With all the recent banter over who has the best pie, we used a trip to Long Beach today to try the much recommended Bake and Broil. Glad we did. Sitting on a stretch of Atlantic off the 405, that can best be described as an unofficial casual dining restaurant row (even the Arby's looks sharp), we arrived at 1:30pm and had to wait twenty minutes for a table. This gave us all the more time to spy some of the great looking baked offerings.
I repeated my Pie 'n Burger routine: the house burger and a side of hash browns, while the others ordered a good chicken fried steak and eggs with tasty buttered molasses bread, and a mediocre patty melt. With thousand island dressing and grilled onions this burger could've passed for the Pie 'n Burger version, which is to say I was very happy. I'm partial to the shredded potato style of hash browns vs. the sliced but these were very good.
My Norwegian friend whose mother makes the most amazing cookies I've ever had took the pies to task for having less flaky (as opposed to crumbly) crusts than Pie 'n Burger. But let it be said, I ended up eating half of each of the three we ordered: banana cream, chocolate cream and the deliriously tasty pumpkin. The whipped cream was first rate, the crumbly crust delicate and, as with Pie 'n Burger, I left more full than I could've imagined. $40 for three, inclusive.
I guess I should be more grateful than frustrated that I live about half way between the two stores. Thanks Chowhounds for another excellent recommendation and adventure.