Family sit-downs. Outdoor Friendsgiving. Recasting a holiday whose origins are pretty damn fraught. Thanksgiving will take many forms this year, but they all pair well with pie. These local bakers have holiday preorders set up for pecan, sweet potato, pecan bourbon, gluten-free and vegan masterpieces, and so many iterations of pumpkin. We’ll keep updating this list as more spots post their holiday menus. (More options for Thanksgiving takeout right over here.)
At Chera Amlag’s bakeshop, this holiday goes by “Thingstaken.” And kabocha squash from organic Filipino veggie grower Sariwa Farm co-stars with pumpkin and spices (vodka co-stars in the pie crust). Thanksgiving pre-orders also include Hood Famous’s streusel-topped buko pie, a gluten-free pumpkin cake with pinipig and oat streusel, and Amlag’s game-changing ube (and mango calamansi) cheesecakes. Order online by November 17 (10 percent of sales benefit Real Rent Duwamish).
Rachael Coyle is the Karl Lagerfeld of croissant dough, and harbors a not-so-secret affection for British sweets. Neither of which stops her from going all in on pies this time of year. Her Greenwood bakery takes online orders for whole pies (classic apple plus a pecan number with bourbon and dark chocolate) plus frozen pie shells and other items for baking at home.
When he’s not busy planning a new restaurant and bagelry in Seward Park, owner Josh Grunig is planning a pick-up menu of berry, pumpkin, apple, and honey pecan pies. They’re available via Tock as whole pies or, brilliantly, by the slice.
Ballard, Phinney Ridge, West Seattle
Eleven years of Blue Hawaiian pie—plus a new location in Ballard—cemented A La Mode’s status as a Seattle pie institution. This time of year, they lean into holiday flavors for preorder: two types of apple pie, a chocolate-caramel pecan tart, raspberry crumble, and pumpkin with a gingersnap crust. Eastsiders can also pre-order for a popup pie event in Issaquah on November 24. Order online.
A shockingly comprehensive online ordering situation is but one of the ways this Kirkland favorite pleases its customer base. Another: A Thanksgiving takeout menu that includes pumpkin cheesecake, classic apple, and all manner of cookies.
While they ready themselves for a move to the Central District, mother-daughter owners Barbara Collins and Lillian Rambus continue their tradition of dead excellent pies. Online orders only extend a week out, so call the restaurant at 206-474-9841 to preorder apple, pecan, sweet potato, peach cobbler, or mixed berry pie…or keep an eye on the website.
Pie is a year-round way of life for Bill Hart, which means you can order anything from berry cobbler to banana pudding to lemon chess pie in all manner of sizes.
Don’t let the name mislead you. Georgetown’s Hawaiian-leaning bakery also puts on a holiday pie menu that offers a tropical change of pace for anyone not enamored with pumpkin. It does help to be enamored with cream; flavors include coconut cream, macadamia nut cream, banana cream, and guava strawberry or mango cream cheese pies. Order these (and other desserts, like mini cupcakes) online to pickup at the window.
Cafe Flora’s sibling bakery excels in vegan and gluten-free indulgences, including a classic pumpkin pie, made with a multigrain crust (heads up, it definitely involves nuts). Classic butter-and-flour pie crusts also power whole pumpkin and pecan bourbon pies, available for online order.
Columbia City, Downtown, West Seattle
Pastry chef Jordan Quinn’s making both ube sweet potato pie and a coconut cream with liliko’i caramel. Preorder by November 18 to pick up at the Marination outpost of your choice.