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Goode Co.’s Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie
Allison Moorman

Where to Score the Best Whole Pies for the Holiday Season

Find fruit and cream-filled pastries, baked to perfection at these Houston bakeries and restaurants

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Goode Co.’s Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie
| Allison Moorman

Turkey Day may soon be approaching, but pie season is in full effect. Few things offer comfort on a crisp autumn day like spoonful after spoonful of freshly baked pie. The well-built pastry, with a crumbly, spiced crust and a dollop of fluffy whip cream, is hard to resist on Thanksgiving — or any holiday for that matter.

As planning for holiday meals is underway, consider adding a picture-perfect pie from one of the city’s top restaurants or bakeries to your spread. Whether it’s traditional pumpkin, a spin on the classic pecan, or something wildly adventurous with a cereal crust, head to one of these top-notch pie destinations within the city for a choice holiday pastry. Take note, though: these pie shops stay busy this time of year, and it’s best to order ahead.

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Victory Pie Co.

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With its large menu of freshly baked deep-dish pies, Victory Pie Company is well worth the trek to Magnolia. Each pie is a 9” round and flavors include salted caramel apple, banana cream, chocolate bourbon pecan, and the ooey gooey magic cookie pie made with chocolate chips and pecans on an oatmeal cookie crust.

Junior League of Houston

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All items from the Junior League’s complete Thanksgiving meal may be ordered a la carte, including holiday pies. Pre-orders for pecan ($15) and pumpkin ($12) pies may be made until Thursday, November 18 for pick-up at The Junior League of Houston on Wednesday, November 24 from 10 am to 1 pm.

Becca Cakes

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Give in to all of the holiday cravings at once with a mini pie set from Becca Cakes. The set, presented in a festive gold gift box, comes with four each of the bakery’s pecan, apple, and mixed berry mini pies for $45. Pre-order online through Wednesday, November 17 for pick-up on Saturday, November 20, Tuesday, November 23, or Wednesday, November 24.

Pondicheri Bake Lab + Shop

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Think outside the (pie) box and opt for a pumpkin chai pie from Pondicheri this year. The pastry, made with chai custard and ground almonds on a Parle G cookie crust, offers a tasty twist on tradition. Get an 8” pie for $55, or splurge for the 10” for $85. Pre-orders must be placed 2-5 days in advance, and pies may be picked up at the second floor Bake Lab + Shop on Thursday, November 25 at 10 am, 11 am or noon.

A whole pumpkin pie with a slice pulled out and a dish of whipped cream on the side.
Pondicheri’s chai pumpkin pie.
Pondicheri

Dessert Gallery

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At this well-stocked dessert bar in Upper Kirby, pastries of all shapes, sizes, and types are epic, and that includes holiday pies. Varieties for the 2021 holiday season include old-fashioned pumpkin, double-crust apple, “To-Die-For” fudge pecan, and double-decker key lime — each available for $35. Plus, Dessert Gallery is donating $2 for every pie sold in November to food rescue organization Second Servings. Pre-ordering online is recommended.

House of Pies

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This iconic Houston diner is called House of Pies for a reason — it’s home to whole fruit-filled pies, cream pies, and specialty pies galore. Stick with tradition and choose pumpkin or Texas pecan or something even more indulgent like the egg-cream custard or Bavarian chocolate cream. All good things come to those who wait, and wait you will. House of Pies is first come, first served during the holidays.

Goode Company BBQ

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Goode Co. pies are a Texas tradition, and it is hardly a holiday season without a Brazos bottom pecan or chocolate cream pie gracing your dinner table. This year, pies are available for pre-order through November 18, but can also be picked up first-come, first-served at a drive-thru booth —  set up at Armadillo Palace, Goode Company BBQ in Memorial and Goode Company in the Woodlands — on November 23 and 24 from 8 am to 4 pm.

