Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce may be the stars of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner table, but don’t forget about dessert. Whether you’re going classic with a pumpkin pie or trying something new, Philly bakeries and restaurants are ready for the holiday with pies, cakes, chocolates, gelato, and more. Order these sweets now to avoid disappointing Thanksgiving guests or showing up at the host’s house empty-handed.
Bredenbeck’s Bakery in Chestnut Hill has been holding it down for 130 years and these folks know how to bake a pie. For Thanksgiving, a dozen pies are on offer in flavors like apple and chocolate bourbon pecan. Not into pie? The shop makes more than 100 different desserts.
Pies are $9.95 and up; order by calling 215-247-7374 by 1 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26. Pick up by 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27.
Red Owl Tavern
Every year Red Owl Tavern at Old City’s Hotel Monaco donates the price of one pie to Philabundance for every pie purchased from the beginning of November through Thanksgiving. The Month of 1000 Pies campaign includes cranberry apple streusel and pumpkin pies for $12 each or two for $20. The goal is to donate the equivalent of 1,000 pies.
Order online, call 215-923-2267, or stop in.
It’s usually the meat pies getting all the attention at British pie shop Stargazy on East Passyunk Avenue, but for Thanksgiving Sam Jacobson is baking up a bourbon pecan pie, an apple ginger pie, and a sweet neck pumpkin pie. Savory pies, millionaire’s shortbread, and the sticky toffee pudding that’s always on the menu are also available for holiday orders.
The pies are $24 and $28. Order by Sunday, November 24, at 5 p.m. and pick up Wednesday, November 27, from noon-6 p.m.
Cake Life Bake Shop
Cake Life in Fishtown has plenty of cakes available for Thanksgiving dessert, including pumpkin maple and apple bourbon, as well as pies, cheesecake, and a gluten-free chocolate cake. Savory items include cornbread and biscuits.
The pumpkin pie is $32. Order by Sunday, November 24, at 5 p.m., and pick up starting Tuesday, November 26, through Thanksgiving day. The bakery will also be open on Thanksgiving for walk-ins.
The Mighty Bread Co.
Baker Chris DiPiazza is known for his sourdough loaves, but he’s going sweet for Thanksgiving with a purple sweet potato pie and a caramel apple pie. Breads and other baked goods are also available for preorder or walk-ins.
The pies are each $24. Order online by Sunday, November 24, and pick up Wednesday, November 27, from noon-6 p.m.
Constellation Collective in Collingswood, New Jersey, is known for its salted honey pie. The bakery will also be offering traditional pecan, apple, and pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving, plus biscuits and gluten-free and vegan pies in classic flavors.
Pies will go for $25-30; pick up noon-6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27, and 9 a.m.-noon on Thanksgiving.
Crust Vegan Bakery
Crust Vegan Bakery is selling Thanksgiving pies in four flavors: apple, pumpkin, sweet potato, and pecan. Bonus: Any of the pies can be made gluten-free for $5 more.
$22-$30; order by Saturday, November 23 for pick up on November 26 or 27 at Grindcore House, the new Grindcore X Crust, or Crust Kitchen (where there will also be cranberry coffee cake and cookies available). Ten percent of sales will be donated to Indigenous 215.
Essen, East Passyunk Avenue’s Jewish bakery, is whipping up pumpkin challah, kabocha squash pie, pecan pie, and apple pie for Thanksgiving.
Order by Friday, November 22, and pick up Wednesday, November 27.
Fiore Fine Foods
With chef-ownerJustine MacNeil and sous chef Gina Nalbone behind the pastry program at Italian restaurant Fiore, the Thanksgiving offerings are sure to be excellent. Choose from pistachio cornetti, salted caramel apple pie, rye chocolate chunk cookies, pints of vanilla bourbon or butterscotch gelato, and more.
Order by Sunday, November 24, and pick up after 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 27. There’s a 10-percent discount on orders of $50 or more.
Looking for pumpkin pecan cranberry bread, double-crust caramelized apple pie, or a pumpkin custard tart? Metropolitan Bakery has you covered with those and more.
Stop by the Rittenhouse or University City locations to place orders by Monday, November 25, at 1 p.m. for pickup Wednesday, November 27, or by Tuesday, November 26, at 1 p.m. to pick up Thursday, November 28.
Aurora Grace Chocolates
Aurora Grace in Society Hill has several different kinds of sweets for sale, including its signature hand-painted chocolates, pies (like salted caramel apple), pastries, and macarons ready for Thanksgiving.
Order online and pick up November 25-27.
Hawaiian restaurant Poi Dog is baking holiday bibingka, a coconut cream and rice flour cake that’s often found on Filipino tables at Christmastime. Flavors include pineapple, cranberry swirl, Nutella, chocolate chip, pandan, and Maui lavender. Add some guava butter caramel ($5 per cup or $10 per pint) to melt over the cake.
$34 for a 9-by-12 pan or $65 for a double-size order. Place orders by Monday, November 25, to pick up Wednesday, November 27.
On East Passyunk Avenue, Vanilya has whole pies along with individually sized desserts for $5.25 a piece (or $4 if a minimum of six is ordered in advance). The options include vanilla panna cotta with candied butternut squash and spiced walnuts, pumpkin mousse with cinnamon Chantilly cream and pumpkin seed brittle, or cranberry orange trifles.
Vernick Coffee Bar
Greg Vernick’s Vernick Coffee Bar in the Comcast Technology Center has whole pies available for the holiday, including carrot cake, pumpkin, cinnamon crumb-top apple, and maple pecan.
Order by Monday, November 25, by calling 215-419-5052 and pick up by Wednesday, November 27.
Last year, Weckerly’s sold ice cream tarts for Thanksgiving, but this year’s offering is even more on-theme: turkey-shaped ice cream sandwiches. These cold treats involve maple bourbon graham cookies with iced “feathers” packed with vanilla or pumpkin pecan ice cream.
Order online by Sunday, November 24, and pick up in Fishtown, or take a chance and drop by the shop, where they’ll be sold in limited quantities.
Gran Caffe L’Aquila
Looking to infuse Thanksgiving dessert with a taste of Italy? Pick up one of Gran Caffe L’Aquila’s full trays of tiramisu or a full or half tray of Stefano Biasini’s award-winning gelato.
Pre-order and pick up Wednesday, November 27.
High Street on Market
Head to High Street on Market in Old City for maple pecan pie, apple pie, maple walnut pumpkin roll, or a loaf of bread for the dinner table.
Order by Monday, November 25, and pick up Wednesday, November 27, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lil’ Pop Shop
Lil’ Pop Shop is baking a few different pie varieties, including pumpkin, pecan chocolate, rosewater cherry, apple crumble, and cranberry orange meringue.
$30-$35; order by Sunday, November 24, at 9 p.m. and pick up in Rittenhouse through Thanksgiving or in West Philly through Wednesday, November 27.