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Hollywood Pies to close

So sad.

From their website and facebook:

All good things must come to an end.

Two years ago, two unlikely partners embarked on a journey together that would change their lives. Two years ago, they both resigned from their steady jobs and steady paychecks to leave it all behind in order to create something exciting and something different and all of this was to be created in a new place for the both of them- Los Angeles.

Experimenting in their tiny Craftsman kitchen in San Diego, these two started creating Chicago style pies. They would rush home from work, change their clothes and get into the kitchen while their cat Earl was perched on a stool nearby, watching these two laugh as flour was lightly dusted on every surface of the kitchen. They made these pies- testing doughs, sauces and recipes every night, and the following morning they would bring them to work and smile to themselves as they watched their co-workers close their eyes and enjoy the pies that were baked the night before.

A small catering kitchen was found in Los Angeles, and Alexandra, along with two of her friends, rented a room in nearby West Hollywood. Every morning they would wake up and get the kitchen prepared for their big opening in June of 2011. Every night they would sleepily stand in a corner at the FedEx on Beverly and cut little strips of paper that would serve as flyers to be placed on the windshields of cars that very night. They were determined and willing and they made Hollywood Pies their life.

David would then drive in from San Diego every Friday after work. Fighting the horrifying traffic and braving the honking of cars, he would pull up to 385 N. La Cienega, put his apron on and join his crew of deep dish pie makers. There would be weeknights where only a handful of hungry midwesterners would call and place an order, but even then, they were all so proud.

The word quickly got around and the Hollywood Pies crew would be surprised and overwhelmed at what had happened. Thrillist, Eater LA, La Weekly…they all found them and started writing. Deemed a “drug deal” for pizza, attention grew and grew and never stopped growing. Hollywood Pies was something special, and the City of Angels quickly recognized that and warmly embraced them.

To those who have been loyal since the beginning, we thank you. To those who told all of your friends, we thank you. To those who order weekly and consider Hollywood Pies a staple in your life, we thank you, and to all those who just discovered us and will be angry at how quickly we’ve left, we thank you too. We would like to thank Los Angeles for nurturing us for two years and we were happy to have fed those who appreciated what we did.


Alex and David
Hollywood Pies

*Interested in continuing the legacy or licensing our recipes and process, please use the contact tab above.*


Oct 04, 2013
macnut in Los Angeles Area

Hawaiian Plate Lunch

From this Advertiser article, Eddie Flores bought his first location and kept the name L&L from the previous owner.


Apr 20, 2011
macnut in Los Angeles Area

Hawaiian Plate Lunch

wow... expensive. If its a lot of broke da mouth food, worth it... I'll give it a try next time I'm in the area. Mahalo for the heads up.

Apr 16, 2011
macnut in Los Angeles Area

Hawaiian Plate Lunch

well that sucks. Thanks for the heads up monku.

Apr 09, 2011
macnut in Los Angeles Area

Hawaiian Plate Lunch

Here's a list, many of the places are outdated though.


Apr 09, 2011
macnut in Los Angeles Area

Hawaiian Plate Lunch

Have you and your wife tried Seoul Grindz in Glendale? Pretty good Hawaiian style Korean plates.

136 S Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91204-1308
(818) 637-8566

For Plate Lunchs I like Shakas - Monterey Park and Alhambra. Broke da mouth.


Also for awesome chicken, Harrys Aloha Cafe in Gardena. It isnt The old Aloha Chop Suey but still very good.


I also second the recs on Bruddahs, Onos and Ohana.

1033 W Gardena Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

Apr 09, 2011
macnut in Los Angeles Area

Does anyone have a recipe for the garlic marinade from Versailles Cuban restaurant (Los Angeles area)?

You can get the La Lechonera Sour Orange Juice from the San Antonio Winery in Los Angeles.


Mar 21, 2011
macnut in Home Cooking

Good custard pie in SFV/West LA area?

Such a simple food, yet so hard to find. At least in the Sherman Oaks/SFV area. Anyone know of a good place to get? Occasionally, Vons has it but not every store carries them.

Anyone know of a good custard pie?


Jan 27, 2011
macnut in Los Angeles Area

Gavioli Blood Orange Grape Juice

Dec 28, 2010
macnut in Los Angeles Area

Flemings - Dine LA Scam!

Unless I misunderstood, I'm still confused. OP gets $50 Gift card for free (no out of pocket) and complains because they have specials for under $50 (out of pocket)?


