Thanksgiving is just weeks away, and restaurants are releasing their annual take-home Thanksgiving meal menus. Before we get too far, I feel I should admit I am against this sort of thing. The best way to celebrate the best food holiday of the year is to cook something and share it with family and friends. It's not that hard to roast a turkey, and they make your house smell like a lifetime of Thanksgiving memories. Mashed potatoes are a cinch, and anyone can open a can of cranberry sauce and plate it.
Pies on the other hand can be a pain — the pastry rolling, the fruit slicing, the crimping — which means picking up a pie to pad out your home-cooked meal can give you a pretty good bang for your buck. Here are some of the best looking and tasting pre-made desserts available in Dallas.
Don't forget to order them before the deadline!
Bisous Bisous (pictured above)
For $35 you can pretty much guarantee your dessert spread will be one of the most beautiful in Dallas; just place an order for this pumpkin mousse tart with Bisous Bisous. Extras will be available for walk-ins, but quantities will be limited. If the 9-inch size is too big, they're also offering a three-inch version for $4.50. Make sure you place your order by November 21
Green Grocer/Pins & Folds
If you've got time this Saturday, boutique bakery Pins & Folds will be holding a pie tasting at the Green Grocer. Orders will be taken up until a November 21, either in person or online, here. Flavors include pecan, deep-dish apple crumb, pumpkin gingersnap and strawberry rhubarb and run $25-$30.
Brian Luscher's Greenville Avenue standby will feature an Old Grand Dad pecan pie, a pumpkin pie and an apple crisp. The desserts run $25 each with orders due Saturday, November 21, by 3 p.m. Email Courtneyluscher@gmail.com or call 214-828-1982.
Emporium Pies, 314 N Bishop Ave., 469-206-6126
Call or hit the website at Emporium Pies by November 21 for what is undoubtedly one of Dallas' most popular pie options.
Drunken Nut: Bourbon pecan with shortbread cookie crust
Buttercream Gang: classic buttermilk pie in a flaky, buttery crust
Cloud 9: Three-layer cream pie with house-made salted caramel, butterscotch custard and dark brown sugar Italian merengue
Nannerz: Banana creme pie with fresh banana slices in a layer of house-made maple caramel with vanilla custard and whipped cream.
Smooth Operator: French silk chocolate pie with salty pretzel crust
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Lord of the Pies: Deep dish caramel apple pie with cinnamon streusel
Drop Dead Gourdgeous: Pumpkin custard with house made spice-blend in a gingerbread cookie crust
The Heights, 2015 Abrams Road, 214-824-5800
New Lakewood neighborhood favorite The Heights has pies for days. Apple, apple crumble, traditional pumpkin, pumpkin cheesecake, traditional pecan, caramel walnut, dark chocolate, cherry, chess, blueberry, sweet potato, lemon curd, cranberry Apple crumble, deep dish caramel pecan and peanut butter-chocolate are all available. If none of those work, chef Karen Powell Porter says she'll take your requests.The desserts are $30 each and must be ordered by November 20.
Garden Cafe, 5310 Junius St.,214-887-8330
Mark Wooton says he'll be offering pies for $25 each. Orders for pecan, Key lime, chocolate and pumpkin pies can be ordered by phone at 214-887-8330. If you've procrastinated, this pie could be your savior. They're accepting orders until 10 a.m. November 24
The Bake Sale 1410 N. Fitzhugh Ave.
Remember the Bake Sale that popped up in the Urban Goods space next to Jimmy's? Lily Hanson and Skye McDaniel will be back again on November 21 with an assortment of baked goods for you to peruse. The shop will be open from 9 a,m.- 4 p.m. when you can place your preorder for pick up the following week, just before Thanksgiving.