As Thanksgiving approaches, everyone who’s heading to the home of friends or family begins to get excited, and everyone who’s going to be hosting begins to get nervous. And after the turkey and sides are cooked and taken care of, who wants to spend the time making a pie from scratch? If you’re in Austin, there are thankfully plenty of places to buy your Thanksgiving pie that isn’t your local H-E-B.
The Monument Café
This legendary café also has an online store where you can reserve their famous pies 48 hours in advance. Favorites include their famed coconut cream pie, pumpkin chiffon pie, chocolate pie, apple, pecan, pumpkin, and cherry. Cornbread dressing, giblet gravy, and biscuits are also for sale.
Quack's 43rd Street Bakery
This popular coffeehouse prepares pies with only the best ingredients, including unbleached flour and AA butter. Pies are available in varieties including chocolate pecan, peach, apple cinnamon, pumpkin, Tollhouse, cherry, blueberry, and pecan.
Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop
Both of this bakery’s locations (the Southside original and the Eastside offshoot) are must-visits. Available pies include banana cream, chocolate cream, coconut cream, peanut butter chocolate, sweet potato meringue, and triple berry.
Most famous for their wedding cakes, the talented folks at Sweet Treets also prepare some great pies, with varying flavors every day (banana, coconut, pecan, and Key lime are favorites). They also serve mini pies, cheesecakes, and chocolate salted caramel tartlets.
Royers Pie Haven
Unique and exciting pies are the name of the game at this quirky shop. Specialties include buttermilk pie, chocolate chip, “Not My Mom’s Apple” (topped with brown sugar, brown sugar streudel [sic], and whipped cream), “Crack Berry” pie, and a whole lot of gluten-free options.