Skip to main content
Arts & Culture

A Slice of SF: The Standard Guide to the Best Thanksgiving Pies

Written by Maryann Jones Thompson, Shelley D. FargoPublished Nov. 11, 2022 • 2:22pm
The incredible crust of Black Jet Bakery's Banana Cream Pie | Courtesy Black Jet Bakery

English

There’s always room for pie—but does it always have to be pumpkin?

Whether you’re dining out or taking out this Thanksgiving, it’s easy to serve up a new slice of dessert. While San Francisco bakers are certainly rolling out pumpkin, apple and other fall classics, consider ordering one of these seven unique pies for your feast’s finale.

Sweet Cheese Tart from Grand Opening Bakery

Don’t miss ordering something from this Mr. Jiu’s pop-up. The mix of black sesame and miso caramel under this showstopper of a pie top is just one of Grand Opening’s intriguing options.

Custard Mochi Pie from Butterlove Bake Shop

This Thanksgiving, experience the distinctive texture of mochi in pie form. Butter Love Bakeshop combines the spongy Japanese sweet rice flour with creamy custard to make an extraordinary dessert.

Pear Frangipane Tart from Noe Valley Bakery

While not a typical Thanksgiving dessert in America, Parisians turn to the tarte Bourdaloue for all special occasions. Noe Valley Bakery has perfected the picture-perfect tart for San Franciscans.

Vegan Blackberry Crumble from Three Babes Bakeshop

Organic blackberries weighed down by Three Babes’ oatmeal cookie crumble top? It’s a cinnamony classic elevated for a big holiday buffet. (And no one will guess that it’s vegan!)

Banana Cream Pie from Black Jet Bakery  

My grandma used to make this one for Christmas because bananas are in season all year, right? Black Jet’s version showcases its super flaky crust and extra chunky bananas.

Sweet Potato Pie from Yvonne’s Southern Sweets

Feel weird without something orange to adorn your Thanksgiving buffet? Try a sweet potato pie. But be sure to source it from an expert, like Yvonne’s.

Pecan Chocolate Rye Tart from Tartine Manufactory

Why go pecan when you can go pecan-chocolate-rye? Leave it to Tartine to push this southern classic to new holiday heights.

See Also

Where to Find the Best Pies in San Francisco

Need more options? Check out our map and guide to the best pie makers in San Francisco (above) and the East and North Bay (below).

But whatever pie piques your palette, order today, or you’ll be back to pumpkin.


Read More from Our Guide to the Best of Thanksgiving in San Francisco

Check out The Standard’s 2022 Thanksgiving Guide to find new ideas on everything from where to buy takeout turkey and unique pies, to where to volunteer and stroll off your feast.

Much of Thanksgiving weekend in the SF Bay Area takes place in the outdoors. | Getty Images

English

Maryann Jones Thompson can be reached at [email protected]
Shelley D. Fargo can be reached at [email protected]


Craft Beer Garden Coming Soon to Salesforce Park, Empanadas and All

Craft Beer Garden Coming Soon to Salesforce Park, Empanadas and All


Buying San Francisco: Which Starter Condo Near Downtown Would You Pick for $500K?

Buying San Francisco: Which Starter Condo Near Downtown Would You Pick for $500K?


A Wave of New Restaurants and Bars Heading for San Francisco in 2023

A Wave of New Restaurants and Bars Heading for San Francisco in 2023


Michelin-Starred Chef Set To Open Another Affordable Chinese Restaurant

Michelin-Starred Chef Set To Open Another Affordable Chinese Restaurant


Brix Factory Brewing

The Team Behind This West Oakland Craft Brewery Shotguns Beers After Every Collab


Stay on top of what’s happening in your city

SF’s most important stories, delivered straight to your inbox



By clicking Subscribe you confirm you have read and agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge our Privacy Policy