Taste Tests

Seattle Met Taste Test: Thanksgiving Pies

Six bakeries, 14 pies, three winners.

By Lindsey Hall November 17, 2010


There are lots of local bakeries baking up holiday pies. How to know you’re ordering the best pie from the best one?

No problem, we did the work for you.

On Monday, November 15, we tasted pies from six bakeries around town to learn which had the stuff to make Thanksgiving dessert dreams come true.

Bakeries submitted pies in up to three categories: pumpkin, apple, and “wild card”—a flavor of their choice. Our staff tasted all 14. (You can try this at home, but we strongly suggest wearing pants with an elastic waistband.)

The results were impressive—almost every pie received at least one “favorite” vote.

But when the votes were tallied, three winners emerged. The Dahlia Bakery’s pumpkin pie, Macrina’s apple pie, and Shoofly Pie Company’s apple cranberry crumble were our picks for all-around tastiest Thanksgiving pies.

Click on the slideshow to see some serious pie porn and get tasting notes and ordering info on all the desserts we tried.

Big thanks to all the bakeries that participated!

All photos by Kat Wertzler.

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