Nobie's

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Over the years, Nobie’s has garnered as much recognition for its pies as it has for its food, making it a high-demand dessert destination during the holidays. This year, Thanksgiving pies include a black bottom salted caramel pecan on an Oreo crust, banana walnut on a Cheerio crust, and key lime on a graham crust. Whole pies are $48 and can be pre-ordered on the phone through November 19 at 5 pm.

Three Brothers Bakery

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Find all of the usual suspects (available for pre-order) at Three Brother’s Bakery. From old-fashioned cherry and pumpkin pies to creamy key lime and lemon meringue pies, this time-honored bakery wholly satisfies. Stickler for pecan pie? Here, offerings include traditional pecan, salted caramel pecan, chocolate bourbon pecan, and chocolate fudge pecan.

Flying Saucer Pie Company

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This family-owned bakery in Garden Oaks is a Houston institution for its vast menu of house-made fruit and cream pies. The traditional apple pie is a quintessential fall dessert, prepared with warm spices and tender apple slices in a double crust, while the pecan pie — topped with a layer of caramelized pecan pieces — is a holiday favorite.

Common Bond Bistro & Bakery - Montrose

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Maple pumpkin, Dutch apple, and bourbon pecan pies are hitting all Common Bond locations (bistro, on-the-go kiosks, and the Brasserie) beginning Friday, November 19. Pies range from $18 to $22 and can serve up to 10 guests. While pies will be available to purchase on-site, guests may also opt to pre-order online for pick-up closer to Thanksgiving Day.

Revival Market

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This trusty Heights market is a go-to year-round for quality meats, cheeses, and party essentials, and the holiday season is no different. Score homemade whole apple, pumpkin, and pecan pies starting at $34. Add a pint of fluffy whipped cream for an extra festive touch.

Cafe Leonelli

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Café Leonelli, the newly opened eatery inside the MFAH Kinder Building, is putting a sophisticated twist on holiday pies with two options available for pre-order. Choose from the pecan pie made with Old Grandad bourbon or the pumpkin pie with a mascarpone swirl — $40 each and available for pick-up between November 22 and 24.

Sinfull Bakery

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At this fully vegan bakery, find scratch-made vegan desserts, including 9-inch pies in flavors like apple, sweet potato, and mixed berry made with a classic lattice crust. Pies range from $24 to $28 and are available for pre-order online through Sunday, November 21 for pick-up on November 23 or 24.

Victory Pie Co.

With its large menu of freshly baked deep-dish pies, Victory Pie Company is well worth the trek to Magnolia. Each pie is a 9” round and flavors include salted caramel apple, banana cream, chocolate bourbon pecan, and the ooey gooey magic cookie pie made with chocolate chips and pecans on an oatmeal cookie crust.

Junior League of Houston

All items from the Junior League’s complete Thanksgiving meal may be ordered a la carte, including holiday pies. Pre-orders for pecan ($15) and pumpkin ($12) pies may be made until Thursday, November 18 for pick-up at The Junior League of Houston on Wednesday, November 24 from 10 am to 1 pm.

Becca Cakes

Give in to all of the holiday cravings at once with a mini pie set from Becca Cakes. The set, presented in a festive gold gift box, comes with four each of the bakery’s pecan, apple, and mixed berry mini pies for $45. Pre-order online through Wednesday, November 17 for pick-up on Saturday, November 20, Tuesday, November 23, or Wednesday, November 24.

Pondicheri Bake Lab + Shop

A whole pumpkin pie with a slice pulled out and a dish of whipped cream on the side.
Pondicheri’s chai pumpkin pie.
Pondicheri

Think outside the (pie) box and opt for a pumpkin chai pie from Pondicheri this year. The pastry, made with chai custard and ground almonds on a Parle G cookie crust, offers a tasty twist on tradition. Get an 8” pie for $55, or splurge for the 10” for $85. Pre-orders must be placed 2-5 days in advance, and pies may be picked up at the second floor Bake Lab + Shop on Thursday, November 25 at 10 am, 11 am or noon.

