There’s a certain level of respect that should be given to the people who tirelessly go after their dreams.
Granted, the dreams I’m referring to are the kind that won’t impact others negatively. Jim Jones and those alike, I’m not talking about you. I’m talking about the kind of people who have the ability to get more done in a day than most can do in a week and not be cranky when asked, “How are you doing?” Those people are hard to find, but I ran into one while eating slices of pie with a latte at Winston Pies in Brentwood. The person who manages to do so much is the shop’s very own piesmith, Brianna Abrams.
If you thought Abrams cultivated her pie-based business with a some sort of stereotypical “stay-at-home-mom-cooks-to-pass-the-time”, then you would be completely wrong. Instead, she brought her business to life while working as a high-power lawyer during the day, raising her kids while off the clock, and making pies when her children were tucked in bed for the night. Hearing her describe the way she managed all of that made me ashamed that I struggle to get a latte from Starbucks and walk into work on time.
It was exciting to hear Abrams gush about the business she created. To see her smile as she discussed leaving her job as a lawyer to figuratively lay the foundation down for her very own shop on San Vicente was inspiring. The only thing that was better than listening to her story was getting the chance to taste her pies. Selling pies varying from 11-inch Round ($42), 5-inch Mini ($8), Pie Slice ($7), 4-inch Square Hand Pies ($5), and PieBites™ ($18 dozen) there’s a size for every occasion. With a selection of fillings including Harvest Apple, Blue Ridge Blueberry, Cranberry Orange Chess, Classic Southern Pecan, and many more there’s a flavor for everyone.
While I had the blueberry and the apple pies, there was something special about the slice of Orchard Peach & Nectarine ($7). The fruit was fresh and warm wrapped around the flakiest and sweetest crust any oven has ever seen. Not to be served alone, each slice can be accompanied by a Latte ($4.25) or specialty drink.
After a few slices and bites of pie I couldn’t help but be amazed at how well Abrams has built a business while juggling so much in the process. To hear her talk about being a lawyer and raising kids while creating such delicious pie I was thoroughly impressed and fully respected how hard she works. It’s no wonder that she has been so welcomed in Brentwood. Once it was all said and done, it was clear to me that a single slice could never be enough. To be honest, it would be foolish to order a single cut and hope it would suffice. Maybe two would be a good idea, but to be on the safe side I would simply suggest you order a round.
Address: 11678 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Phone: (310) 207-5743
Hours: Sunday – 9:00am to 9:00pm, Monday through Thursday – 8:00am to 9:00pm, Friday – 8:00am to 10:00pm, and Saturday – 9:00am to 10:00pm
Social: Website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
- Food tastes great
- Nice location
- Structure or street parking only
- Can be pricey