Don't get us wrong; We love baking pie. There's hardly a more relaxing way to spend an afternoon than mixing pie dough, perfecting your lattice top crust, and enjoying the scent of pumpkin and cinnamon as it wafts throughout the house. But the holidays tend to be the busiest time of the year, and between work and kids and getting a jump start on your Christmas shopping, we don't blame you if there's just not enough time to bake your own picture-perfect Thanksgiving dessert.
That's where some of our favorite local restaurants and bakeries come into play. These 10 local spots are willing to do all the measuring, mixing, and baking so all you have to worry about it picking up a pie and getting through another Thanksgiving with in-laws.
AZ Food Crafters
Chandler's hand pie destination, AZ Food Crafters, is taking pre-orders now through November 22 for pies and quiches. The menu of traditional round pies includes: classic Granny Smith apple ($15), caramel apple ($15), Dutch apple ($15), fresh roasted pumpkin ($15), chocolate pecan ($18), maple pecan ($18), cranberry orange walnut buttermilk ($18), and pear cranberry streusel ($15). Pies can also be ordered in a keepsake ceramic dish for $40. Pie order forms are available online. For more information visit the AZ Food Crafters website.
Not only can you order your Thanksgiving pie from Urban Cookies in Phoenix, but you can also get Thanksgiving-themed cupcakes, cookies, whipped cream, and even doughnuts. Pie options include either gourmet pumpkin pie ($24) or gourmet pecan pie ($30), as well as pumpkin pie in a jar ($4.99/each). For more information visit the Urban Cookies website.
Since starting as a humble food truck, Mamma Toledo's has been synonymous with pie in Phoenix. This year, you can order full-size pies in the following flavors: apple, pumpkin, peach, cherry, pecan, French silk, sweet potato, sweet potato pecan, minced meat, and pumpkin cheesecake. Pre-orders are available now through November 22. For more information, visit the Mamma Toledo's website or call 602-332-7346.
Urban Beans, the 24-hour coffee shop in Central Phoenix, not only will offer you traditional pies like apple, apple caramel, pumpkin, and pecan, but also unexpected combinations including chipotle apple, pumpkin chai, and sweet potato habanero pecan whiskey. The signature offering is chef Virginia Senior's Pink Diablo pie, which features a walnut cookie crumb crust topped by prickly pear cheesecake, lime curd, a splash of tequila, and finished off with meringue, mint, and agave habanero sauce. Pies range from $28 to $34 and orders can be placed now through November 24 by calling 602-595-2244 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Market by Jennifer's
Arcadia's The Market by Jennifer's will be serving everything you need for Thanksgiving dinner to go, but if you're just looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, the restaurant can handle that, too. Choose between pumpkin with spiced whipped cream ($22.50) or pecan with vanilla bean whipped cream ($25.50). Orders must be placed by Friday, November 20, by calling 602-579-5327 or by e-mailing email@example.com. Pick up will be available from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 25, or from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, November 26.
Phoenix Public Market Cafe
Chef Aaron Chamberlin's Phoenix Public Market Cafe in downtown Phoenix will serve apple crumb pie ($20) and spice pumpkin pie ($20), as well as pumpkin loaves ($20) for Thanksgiving this year. To pre-order your dessert, call 602-253-2700.
Luci’s Healthy Marketplace
Now through Thursday, November 19, you can place an order for either a Luci’s pumpkin pie ($12.99) or Luci’s pecan pie ($14.99) from Luci's Healthy Marketplace in Phoenix. Orders can be placed by either visiting the restaurant and market at Bethany Home Road and 16th Street or by calling 602-773-1339.
Grassroots Kitchen and Tap
If you've ever had the signature key lime pie at Grassroots Kitchen and Tap in Phoenix or Scottsdale, then you already know that this restaurant doesn't mess around when it comes to pie. For Thanksgiving, Grassroots is offering key lime, coconut, butterscotch, and pecan pumpkin pies for $20 each. Pre-orders are available now through Monday, November 23, and pickup will be Tuesday, November 24, and Wednesday, November 25. Payment must be made when the order is placed, and orders must be placed in person at one of the restaurants.
Pistol Whipped Pastry
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This year, Pistol Whipped Pastry is offering five flavors of Thanksgiving pies: apple caramel crumb pie with standard crust, citrus chess pie with standard crust, bourbon pumpkin pie with standard crust, pecan pie with standard crust, and Pistol Whipped Pastry Signature S'mores Pie. All pies cost $30 and can be ordered online now through 10 p.m. Sunday, November 22. (Bonus: Want to make your own pie but don't want to mess with making crust? You can buy frozen pie dough from Pistol Whipped Pastry, too.)
Liberty Market pastry chef LaDawn Driscoll has four pie options on the Thanksgiving list this year: Bluebarb, Dutch apple, French silk, and pumpkin pecan. Each pie costs $28, and Thanksgiving orders must be placed by Monday, November 23. To order, call 480-892-1900 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Liberty Market website.
Know of another place to get pie in metro Phoenix? Tell us and maybe we'll publish Part Two, since there's no so thing as too much pie. Also, be sure to check out the sixth annual Pie Social, co-sponsored by Phoenix New Times and Roosevelt Row, going down November 21 in downtown Phoenix.