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.Read More
15 Essential San Diego Pie Shops and Purveyors
Indulge in desserts like all-American apple or savory options like chicken pot pie
1. Village Kitchen & Pie Shoppe
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
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
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
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.
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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
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
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.
8. San Diego Chicken Pie Shop
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
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
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.
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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
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
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
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
San Diego, CA 92105
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.