Oct 12, 2010
macnut in Los Angeles Area

Best Gas Station Hot Dog in Los Angeles?

I've always liked AMPM hotdogs and burgers. Depending on which location, you can find some really fresh ingredients (onions, lettuce, fresh (not canned) salsa, etc.) I've been eating there since the 80's when the burgers were 2 for .99. I used to joke with my brother that they couldn't possibly sell it so cheap unless it was kangaroo meat so we called em kangaroo burgers.

Oct 04, 2010
macnut in Los Angeles Area

another one?? RAMEN JINYA is here! studio city gets ramen, finally. and it's good. (nano-review)

OMG! Finally made it here tonight and it was absolutely amazing! had Tonkotsu w/Rich broth and hard noodles... Heavenly. The broth tasted like pork gravy, it was incredible. The pork melted like cotton candy in your mouth. So going back again.

Aug 04, 2010
macnut in Los Angeles Area

Looking for fresh Flour Tortillas in West LA (?)

I find most of TJ's bread offerings freshly challenged. Unless you purposely want to chip teeth, I'd stay away.

Jul 25, 2010
macnut in Los Angeles Area

another one?? RAMEN JINYA is here! studio city gets ramen, finally. and it's good. (nano-review)

After reading this post, went down there today (saturday) around 4 only to be turned away as they are closed between lunch and dinner. I didn't catch what time they close but they open again to serve dinner at 5pm. Oh well, will try again later.

Jul 24, 2010
macnut in Los Angeles Area

Seeking Carne Asada marinade used by Vallarta Mart Mexican grocery store

Thank you SO MUCH for recommending Tresierras Asada. Based on your post/this thread, i picked up a couple pounds of it and broiled it and oh man... it was amazing. Seriously, I don't think i can go back to Vallarta's asada. I gotta say though, I don't regularly go to Pacoima (closest to me) but it was a tad scary, both the neighborhood and the store itself but i think I will be back. its that good.

Vallarta Restaurant
563 W Ventura St, Fillmore, CA 93015

Mar 30, 2010
macnut in Los Angeles Area


I just saw some last night at Mitsuwa on Centinela/Venice.

Dec 13, 2009
macnut in Los Angeles Area

Japanese markets in the SF valley

Unfortunately, there is nothing. Closest would be Mitsuwa on Centinela in Venice.

Aug 15, 2009
macnut in Los Angeles Area

Mom's BBQ in Van Nuys

I remember going about a year ago and loving the fried chicken. Went back today for ribs (beef and pork) and kinda dissapointing. The place smells all smoky when u walk in but the ribs did not have any smoke flavor at all. It came drowning in sauce and it seems they were boiled in the sauce as well. I probably wont go back for que, fried chicken yes tho.

Aug 01, 2009
macnut in Los Angeles Area

Is there a market in the LA area that sells poke like they do in Hawaii?

Marukai and Mitsuwa sometimes have ahi poke in their refrigerated deli section but nothing like the selection you would find in Hawaii. Why don't you just make your own? It really isnt that hard... I made 10 lbs for my wedding. you can get ogo and kim chee base from marukai and fresh ahi from costco or any good fish store. That way you an make it to your liking as well. Good luck.

Aug 01, 2009
macnut in Los Angeles Area

Tommy's Frozen Chili in Ralph's or Food for Less?

Isn't Dolores chili brick the one that's made with beef hearts? I'd rather have chili sans organ meat myself. yuck.

May 23, 2009
macnut in Los Angeles Area

Brownstone Pizza in Eagle Rock

So I caught the episode of "We Mean Business" on A&E this am and wanted to check out this place after seeing the reviews here. I'm no big fan of the whole "New York" style pizza but I do like a good pie.

We ordered a veggie combo and added pepperoni and sausage since they had no combo that contained meat.

If you saw the show, In the end the owners pretty much dissed the designers and took down most of the features they installed like the menu board which forced us to order off little printed menus where the prices were incorrect. Additional toppings were listed at $2 each for the large, but we were charged $3 each. Now for 3 bucks, you would think the toppings would be loaded but we actually had to hunt for the pepperoni and sausages. We could not even tell they were there.

The pie didn't take too long to arrive and it was good but I would not call it great. The crust was black (like a previous poster said) but I kind of liked that. It definitely helped that we ate it there piping hot out of the oven. It was kind of bland and there was to much moisture from the fresh tomatoes because they buried them rather than toasting out the moisture on top. The crust was top notch though.

