By Anna Kocharian

Published on November 8, 2018

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One of the best parts of fall has to be the food itself. The abundance of fresh produce lends itself to warm-cooked meals filled with a dynamic array of flavors and spices that give comfort food a run for its money. While there’s no shortage of hearty fall foods, we’ve got our eyes on the sweet stuff: Pies, to be specific.

Pies are an undeniable staple of the holiday season—Thanksgiving more so than any other time, really—and encompass a broad variety of flavors that cater to just about any taste or preference. Short of having to whip these up yourself (because, who has the time for that these days, anyway?), there is a slew of companies here to take care of all your baking needs. Consider it the elevated version of a store-bought pie, each sourced from one of the country’s numerous homegrown bakeries.

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More commonly known as mail-order pies, our edit is nothing like the mass-produced alternatives you may know of. These pies are sourced from mom-and-pop shops scattered across the country, each as unique and flavorful as the next.

In short: There’s always room for dessert but there’s not always time to make it from scratch. The good news is that you can have the most deliciously decadent pies delivered straight to your door. Ahead, a few of our favorites from across the states.

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For the Picky Eaters: Tiny Pies

Sometimes, the best things come in small packages and Tiny Pies exemplifies that to its core. The bakery’s sampler box of personalized mini pies offers a diverse array of flavors such as Cherry, Dutchy’s Apple, Sweet Texas Pecan, and Texas Two Step—a chocolate, brownie pecan filling that is remarkably indulgent.

What to Order: Assorted Tiny Pies 12 Pack, $79.95
Highlight: The pie crust.
Popular Opinion: “An excellent, flaky tart that’s perfectly sized.”

If Your Sweet Tooth isn’t Messing Around: Royers Pie Haven

Here is where we get into the good stuff. In true Texan nature, the family-run bakery’s menu is chockful of decadent options that range from Texas Trash to a Sweet ‘n Salty pie, which has a dense brownie-like filling with caramel and sea salt. While Royers offers a mix of both sweet and savory options, we’re undoubtedly partial to the former of the two.

What to Order: Ann’s Pecan Pie
Highlight: A thick and crunchy pecan top crust that is utterly irresistible.
Popular Opinion: “This one tastes like a giant cookie and pretty much blew my mind.”

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The Pie That Makes a Statement: The Blue Owl Bakery

Apple pie lovers, you’re in for a treat. This mile-high confection features layers upon layers of delicious apple slices, encased in a mouthwatering caramel dome. That’s 10 pounds (yes, 10 pounds) of pure pie goodness that’s sure to wow even the hardest-to-please.

What to Order: Levee High Caramel Pecan Apple Pie, $99.95
Highlight: The caramel shell and wow-worthy effect.
Popular Opinion: “The ultimate, out-of-the-box hostess gift that’ll surely score you an invite back.”
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The One We Didn’t See Coming: Achatz Handmade Pie Company

The compliments were rolling with this one. A standout favorite amongst the team, it was the ingenious combination of the fruit filling, crumbled top, and juicy “burst-in-your-mouth” flavor that truly stole the show here.

What to Order: Crumb Michigan 4-Berry Pie, $49
Highlight: The too-good-for-words mixed berry filling.
Popular Opinion: “Incredible! Just like Grandma made her fruit pies. So fresh and it tastes like a little bit of heaven. I don’t even like fruit pie but this is incredible.”

For the Libation Enthusiast: Three Babes Bakeshop

Browned butter and a generous splash of bourbon offer a flavorful twist on this Thanksgiving classic—made sans a trace of corn syrup, nonetheless. Set within a heavenly crust and coupled with its crunchified top, this pie surely brings on the heat.

What to OrderBourbon Pecan, $40
Highlight: The crunchy, caramelized pecan top crust.
Popular Opinion: “The splash of bourbon here is not for the faint of heart.”

For an Authentically Homemade Experience: Two Fat Cats

The apple pie here may come packaged in a standard box but inside, it looks anything but. It truly tastes like a neighbor whipped it up at home and had it shipped the moment it came out of the oven. Made with fresh and local apples, it’s a classic that will surely please.
What to Order: Apple Pie, $32
Highlight: The utterly flaky crust.
Popular Opinion: “You can’t go wrong with this classic.”
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The Underdog: My Sugar Pie

While we generally tend to gravitate towards the nut-based pies come the holiday season, it’s important to keep both our minds and palettes open. Enter this delicately indulgent sugar cream pie that offers a welcome change from the traditional scope of dessert options.

What to Order: Sugar Cream Hoosier Sugar Pie, $27
Highlight: The undeniable hint of nutmeg that hits on all the best notes of nostalgia.
Popular Opinion: “It doesn’t taste quite like a traditional pie but still definitely pleases. I wish I could put this cream inside a donut.”