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15 Essential San Diego Pie Shops and Purveyors

Indulge in desserts like all-American apple or savory options like chicken pot pie

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From flaky savory pastries filled with chicken and gravy to fruit pies festooned with seasonal spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg (and of course topped with cream or served a la mode), one thing's for sure— one slice of pie is never enough. And in the time of COVID-19, there’s nothing quite like these comforting classics to lift your spirits and satisfy your hunger at the same time; many of these places feature curbside pickup.

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1. Village Kitchen & Pie Shoppe

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950 Tamarack Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 729-6414
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Carlsbad’s old-school American cafe and bakery is well known for its range of pies. Here you will find everything from fruit-filled (apple, peach, strawberry-rhubarb, blueberry, boysenberry) to cream-filled (lemon, banana, coconut, lime) and beyond. There’s a seasonal pumpkin and some sour cream versions too in apricot, cherry or raspberry.

2. Debbie's Restaurant & Pie Shoppe

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740 Nordahl Rd Ste 114
San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 741-5680
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From pumpkin pecan to boysenberry, plus speciality pies, this San Marcos restaurant covers the entire spectrum of sweet pastries with its 25 different offerings. Order it by the slice or whole. Special orders require 72-hour advance notice.

3. Betty's Pie Whole Saloon

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155 Quail Gardens Dr
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 230-6781
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There are lots of fruity choices at Betty’s, including strawberry rhubarb, coconut cream, sour cherry, apple, blackberry and peach. Seasonal creations include a gingerbread shoofly, pumpkin crumble and Mississippi mud. Prices range between $24 to $28 for a whole pie or $6.50 for a slice.

4. Elizabethan Desserts

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114 N El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 230-6780
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This sister shop to Betty’s Whole Pie Saloon offers a bevy of sweet treats including pies. Choose from a rotating selection of seasonal offerings like chocolate pecan, pumpkin crumble or apple lattice.

5. Perky’s

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8280 Clairemont Mesa Blvd #117
San Diego, CA 92111
(619) 370-8085
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Visit this Kearny Mesa shop for South African meat pies. Chicken curry, pepper steak, Cornish pasty, vegetable curry, spinach and feta, and steak and kidney are just a few specialties available frozen in individual or family-sized portions.

6. Julian Pie Company

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4131 Ashton St
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 275-1234
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While there’s no official Julian Co. Pie shop in San Diego it would be remiss not to mention the iconic SoCal company, whose whole pie creations can be found at local stores like Siesel’s, Just Peachy and Cardiff Seaside Market. Fillings include several variations of apple from classic to Dutch, plus fruits like boysenberry, cherry and rhubarb, of which sugar free versions are also available.

7. Pop Pie

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4404 Park Blvd, Ste A, San Diego, CA 92116
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 900-4743
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As the name suggests, this locally owned fast-casual specializes in handcrafted, artisanal pies with both sweet and savory fillings. Signature flavors range from green hog and cheese to coconut cream cheese and matcha green tea with dark chocolate. If you’re feeling especially indulgent, head over to sibling shop Stella Jean’s next door for a pint of handcrafted ice cream.

8. San Diego Chicken Pie Shop

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2633 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 295-0156
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This iconic standby caters to those looking for the classic chicken pot pie served with whipped potatoes, veggies, a roll plus dessert. Savory as well as sweet pies like banana, lemon, chocolate and coconut are also available a la carte to-go.

9. Great Maple

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1451 Washington St
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 255-2282
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Slices like key lime pie are offered daily while others like chocolate cream are monthly specials at this modish mid-century diner at its Hillcrest location. Craving more than just a slice? Whole pies for pickup require 48-hour advance notice.

10. Starry Lane Bakery

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3925 Fourth Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 328-0500
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This allergen-free bakery crafts all its pastries, including its pies, sans peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, gluten and soy. Place an order online for apple crumb, traditional cherry and chocolate silk for next day pickup.

Strawberry rhubarb pie
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11. Azucar

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4820 Newport Ave
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 523-2020
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Cuban pastries line the counter at this Ocean Beach shop but when it comes to flaky offerings, order a few meat pies. $2.75 will get you a hand-sized pie filled with their housemade picadillo encased in an all-butter puff pastry.

12. Peace Pies

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4230 Voltaire St
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 223-2880
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This award-winning spot for raw, vegan and gluten-free food (which has a second location in Leucadia) has a couple of tasty pie options on the menu, including their famed cosmic coconut cream and alive apple. Check the display case for daily specials.

13. Dunedin New Zealand Eats

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3501 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 255-8566
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Pies take a savory New Zealand turn at this North Park spot. Choose from NZ meat pies packed with seasoned beef, lamb and cheddar cheese or their version of chicken pot pie featuring hand-pulled chicken in a savory bread pudding.

14. Cane Patch Kitchen

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2820 Historic Decatur
San Diego, CA

Head to this Southern family-owned bakery famed for their traditional sweet potato pie, Check them out at Liberty Public Market or order online for pickup.

15. Bonnie Jean's Soul Food

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1964 54th St
San Diego, CA 92105
(619) 262-8854

While this down home joint is famed for its generous portions of fried chicken and catfish, those seeking a little soul food of the sweet variety should head to Bonnie’s for a slice of her famed peach cobbler, sweet potato or pumpkin pies, all available for delivery or takeout.