I hope this place lasts but I doubt it will... Maybe if the owners had actually taken the advice (and the generous upgrades and ideas the TV show provided them) they might have a better shot.

I might go back but I would not go out of my way to eat there again.

Nov 29, 2008
macnut in Los Angeles Area

Hong Kong 88 on Sepulveda

We like the fish with black bean... fish is tender like a cloud, just like we like it. Hate the parking though, the parking spaces are crazy narrow and tight.

Jul 30, 2008
macnut in Los Angeles Area

It's It Ice Cream Sandwiches - Westside

From the previously posted link:


The original IT'S-IT and other IT’S-IT Ice Cream Products can be found at many retail stores in states West of the Rockies. The IT’S-IT 3-pack, which consists of 3 individually wrapped IT’S-IT bars, can be found at many supermarkets throughout Northern California. These supermarkets include Safeway, Lucky, Raley's, Savemart, Smart & Final Nob Hill and many others. Please check for availability at these stores in your area.

Along with the original IT’S-IT sandwich, many other products such as Super Sundae, Big Daddy, Super Cone and Chip's It can be found at many retailers West of the Rockies.

If you are having difficulty finding IT’S-IT products, please choose one of the following options:

Look below for a list of some of our distributors.
Ask your local retailer to purchase IT’S-IT products
You can purchase IT’S-IT products at our main office in Burlingame.
You can have IT’S-IT products shipped via Federal Express to your home and/or business. Please click here for details.
We can deliver eight (8) or more cases to an office party or function. Please click here for more details.

List of Distributors in California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Hawaii and Arizona. If you are located outside of these States, please e-mail us at comments@itsiticecream.com and we will be happy to help you locate a distributor in your area.

Northern California:
Berkeley Farms: (510) 265- 8600
Wonder Ice Cream: (800) 660-7060
Nob Hill
Smart & Final

Southern California:
AMCOM: (626) 330-3479
Heritage: (714) 775-5026

Sacramento and Reno:
Crystal Dairy: (916) 444- 7200
Nob Hill

Oregon and Washington:
Umpqua: (541) 672-2638
Dutch Girl: (541) 345- 1541

Modesto and Fresno:
Producer’s Dairy: (559) 264-6583

Eight Points: (808) 839-4492

Jun 21, 2008
macnut in Los Angeles Area

Fresh Korean BBQ - Van Nuys

Greenland has spicy tofu (along with a pretty good selection of other dishes) lthough I have no idea if it's as good as Soot Bull Jeep as I've never eaten there. I like Greenland's though.

Jun 08, 2008
macnut in Los Angeles Area

Universal Studios Hilton Buffet; THE HORROR!

Details please? What did you not like about it? I thought it was rather fabulous and cannot fathom how you could have such a distaste for the place? Crowded as hell that Saturday evening we went but the selection and quality of food was phenomenal IMO.

Jun 08, 2008
macnut in Los Angeles Area

In the SF valley for the summer.. need coffee!

2nd Rocky Roasters. I work a block away and enjoy it regularly. They roast fresh every day (I know. I can smell it!).

Anyone catch that makeover show on Style network that redid Rocky's? Place looks way nicer now (although i do miss the bulletin board :()

Jun 06, 2008
macnut in Los Angeles Area

favorite fried chicken?

Angelina's in Alhambra has good Fried chicken.
My Brother's BBQ in Woodland Hills has excellent chicken as well.

Apr 27, 2008
macnut in Los Angeles Area

Chili My SoAK US DRY!

Something I haven't seen mentioned in this thread... On my first visit, I spoke to the owner and he explained that many of his recipes take up to 36 hours to make. Something about a special de-fatting process and flavor simmering.

Much like true smokehouse BBQ joints, it's probably expensive because it's labor intensive.

That being said, I thought it was just OK. At the time, I thought the $10 bowl was $3 too much. $13 is just nuts for what it is.

Apr 25, 2008
macnut in Los Angeles Area

Cheap Chinese (aka Orange Chicken) in the Alhambra area?

Trader joe's Orange chicken is way vinegary. If you like it sweeter, stay away.

Apr 05, 2008
macnut in Los Angeles Area

Chicago Burrito in LA?

I often substitute lettuce and tomatoes for the beans and rice in burritos I order... When you are on a restricted carb diet, the extra huge tortilla alone is enough to push my 60 gram per meal carb limit so somethings gotta give. I wish more restaurants would be diabetic friendly... Not everyone can process 300+ grams of carbs in a single meal!

Apr 05, 2008
macnut in Los Angeles Area