After nomming on some incredible tacos at Guisados, we made our way into Downtown LA for a post-lunch sweet treat. If you live in SoCal and haven’t checked out DTLA’s Arts District recently, you’re really missing out. It’s quite literally a diamond in the rough. It’s still got the same industrial feel as the rest of the area, except there’s amazing street art everywhere you look, cool pop-up shops and galleries, amazing loft apartments, and no shortage of great food.
The highlight of the ‘hood, as far as we’re concerned, is The Pie Hole. Sure, there’s always a line out the door at the Wurstkuche across the street, but sausage has had its moment in the spotlight and frankly we always kinda thought it was overrated. It’s all about pie right now. This was actually our third visit to The Pie Hole, but on our second attempt we were met with a “Sorry- Sold Out” sign outside the door… so this was only encounter #2 with the pies. We got three slices to share among the four of us: Mexican Hot Chocolate, Caramel Chocolate Sea Salt Crostata, and best of all, the “Lonely Pie,” which consisted of a rich chocolate ganache layer on top of a thin layer of peanut butter and potato chips (apparently it was created for sad single people to eat on Valentine’s day, and then it was such a hit that they kept making it!).
The dessert pies are undeniably epic, but TPH also offers savory pies if you don’t have a sweet tooth (or if you just don’t want to eat dessert on an empty stomach). I’m told the chicken pot pie and the mac n’ cheese pie are both wonderful. They’ve also got locally roasted organic coffee and espresso if you like a little caffeine kick with your pie.
The Pie Hole
714 Traction Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90013
From daytime dessert to daytime drinking… our next stop was an indoor/outdoor bar with a bit of a Prohibition-era vibe. That’s Part III, coming up!