People may scream for ice cream, but when you want ooey, gooey, comfort on a plate, it’s all about pie. Dating back to the 5th century Greeks, pie began its humble life, much as it is now — as a pastry filled with various local fruits. It was the Romans who began to put meats and even seafood into their pies, and centuries later, we have a plethora of options for any pie under the sun.
While apple still takes the gold (according to the American Pie Council, it is the favorite flavor of 36 million Americans), there are an array of sweet and savory pies can rock the taste buds.
Head out to these San Diego favorites for a slice of satisfaction.
Pop Pie Co.
With the slogan “In Pie We Crust,” this popular spot has anything and everything a pie lover could crave. Savory flavors include Classic Chicken Pot Pie, a vegetarian Roasted Veggies and Panang Curry, and a vegan Mole Mole and Roasted Veggies. For lovers of sweets, Pop Pie offers an array of choices including Honey Bourbon Pecan, Coconut Cream, and German Chocolate Fudge. And finally, don’t forget about the hand pies in Guava Cream Cheese and Cranberry Apple with Ginger Glaze. If there is a pie heaven, this is it.
4404 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619.501.4440, poppieco.com
The popular Hillcrest restaurant (soon to open its second location at Westfield UTC) is known for its killer menu, donuts on a stick and knockout pies. Try the fan favorite GM Apple Pie with spicy pecans and salted caramel. For a nudge in price, pie lovers can add Vermont cheddar cheese or a la mode.
Hillcrest: 1451 Washington St., 619.255.2282; University Town Center: 4545 La Jolla Village Dr. (opening soon), thegreatmaple.com
Julian Pie Company
With an astounding 23 flavors, this county classic is the benchmark for all local pie-making. Besides the famous original apple and apple crumb, flavors include strawberry rhubarb, peach apple, blackberry, and cherry apple. Top it with a generous scoop of cinnamon or vanilla ice cream for a heavenly treat. Insider tip: The boysenberry apple with cinnamon ice cream is next-level.
Julian: 2225 Main St., 760.765.2449; Santa Ysabel: 21976 CA-79, 760.765.2400, julianpie.com
Known for their mylkshakes, Bliss burger, and Karmic kale, vegans love this spot for raw eats and inventive twists on traditional pies. Cosmic Coconut Cream and Alive Apple offer healthier versions of the classics, so you won’t even have to hit the gym afterwards.
Ocean Beach: 4230 Voltaire St., 619.223.2880; Encinitas: 133 Daphne St., 760.479.0996, peacepies.com
Like cute little mini-me’s, the individual pies here are the perfect portion control. Beautifully decorated with edible flowers, flavors include banana cream, lemon meringue, French apple, and coconut cream.
Bankers Hill: 2929 Fifth Ave., 619.294.2132; Downtown: 1430 Union St, 619.294.7001, extraordinarydesserts.com
Soda & Swine
With locations at North Park and Liberty Station, this hip locale has been drawing in dessert fans with classic apple and caramel pecan apple pies with the option of old-fashioned soft serve ice cream.
Liberty Station: 2750 Dewey Rd. #104, 619.501.9989; North Park: 2943 Adams Ave., 619.610.9168, sodaandswine.com
Prepare for a line out the door at this popular new-to-San Diego hotspot. If you like your pie in a to-go cup, try a frozen custard “concrete” with mix-ins, which includes the popular Pie Oh My, featuring a rotating selection of local offerings. Head over now for the Apple Pie Crumble from Betty’s Pie Whole in Encinitas.
Westfield UTC: 4309 La Jolla Village Dr. #2350, 619.391.1570; Mission Valley: 675 Camino De La Reina, 619.391.1626, shakeshack.com
Walk on the wild side of savory with a decadent Rabbit Hand Pie made of braised rabbit, duck fat crust and carrot puree.
629 Kettner Blvd., downtown, 619.564.6924, lionssharesd.com
For fans of the Hot Pocket (you have seen Stranger Things, right?), this scenic-view brewery is offering and upgraded version dubbed Mary’s Chicken Pie, made with puff pastry, root vegetables from Chino’s Farms and a sunchoke, all in a chanterelle cream sauce. Insider tip: Pair with Viewpoint’s Citra Extra Pale Ale.
2201 San Dieguito Dr., Del Mar, 858.356.9346, viewpointbrewing.com