8310 West 3rd Street · Neighborhood: West Hollywood
My favorite thing about Simple Things is the pie! The simple sandwiches, strong Intelligentsia brewed coffees and bigger-than-your-face salads are just a plus. I’ve mentioned Simple Things in previous posts before, but I’ve never just talked about the PIES. This is one of the many places I forgot to include on my favorite things list so I decided to give them some BYB love in this post.
Restaurant industry veteran, Andy Paxson and business partner Ryan Handel, joined forces with executive chef Carrie Cusack to create a great place for locals to lunch, mingle and get their pie on. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the insanely numerous lunch and brunch spots located off 3rd street so, I’m make this simple for you… COME FOR THE PIE.
These perfectly sized and reasonably priced “simple” pies are nom-worthy for any sweet lover. I can honestly say that of all my outings to Simple Things, I’ve never met a pie I didn’t like.
In addition to their dessert pies, I love their pot-pies. The portabella mushroom is unique and the chicken-pot-pie is a perfectly made classic. It comes out from the oven steaming hot and is served with a simple arugula salad.
The big salads are delicate yet hearty. Nom!
The sandwiches are filling and satisfying, and there are a variety of small sides and soups to choose from their menu as well.
On to the sweets: The “cutie pies” ($2.50) are perfectly sized for one. Especially when you want a small bite of sugary goodness to go with that espresso, but don’t want to feel too guilty.
The “simple pie” ($5.50) is great for sharing, or you can be like my manly boyfriend, skip the sandwich and just have a pie for lunch.
They also have big pies ($20) which they can make for you with 24 advance notice, but let’s not get carried away…
I’ve so far tried the apple, chocolate chip cookie (love this one!), French silk, salted caramel, chocolate cream and their famous Missouri mud. Simple Things is a local’s favorite for when you want to linger with good company, coffee and have a sweet treat.
Pie is the new black.
BYB Tip: They offer breakfast on weekends and are great for catering events, weddings and business meetings.