I was too young to remember this, but my older cousin tells me that back in the day, McDonald’s used to have fried apple pies. However, in 1992, McD’s stopped selling their fried pies in the U.S. and started baking them instead. These days, the much-coveted fried apple pie can only be found in Canada and other places outside the States.
However, my cousin found a place in Los Angeles that started selling these pies again recently and recommended that I try. The owner of Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese apparently has an “in” with someone who knows the distributor of McD’s fried pies and started frying them up himself.
These “throwback apple pies” were amazing! Obviously, I can’t compare it to the original fried McDonald’s pies, but if they were anything like these, I don’t understand why McDonald’s stopped selling them. They came out of the oven hot and fresh.
Even the act of setting the pie down and unwrapping it caused the delicate pastry to break apart. There was a nice, sweet layer of sugar on top of the flaky soft crust, and it was filled with crispy apple chunks and flavored with a hint of cinnamon.
Even my very picky boyfriend declared it the best apple pies he had ever had. If nothing else, these unique, throwback creations are a reason to take a trip to Melrose.
Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese
7461 Melrose Ave.
Beverly Grove, CA 90036