I Beg You, Just Let Philly’s Baking Professionals Handle the Pie

You've already got enough going on during Thanksgiving.

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Pick up your Thanksgiving pies from one of Philly’s expert bakers. / Photograph courtesy of Haamza Edwards

Part of the pleasure of Thanksgiving is knowing someone at the table (maybe you, maybe not) cooked the food you’re about to enjoy. After all, that act of cooking lends itself to family traditions, since no one makes [insert holiday dish here] quite as delicious as [insert beloved family member]. But, I’m also a big believer in not stressing yourself out unnecessarily, which is why you should be ordering pies for Thanksgiving.

The truth is that pie is the least forgiving part of the holiday menu. And, unless you have a professional baker in your family, it’s worth letting the professionals do the work. Ready to make that happen? Consider these Philly bakeries and restaurants offering Thanksgiving pies this year. Happy Thanksgiving.

Where to Pick Up Pie This Thanksgiving

Fiore Fine Foods, Queen Village
Fiore has a way of taking the classics and elevating them, and their Thanksgiving pies are no exception. This year, they’re making apple crumb pie, pumpkin pie with candied pepitas and pecan pie with brown sugar filling. All three are classic and arguably essential to the holiday experience. With Fiore’s expert touch, they’re guaranteed to be absolutely perfect. (They also have homemade gelato pints to pair with your pies.) Order here for pick-up on Wednesday, November 23rd in Queen Village. 757 South Front Street.

Mighty BreadEast Passyunk
A great way to get any unwanted family out of your house the day before Thanksgiving is to order a pie (even a single loaf of sourdough, perhaps) from Mighty Bread, and then send them on a mission to pick it up and maybe, I don’t know, have lunch at the cafe while they’re at it. You’re welcome: You just got 90 minutes of peace. Order here for Tuesday, November 23rd and Wednesday, November 24th pick-up. 1211 Gerritt Street.

New June, Fairmount
Noelle Blizzard bakes all of the treats for New June Bakery in her home, so anything you order for Thanksgiving is technically homemade, even if it’s not made in your home. Choose between apple-pear crumb pie, spiced-pumpkin oil cake with dark chocolate chunks and cream cheese frosting, a caramelized honey pumpkin tart and more. It doesn’t hurt that Blizzard’s desserts are absolutely stunning, sure to up the ante at the dessert buffet. Order here. 2830 Poplar Street.

Honeysuckle ProvisionsWest Philly
Honeysuckle Provisions is open (yay!) just in time to start taking holiday pie orders. This year they’re baking two different types: a molasses pie adapted from Pamela Strobel’s iconic book, Princess Pamela’s Soul Food Cookbook, and a sweet potato pie inspired by John Coltrane’s love for the dessert. The sweet potato pie is made with red garnet sweet potatoes, charred and caramelized into creamy perfection, while the molasses pie is rich, bittersweet and perfectly baked. Order one, or better yet, order both. 310 South 48th Street.

The Frosted Fox Cake Shop, Mt. Airy
Frosted Fox knows how to play the hits, and we love them for it. They’re doing every pie you might want, including pumpkin, pecan, apple crumb, pear-ginger and sweet potato, plus stacked-high pumpkin, carrot, chocolate, lemon and vanilla cakes. The deadline for pre-orders is November 19th at 5 p.m.. Get yours here. 6511 Germantown Avenue.

 

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Vernick Coffee Bar, Logan Square
If you’ve ever made Vernick Coffee Bar your office for the day, you know their pastries are very good. Which is why you can trust them to nail Thanksgiving dessert. Vernick works especially well if you’re looking beyond the classics, since they’re offering a whole carrot cake, dulce de leche apple pie, dirty chai pumpkin pie, salted chocolate pecan pie, and a handful of other pastries great for feeding too-hungry guests on the morning of (or day after) Thanksgiving. Pick up begins the Monday of Thanksgiving week. 1800 Arch Street, 2nd Floor.

Second Daughter Baking Company, East Passyunk
Second Daughter is known for their brownies, but don’t put them in a box. (The bakers, I mean. The brownies are fine to be boxed.) Rhonda Saltzman and Mercedes Brooks are doing seasonal treats for the holiday, including a spiced pumpkin tart with whipped cream made from maple and brown sugar; plus apple tarts, pumpkin tarts, and a completely over-the-top bourbon-soaked apple butter bundt cake. Order here. 1901 South 9th Street.

High Street, Washington Square West
High Street is another Philly spot reinventing the holiday pie classics in a totally delicious way. Take a five-spice apple pie with crumb topping, for example. Or the chocolate silk pie with a layer of cranberry-rosemary filling, and a ginger honeynut squash pie with brown sugar meringue. You could probably recreate these pies at home if you tried hard enough, but we’re guessing High Street will do it better. Check out their Thanksgiving bake sale options here. 101 South 9th Street.

Crust Vegan Bakery, Manayunk
If you’re not used to preparing a vegan-inclusive (or gluten-free) Thanksgiving, I suggest calling in reinforcements, since vegan baking is basically half science and half miracle. Crust makes it look easy and taste delicious. This year they’re partnering with High Fidelity Bakery on gluten-free pie crusts, and donating 5 percent of all Thanksgiving pie sales to the Indigenous-led collective Seeding Sovereignty. As for flavors, choose between apple, pumpkin, pecan and sweet potato pie, and make sure you preorder ASAP (the last day for ordering is November 18th but could be sooner if they sell out). 4409 Main Street.