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Where to Find the Best Thanksgiving Pies To-Go Around DC

Let the city's top pastry chefs do all the work.
Where to Find the Best Thanksgiving Pies To-Go Around DC
Let the experts handle the pies, like this beauty from Buttercream Bakeshop. Photograph courtesy of Tiffany MacIsaac.

Thanksgiving is around the corner, so why not let one of Washington’s top pastry chefs help out? Restaurants and bakeries offer a full range of sweets for the holiday, from traditional pumpkin pies to whimsical creations, as well as breads, cookies, and biscuits to round out the meal. Don’t forget to check out our guide to great Thanksgiving takeout for savory options as well.

Baked & Wired

1052 Thomas Jefferson St., NW; A Baked Joint, 440 K St., NW

Baked & Wired offers an assortment of pies, including fun flavors like apple cranberry crumb, pecan Kahlúa chocolate chip, and cherry. Opt for a pumpkin amaretto poundcake or pumpkin gingerbread if pie isn’t your thing.

Details: Menu. In-store pickup only on Tuesday, November 24 at 4 pm or Wednesday, November 25 at 10 am, noon, 2 pm, or 4 pm.

Bayou Bakery

901 Pennsylvania Ave., SE; 1515 N. Courthouse Rd., Arlington

Chef David Guas serves up a southern spin on Thanksgiving, and for a great cause. Bring home treats such as the Virginia peanut pie, bacon and cayenne pecan pie, or market crumble apple pie. The bakery will donate a pie to a local charity for every dozen sold.

Details: Menu. Call either the DC or Arlington store no later than Tuesday, November 24 at 10 am. Orders must be picked up by 1 pm on Wednesday, November 25.

BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant

4883 MacArthur Boulevard, NW

Executive chef Mike Huff and pastry chef Susan Wallace have whipped up Thanksgiving to-go and catering options, including turkey, stuffing, and oysters. Dessert options include apple streusel, pecan pie, and key lime pie.

Details: Menu. Call 202-342-9104 or email by Sunday, November 22 at 6:30 pm to place an order. Pick-ups are scheduled for Wednesday, November 25.

Bread Furst

4434 Connecticut Ave., NW

The chefs at Bread Furst have an entire Thanksgiving spread—ranging from winter squash gratin to cranberry sauce–but the highlight is still dessert. If you can resist trying their sweet potato cheesecake, snag a bourbon-pecan or cranberry chiffon pie instead.

Details: Menu. Pre-order until Monday, November 24. Pick up as late as Thanksgiving Day at noon.

Buttercream Bakeshop

Pop-up in Union Market

Head to Union Market for a pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac’s pop-up pie cart. Purchase whole pies, slices, and mini pies in flavors such as Nutella fudge and whiskey chocolate pecan, as well as other assorted treats.

Details: Menu. Order online, or shop a la carte, on November 20, 21, 22 from noon until 7 pm (or until offerings are sold out).

Co Co. Sala

929 F St., NW; 1309 5th St., NE

Stop by either of Co Co. Sala’s boutiques for treats such as triple-chocolate pecan pie and maple-pumpkin pie. Other goodies include salted-caramel apples, chocolate pops, and pumkin Mallomar bites.

Details: Menu. Pre-order by Sunday, November 22 and pick up by Wednesday, November 25.

Dangerously Delicious Pies

339 H St., NE; 675 I St., NW

If you’re feeling one of Dangerously Delicious’s sweet pies, try the blueberry-pancake batter, roasted apple cinnamon, or chocolate peanut butter. If you’re craving something savory try the pulled pork or steak pies, which are great to have in the fridge for a quick bite when family is visiting.

Details: Menu. All orders must be placed by midnight on Saturday, November 21. Orders placed to the H Street location must be picked up by 2 pm on Thanksgiving Day; I Street orders must be picked up by 9 pm on Wednesday, November 25.

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

750 15th St., NW

Head to Joe’s Seafood for one of their traditional pies—such as pumpkin chiffon, old-fashioned apple, or key lime—or opt for something new, like their sweet potato pie topped with caramelized pecans.

Details: Menu. Order via phone (202-489-0140), 24-hours ahead of pickup.

Osteria Morini

301 Water St., SE

Pastry chef Alex Levin has designed three seasonal pies for your Thanksgiving celebration. Indulge in caramel apple topped with oat streusel, a chocolate-crusted honey pecan, or a lemon tart with toasted meringue.

Details: Menu. Place your order by 9 pm on Friday, November 20, then pick up on Tuesday, November 24 or Wednesday, November 25 between 3 and 5 pm.

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

1612 14th Street, NW

Pastry chef Brittney Gress offers a range of pies, from traditional pumpkin to her signature Brazos River Bottom Pecan Pie. The latter features bourbon-and rum-infused custard and pecans native to the Brazos River bottom.

Details: Menu. Call 202-319-1612 by Monday, November 23 to place an order. Pick ups are scheduled for Tuesday, November 24 and Wednesday, November 25.

Rare Sweets

963 Palmer Alley, NW

Chef and owner Meredith Tomason offers a full menu of seasonal cakes, ice creams, and breakfast items, such as pumpkin-bourbon-cocoa cake or pull-apart cinnamon rolls.

Details: Menu. Place orders by 5 pm on Tuesday, November 17. In-store pick up is available through November 25.

Ris

2275 L St., NW

Chef Ris Lacoste whips up pies—and also savory sides—for Thanksgiving, including classic pecan, pumpkin, and apple. You’ll also find extras like house-made sorbets and fig-Armagnac cream.

Details: Menu. Stop by the storefront or email orders by Sunday, November 22 before 3 pm. Pickup on Tuesday, November 24 and Wednesday, November 25 between 2 and 5 pm.

Society Fair

277 S. Washington St., Alexandria

The market from the Restaurant Eve team offers an assortment of Thanksgiving Day goodies, from whole Amish heritage turkeys to green bean casserole. Their dessert options include apple cake with salted caramel buttercream, and apple crumble cheesecake.

Details: Place orders in person, via phone, or online; pick-up by Wednesday, November 25 at 4 pm.

Sticky Fingers

1370 Park Rd., NW

Sticky Fingers serves all-vegan and wheat-free options for your Thanksgiving dinner, including cornbread stuffing, organic red-skinned potatoes, and mushroom gravy. Try their vegan pies too: maple-pecan, apple-caramel-crumb, and pumpkin.

Details: Menu. Pickup during regular store hours.

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