Question: Where can I find a slice of pie that would make grandma proud?
Hypothesis: Granted, Los Angeles has many pie shops—some ancient institutions that employ lovely people named Bea, we’re sure—but as the saying goes, “Promises and pie crusts are made to be broken”. This means, save the stale ol’ apple concoction for others and explore a place where they bend the rules of pie, filling and of course, crust. (As for the promises, perhaps keep them). The Pie Hole, a name that’s an ode both to how small (and charming) this place is and to what they’ll fill when you get here, is an Arts District must-visit. But will it satisfy both the epicurean traditionalist and the pie renegade?
Findings: Absolutely—and everyone in between we might add. From the baking-brain/founder, Rebecca Grasley, comes forth a long list of both interesting sweet and savories like the epic Crostata pie, a salted-caramel brownie-like middle meets flaky, buttery crust, to the Vegetable Curry Pie served with fresh chutney, and the Mac-and-Cheese pie, a stellar mashup of two comfort foods. Each creation, hand-formed and lovingly crafted, has the perfect amount of filling-to-crust ratio (very important when it comes to pie) and a twist that makes you forget the classics. Plus, on any given day, you’ll find a special fresh from the bounty the team hauled in. On our visit, we were lucky enough to try the stuff-it-in-your-face-it’s-so-good Cream Cheese Beet Pie which may veer to the side of renegade, but grandma, this one is for the books .