Local Bridal Guide: 7 Philly-Area Bakeries That’ll Whip Up Tasty Pies For Your Wedding
I have no shame in admitting that wedding cake ranks pretty high up on my list of favorite foods. Do I get the chance to eat it often? Unfortunately, no, but when the opportunity does present itself, it’s safe to say I savor every last bite.
But as much as I love a delicious, buttercream-layered cake, I also appreciate a little variety when it comes to wedding-day desserts (the more desserts, the better in my opinion). When there are so many other amazing, scrumptious sweets out there, why just offer cake? And we’ve actually seen many a Philly bride completely forgo a Big-Day confection and opt for a pie bar as their main dessert spread.
Especially around this time of year, the baked good that I’m constantly craving is pie. It is, after all, the quintessential fall dessert, not to mention pies make a pretty, rustic addition to the dessert table at an autumn wedding (or any wedding for that matter).
If you’re looking for fantastic pies here in Philly, you’re in luck—we’ve got quite a few local places that are known for their crispy crusts and mouth-watering fillings. Take a look at the options below and let us know if you scoop up any of these pies for your Big Day.
Where: 8126 Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill
What: This Chestnut Hill mainstay and the swoon-worthy wedding cakes they’re turning out can often be found within the pages of PW. But just as tasty as their vanilla butter pound cake (which I still remember devouring at my high school graduation party), is their vast assortment of seasonal pies. From classics like cherry, apple and key lime to chocolate peanut butter and bananas foster pie, the endless options will leave you wanting one of each.
Where: 1000 Marshallton-Thorndale Road, West Chester
What: Locals may head to this West Chester orchard for the family-oriented activities and the pumpkin and apple picking, but you’d be missing out if you didn’t end your day with one of their fresh baked pies. Not only do they offer the original fruit-filled favorites, but the menu also includes creative varieties like sweet potato crunch pie, apple caramel walnut and peach melba (8-inch sugar-free pies are available, too).
Kermits Bake Shoppe
Where: 2204 Washington Avenue, Graduate Hospital
What: For anyone with a sweet tooth, it’s just about impossible to leave Adam Ritter’s pizzeria/bakery without a box full of unique treats (we’re partial to the chocolate marshmallow pop tart and chai cinnamon bun). When it comes to pies and tarts, Chef Chad Durkin will wow your guests with flavors like bourbon pecan, toasted coconut cream, and key lime.
Where: 137 West Knowlton Road, Media
What: Come fall, families flock to Linvilla Orchards for their many seasonal events and amazing farm market (which is open year-round). Linvilla’s bakery first opened in the 1960s and since then their pies have become famous, right alongside their apple cider donuts. Here you’ll find over 40 different pie flavors, though the most popular sellers are Dutch apple crumb, pumpkin, cherry and coconut custard.
Where: 1622 South Street, Rittenhouse
What: The sweets at Holly Riccardi’s artisan pie boutique are seasonally-inspired, so this time of year you’ll be treated to pear ginger crumb, chocolate coffee cinnamon pecan, butterscotch bourbon and pumpkin praline pies. And for weddings, Riccardi will whip up either the shop’s nine-inch pies or you can opt to buy her mini pies by the dozen, which make for seriously daring—and tasty—favors.
Night Kitchen Bakery
Where: 7725 Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill
What: Gorgeous fruit pies are just one of the specialties at this quaint bakery and cafe. Strawberry rhubarb, chocolate pecan and apple crumb are a few of the fillings you’ll see piled high in Night Kitchen’s crispy, 100 percent butter crust. Their tarts are worth a look too: Blueberry almond and raspberry linzer (one of our faves) are among the mouth-watering options.
Percy Street Barbecue
Where: 900 South Street, Bella Vista
What: The succulent sandwiches and comforting side dishes may be the starts of this barbecue hotspot but diners also rave about the pies that grace their menu. For your affair, the Percy Street team will bake up pecan and key lime pies that your guests will be talking about well after your Big Day.
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