Where to Buy Thanksgiving Pie in Houston
Calling all pie people! With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it’s time to take stock of holiday dessert plans. If prepping pie isn’t on your agenda — but eating one is — turn to these Houston restaurants and bakeries for sweet salvation. Choose from traditional fruit or nut fillings plus an assortment of over-the-top delights to tempt every taste bud. Order deadlines and pick up times vary by location, so take note and plan accordingly.
Cleburne Cafeteria, 3606 Bissonnet: This family-owned institution has served Houstonians since 1941 and the chefs source as many ingredients locally as possible. Staff prepares all desserts in-house daily using time-honored recipes. There are six varieties of whole fruit pies such as pumpkin, apple, Lemon Chess and sweet potato, meringue pie in chocolate, coconut or lemon, and also pecan pie for $19.95 each. There is also an ice box pie available in chocolate or coconut for $26. Visit in person or call (713) 667-2386 and place orders on or before Monday, November 23 for guaranteed availability.
Dandelion Cafe, 5405 Bellaire: Have your pie and eat it all thanks to personal-sized goodies from this cozy spot. Order pumpkin bars from local producer Chic Sweets Fine Desserts that are $22 for six or $42 for a dozen. There are also housemade personal pecan and other seasonal flavored pies. They cost $5.99 for one, $33 fo six and $63 for a dozen. Call 832-988-9210 or order online.
Moeller’s Bakery, 4201 Bellaire: Locals have loved this sweet spot since it opened in 1930. Along with an extensive menu of cakes, cookies and other delights, there are 11 pies on offer. Choose from sweet potato, buttermilk, pecan, pumpkin, Boston cream and more. Place orders online or mask up and step into the storefront for an added taste of nostalgia.
Kenny & Ziggy’s, 2327 Post Oak: Visit this Jewish deli for its huge menu that also includes a slew of sweets. Pick up 11-inch apple, banana cream, coconut cream, chocolate cream, pecan and pumpkin pies, which cost $39 each. There is also a three-inch high key lime pie for $42. Place orders by November 19. Submit completed order forms via email to [email protected] or fax to 713-871-8884 (call the main line upon sending to confirm receipt); or place your order over the phone at (713) 871-8883.
Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella: Bring home the elegant, yet rustic charm of one of Houston’s most unique restaurants with decadent pies. Choose from Bourbon Chocolate Pecan or banana cream with toasted meringue and chocolate shavings. Each serves six and costs $32. Order by calling (713) 861-8666 at least 48 hours in advance of pickup. Limited availability, pickup November 24 through 26.
Red Dessert Dive, 1045 Studewood: This quirky nook has an assortment of special items available for to-go only. Choose from six pies: Whiskey Walnut Chocolate Chip, Apple Crumble and Browned Butter Pecan are $30 each, Salted Honey Chess and Pumpkin Maple are $28.50 each and the Gluten Free, Vegan Pumpkin Pie is $32. Place orders online for Thanksgiving by noon on Sunday, November 22 or call (832) 649-2977 for more information.
Revival Market, 550 Heights: Grab an assortment of handcrafted treats at this neighborhood favorite. Choose from cherry cobbler, apple, pecan and pumpkin pie for $34 each. You can also pick up housemade whipped cream for $5.95 per 16-ounce container. Place orders online by 4 p.m. Friday, November 20 for pickup the following Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Jonathan’s The Rub, 9061 Gaylord: From fruit to chocolate, this locale has you covered. Opt for Snickers pie, Homemade Apple Pie, coconut cream pie or pecan pie. Each serves six to eight and cost $40. Place orders online or via the Jonathan’s The Rub phone app. Pick up pies on Thanksgiving day at the original location only from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
White Elm Cafe Bakery, 14079 Memorial: This modern spot for casual fare doesn’t typically sell whole pies, but makes exceptions for holidays. Choose from pumpkin or pecan pie, or opt for the pie crumble in apple or cranberry. Each selection is $28 each. Order 48-hours in advance by calling (281) 496-2920.
Underbelly Hospitality, 1100 Westheimer: Order vegan and gluten-friendly desserts from the catering side of chef Chris Shepherd’s enterprise. All four pies are nine inches and cost $25. Choose from vinegar, pecan and apple crumb with traditional crust or the gluten free pumpkin buckwheat. Place orders online before 10 p.m. Saturday, November 21, and pick up in the parking lot behind Georgia James and Hay Merchant on Wednesday, November 25 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
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Becca Cakes Bakery, 1207 W 34th: Please multiple palates with the Thanksgiving Treat Box. It costs $65 and includes six mini pies (two each of pecan, mixed berry and apple), six cake bars (two each of pumpkin spice, apple crumble and two “warm & cozy”), 12 mini assorted autumn sugar cookies, and 12 macarons. Call (713) 364-3360 or order online; pre-orders close Sunday, November 22. Pick up is available Wednesday, November 25 or Thanksgiving morning from 9 to 11 a.m.
Flying Saucer Pie Company, 436 West Crosstimbers: A neighborhood icon since 1967, this pie counter normally offers 15 housemade daily selections; a dozen are available during the holidays and include peach, apple, cherry, pecan and pumpkin plus cream pies such as strawberry, coconut, lemon and key lime. Purchase whole or by the slice. Prices range from $14.50 to $15.75 for whole pies and all pies are first come, first served so plan ahead if your taste buds are set on something.
Goode Company Barbeque, multiple locations: Skip the brisket and sausage — this time — and head straight for dessert. Pick up Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie, which is based on a family recipe and has been served at Goode restaurants since 1977, and chocolate cream pie without the need for pre-order (quantities are limited so call ahead if you want to make sure of availability). Visit the drive-through booths set up two days before Thanksgiving at the original, Memorial and The Woodlands locations. Booths are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
House of Pies, multiple locations: A Houston tradition since 1967, this family-owned 24-hour bakery has 27 housemade pies (some fruit fillings are only available seasonally). Look for classics such as Texas pecan, apple and pumpkin or fan favorite Bayou Goo. All selections are first come first served, but given that the locations are open around the clock even on holidays, this shouldn’t be a problem.
Three Brothers Bakery, multiple locations: This local gem represents five generations who still serve time-honored recipes. Choose from 12 flavors of pie such as Chocolate Bourbon Pecan, Salted Caramel Pecan, apple, cherry, chocolate mousse and key lime. Pies are priced separately but start at $18.95. Visit the website for the full selection and for online ordering. For a true showstopper, the Pumpecapple Piecake is a sight to behold. It is an 11-inch high behemoth that weighs 23.5 pounds, costs $250 and is made from three pies baked into three cake layers: pumpkin pie in pumpkin spice cake, pecan pie (or choose chocolate pecan) in chocolate cake and apple pie in spice cake. It’s garnered attention from “Saturday Night Live,” “Good Morning America” and Food Network. Order all pies online or in person.