Republic of Pie
It's all about pie at this North Hollywood bakery and coffee shop. Every morning, Republic of Pie's display cases are loaded up with fresh-baked pies in flavors like Key Lime, banana cream, pecan, and espresso almond chocolate. If you aren't a pie person (but really, why aren't you?), there are plenty of pastries -- both savory and sweet -- available as well. The airy, warehouse-like spot has plenty of tables that are perfect for camping with a laptop.
The dish: Lemon Meringue
This cozy, homey, rustic coffee shop in the NoHo Arts District is the sort of place where you dream about writing an award-winning script or the next Great American Novel—fueled by a cup of good coffee and a slice of heaven. All of their butter-crust pies are made small-batch by hand to ensure quality, so you can’t go wrong with any flavor. But there’s nothing like their old-fashioned Lemon Meringue—with its cool, custardy filling and sweet-and-tangy balance—to inspire your creativity (and satisfy your cravings). Its bright citrus zing lends optimal acidity to an ultra-smooth, creamy curd that you’ll find yourself spooning into your mouth until the plate’s left with only crumbs.
How to order: Order online for pickup.