Cinnamon’s addictive vegan pies

Story and photos by Valentina Silva

In a neighborhood known for its meat-centric cuisine, Highland Park’s Cinnamon definitely stands out. The vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurant offers a large menu of Mexican favorites, including their much-celebrated “chicken” mole, burritos, pozole, sopes and homemade tamales. They also serve a bevy of salads, sandwiches and even a “shrimp” cocktail—all soy-, wheat-, or vegetable-based and completely meat free.

I’ve been a fan of this friendly little place for a while, and more often than is respectable, I find myself craving their delicious vegan pies. On my first visit, they gave me a sliver each of all four flavors: blueberry, key lime, chocolate and pumpkin. They knew what they were doing because ever since, I’ve been hopelessly addicted to these unbelievably creamy desserts.

Made in-house daily by Cinnamon’s chef Esperanza Cano (she runs the restaurant with her brother), these impeccable pies are sweet, but not too sweet, with a crumbly crust. The flavors are so authentic, without a hint of artificial flavor that plagues so many of even the most famous pies in town. I recommend taking a friend and sharing a slice of the rich, chocolate pie along with any of the others because the contrast is pretty spectacular.

$3.50 a slice or $25-30 for an entire pie (order a day in advance). A little pricey, but so worth it.

5511 N. Figueroa St.

Valentina Silva is a regular contributor writing about food and restaurants. You can also find Valentina’s reviews and stories on her new blog, Eastside Food Bites.


  1. I don’t understand why it’s ok to eat them just because they’re vegan. I love blueberry pie and everyone knows mom always used to make key lime meatloafs for us. Yes, I know that they’re probably much healthier for you than non-vegans, but they’re still people.

  2. I’ve been meaning to visit this restaurant for ages. I think the pie will finally motivate me!

    Joan, I’m not sure I understand your comment, but vegan doesn’t ALWAYS mean “healthier.” But it does mean the food has less impact on the environment and that no animal suffered to produce it.

  3. As a vegan I would be honored to be made into a pie, blueberry or otherwise.

  4. I love Cinnamon! The chocolate pie is amazing-I love the texture. Vegan food rocks.

  5. I had the “pie” pictured at the top of the page last night. I literally could not tell what flavor it was supposed to be. Lavender colored fermented thing with beige something else and red glops of yet some other, even more indiscernible thing? It tasted like a water damaged ceiling tile. I wish this was just hyperbole, but seriously… one of the grossest things I’ve ever eaten.

  6. Whaaaat and I might agree

    I’ve been to Cinnamon a few times. I’m sure I’ll be back due to vegan friends. But I find the prices high and the servings small and so far so so. If I wanted to open a restaurant, I’d open a vegn restaurant. There is no competition in that pool

    btw: Eastsider, I currently have a post up about the East Side Tomato King of Lincoln Heights 9/16/2010

  7. I don’t get the glowing review. Most of these pies all taste exactly the same–too sweet. If you find yourself craving overly sweet wallpaper paste, you might want to rethink your career as a food writer.

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