Thanksgiving Planning

Where to Get Thanksgiving Pie in Portland

Our list of the city’s best flavors, classic and unorthodox, with options for any kind of eater.

By Rachel Grozanick and Arlo Voorhees November 10, 2016

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Lauretta Jean's pies: salted pecan with bourbon and fleur de sel or heirloom apple with vanilla and a dash of dark rum

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Lauretta Jean’s, champions of the all-butter crust, offer an autumnal menu loaded with salted caramel apple, bourbon pecan, and honey hazelnut pie. You’ll also find the classics: spiced pear streusel, pumpkin, and heirloom apple. Order by November 20 to get one in time for Thanksgiving. Call 503-235-3119 or hop on the website3402 SE Division St and 600 SW Pine St. 

Former food cart darling Pie Spot, known for its frilly mini-pies, is cranking out full-sized browned butter pecan, brandy apple, chocolate hazelnut, and classic pumpkin pies for the holidays. Order by November 21. Call 503-913-5103 or email [email protected]521 NE 24th Ave.

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Tucked away on a deep southeast stretch of 52nd, Mehri’s Bakery and Deli crafts the elusive apple mincemeat pie. 

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Mehri’s Bakery and Deli delivers with its vegetarian apple mincemeat pie. Also on the holiday roster: rum chocolate pecan pie, blue gooseberry pie, and the imitable Bumbleberry—a hot mess of rhubarb, strawberry, apple, marionberry, blueberry, and cherry under one buttery and flaky roof. If you want to think outside the pie box, try the fresh cranberry walnut tart or the pumpkin roulade. Order by November 21. Call 503-788-9600. 6923 SE 52nd Ave.

The Aussies-turned-pie experts at Pacific Pie Company are repping with apple sour cream streusel, Oregon berry, and—available in bite-size—chocolate bourbon hazelnut. Order by November 22 and allow 48 hours for the magic to happen. Call 503-381-6157. 1520 SE 7th Ave. 

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Brown butter apple pie at Bakeshop.

Bakeshop, the whole-grain temple of James Beard award-winning baker Kim Boyce, turns out five carefully considered pies for Thanksgiving, including an old-fashioned pecan pie made with Steen’s cane syrup (no corn syrup!) and an apple streusel topped with buckwheat crumble. New this year: a jammy rye open-faced tart smeared with frangipane, local cranberries, and prune plums. Call 503-946-8884 or email [email protected]

Sage Hen goes the history geek route with a tantalizing array of holiday pies culled from early American recipes. Opt for the Shoofly—a gooey medley of molasses and butter crumb—or try the Apple Pandowdy, a pie deliberately baked in a broken crust so the apples can morph into the dough. Also on the throwback docket: Buttermilk Chess pie, cranberry pie, and a boozy vegetarian version of mincemeat pie. Order here. (Plus, 100 percent of pie sale profits will be donated to Planned Parenthood.)

Pumpkin custard, check. Apple, check. Bourbon pecan, check. Grand Central Bakery has conquered Thanksgiving once again. If you’d rather bake at home, consider Grand Central’s U-bake frozen pies or just get the pie crust and let your imagination run wild. Order at least 48 hours in advance and don’t forget the old-fashioned buttermilk dinner rolls.

One of Portland’s pie stalwarts, Random Order cranks out an archetypal pumpkin pie and a Tahitian vanilla, salted caramel apple pie—a favorite of Travel + Leisure magazine. (They also make a vegan apple pie.) Order by November 21 and schedule your pickup between Tuesday morning and Thursday evening. Call 971-340-6995. 1800 NE Alberta St.

Sweetpea Bakery has the vegan pie department covered. Pick and choose from pumpkin, apple, and chocolate silk for a dessert that will blow Tofurky out of the water. Order 48 hours in advance for pickup between November 22–24. Call 503-477-5916. 1205 SE Stark St.

Always vegan and gluten-free, on offer from Petunia’s Pies and Pastries are double crust apple, pear cranberry streusel, and old-fashioned pumpkin. Don’t miss the insanely decadent pumpkin-carrot-zucchini-cheesecake with maple buttercream. Yes, it’s okay to eat cake on Thanksgiving. We won’t tell. Order by November 19 at 9 a.m. for pickup on November 22 or 23. Call 503-841-5961. 610 SW 12th Ave.

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Back to Eden's adorable vegan and gluten free Alberta bakery covers all its bases, offering sweets for everyone. On the pie front, try the mini chocolate coconut cream or cranberry apple crumble with a swirl of vegan vanilla soft serve.

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Just one devout vegan or gluten-phobe in your group? Back to Eden will make you individually sized pies, from pumpkin with coconut cream to caramel apple crumble. Just for good measure, they’ll also taunt you with cheesecake: eggnog or chocolate mint. Order by November 18 for pick up on November 20 or 21. Call 503-477-5022. 2217 NE Alberta St.

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