Thanksgiving Day dinner’s bookends are all important. There’s the turkey, of course, and then there are the pies. For many, it just wouldn’t be a proper holiday without the latter.
If you’re in the market for a sweet ending to your feast, there are plenty of Houston restaurants and bake shops ready to serve up dessert for the year’s most important meal.
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Here are some options for pies — fruit, creams, custards — and other sweet endings for Thanksgiving Day.
Chef Chris Williams’ Museum District restaurant is offering a full selection of Thanksgiving to-go staples, including pies. Priced at $35 each, pies include Meyer lemon icebox with Swiss meringue, pumpkin, cranberry buttermilk, Snickers pecan with Texas bourbon, and caramel apple with crumble topping. Place orders online at lucilleshouston.com by Nov. 17 for pickup at 5512 La Branch on Nov. 23, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Delivery also available for 77004 and 77045 Zip codes. 
 
The popular bakery with four locations is pie central for Thanksgiving. Choices include chocolate bourbon pecan, pecan, chocolate fudge pecan, and salted caramel pecan ($29.99); pumpkin and apple ($24.99); coconut cream, chocolate meringue, lemon meringue, and key lime ($24.99); and pecan pie cheesecake ($64.99). Order by Nov. 16 for pickup at 4036 S. Braeswood, 12393 Kingsride Lane, 4606 Washington, and 574 Chimney Rock. Shipping also available; see 3brothersbakery.com.
 
The Houston baker Jane Wild extraordinary pies are works of art. Her Thanksgiving lineup includes brown butter pumpkin, Texas pecan with toffee streusel, salted honey (using local Bee2Bee honey), apple with salted caramel, and chocolate ice box ($50 each, all come in reusable glass pie dish that she will buy back at the farmers markets where she sells). The menu also includes vegan and gluten-free options as well as custard, sour milk, and savory tarts. Order by Nov. 16 for pickup at 1204 W. Gray on Nov. 22 at noon or Nov. 23 at noon or 5:30 p.m.; pickup for North Houston customers is at Honor Society Coffee, 105 Houston St., Tomball, on Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. Order at janeandthelion.com or email janewildstudios@gmail.com. 
 
The restaurant and bake shop with four area locations offers 9-inch Thanksgiving pies for pre-order including pecan ($30), apple ($24), pumpkin and cherry ($22). Other holiday dessert options include cheesecake, turtle cheesecake, tiramisu, German chocolate cake, and flourless chocolate cake. Order at rustikacafe.shop by Nov. 22 for pickup at Rustika locations, 3237 Southwest Fwy., 3227 Highway 6 in Sugar Land, 610 E. Main in League City, and 1302 Friendswood Dr. in Friendswood. Local delivery is also available.
 
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The Gulf Creole restaurant offers Brennan’s Pecan Pie ($32), lemon meringue pie with limoncello-blueberry coulis and torched meringue ($60), white chocolate bread pudding and Creole bread pudding with whiskey sauce ($30), and signature pralines. Order by Nov. 18 for pickup at 3300 Smith on Nov. 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 2 to 5 p.m.; brennansofhouston.com.
 
For years pastry chef Rebecca Masson’s pies have found their way to the Houston Thanksgiving table. Her Heights shop is offering signature Mountain Rose Apple Pie ($50), bourbon chocolate pecan pie ($38), Dutch apple pie ($38), chocolate cream pie ($45), couch potato pie ($45), and pumpkin cream pie ($45). Pre-orders are already sold out, but check the website on Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. for extra pies available for pick up on Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1701 W. 15th St.; fluffbakebar.com.
 
The casual eatery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is offering holiday tartlets including pecan, brown butter cranberry, pumpkin with cinnamon whip, and lemon meringue ($45 for six, $90 for 12). Orders require 48 hours advance for pickup (delivery also available) at 5500 Main; cafeleonelli.com/order-online/.
 
The bakery and cafe is selling pies such as maple pumpkin ($18), bourbon pecan and pecan praline apple ($22). Pre-order through Nov. 20 for pickup at various locations on Nov. 22 and 23. Menu also includes additional baked goods such as cornbread, dinner rolls, biscuits, cakes and macarons. See commonbondcafe.com for Thanksgiving pre-order link.
 
The lines for holiday pies at this bakery are part of the Thanksgiving tradition for many Houstonians. Flying Saucer, which bakes fresh pies daily, is a first-come/first-serve shop; it does not deliver or ship, hence the lines for Thanksgiving pies. The menu includes fruit pies (apple, Dutch apple and blueberry, $18; pecan, $22.75; pineapple, $18.50; pumpkin with whipped cream ($19.50) and cream pies (banana cream, chocolate cream, coconut cream, and lemon cream, $18). Thanksgiving week hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 19, 21, and 22; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 23. 436 W. Crosstimbers; flyingsaucerpieshop.com
 
Three types of holiday pies are available at B&B Butchers & Restaurant’s Butcher Shop for Thanksgiving entertaining.
The Butcher Shop at the steakhouse on Washington Avenue offers house-baked pies ($35 each) including pumpkin, pecan and apple crumble. Place orders online or call 832-767-4828 with 48-hour notice for pickup at 1814 Washington Nov. 22-24; bbbutchers.com.
 
