By Eric Twardzik
Pies from Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar
Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar

The lead-up to the holidays can fill even the pie-agnostic with a craving for all things circular and crusted. From down-home classics like cherry crumb to Aussie meat pies doused with gravy, these are our picks for peak pie season.

Blueberry pie from Petsi Pies

If you’re looking for an indie bakery with grandma’s-kitchen charm, look no further than Petsi Pies, which has two locations and 15 years of business under its belt. Its original bakery in Somerville stocks five-, eight-, and 10-inch pies, while the Cambridge cafe sells only the larger version (both spots also sling slices). The lineup covers staples from Blueberry to Banana Cream, plus holiday offerings like Sweet Potato Pecan. Those looking to make a meal out of it can choose from a trio of savory pies including Spinach Ricotta with Pine Nuts, or a selection of fall and winter specials like Chicken Pot Pie.

Interior of Flour Bakery + Cafe

With eight locations (plus an Allston classroom space) 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 24 hours’ notice. (Bonus: Chocolate Cream Pies can be made gluten-free.) Flour goes all out for holidays, so that you can serve Joanne Chang-approved classics like pumpkin, apple, and pecan at your meal. Check the company’s website prior to Thanksgiving and Christmas to browse offerings and order in advance.

Meat pie from KO Pies

The news that owner Sam Jackson is putting up KO Pies for sale in 2019 means it’s a better time than ever to take the East Boston Aussie pie pilgrimage. The savory, single-serving beauties come in traditional flavors like Irish Beef Stew, Braised Lamb Shank and Curried Vegetable, and can be enhanced with a “floater” of mashed potatoes, gravy, and mushy peas. Aside from dining in or taking it out, you can also pick up frozen pies for the future. On a snow day, you won’t regret having these handy in the freezer.

Exterior of Mike's Pastry

North End institution Mike’s Pastry has been enticing cannoli seekers since 1946, but trust us: You should embrace the season and give its pies a chance. This being a cannoli joint first and foremost, pie at the Italian bakery means a thick slice of caramelized crust stuffed with—what else—sweet ricotta. Just don’t assume it’s a cannoli in pie form: The filling is denser, with a little less of the sweetness you’d find squeezed into a cannoli shell.

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 below the host stand. Sold whole or by the slice, Rosebud’s pies are made with an emphasis on comfort food classics; expect stick-to-your-ribs renditions of Key Lime, Dutch Apple, and Blueberry Crumble.

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