the apple pan

a taste of old-school LA

There was a time when LA wasn’t synonymous with salads and juice cleanses. When, like other cities in America, there was an appreciation for no fuss diners serving up a classic burger and pie.

That era might be no more, but places like The Apple Pan still persist, with a loyal local crowd dutifully filing in around the bar night after night. It’s the kind of place that inspires nostalgia, even if that nostalgia isn’t a part of your personal experience. There’s something about gathering around the bar, the servers asking you what you want, like you’re a regular. It’s cash only, and that cash goes into cash registers that give away its age. It’s intimate, friendly, familiar even if it’s your first time there.


If The Apple Pan was in a different city, perhaps a city on the east coast, it might be less remarkable. But to have served generations of Angelenos over seven decades, still run by the same family, serving up the classics where the only “salads” available are tuna or egg? Now that is remarkable.

the details

Address10801 W Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA
Hours11am to midnight Sunday through Thursday, 11am to 1am Friday and Saturday, closed Mondays
Price$/$$ – burgers are around $8-9, pies are $8 a slice
Aesthetic50s style diner, well maintained for that nostalgic atmosphere

good to know

Go here for: your cheat meal

Order this: a burger and fries, and why the hell not, round it out with a slice of pie

Amount of time to spend: it’s a quick meal, so probably 30 minutes is plenty

When to come: it’s definitely a night time spot, and can get pretty packed too (since it’s pretty small) but usually not too long a wait.

Parking: can be a hit or miss, but usually after rush hour it’s easy to grab a meter on Pico or a spot on the side street.

Other things to note: 

  • Their pies always run out. But during the holidays, you can order a pie online.
  • They straight up serve buttermilk as a drink, which I find equally humorous and alarming, but in a city full of oat and almond and hemp and soy, it’s a nice touch.

Last visited: March 2019

Last updated: May 2019

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