The fancy Italian restaurant’s menu of Thanksgiving to-go options includes desserts such as Mile High Limoncello Pie ($75), tuxedo cake ($75), pumpkin pie ($45), pumpkin bread ($20), and chocolate-dipped biscotti ($18, dozen). Order online for pickup on Nov. 23, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3755 Richmond; tonyshouston.com
 
Multiple locations of the Southern food charmer will offer Thanksgiving desserts including pumpkin pie ($20), pecan pie ($26), lemon chess pie ($15), and apple pie with crumb topping ($24). Additional sweets include round layer cakes and sheet cakes. Order at treebeards.com by Nov. 21 for pickup Now 21-23 at 1117 Texas, 1100 Louisiana (tunnel), and 711 Louisiana (tunnel). For Bunker Hill location, 9655 Katy Fwy., pickups are Nov. 21 and 22, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m, Nov. 23 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Pastry chef Alyssa Dole, who will helm the upcoming LuLoo’s Day & Night, is preparing 9-inch Thanksgiving pies ($40 each) including traditional pumpkin and pecan as well as chocolate pecan, smoked caramel apple and cherry crumble. Order by Nov. 19 by emailing luloosbakeshop@gmail.com. Her pies, pumpkin spice coffee cake ($18) and Parker House rolls ($10, dozen) also are available at Blood Bros. BBQ (bloodsbrosbbq.com/thanksgiving/); order by Nov. 14 for pickup on at 5425 Bellaire in Bellaire.
 
Wild Montrose, the CBD cocktail and coffee lounge, is offering pies infused with 100 mg of hemp-derived THC.
If you’re looking for a holiday dessert with a little something extra, check out the pies from Wild, the hemp-happy cocktail and coffee lounge in Montrose. The pies ($40 each, including pumpkin, pecan, and Wild Pie, a gooey, brown-sugar crusted pie) are infused with 100 mg of hemp-derived THC. Order pies online at wildconcepts.com/holidaypies by Nov. 18 for pickup Nov. 21-23 (ID required) at Wild Montrose, 1609 Westheimer.
 
The Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie, Goode’s local dessert synonymous with the holidays, is available for Thanksgiving entertaining. Goode’s chocolate pies also are offered. Pecan is $22 (or $45 in wooden box); chocolate is $21. Convenient drive-through booths will be set up on Nov. 22 and 23, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. where customers can pick-up without pre-ordering at Armadillo Palace, 5015 Kirby; Goode BBQ, 8911 Katy Fwy.; Goode BBQ, 20102 Northwest Fwy.; and Goode Co. Kitchen & Cantina, 8865 Six Pines, The Woodlands. Nationwide shipping is also available (shop.goodecompany.com) for the Brazos Bottom pie in a special edition box, $54.
 
The restaurant from chef Esther Lewis-Bernard, the “Queen of Cajun & Soul Food cuisine,” is offering pecan and sweet potato pies ($14.99 each) and peach cobbler ($45) for Thanksgiving. Order by calling 713-393-7373 or email esthers.catering@yahoo.com for pickup at 5007 N. Shepherd; estherscajunsoul.com.
 
The Houston bakery and dessert café offers a variety of pies and cakes throughout the holiday season. Pies include double crust apple ($36.50); old-fashioned pumpkin, s’mores, and fudge pecan ($35); and double-decker key lime and Southern pecan ($36.50). Order online at dessertgallery.com for pickup at 3600 Kirby.
 
Not a pie or cake fan? Maybe cookies will put a sweet end to Thanksgiving dinner. The shortbread cookies from Paulie’s in Montrose are decorated with pilgrim themes; $3.75 each (additional $1 per cookie for individual wrapping). Order online at pauliesrestaurant.com/cookie/ for pickup at 1834 Westheimer.
Greg Morago writes about food for the Houston Chronicle. Follow him on Facebook or Twitter. Send him news tips at greg.morago@chron.com. Hear him on our BBQ State of Mind podcast to learn about Houston and Texas barbecue culture.
Greg Morago was a features editor and reporter for The Hartford Courant for 25 years before joining the Houston Chronicle as food editor in 2009. He writes about food, restaurants, spirits, travel, fashion and beauty. He is a native Arizonan and member of the Pima tribe of the Gila River Indian Community.

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