Planning a Thanksgiving meal can get complicated, but planning the dessert spread should be easy as pie with over a dozen local bakeries and restaurants offering to do the baking. Whether serving pie or gifting it, the toughest question is only which flavor to choose.
Well-known bakeries including Texas French Bread, Upper Crust, and Mañana will have traditional pumpkin pie, while Counter Culture, Whole Foods, and Picnik will be preparing the vegan and gluten-free alternatives. There are also plenty of non-pumpkin, nontraditional pies to choose from: Cake & Spoon – the bakery regularly dishing out dessert at Franklin Barbecue – will be making bourbon banana pie and lemon chess pie; mini pecan or cherry pies are available from Tiny Pies; and you'll find sweet potato pie at Hoover's. Dai Due is using Texas-sourced apples and rye flour to make apple pie with rye crust.
Call ahead to meet the various preorder deadlines, as many will be closed on Thanksgiving Day; groceries known to stay open – Whole Foods and Central Market – aim to have pies for walk-ins.
Flavors: Apple Cranberry, Bourbon Banana, Buttermilk, Cherry, Chocolate Cream, Coconut Cream, Lemon Chess, Pumpkin, Texas Pecan. $35-45 per pie; $45 per dozen mini pies. 512/426-7697, www.cakeandspoon.com. SFC Downtown Farmers' Market, Texas Farmers' Market at Lakeline, Franklin Barbecue.
Flavors: Apple, Blueberry, Bourbon Pecan, Caramel Apple, Cherry, Chocolate Pecan, Cranberry Apple, Peach, Pumpkin, Strawberry Rhubarb, Sweet Potato, Texas Pecan, and more. $10.99-19.99 per pie. Preorder until Nov. 25: 512/206-1044, www.centralmarket.com/holiday. 4001 N. Lamar or 4477 S. Lamar.
Flavors: Apple With Walnut Streusel, Bourbon Pecan, Butterscotch, Chocolate Pecan, Coconut Cream, Kahlua Crunch, Key Lime, Pumpkin Praline. $24.95-28.95 per pie. 512/454-2666, www.chezzee.com. 5406 Balcones.
Flavors: Apple With Rye Crust or Buttermilk. $30 per pie. 512/524-0688, www.daidue.com. 2406 Manor Rd.
Flavors: Apple or Caramel Pumpkin. $30 per pie. Preorder until Nov. 25: 512/915-0362, www.fresaschicken.com. 1703 S. First.
Flavors: Coconut Cream, Pecan, Sweet Potato. $27 per pie. Preorder until Nov. 21: 512/479-5006, www.hooverscooking.com. 2002 Manor Rd.
Flavors: Lime, Pecan, Pumpkin, S'mores, Sweet Tea. $24.99 per pie. 512/551-9347, www.lucysfriedchicken.com. Any location.
Flavors: Caramel Apple, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan, Pumpkin. $30-32 per pie. 512/872-3144, www.mananaaustin.com. 1603 S. Congress.
Flavors: Gluten-free: Paleo Pumpkin. $40 per pie. Preorder until Nov. 23: 737/226-0644, www.picnikaustin.com. 4801 Burnet Rd.
Flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Apple Rosemary, Banana Cream, Blackberry Cobbler, Cherry, Chocolate Cream, Chocolate Pecan, Coconut Cream, Key Lime, Pecan, Pumpkin, Strawberry Rhubarb. $21-33.50 per pie. Preorder until Nov. 23: 512/453-3399, www.quacksbakery.com. 411 E. 43rd.
Flavors: Apple Brown Betty, Bourbon Chocolate Pecan, Pumpkin. Gluten-free: Flourless Butterscotch Molasses. $33 per pie. 512/448-3727, www.sugarmamasbakeshop.com. 1905 S. First or 2406 Manor Rd.
Flavors: (Traditional and mini sizes) Apple, Cherry, Pecan, Pumpkin. Vegan: Pumpkin. $25-35 per traditional-size pie; $54 per dozen mini pies. 512/916-0184, www.tinypies.com. 5035 Burnet Rd. or 2032 S. Lamar.
Flavors: Cranberry Apple, Dutch Apple, Pecan, Pumpkin. $16-20 per pie. 512/467-0102, www.uppercrustbakery.com. 4508 Burnet Rd.
Flavors: Lattice Apple, Pecan, Pumpkin. $25 per pie. 512/391-9966, www.waltonsfancyandstaple.com. 609 W. Sixth.
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