It’s hard to say when exactly Mar.14 (3.14) evolved from mathematical concept to full-fledged pie-eating holiday, but we’re happy it did. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up some of the most delicious places in Los Angeles for you and your family to get your pie fix on. So grab your forks and prepare to dig into one of these pi-tastic places, all in the name of math.
photo: The Pie Hole
The Pie Hole
With multiple locations throughout the Southland (and three in Tokyo!) The Pie Hole is dedicated to serving “happiness one slice at a time.”All of its ingredients are sourced locally, and everything is made from scratch, by hand, daily. The Pie Hole’s sweet pies range from classics with a twist (coconut macaroon pie, bourbon banana cream pie) to downright inventive (salted honey custard, cereal killer cheesecake with Fruit Loops, Frosted Flakes or Lucky Charms toppings).
If you’re looking to give the kids “growing food” first, start with one of the savory pies like the chicken ‘n cornbread pot pie or the Cali burger hand pie. And sleepy parents are sure to enjoy The Pie Hole’s full organic coffee program; the pie hole blend and ‘dark arts’ espresso are roasted to be specifically paired with menu items.
Insider Tip: The Pie Hole has surprise specials in store for Pi Day and always brings back its Thai tea pie, matcha green tea pie and lonely pie (chocolate, peanut butter on an Oreo crust with potato chips) for the event.
Multiple locations including Downtown, Glendale, Pasadena, and Hollywood
House of Pies
This Los Feliz coffee shop opened in 1969, and not much has changed since then. Family-owned and operated, House of Pies is exactly what it claims to be with a long list of delicious pie options to choose from. Specialty pie flavors include fresh strawberry cream and southern pecan, and there’s also a range of cream pies including three chocolate options (chocolate, German chocolate, Bavarian chocolate), pumpkin, lemon and more. Traditionalists can go with a slice of fruit pie picking from three apple options (apple, Dutch apple, French apple) or with other fruity favorites like pineapple, blueberry, and cherry.
While pie is what it’s known for, House of Pies also serves up traditional diner fare and is a nice spot for an easy lunch or dinner out.
Insider Tip: Attention westsiders! According to the website, House of Pies will be opening a Venice location soon.
1869 N. Vermont Ave.
photo: Kristina L via Yelp
Atticus Creamery + Pies
This dessert palace offers both pie and ice cream, making it a sweet tooth’s lover’s delight. Handcrafted fresh daily, using carefully selected ingredients, each pie is not only delicious but is as pretty as a picture. Choose from classic pies like lemon lavender and salted caramel or order a luscious cheesecake pie in flavors like blackberry or blueberry. There are a few special pies to choose from as well such as mango pineapple and strawberry pistachio.
Insider Tip: Breakfast pies are baked fresh every morning and include savory options like ham and mushroom egg pie and bacon wrapped broccoli pie.
10893 W Pico Blvd.
Pie ‘N Burger
For a serious dose of nostalgia, pop into Pasadena favorite Pie ‘N Burger. As the name suggests, this spot is just as well known for pie as it is for its legendary cheeseburgers (also a Food Network favorite). Cooking up the same recipes since 1963, it offers three types of must-try pies: meringues (including peanut butter and butterscotch), seasonal fresh fruits (like peachor olallieberry which is a blackberry) and classics (such as boysenberry, custard, or rhubarb). Kids will get a kick out of the old mechanical cash register still in use and sitting on the high stools at the long lunch counter.
Insider Tip: Pie ‘N Burger also operates a food truck that you can catch on the fly around town.
913 E. California
photo: Michelle H. via Yelp
This local chainlet is the perfect spot to enjoy a meal out with the little ones. From paper and crayons on the table to food that the whole family can enjoy (kale salad for you, chicken and tater tots for them), it’s a no-brainer, especially when it comes to dessert! SimpleThings has a weekly pie schedule with about six of their signature flavors available daily. Choose from old favorites like banana cream and blueberry or go more off the beaten path flavors like smores and chocolate chip cookie. There’s also a gluten-free pie option each day, and don’t forget about their legendary chicken pot pie when you’re ordering your meal.
Insider Tip: Can’t decide which flavor pie to order? Try a few mini “cutie pies” which are a great way to sample multiple varieties.
Locations in Westwood, Mid-City, and Burbank
Pizza also qualifies as pie, and Blaze Pizza is a great spot for the pickiest eaters, who can build their own meal. More adventurous diners can choose from their cleverly named signature pizzas like green stripe (with pesto drizzle), art lover (complete with artichokes) or red vine (topped with cherry tomatoes); gluten-free crust is available. Pair a few slices with one of their yummy salads (like roasted squash and quinoa), and dinner is done.
Insider Tip: Blaze Pizza will be offering whole pizzas for just $3.14 all day on Pi Day Mar. 14.
Multiple locations including Mid-City, Culver City, Universal City, Pasadena, North Hollywood and Downtown
What’s your favorite kind of pie? Let us know in the comments!