Celebrate the Season with Takeout Pie from Boston Bakeries

By Eric Twardzik
Individual Pecan Pie from Hi-Rise Bread Company

The lead-up to the holidays can fill even the pie-agnostic with a craving for all things circular and crusted. And while this Thanksgiving might be untraditional, there’s no reason we can’t have pie. From a mini pecan pie to an epic “Piefecta,” you’ll find your perfect takeout pie at these top Boston spots.

Petsi Pies

If you’re looking for an indie bakery with grandma’s-kitchen charm, look no further than Petsi Pies, which has 15 years of business under its belt. The Somerville bakery stocks five-, eight-, and 10-inch pies on its regular menu in a range of sweet and savory variations, from bake-at-home Chicken Pot Pies to sweet Cherry Crumb and Chocolate Bourbon Pecan. Order yours online at least 27 hours in advance, and be sure to order via the Thanksgiving menu if you’re planning to pick up your pie during the holiday week.

Spice up your Thanksgiving dinner this year with Sofra’s special menu. The Turkish- and Middle Eastern-inspired bakery is turning out pies with a twist: a Sesame Caramel Pumpkin Pie with tahini caramel and pepita buckwheat crunch; a Brown Butter Pecan Pie with a layer of espresso-infused dates; and an Apple Butter Custard Pie with house-made apple butter, buttermilk custard, and caramelized white chocolate. Order online by Saturday, November 21 at 6 p.m. for pickup on Monday through Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Don’t forget to peruse the bakery’s other offerings, like Smoked Cinnamon Honey Butter and Mulled Apple Cider, to find your perfect pie pairings.

Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar

Pies from Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar
Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar

Built around a classic 1940s diner, Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar offers a modern spin on classic Americana diner fare. That focus, of course, includes pies, which are proudly displayed Perkins-style in a glass case. Order online for a takeout pie made with an emphasis on comfort food classics; expect stick-to-your-ribs renditions of Key Lime, Cookies ‘n Cream, and Banana Bourbon Cream.

With locations sprinkled across Boston, it’s hard not to bump into one of Joanne Chang’s Flour bakeries. Baked treats abound, and among the cookies and muffins you’ll find nine-inch pies, including Chocolate Cream, Coconut Cream, and a show-stopping Mile High Lemon Meringue. Each can be ordered by the slice or whole, with 48 hours’ notice. (Bonus: All can be made gluten-free.) Flour goes all out for holidays, so you can serve Joanne Chang-approved classics like pumpkin, apple, and pecan—plus the pecan- and pumpkin-filled Piefecta—at your meal. Check the company’s website prior to Thanksgiving and Christmas to browse offerings and order in advance.

Like everything else at this local bakery chain, the seasonal pies on Tatte’s special Thanksgiving menu are picture-perfect. The bourbon-infused Pumpkin Pie is crowned with a ring of pecans and a dusting of streusel. The Maple Pecan Pie blends brown sugar with local maple syrup. The Apple Pie is perfectly simple, with a filling of Granny Smith apples and cinnamon beneath a crisp, sugar-coated double crust. Order your pies by Friday, November 20 at 8 p.m. for pickup between the 23rd and 25th. If you’re missing out on sharing pie with friends and family this year, note that Tatte ships pies, cakes, and tarts nationwide. Send a pie to show your love.

Cambridge’s Hi-Rise Bread Company is offering pies sized for the social distancing era. Their daily menu features a five-inch Apple Pie that somehow packs a pound of fruit under its towering crust; a five-inch Pecan Pie made with Texas pecans and real sugar (sans corn syrup); and a mini Pear Tart with local Bosc pears and an almond cream. Larger apple, pumpkin, and pecan pies are available through the special Thanksgiving menu that you can fill out and drop off at the Concord Ave location or order online (toggle to “Thanksgiving Pre-Orders” under “Choose a Menu”). Order by November 22 at 4 p.m. for curbside pickup on Wednesday the 25th or Thanksgiving Day.

You can’t have pie without ice cream, and pints from FoMu are a holiday staple: The coconut cream-based confections are rich, creamy, and satisfying while being safe for vegan friends and relatives. This year FoMu is also offering ice cream pies, including a Pumpkin Cheesecake version made with Pumpkin Spice ice cream, a layer of house-made cheesecake, a gluten-free shortbread crust, and buttercream pumpkins; and an Apple Crumble version with Apple Cider Donut ice cream, spiced apples, a spiced oat crust, and shortbread cookie apple. The pies are available for walk-in customers, although you may want to call ahead to check availability.

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