While ice cream and cupcakes are the keys to my sweet-toothed heart, sometimes I want nothing more than a good slice of pie. Lucky for me, and just in time for the holiday season, The Pie Hole opened up last week. The Pie Hole is a small but cozy joint in an unsuspecting corridor of the Downtown LA arts district. The menu, scrawled on huge rolls of kraft paper, includes sweet and savory pies, hand pies, tarts, and whoopie pies, as well as coffee and scoops of ice cream to make the treats complete.
I made a pilgrimage before rush hour on Friday to get some savory pies for dinner. The vegetable curry pie was calling Rama's name, and I couldn't resist the idea of a mac-and-cheese pie. When I got there, though, the vegetable curry pies were still in the oven. I didn't want to come home empty-handed, so I ordered a latté and sat patiently at one of their beautiful wooden tables (the owners made each one by hand). I'm happy to say that the pies were worth the wait!
Mac-and-Cheese Pie (left) Vegetable Curry Pie (right)
Rama gave the veggie curry pie the thumbs up, approving of the sweet but spicy flavor. I couldn't stop oohing and ahhing over each creamy, crunchy and flaky bite out of mine. For dessert, we each had a slice of lemon meringue pie. The majestic meringue had deflated by the time I got home, but the sweet and tangy pie still hit the spot.
The Pie Hole
225 714 Traction Ave. Los Angeles
hours: Tues-Sun 11am-9pm (or until they sell out)