A La Mode Pie Prep

Apples are readied for pie-hood at A la Mode’s new Phinney pie cafe. Photo: Lucas Anderson

While the turkey steals most of the glory, the pie is technically the culmination of any Thanksgiving meal. It’s also one of the easiest dinner components to outsource. Whether you’re hosting the entire meal, or signed up for dessert duty for the potluck, Seattle’s favorite pie bakeries have got you covered.

Macrina is baking up a few conventional pies with tasty twists: double crusted apple pie made with maple sugar, pecan pie enhanced with orange zest, pumpkin sponge cake with a brandy kumquat filling and candied walnut roulade. Or, opt for the traditional pumpkin—their version is strong in flavor and shot through with ginger. Give two days’ notice for holiday orders. 2408 First Ave, Belltown, 206-448-4032. 615 W McGraw St, Queen Anne, 206-283-5900. 1943 First Ave S, SoDo, 206-623-0919; macrinabakery.com

If you’re dealing with a tableful of picky thanks-givers, stop by Pie in Fremont. Their four-inch mini-pies (and two-bite mini-mini-pies) allow everyone to get just what they want. Classic holiday flavors include ginger-infused pumpkin, Washington apple, and pecan; more adventurous guests might opt for pumpkin chai spice cream or cran-apple. Special orders are the way to go – place them before November 19, and call to inquire about discounts for larger orders. (Pssst: If you forget to order ahead of time, stop in on Thanksgiving, when the shop will set up a “pie loading zone” to hand off desserts to delinquent diners.) 3515 Fremont Ave N, Fremont, 206-436-8590; sweetandsavorypie.com

Shoofly Pie Co. offers an assortment of weird and wonderful autumnal desserts: apple, pumpkin, and pecan, sure, but also cran-apple crumble, shoofly (naturally), rhubarb, chocolate cream, and dark chocolate pecan. If your sole struggle is achieving the ultimate flaky, golden crust, just pick up the pre-perfected dough from Shoofly and do the rest at home. Order by Friday, November 18 to ensure pies will be available for pickup on the holiday. 4444 California Ave SW, West Seattle, 206-938-0680; shooflypiecompany.com

Hit up Seattle Pie Company for reliable classics: pumpkin, maple pecan, American apple, and crunchy apple crumb. The kicker is the lard-laden crusts with a leaf design that lends a rustic, pilgrim-appropriate charm. Order by November 22, and stop in to pick up your pies before the shop closes on noon on Thanksgiving day. 3111 W McGraw St, Magnolia, 206-217-4743; seattlepiecompany.com

High 5 Pie of Capitol Hill is offering up some spirited takes on Thanksgiving treat tradition. Their pumpkin pie is dense and browned and sunken under a perfect glazy skin; the other (less familiar) November specials are spiced plum walnut, hot mulled cider, sweet potato, and cranberry nut. Get your order in before the 21st to lay claim to an out-of-the-box pie from this hip pie joint. 1400 12th Ave, Capitol Hill, 206-695-2284; high5pie.com

A la Mode Pies, the delivery service turned pie cafe, serves up some whimsical flavors, including the coconut- and blueberry-laced “Blue Hawaiian,” Mexican chocolate mousse, marionberry hazelnut, and apple, ginger and pear. The headliner this holiday season, though, is the pumpkin tart, a custardy spiced pumpkin filling in a shallow gingersnap crust, topped with maple-suffused whipped cream and garnished with candied pecans. Place your order by 5pm on November 21. If you’re in dire straits, the shop will have a small number of whole pies on sale in the store. The shop is open for pie pickup until 1pm on Thanksgiving, and there are even a few delivery slots left (it’s free to most Seattle neighborhoods!). Order and sign up for your slot online before they fill up. 5821 Phinney Ave N, Phinney Ridge, 206-383-3796; alamodeseattle.com