Savory pies can take many forms. They’re available either with or without a lid, gargantuan or hand-held, and filled with ingredients either luxurious or pedestrian. Learn about 15 Top Los Angeles Savory Pies, which are all satisfying, and occasionally subject to seasonal availability. Selections appear in alphabetical order.
Establishments appear in alphabetical order, not in order of preference.
1. Bourbon Steak Maine Lobster Pot Pie (MP)
The first L.A. branch of Michael Mina’s steakhouse resides in Glendale, on the corner of The Americana at Brand. Bourbon Steak features modern flourishes, but one signature item dates back almost two decades, to when Mina was executive chef of San Francisco’s late, great Aqua. For his Lobster Pot Pie, puff pastry is baked over a copper pot that contains shelled claw meat, buttery, herbaceous brandied lobster cream, and market vegetables like cippollini onions, English snap peas, zucchini, and fingerling potatoes. Servers deconstruct the pie and serve the components tableside, on white plates.
2. chi SPACCA Beef & Bone Marrow Pie ($37)
Chi SPACCA is the latest Mozza Restaurant Group concept from Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich in their formidable L.A. compound. The focus is on chef Chad Colby’s considerable talents, which include textbook charcuterie and wood-kissed cooking. A cleaver sign hangs above the door on Melrose, so expect a meat-centric meal. One can’t miss dish from Macelleria (Butcher Shop) is the Beef & Bone Marrow Pie with beef cheek and button mushrooms braised in red wine reduction, rosemary and thyme, served in a flaky, buttery crust with marrow in the middle and a side of whipped potatoes. My server said, “In case you think you’ve hit a dead end with the marrow, flip it over.” This pie has plenty to give.
3. Creme Caramel LA Chicken Adobo Pot Pie ($8.50)
At the Filipino-influenced bakery from Kristine de la Cruz and Sean Gilleland on the Sherman Oaks border, they’re best known for delivering sweetness, but don’t sleep on their savory items. Their Chicken Adobo Pot Pie draws on de la Cruz’s heritage and features pulled dark meat chicken and a traditional trio of peas, carrots and thin-sliced potato, cooked with vinegar, soy sauce, onion, bay leaf and peppercorns. A flaky puff pastry lid tops the aluminum tin.
4. Dinette Savory Tart ($5)
This new outdoor Echo Park eatery from Cafe Stella founder Gareth Kantner features a street-side window with a stainless steel counter, which dispenses grab-and-go Intelligentsia coffee, pastries and breakfast items. A slew of savory tarts are baked at Stella and kept at room temperature. Open-faced tarts come in a flaky, butter-based pastry shell, patterned after pot pie crust. Toppings could include wild mushroom, or possibly a savory mix of fingerling potatoes, egg, leeks, Gruyere, creme fraiche, lardons, and a sprinkling of parsley.
5. Father’s Office Lamb Pot Pie
It’s been awhile since I’ve seen this item at Father’s Office in Culver City’s Helms Bakery complex, but hopefully this mention inspires chef Sang Yoon and his team to return the lamb pot pie to the mix for winter. A flaky puff pastry rectangle cradles braised neck and shoulder meat, root vegetables and gravy that incorporates one of the delectable porters they pour on tap. When I had it, the Porter was Walker’s Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.