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{oh joy eats} the pie hole in downtown la…



With cupcakes reigning the dessert scene for many years now, the newest kid on the dessert block lately is surely pie. Good ole' fashioned pie…like the kind your Grandma used to make if you had a Grandma that made delicious pies.


The Pie Hole in Downtown LA has become a new favorite for quenching that pie craving. The menu changes daily, and they have got super fun selections of both sweet and savory pies.


Some of my favorites are the Thai Iced Tea, Lemon Meringue, Mexican Chocolate, and Maple Custard sweet pies as well as the Mac & Cheese and Chicken Pot Pie for the savories.


They use fresh, local ingredients in all of their pies and even sell their own coffee. While open daily, they tend to sell out by the afternoon on busy days, so I was sure to come bright and early. I loved the airy, yet rustic, feeling of the space. It's cozy and casual and perfect for a mid-day treat while exploring the Arts District downtown. — Joy

The Pie Hole / 714 Traction Ave. / Los Angeles, CA 90013 / 213.537.0115

{photos by Bonnie Tsang for Oh Joy. My outfit: Kate Spade dress from past season (similar), sweater c/o Gap, shoes are Anne Taylor from past season (similar), nail polish by Essie}


  1. I’m always so excited when I see these posts because I love learning about new places to check out in LA. This is going on my list for next time I visit Michael Levine.

  2. Love love love this. I’m not currently living in LA, but I”m a native and next time I visit this is definitely making the list.
    – Sarah

  3. That place is my jams! So glad the line for Wurstküche was around the block, otherwise I would’ve never discovered it. Their sweet-tart lemon meringue makes my ears hurt in all the right ways.

  4. yum! i love their pies and the space! my friend and i shared a slice of lonely pie once.. amazing! if i remember correctly: dark chocolate, peanut butter, potato chips!

  5. I love the pic of you sitting at the end of a long table with a bunch of dessert plates in front of you…. I’m a bit jealous 😀

  6. Oh! I’ve been wanting to try it, and now you’ve convinced me! But I think I must do it like you in that 5th picture: a table full of pies to devour.

  7. Our friends from the midwest (we’re also from the midwest) know the owners and highly recommended trying it while we were in a la a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, we were busy trying other wonder eats and didn’t make it there. Good to know you enjoyed it and i’ll definitely pass this along to our LA friends.
    p.s. Your LA – Silverlake and San Diego eats came in handy while we were on vacay!

  8. @Chiara: Have you tried Four & Twenty Blackbirds in Brooklyn? They have pies like honeyed apricot and lavender, salted caramel apple, dark chocolate and dried cherry, and grapefruit custard.

  9. Pies are not new and they’re not yet another trend waiting to be ravaged by the masses.
    Pies are a tradition, firmly rooted in the south in particular and in the regions in which southerners later migrated.
    The idea of pie being “the new kid on the block” just sounds outright ridiculous (and ignorant).
    It would serve Americans well to stop hunting for a new “trend” to exploit and start focusing on the traditions that need to be preserved. Our culinary traditions are one of them.

  10. Hi Southern Belle,
    Thanks for your note! Im fully aware that pies have been around for a long time. In fact, the Pie Holes recipes are based on one of the owners mothers recipes, and Ive found that those are often the best…where they are inspired by history and tradition. However, pie has made its resurgence in todays modern dessert world in the last few years and not only are pie shops paying homage to classics, but they are also creating twists on the classics which inspired them. For something to be a trend doesnt always mean its fleeting, it just means that its getting a resurgence and that people are being even more creative with what people can do with the trend. Stripes are currently a trend in fashion, but that doesnt mean that they werent around a long time ago or that they wont be popular again after this year. It just means that people are being more creative with how they wear them and playing off the classic.


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