There’s nothing more American than grandma’s homemade apple pie. Even the faintest scent of it wafting in the air is enough to put a smile on your face and trigger an immediate craving for it. The best thing about apple pie is that it never goes out of season or style, making this all-American favorite easily accessible 24/7 and 365 days out of the year. Even though most restaurants, cafes and bakeries are making it, there are a few that do it best. Check out these top five places for LA’s best apple pie.
Angel Maid Bakery
4542 S. Centinela Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
If you’re from the East Coast, you’ll appreciate Angel Maid Bakery even more. With that true old school bakery feel, Angel Maid has cakes, pastries and pies that will bring back childhood memories of trips to the bakery for special occasions. The apple pie is no exception. Flaky crust, luscious apples and filling that’s just sweet enough will have you smiling even before your first bite. Sold by the pie only at $9.50, get there early because once they’re gone, they’re gone for the day.
704 S. Alvarado St.
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Langer’s may be famous for its incredible pastrami, but its apple pie is pretty darn amazing, too. The hint of cinnamon and sugar, thick filling, tender apples and flaky crust is pretty stellar in its own. What puts this slice of apple pie over the top is the vanilla bean ice cream and warm brandy sauce. Close your eyes and you’ll think you’ve gone to heaven and not sitting in an insanely busy deli that specializes in pastrami sandwiches.
806 S. Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
If one thing is for certain, it’s that Italians know how to make delicious food. Al Gelato serves all kinds of wonderful Italian dishes from pastas to sandwiches to pizza to pastries. While the name of the place is named after the Italian dessert in which it specializes in, the deep-dish apple pie, though not traditionally Italian, ranks high on customers’ favorite list. Three layers of tender apples, slightly gooey sugar and cinnamon filling and a light crust served hot topped with gelato and warm caramel will have you thinking about it for days after.
672 S. La Brea
Los Angeles, CA 90036
For those who like apple pie but are tired of the traditionalism of it, Luna Park is the place to go. The fried apple pies take everything people love about the conventional apple pie — succulent apples and gooey filling — and deep fry it, turning it into more of an apple empanada than a pie. Served with caramel sauce and caramel ice cream to complement the slightly tart apples, and dessert anarchy never tasted so good. But this tasty rebellion doesn’t come cheap, $9 for two fried apple “pies.”
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The Pie Hole
714 Traction Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
The Pie Hole is the latest to hit the line-up in the up-and-coming Arts District in Downtown LA. Nestled in across the street from Wurstküche with an electric blue face and cute tables out front, The Pie Hole promises delicious pies for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The earl gray and maple custard seem to be the current favorites, but the double crusted apple with its slightly tart apples, sweet filling and flaky crust is a definite go-to when in doubt.
Kristine G. Bottone is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.