The dish: Sweet Potato Pie
This Downtown LA bake shop has been churning out fresh, homemade pies since 1956 and has been owned by the same family for three generations. Now it’s led by Olympic Gold Medalist and former head coach of the U.S. Olympic women's track and field team, Jeanette Bolden-Pickens, her husband Al, and her sister Denise, who use the same recipes passed down from their grandfather. The bakery holds the title of the largest sweet potato pie manufacturer on the West Coast, and you’ll quickly see why upon sinking your teeth into a supple and savory slice. In addition to the famous Sweet Potato Pie (which is also offered sugar-free), the pecan pie, sweet potato pecan pie, 7-UP cake, and peach cobbler (which is available in a single serving cup) are also worthwhile desserts.
How to order: Walk in, place an order by phone at 323-233-3469, or order online to have your pies shipped. Fresh orders are shipped out on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Orders placed after 3 pm on Wednesdays will be shipped the following Monday.