I love it when newspapers declare something. Especially when it reveals something that should be right in front of my face.
Those who are hungry can expect a certain number of givens in L.A. There will be good sushi, often inexpensive; hamburgers are sometimes served with Thousand Island dressing; and high-end restaurants that marinate in a brine of hype and buzz inevitably disappoint. But nothing prepared me for the ubiquity of banana-cream pie on the menus of upscale restaurants, diners and neighborhood bakeries alike.
I eat out a couple of times a month and yes, I’ve noticed more banana-based desserts lately (thank goodness they’re deposing tiramisu) but besides my breakfast haunts (Russell’s in Pasadena and Astro in Silverlake) I haven’t seen Banana Cream Pie on anyone’s dessert menu. (I guess having been to only one restaurant on the list at the end of the article can account for why I’ve not seen it.)
You can check in with the Chowhounds for the local’s reaction. Personally, I’m more a fan of Bananas Foster than Banana Cream Pie.
(Photo courtesy of MorgueFile by David Ellis)