Restaurant Reviews

The Pie Hole

January 5, 2015

On our drive back from Vegas I coerced the family into stopping by The Pie Hole. Since we hardly make it to Downtown and much less to Pasadena, this was the perfect opportunity. We arrived around 9:30 p.m. and the place was packed and when we left there was a line out the door.

The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version: 

Winner.
Great tasting pies, but not out of this world.

The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:

The place is in a bit of an L shape, the longer part has a few small tables and one communal table and the smaller area has a display case for their sweet and savory pies. The line moved relatively quickly and while the lady was very friendly she wasn’t exactly the most helpful. We told her it was our first time and asked what she recommended, but that didn’t work out too well so we got one of almost all the sweet pies they had available. Luckily for us, there was 2 earl grey pies left, which I hear is a must order.  According to the lady who worked there, they can never make enough of them because they always sell out.

What we ate:

  • Apple crumble ($5.50)
  • Earl grey ($6.25)
  • Mexican chocolate ($5.50)
  • Strawberry lavender pocket pie ($4)

Thoughts?

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As an avid baker and just an all around sweets lover, there are certain things I look for in desserts. As I’ve gotten older, I prefer my desserts not be super sweet and to my disappointment I felt that the earl grey was just a tad too sweet to truly enjoy it. Don’t get me wrong the earl grey flavor was on point and the whipped cream topping sprinkled with pistachios added a great crunch (not to mention I love pistachios). However, there was a layer of chocolate between the earl grey filling and the pie crust that, in my opinion, wasn’t necessary. It also kept getting thicker the closer it got to the crust and it overpowered the earl grey taste. I also thought it was weird how runny the pie was, it only took about 30 minutes tops to get home and by the time I opened the box the earl grey filling was to the side of the crust.

The apple pie was less sweet, which was nice, but it didn’t have that wow factor. They recommend you heat it up so we did just that.

The strawberry pocket pie tasted little like lavender and too much like overly sweet strawberry mixture. The crust was very nice and flaky and held up really well when I finished it the next day, but it was mostly bread, the filling was only at the very center.

The Mexican chocolate was my favorite, although I would not normally choose a chocolate pie, the flavor was balanced out really well with the cream topping. For those who haven’t jumped on the Mexican chocolate craze, the flavor is a bit spicier. I don’t mean hot, but it has a few spices such as cinnamon that gives it more dimension that regular chocolate. The whipped cream topping has a light espresso- like taste, which I also wouldn’t usually be too fond of, but the flavors together provide a really rich taste. The graham cracker crust also complemented both the consistency and taste of the pie. It was the perfect sweetness and the flavor was very different (in a good way)!

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