes it as “impossibly thick” and made with real pumpkin and a buttery graham cracker crust. Try a slice at Ugo in Culver City or its cafes in Santa Monica and Downtown LA. Order a whole pie for $45. For Thanksgiving orders, place your order by Nov. 20 and pick up by Nov. 22.
3865 Cardiff Ave, Culver City, 90232 / 310-592-2682
Republic of Pie, North Hollywood
Those in the Valley with a sweet tooth and in need of a 1990s-era coffee shop find themselves at Republic of Pie. It features nooks and crannies to hang out with friends, acoustic sets, recycled furniture, and eclectic decor. They also specialize in pies. The menu offers fruit, cream, and seasonal pies, plus pot pies, quiches and cheesecakes. Whole pies can be ordered online, ranging from $30 to $40. Gift cards are available too.
11118 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, 91601 / 818-308-7990
Cobblermania, Manchester Square and Farmers Markets
You may have seen her at the farmers markets, waving you over to her stand. Shea Seward wants you try her vegan cobblers sweetened with organic raw agave nectar. Be careful: those who can’t get enough and come back for more become known as “cobblermaniacs.” Flavors can vary with the seasons as she uses fresh produce from the markets, but some include blueberry, cherry, sweet potato, and peach. The cobblers are sold regularly at Golden Bird, and she can be found at various food festivals and farmers markets throughout the year. Currently, she attends the farmers markets in Hollywood, Culver City, and Torrance.
8300 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, 90047 / 323-316-4793