You're walking to the Top Gun house in Oceanside, Southern California as you take in the view of the Pacific Ocean. The iconic house has a Victorian cottage exterior in a soothing hue of powder blue. There's a motorcycle by the entrance and someone hops on to take advantage of a pretty cool photo op. 

When you walk inside HIGH-pie, you notice the decorated interior. The Oceanside pie shop has nautical-themed wallpaper with whales, ships, and shells. Photos of the original Top Gun movie hang on the wall: Tom Hanks as Maverick giving a thumbs up, a signed Top Gun poster, photos from the film. There's one cupboard filled with teacups, plates, and knick-knacks and one cupboard filled with ceramics like spice containers, a chicken teapot, and a rolling pin. You take everything in as you make your way in line to order.

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Located in North County San Diego at 250 North Pacific Street, Oceanside, CA 92054 at the Mission Pacific Hotel, HIGH-pie serves tasty hand pies at the historic Top Gun house. The pie shop is open seven days a week from 12 pm to 8 pm. 

Oceanside, California is in North County San Diego County, about 45 minutes from downtown San Diego. Grab a bite to eat and then check out the other local businesses nearby.

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HIGH-pie Menu 

You stand in line and look at the menu. There's the apple hand pie or the cherry hand pie. Each hand pie is filled with a fruit compote made from locally picked fruits. The pies are gluten-free, made with Thomas Keller’s Cup4Cup flour.

They also have the mini pie a-la-mode. The mini pies are filled with the house-made mascarpone ice cream, then fried, and baked to order. Choose from dipping sauces such as Charlie’s Chocolate, Government Cheese, Lemon Curd, and Sea Salt Caramel.

As for bevvys, HIGH-pie serves hot coffee as well as their take on New Orleans-style iced coffee made with sweet milk. They also have seasonal kombucha.

Visitors who love history will enjoy the long story behind this house! While you're in North County San Diego the area, walk over to the Oceanside Pier and enjoy the magnificence of the Pacific Ocean. Click here to read my article about the Oceanside Pier, nearby restaurants, parking, and more.

HIGH-pie at the Top Gun House in Oceanside, CA Carmen Varner travel writer San Diego apple hand pie

HIGH-pie at the Top Gun House in Oceanside, CA Carmen Varner travel writer San Diego cherry hand pie

The Graves House and the Top Gun Movie

The historic Graves House was built in 1888, owned by Dr. Henry Graves. In 1905, the house was sold to Charles Burlock. After that, Angeline Morgan owned the home for more than 40 years. Paramount Pictures used the home in the 1986 Top Gun movie. 

For several scenes in Top Gun, you can see Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis in the home. Cruise plays Maverick while McGillis plays Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Blackwood, who owns the home. The characters chat and hang out in the house.

You can learn more about the Top Gun house on the Oceanside Historical Society website. The opening of HIGH-pie aligned nicely with the release of Top Gun: Maverick in 2022. 

HIGH-pie Information

HIGH-pie / Top Gun House Address: The house was moved from its original location about a block away to the Mission Pacific Hotel: 250 North Pacific Street, Oceanside, CA 92054

Website: The Famous HIGH-pie 

HIGH-pie was developed by Tara Lazar, chef, restaurateur, and hotelier behind the F10 Creative-hospitality group of restaurants:  Cheeky’s, Birba, Mr. Lyons, Seymour’s, and High/Low.

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You'll want to stop by the long awaited HIGH-pie if you loved the original Top Gun movie, Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, if you're a foodie, or if you're a fan of sweets. The pies are small enough that you won't leave with a sugar-induced stomachache. Guests can sit and eat their delicious hand pies with a view of the beach.

There's a lot to do in the city of Oceanside! You can head to Oceanside Harbor Village and check the restaurants and eateries over there as well.