Let these 14 bakeries and restaurants supply your Thanksgiving feast with pie

From www.chicagotribune.com by Joseph Hernandez
Let these 14 bakeries and restaurants supply your Thanksgiving feast with pie

Thanksgiving is one giant clock made up of never-ceasing gears and widgets — keep your eye on the bird, don’t let the gravy evaporate, drink enough to numb yourself from Uncle Ted’s political rants but not so much you forget to actually mash the potatoes. An important tenet of self-care is knowing when to ask for help, and luckily there are plenty of pie pros you can tap for dessert. Order from one of the vendors below, and you can already knock pie off your to-do list. Phew.

Take notice of deadlines: Hoosier Mama has already cut off Thanksgiving orders, so you won’t see the pie shop listed below; several other makers shut down ordering early next week.

Justice of the Pies

Baker Maya-Camille Broussard’s popular Justice of the Pies is back serving up a bevy of pie options, but act fast: Orders close Nov. 14. Go seasonal with cranberry-pumpkin ($35) or rethink the cheese-and-fruit course with a blue cheese pear praline ($30). If you’re smart, you’ll also consider tarts or quiches, perfect for day-of or post-turkey breakfast. In the spirit of the season, Broussard is also donating 15 percent of sales to Cabrini Green Legal Aid, a nonprofit in Chicago that provides assistance for individuals living in poverty. Prices vary; pick up 3-8 p.m. Nov. 21 at Build Coffee, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., justiceofthepies.com

Cindy’s Pie on the Fly pop-up

Returning to the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel’s Madison Street entrance is Pie on the Fly, a pop-up created by Cindy’s chef Jove Hubbard. Four flavors — chocolate pecan, maple cream, Dutch apple and pumpkin cheesecake — are available via online preorder, or you can swing by and pick up a pie (limited supplies available). $20, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 20-21, 71 E. Madison St., store.chicagoatletichotel.com

HotChocolate at Revival Food Hall

James Beard Award-winning chef Mindy Segal offers up four decadent pies at her Revival Food Hall outpost, sure to knock out any family members still raring for a verbal brawl. Hit your problematic aunties and uncles with a slice of pumpkin butterscotch cheesecake or honey caramel-Honeycrisp apple, salted pecan or chocolate brownie pies before they know what hit them. $30/9-inch pie, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20-21, 125 S. Clark St., revivalfoodhall.com/thanksgiving

Chiya Chai

Beef up your Friendsgiving spread with some savory pies by Chiya Chai. The Logan Square Nepalese spot is known for its single-serving offerings like chicken balti, chicken masala, and curried kale and potato, but for November, they’re available as 9-inch pies to-go. Place orders two days in advance (through Nov. 19) and pick up at the cafe. $20, pick up by Nov. 21, 2770 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-360-7541, chiyachai.com

TheWit Hotel

Chef Toni Roberts of theWit Hotel annually offers creations for Turkey Day, and this year is no different. Three seasonal creations include toasted pecan-cranberry, traditional pumpkin and a decadent-sounding chocolate cream s’more pie. Two non-pie options include apple toffee cake and a golden chocolate peanut butter turkey, which weighs in at 3 pounds. Gild the lily and opt for a pint of whipped Kilgus cream ($5) while you’re at it. From $18, 201 N. State St., www.abitofthewit.com

Publican Quality Meats

Mix the dough, roll out the dough, let the dough rest, create the filling — making pie on top of everything else you have to do on Thanksgiving is a rookie mistake. Luckily, Publican’s executive pastry chef, Erika Chan, is on hand with classics to help you out in a pinch (available flavors are pecan, pumpkin and apple), available for in-store pickup during regular hours. $30, 825 W. Fulton Market, 312-445-8977, publicanqualitymeats.com

Bad Hunter

Invited to a last-minute Friendsgiving? Swing by Bad Hunter for executive pastry chef Emily Spurlin’s autumnal offerings, available in limited supply. The options include cheddar-rosemary apple, ginger miso sweet potato and guajillo-chocolate pecan — familiar enough to not ruffle feathers, but each with a kick of complexity and interest. Pies are only available for pickup. $30. Pick up Nov. 20 and 21, 802 W. Randolph St., badhunter.com/thanksgiving-pies

Fabiana’s Bakery

Hyde Park’s Fabiana’s Bakery keeps things simple this Thanksgiving. Through Nov. 18, the shop is taking orders for apple, mixed berry, sweet potato and pecan pies, though pumpkin bars, quiche, cakes and other baked goods are available for order too. Pies from $34, place orders by Nov. 18, 1658 E. 53rd Street, 773-658-9842, fabianasbakery.com

Loba Pastry

All right, this is a pie roundup, but hear us out: Check out Loba Pastry in Lakeview. “I don’t like to bake pies,” says owner Valeria Taylor, when asked about her Thanksgiving specials, which are decidedly un-pielike. Instead, she’s offering seasonally flavored baked goods, to appease those that — gasp — don’t like pie, either. Between now and Nov. 20, call, email or text the shop to place orders on her pumpkin cream-stuffed loaf, which features Chinese five spice-candied pepitas, or the spiced caramel monkey bread. $35, ordering available through Nov. 20. 3422 N Lincoln Ave. 773-456-9266, lobapastry.com

West Town Bakery

With three locations — River North, Wrigleyville and West Town — West Town Bakery is conveniently pie central for those on the North Side. Place orders online, and choose from whimsical Fruity Pebbles cheesecake, or even adorable chocolate pumpkins, or lean into tradition with apple, pecan and pumpkins. Do you want to offer a pie for your vegan cousin visiting from grad school? They’ve got you covered with a cranberry-apple number. Pies from $18, available for pickup any day at River North and Wrigleyville, except Thanksgiving; West Town location is open Thanksgiving Day. westtownbakery.com

Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits

Uber-popular pie purveyor Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits is now taking pie orders, but it’s not just tins and crust. Pumpkin, pecan, key lime and chocolate pecan are all available for pickup at both locations, as are nifty Thanksgiving extras like biscuits, biscuit mix, coffee, even hot sauce. Pies $28-$32, pick up Nov. 20-21, Logan Square (2051 N. California Ave.) and Ravenswood (4947 N. Damen Ave.), bangbangpie.com

Vanille Patisserie

Operating out of four locations, Vanille Patisserie is offering discounts on multiple pie orders, clutch intel in case you decide to dinner-hop on Thanksgiving day. The pies (apple streusel, maple cream, pecan, pumpkin and decadent chocolate-Nutella French silk) cost $28.95 each, but if you buy more than one, any mix of varieties, there’s a nominal drop, to $25.95 each. We’re grateful for any savings. Various locations, vanillepatisserie.com/Thanksgiving-Pies/

Abundance Bakery

This Bronzeville favorite is taking Thanksgiving orders by phone, offering up its signature sweet potato pie. Get your order in while the getting is good. $12, 105 E 47th St., 773-373-1971

Lost Larson

Ambitious Andersonville bakery and newcomer Lost Larson are offering four pies for Thanksgiving, from de rigeur apple to squash pie, the latter made with local squash and topped with toasted meringue, mascarpone ganache and pumpkin seed brittle. Also of note are the whole wheat puff pastry "pie," baked with cranberries and white wine-poached pears. and the pecan bourbon, which is studded with pipettes of bourbon — for the pie, but feel free to live your life by squirting it in your mouth. $36- $42, preorders are available until Nov. 16. for pickup Nov. 20 to Nov. 22., 5318 N. Clark St., lostlarson.com

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