10 Places to Order Thanksgiving Pies
Got guests coming and not enough time to do it all? Let these tantalizing bakeries handle your dessert course.
Update: This list now goes to 11.
Livin’ the Pie Life
It’s not too late to order your favorite salted-caramel-chocolate chess, pumpkin-Southern praline (a pie that got a nod from Sports Illustrated), boozy pecan or apple-caramel crumb pie from Heather Sheire and Wendy MacCallum’s small-batch pie shop. But you’ll need to clear some space in your freezer. The beloved bakery that started out as a farmers market stand is already at capacity for pickups the week of Thanksgiving, but it is still accepting pie orders ($29-$36) for pickup between now and Nov. 21. Advance orders will come with freezing, defrosting and reheating instructions. For folks with dietary restrictions, the offerings also include vegan cherry or apple pie, and a mile-high chocolate icebox pie that can be made gluten-free. // 2166 N. Glebe Road #2211, Arlington (near the intersection with Lee Highway), 571-431-7727
Acme Pie Co.
Pastry chef/owner Sol Schott maintains a busy wholesale business (you can hoover his pies by the slice at Rare Bird Coffee Roasters, William Jeffrey’s Tavern, Westover Market and other local eateries), but he is accepting a limited number of direct orders (about 100 pies per day) in the lead-up to Thanksgiving. The hitch: You’ll need to stop by his Columbia Pike shop in person between 3-9 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, to place your order. Expect variations on the classics (all priced at $32) such as apple with caramelized sugar (“which happens to be vegan,” he says); sweet potato; pumpkin with candied ginger; or chocolate-pecan, which is made with maple syrup in lieu of corn syrup for a flavor profile that’s not too sweet. //2803 Columbia Pike, Arlington
Sweet news for the holiday crazed: Bakeshop delivers (yes, you read that right), and is serving up fan favorites such as pumpkin, pecan, apple-streusel, bourbon-chocolate-pecan and key-lime pie ($30-$38), as well as its popular icebox pies in flavors such as coconut-macaroon, key-lime, Nutella or peanut-butter-Nutella ($28). Both Bakeshop stores are accepting orders until noon on Nov. 26, and the last deliveries will be made before 6 p.m. on Nov. 27. Store pickup will also be available until 8 p.m. Nov. 27 in the bakery’s Falls Church location, and until 11 a.m. Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving Day) in its Arlington storefront. // 1025 N. Fillmore St., Arlington (Clarendon), 571-970-6460; 100 E. Fairfax St., Falls Church City, 703-533-0002
Head over to Dawn Hart’s boutique bakery in Westover for pie creations like pumpkin with cider crust and streusel topping; chocolate-bourbon-pecan with caramel sauce; pumpkin cheesecake with gingersnap crust; coconut-key-lime with whipped cream ($28 each); and a gluten-free flourless chocolate cake (OK, not a pie, but pretty fabulous) with espresso ganache (also $28). Want to make your holiday place settings extra special? Village Sweet can do personalized leaf-shaped place card cookies ($4 per cookie; $4.50 if you want them individually wrapped with a bow). Thanksgiving orders must be placed by Nov. 24 and picked up by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27. // 5872 Washington Blvd., Arlington (Westover), 703-237-2700
Mom’s Apple Pie Co.
It’s not exactly around the corner, but serious pie devotees have been known to road trip to this family-owned pie shop in a converted Victorian house in Occoquan (it also has its flagship store in Leesburg and another outpost in Round Hill). Seasonal scratch pies ($18-$21) are made with produce from the owners’ Loudoun County farm, with holiday bestsellers like cranberry-apple (choose between a butter crust or crumb top); pecan; and pumpkin, made with locally grown squash, which produces a texture “like chiffon,” according to owner Avis Renshaw. Mincemeat ($35) is available by special order, but all other Thanksgiving pies are available only on a walk-in basis. All three Mom’s stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day from approximately 9 a.m.-2 p.m. While you’re there, pick up a corn quiche made with locally-grown corn, onions, sage and green peppers ($18). // 126A Commerce St., Occoquan, 703-771-1243
Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery
Celebrity chef David Guas’s NOLA-inspired café is always a reliable pick for Southern classics like apple-cinnamon-crunch, sweet potato, pecan or Virginia peanut pie, as well as more interesting options like a pecan pie with bacon and cayenne. Bonus: the kitchen is also churning out all kinds of tempting sides for your Thanksgiving table, from biscuits and cornbread to andouille bread pudding and braised collard greens. Place your order before Nov. 21 and get 15% off, plus a complimentary pint of housemade cranberry-orange preserves with purchases of $50 or more. All orders must be placed before 10 a.m. Monday Nov. 25, with final pickup before noon on Wednesday, Nov. 27. // 1515 N. Courthouse Road, Arlington (Courthouse), 703-243-2410
Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe
You’d expect a Bavarian bakery to know its way around an apple pastry, and Wolfgang and Carla Büchler’s longstanding operation on Lee Highway does not disappoint. The bakery offers Thanksgiving apple pies in not one, but four varieties—basic apple, Dutch apple (which includes apples, cherries and raisins), apple-cranberry, and apple-caramel-nut. If that doesn’t make your decision-making challenging enough, additional choices also include blueberry, cherry, coconut-cream, Boston cream, lemon meringue and a whole lot more ($14-$20). Online orders must be placed at least 48 hours in advance, with pickup available until Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m. // 2150 N. Culpeper St. Arlington, 703-527-8394