Hand Pies

The only thing better than a slice of pie is one you can hold in your hand. Here are five.

Perhaps the only thing better than a slice of pie is a pie that you can hold in your hand. Here are five of the area’s best hand pie makers, all influenced by traditions from around the globe.

Dubplate Kitchen

sunny atherley

Sunny Atherley’s Dubplate Kitchen is one of the few local spots where diners can find Jamaican patties: flaky hand pies bursting with aromatic fillings like beef, chicken curry and jerk chicken. 3419 El Camino Ave.; (916) 339-6978; dubplatekitchencuisine.com

dubplate kitchen

Delta Hand Pies

Delta Hand Pies

Seasonal ingredients are the star at Delta Hand Pies, where owners Jeremy White and Duane Wilson deliver favorites like pear, prosciutto and fontina as well as a spicy Japanese curry with sweet potato and squash. deltahandpies.com

Delta Hand Pies

The Pasty Shack

Bobbie Mier

Owner Bobbie Mier is the matriarch behind The Pasty Shack, a Sacramento institution where Cornish pasties reign supreme. The Thanksgiving pasty with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing is a holiday meal all by itself. 4746 J St.; (916) 454-9630; the-pasty-shack.webnode.com

The Pasty Shack

A Part Cafe

Areej Khan

The pocket pies at Areej Khan and Michael Spencer’s A Part Cafe celebrate classic Middle Eastern flavors. The irresistible selection includes spinach and cheese; beef and tahini; shakshuka and batata; and apple and cardamom. 217 Vernon St., Roseville; (916) 474-4154; apartofroseville.com

A Part Cafe

Che’s Urban Eats

Ulises Lespada

Ulises Lespade opened Che’s Urban Eats to bring empanadas from his native Buenos Aires to Sacramento’s masses. Made with dough imported from Argentina, Che’s offerings include beef, chorizo, veggie, and ham and cheese—all served with a bright house-made chimichurri. 1715 R St.; (916) 462-1445; chesurbaneats.com

Che’s Urban Eats