High Pie in Oceanside serves from a historic cottage

SAN DIEGO — Just in time for the new movie, San Diego County’s iconic “Top Gun” house is home to a new bakery serving up tasty treats and 1980s aviator nostalgia.

The High Pie Dessert Bar is the latest chapter in a long and winding story for Oceanside’s Victorian cottage. It is known to many as the “Top Gun” house for its appearance in the classic 1986 Tom Cruise film, making it a popular stopover for locals and tourists alike.

In 2019, crews moved the cottage a short distance north of its original ocean-view location on Pacific Street to make way for the construction of a hotel. Now the home is nestled on the grounds of the new Mission Pacific Hotel, located at 250 N. Pacific Street. After the move, it was not immediately clear how the chalet would be used.

Tara Lazara and her team at F10 Creative were tasked with designing a neighborhood business that would “do justice to this beautiful home,” she told FOX 5 over the phone. “They pitched a lot of concepts, and I was really like, ‘What’s more American than a pie?'”

So that’s what the bakery is for. Its signature item is the titular High Pie, an individual hand pie filled with compote made from seasonal fruits and playfully placed on a popsicle stick. Even dreamier, you can opt for a mini pie a la mode, selecting one of the pies and filling it with a center of ice cream. You can add a variety of dips to top it off.

Apple and cherry are the mainstays of the pie shop, but Lazara said she also expects a rotating variety of other fruits to make seasonal appearances. At the moment, the shop is offering a Carlsbad strawberry rhubarb pie.

Fans of “Top Gun” will also love the ambiance, including a replica of Cruise Maverick’s character’s motorcycle from the aviation movie. “They’re going to be thrilled” when they see the bike, Lazara said.

The interior of the store is decorated with framed prints and photographs from the film and the employees working at the counter are dressed in flight suits.

’80s kitsch aside, Lazara isn’t shy about mentioning how she envisions boutique in the laid-back, family-friendly vibe of Oceanside. Mini pies start at three dollars and a cup of coffee costs one dollar.

“We want everyone in, we don’t want to overstate the community,” she told FOX 5. “It’s a military town and we’re not here for too much ‘boujee’.”

The operator is also proud that her store strives to use products “reasonably and responsibly sourced” and minimizes the waste of plastic straws and utensils with its popsicle sticks and portable products.

High Pie is in its “soft launch” phase with plans to open more fully to the public on May 20. The store will be open Wednesday through Monday from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

You can find out more on the bakery’s website.

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