It would be hard to argue any movie had a bigger year in 2022 than Top Gun: Maverick.
The Tom Cruise action film earned the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office by grossing more than $718 million since its May 27 debut. It earned both fan and critical acclaim alike and has, as of mid-December 2022, earned six Critics Choice Award nominations, two nominations for the Golden Globes and was deemed one of the best films of 2022 by the American Film Institute.
Such domination is unsurprising. If you look back, Top Gun proved success is all part of the franchise’s pedigree. The original 1986 film also held the No. 1 spot for earning nearly $177 million at the domestic box office. It also was nominated for two Golden Globes, one of which Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock won for Best Original Song— Motion Picture. The song, “Take My Breath Away” also won an Academy Award (overall, the movie earned 4 nominations).
Even when Top Gun: Maverick’s 2023 award season run comes to a close, fans will be able to continue to relish in the memory of their favorite movie. Yes, you could watch Maverick and the original again, but you also have another option.
Whether you’re a resident or visitor, Top Gun fans can visit the Victorian home featured in the 1986 movie in Oceanside. It is about 40 miles north of San Diego and about 85 miles south of Los Angeles.
Not only has the house been restored to glory, but it has reopened to the public as a Top Gun-themed pie concept.
Called High-Pie, the historic home is distinguishable from its 1950s military design with a vintage composition and red, white and blue Americana color palette.
High-Pie comes from chef and restaurateur Tara Lazar of F10 Hospitality, which has spearheaded Palm Springs hot spots like Cheeky’s, Birba and Toucans, among others. The hospitality group may be based in Coachella Valley, but Lazar is no stranger to San Diego. Last spring, she expanded for the first time outside of the famous desert city by partnering with the Mission Pacific Hotel and The Seabird Resort in Oceanside to open High/Low, a seasonal produce-driven restaurant.
High-Pie continues this partnership with the Mission Pacific Hotel and The Seabird Resort and marks the largest San Diego County beachfront development in 50 years.
The Top Gun House is named after its signature creation: a sweet hand pie filled with seasonal, locally picked fruits (such as cherry, apple, rhubarb, strawberry or pumpkin) that is fried and baked to order. Another menu highlight is the mini apple High-pie a-la-mode filled with homemade mascarpone ice cream filling and apple compote that is served on a popsicle stick along with a variety of dipping sauces. You can also pair your dessert with a beverage like hot coffee, Apple Kombucha, Fizzy Cherry Cider or Buzz The Tower, a New Orleans-style iced coffee with sweet milk.
High-Pie at Top Gun House is located at 250 N Pacific St 92054. It is open noon to 8 p.m., Monday through Sunday.
Photography by: Jakob Layman