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  • 1. Village Kitchen & Pie Shoppe

    950 Tamarack Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92008

    Carlsbad’s old-school American cafe and bakery is well known for its range of pies. Here you will find everything from fruit-filled (apple, peach, strawberry-rhubarb, blueberry, boysenberry) to cream-filled (lemon, banana, coconut, lime) and beyond. There’s a seasonal pumpkin and some sour cream versions too in apricot, cherry or raspberry.

    950 Tamarack Ave
    Carlsbad, CA 92008

    2. Debbie's Restaurant & Pie Shoppe

    740 Nordahl Rd Ste 114, San Marcos, CA 92069

    From pumpkin pecan to boysenberry, plus speciality pies, this San Marcos restaurant covers the entire spectrum of sweet pastries with its 25 different offerings. Order it by the slice or whole. Special orders require 72-hour advance notice.

    740 Nordahl Rd Ste 114
    San Marcos, CA 92069

    3. Betty's Pie Whole Saloon

    155 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024

    There are lots of fruity choices at Betty’s, including strawberry rhubarb, coconut cream, sour cherry, apple, blackberry and peach. Seasonal creations include a gingerbread shoofly, pumpkin crumble and Mississippi mud. Prices range between $24 to $28 for a whole pie or $6.50 for a slice.

    155 Quail Gardens Dr
    Encinitas, CA 92024

    4. Elizabethan Desserts

    114 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024

    This sister shop to Betty’s Whole Pie Saloon offers a bevy of sweet treats including pies. Choose from a rotating selection of seasonal offerings like chocolate pecan, pumpkin crumble or apple lattice.

    114 N El Camino Real
    Encinitas, CA 92024

    5. Perky’s

    8280 Clairemont Mesa Blvd #117, San Diego, CA 92111

    Visit this Kearny Mesa shop for South African meat pies. Chicken curry, pepper steak, Cornish pasty, vegetable curry, spinach and feta, and steak and kidney are just a few specialties available frozen in individual or family-sized portions.

    8280 Clairemont Mesa Blvd #117
    San Diego, CA 92111

    6. Julian Pie Company

    4131 Ashton St, San Diego, CA 92110

    While there’s no official Julian Co. Pie shop in San Diego it would be remiss not to mention the iconic SoCal company, whose whole pie creations can be found at local stores like Siesel’s, Just Peachy and Cardiff Seaside Market. Fillings include several variations of apple from classic to Dutch, plus fruits like boysenberry, cherry and rhubarb, of which sugar free versions are also available.

    4131 Ashton St
    San Diego, CA 92110

    7. Pop Pie

    4404 Park Blvd, Ste A, San Diego, CA 92116, San Diego, CA 92116

    As the name suggests, this locally owned fast-casual specializes in handcrafted, artisanal pies with both sweet and savory fillings. Signature flavors range from green hog and cheese to coconut cream cheese and matcha green tea with dark chocolate. If you’re feeling especially indulgent, head over to sibling shop Stella Jean’s next door for a pint of handcrafted ice cream.

    4404 Park Blvd, Ste A, San Diego, CA 92116
    San Diego, CA 92116

    8. San Diego Chicken Pie Shop

    2633 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104

    This iconic standby caters to those looking for the classic chicken pot pie served with whipped potatoes, veggies, a roll plus dessert. Savory as well as sweet pies like banana, lemon, chocolate and coconut are also available a la carte to-go.

    2633 El Cajon Blvd
    San Diego, CA 92104

    9. Great Maple

    1451 Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103

    Slices like key lime pie are offered daily while others like chocolate cream are monthly specials at this modish mid-century diner at its Hillcrest location. Craving more than just a slice? Whole pies for pickup require 48-hour advance notice.

    1451 Washington St
    San Diego, CA 92103

    10. Starry Lane Bakery

    3925 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
    Strawberry rhubarb pie
    Starry Lane Bakery

    This allergen-free bakery crafts all its pastries, including its pies, sans peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, gluten and soy. Place an order online for apple crumb, traditional cherry and chocolate silk for next day pickup.

    3925 Fourth Ave
    San Diego, CA 92103

    11. Azucar

    4820 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107

    Cuban pastries line the counter at this Ocean Beach shop but when it comes to flaky offerings, order a few meat pies. $2.75 will get you a hand-sized pie filled with their housemade picadillo encased in an all-butter puff pastry.

    4820 Newport Ave
    San Diego, CA 92107

    12. Peace Pies

    4230 Voltaire St, San Diego, CA 92107

    This award-winning spot for raw, vegan and gluten-free food (which has a second location in Leucadia) has a couple of tasty pie options on the menu, including their famed cosmic coconut cream and alive apple. Check the display case for daily specials.

    4230 Voltaire St
    San Diego, CA 92107

    13. Dunedin New Zealand Eats

    3501 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

    Pies take a savory New Zealand turn at this North Park spot. Choose from NZ meat pies packed with seasoned beef, lamb and cheddar cheese or their version of chicken pot pie featuring hand-pulled chicken in a savory bread pudding.

    3501 30th St
    San Diego, CA 92104

    14. Cane Patch Kitchen

    2820 Historic Decatur, San Diego, CA

    Head to this Southern family-owned bakery famed for their traditional sweet potato pie, Check them out at Liberty Public Market or order online for pickup.

    2820 Historic Decatur
    San Diego, CA

    15. Bonnie Jean's Soul Food

    1964 54th St, San Diego, CA 92105

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