No matter how you slice it, the dessert of the season is pie.
From holiday favorites filled with apples, pumpkin and spice, to berry flavors and smooth cream creations, don’t bother baking when you can already buy the perfect pie. Check out these top-rated pie places in San Diego’s North County as ranked by Yelp users – no baking required.
Elizabethan Desserts (114 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas):
The perfect pies at the new location of this long established business in Encinitas are made to order so give them a call in advance. This shop offers a wide range of selections, from traditional pecan made with a signature butter crust to the decadent Mississippi mud pie made with Belgian chocolate pudding, marshmallow, brownie chunks and butterscotch swirls.
Village Kitchen & Pie Shoppe (9560 Tamarack Ave., Carlsbad):
If you like pies you’ll be like a kid in a candy shop when you see their jam-packed cold case. They bake them up daily and have a huge selection ready to slice up for you in-house a la mode, or will happily pack a whole pie for you to take home. Yelpers rave about the sour cream apple pie in particular.
Peace Pies (133 Daphne St., Encinitas):
If your food allergies cause you to be left out when it comes to traditional desserts, don’t fret. Everything in this bakery is gluten-free, raw, dairy and soy-free – now, that’s something to be thankful for. Try the cosmic coconut cream pie made with young coconut and cashew cream, topped with your choice of strawberry sauce or house chocolate.
Thyme In The Ranch (16905 Avenida De Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe):
It’s a bite of home-style baking in Rancho Santa Fe. Keep in mind this secret hideaway is cash only, but the lemon curd tart or the pumpkin pie (with hand-cut wild turkey decoration in the crust) is worth the stop at the ATM. This year, on their special Thanksgiving menu, you’ll also find a cranberry tart with walnut crust served with a sweet spice cream and the famous apple crumble pie. Are you withdrawing some cash? Thought so.
Village Mill Bread Company (12845 El Camino Real, Carmel Valley):
It’s not all about the bread loaves around here (or the famous cinnamon rolls and chocolate bread). Yelpers report this little gem has every flavor of pie you could want including blackberry and rhubarb. They’ve been baking up desserts fresh every day for more than 17 years, including an apple pie rumored to rival those famous pies made in Julian.
Trish Sanderson is the community manager and marketing director for Yelp North County San Diego. She leads the local community of Yelp reviewers both online and off.