Life of pie

Pumpkin pie at Urth Caffe; photo by Weinong Wang via Flickr

Trying to save time this holiday season? Here are a couple of suggestions for great pumpkin pie the easy way … via Metro.

Sweet Lady Jane is a great place for pumpkin pie, coconut cake, whatever: 8360 Melrose Ave.; West Hollywood; (323) 653-7145. (Call ahead to check on pie availability.) They even make a good red velvet cake … not easy to do. To get there hop on Metro Local 10 down Melrose. Sweet Lady Jane is just east of La Cienega, on the south side of the street.

What about the delicious pumpkin pie at Urth Caffé? There are several around town but the Urth Caffe downtown is about a 15-minute walk from the Gold Line Little Tokyo/Arts District Station. Urth is at 451 S. Hewitt St. (213) 797-4534, Hewitt and 5th Street and it’s tres chic with lots a cool clientele to enjoy or be depressed by, depending upon what you’re wearing that day. But it really does have good pie.

On the other end of the hip scale is Auntie Em’s Kitchen in Eagle Rock at 4616 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles 90041 (323) 255-0800. Not only is their pumpkin pie yummy, they make outstanding cupcakes of all kinds. Take Metro local 83 or 84 to get there and you’ll save a bundle on gas.

That leaves the pumpkin pie from the Costco store in Van Nuys — or any Costco, for that matter. The Van Nuys store at 6100 Sepulveda Blvd., Van Nuys 91411 is half a block from the Orange Line Sepulveda Station. If you’re buying 20 pounds of laundry detergent you probably won’t be on the bus but if you just want to pick up a pie on your way home from work, the Orange Line is a great way to go. You can’t beat the price or the quality of the Costco pie. You can feed 16 off of one pie. At about $6 per pie, that’s certainly a great deal. Like Metro itself.

BONUS PIE SUGGESTION: If you’re in the San Francisco area, try Mission Pie at 2901 Mission Street at 25th & Mission. It’s a great place for pretty much any kind of pie anytime, including pumpkin. The BART’s 24th Street station is one block north on Mission and the 14 and 49 Muni bus lines stop nearby.

Any other great pumpkin pie suggestions? If so, let us know. Share your thoughts  in the comments section below or by filling in the blanks here.

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  1. True to its Southern roots, Delilah’s bakery on Echo Park Avenue (Echo Park/Pico Union DASH, at Morton Ave. Or a short walk north from 704 Metro Rapid Echo Park Ave. stop ) is offering up Pumpkin Bourbon pies for the holidays.