As the sizzle of summer has cooled into fall and the quickly approaching holidays start making their way into our hearts (and schedules), nothing quite hits the festive spot more than a slice of mouthwatering pie. You and your pint-sized pastry lovers can relax with your plate pie-led high or pick up a holiday sweet when you don’t have time to bake. Check out our picks for the most delicious Los Angeles pie shops that truly understand how to put the “comfort” in “comfort food.”

Simplethings Sandwich and Pie Shop

Simply put, from the brown paper and cup of crayons covering every table, to the delightful selection of mini pies, this place is hands-down one of the most kid-friendly pie shops around. Pies here come in three sizes: Cutie Pies (perfect single serving for little pie lovers), medium-sized Simple Pies (meant for sharing), and the Big Pie (if you want the whole shebang to take home, say for Thanksgiving!).

Easy As Pie: With so many enticing flavors it will be tough to pick one, but kids will certainly love the Mud Pie and Chocolate Cream offerings. Simplethings also whips up gluten free chef special pie flavors each month on a rotating menu (through the end of November it’s GF pumpkin!). Be sure to check the pie schedule online in advance to make double sure they have the flavor you crave on any given day. Just in case you have room for lunch (to go with dessert), check out their in-house kids’ menu featuring grilled cheese sandwiches, pasta, mac & cheese and more.

Locations in Westwood, Mid-City and Burbank

photo: Simplethings Restaurant via Facebook

What’s your family’s favorite place to grab a slice of pie? Share any we missed in the comments!

—Jenifer Scott