Jongewaard’s Bake-N-Broil

Best Banana Cream Pie, August 2012

A flaky crust, the dense sweetness of vanilla pudding, a billowing crown of whipped cream, and the rush of tropical fruit come together in the banana cream pie at Jongewaard’s Bake-N-Broil in Long Beach. The Jongewaard family has been serving this sublime slice of Americana for close to 50 years in a tiny room with a large counter that’s always crowded. The whitewashed seashell-meets-Ethan Allen decor speaks to the beachy neighborhood; the pie takes us to a county fair.  » 3697 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, 562-595-0396.