A whole pumpkin pie with a slice pulled out and a dish of whipped cream on the side.
Pondicheri’s chai pumpkin pie.
Pondicheri

Dessert Gallery

At this well-stocked dessert bar in Upper Kirby, pastries of all shapes, sizes, and types are epic, and that includes holiday pies. Varieties for the 2021 holiday season include old-fashioned pumpkin, double-crust apple, “To-Die-For” fudge pecan, and double-decker key lime — each available for $35. Plus, Dessert Gallery is donating $2 for every pie sold in November to food rescue organization Second Servings. Pre-ordering online is recommended.

House of Pies

This iconic Houston diner is called House of Pies for a reason — it’s home to whole fruit-filled pies, cream pies, and specialty pies galore. Stick with tradition and choose pumpkin or Texas pecan or something even more indulgent like the egg-cream custard or Bavarian chocolate cream. All good things come to those who wait, and wait you will. House of Pies is first come, first served during the holidays.

Goode Company BBQ

Goode Co. pies are a Texas tradition, and it is hardly a holiday season without a Brazos bottom pecan or chocolate cream pie gracing your dinner table. This year, pies are available for pre-order through November 18, but can also be picked up first-come, first-served at a drive-thru booth —  set up at Armadillo Palace, Goode Company BBQ in Memorial and Goode Company in the Woodlands — on November 23 and 24 from 8 am to 4 pm.

Nobie's

Over the years, Nobie’s has garnered as much recognition for its pies as it has for its food, making it a high-demand dessert destination during the holidays. This year, Thanksgiving pies include a black bottom salted caramel pecan on an Oreo crust, banana walnut on a Cheerio crust, and key lime on a graham crust. Whole pies are $48 and can be pre-ordered on the phone through November 19 at 5 pm.

Three Brothers Bakery

Find all of the usual suspects (available for pre-order) at Three Brother’s Bakery. From old-fashioned cherry and pumpkin pies to creamy key lime and lemon meringue pies, this time-honored bakery wholly satisfies. Stickler for pecan pie? Here, offerings include traditional pecan, salted caramel pecan, chocolate bourbon pecan, and chocolate fudge pecan.

Flying Saucer Pie Company

This family-owned bakery in Garden Oaks is a Houston institution for its vast menu of house-made fruit and cream pies. The traditional apple pie is a quintessential fall dessert, prepared with warm spices and tender apple slices in a double crust, while the pecan pie — topped with a layer of caramelized pecan pieces — is a holiday favorite.

Common Bond Bistro & Bakery - Montrose

Maple pumpkin, Dutch apple, and bourbon pecan pies are hitting all Common Bond locations (bistro, on-the-go kiosks, and the Brasserie) beginning Friday, November 19. Pies range from $18 to $22 and can serve up to 10 guests. While pies will be available to purchase on-site, guests may also opt to pre-order online for pick-up closer to Thanksgiving Day.

Revival Market

This trusty Heights market is a go-to year-round for quality meats, cheeses, and party essentials, and the holiday season is no different. Score homemade whole apple, pumpkin, and pecan pies starting at $34. Add a pint of fluffy whipped cream for an extra festive touch.

Cafe Leonelli

Café Leonelli, the newly opened eatery inside the MFAH Kinder Building, is putting a sophisticated twist on holiday pies with two options available for pre-order. Choose from the pecan pie made with Old Grandad bourbon or the pumpkin pie with a mascarpone swirl — $40 each and available for pick-up between November 22 and 24.

Sinfull Bakery

At this fully vegan bakery, find scratch-made vegan desserts, including 9-inch pies in flavors like apple, sweet potato, and mixed berry made with a classic lattice crust. Pies range from $24 to $28 and are available for pre-order online through Sunday, November 21 for pick-up on November 23 or 24.

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