One of the most important staples of a Thanksgiving dinner spread is the pie. It’s the essential dessert to eat after your second (or third) helping of turkey and dressing, right before you’re sent off into a tryptophan-induced sleep.
Maybe you’re feeling a bit blue because you won’t have Grandma’s pecan pie this year, no fear. We have you covered with these three Houston-area pie places who aren’t letting Covid-19 get in their way of giving you a piece of Thanksgiving comfort.
Flying Saucer Pie Company
It’s business as usual at the family-owned business, Flying Saucer Pie Company, manager Tania Elliott says. The company has been providing pies for Houstonians’ Thanksgiving dinner tables for 53 years, and this year is no different, with people streaming in steadily to pick up their beloved holiday pies (including mincemeat, which is only available from now through Christmas) and the other delectable options. (Some people skim right past the pumpkin for a strawberry pie, no matter the time of year.)
“We were freaking out at first [because of Covid-19],” Elliott says. “But we planned, and business has been doing pretty well. It’s about the same.”
The shop implemented all the health and safety rules required by the City of Houston. Picking up your pie orders will be different from years past. You will wait in a line outside, and “make new masked friends” as its sign says. Then, only one person per family is allowed to enter the shop to order. As always, all pies are first-come, first-serve.
The Flying Saucer Pie Company offers traditional Thanksgiving pies, as well as assorted cream pie flavors; the shop is on the edge of the GOOF, just a short drive out of the Loop to get one of its out-of-this-world—we had to—baked creations.
House of Pies
The pie business, for Houston’s beloved 24-hour House of Pies, is actually doing better than it has in years past, according to House of Pies’ operating partner Imad Khalaf. While this place, like Flying Saucer, always sees lines of people waiting to get their hands on a seasonal favorite or one of the classic year-round offerings, like strawberry rhubarb (if you haven't had it, you really must try it immediately), there's even more demand this time around.
“Everything is exactly the same as past years, other than having to wait outside in a line to get your pie,” Khalaf says.
Take a choice from the 33 pie flavors, ranging from traditional apple pie to their popular chocolate-y Bayou Goo pie. Your whole pie and pie-by-the-slice orders are handed out in-person and are first-come, first-serve this week. And as always, the shop takes no call-ahead orders for pies the week of Thanksgiving, unless you place an order for 20 or more pies (we won’t judge you).
Three Brothers Bakery
Three Brothers Bakery owner Janice Jucker says people have been shopping lighter than past years. However, because of Covid-19, she has seen more people buying pies from the Houston bakery, which has been satisfying this city's sweet tooth since 1949, as gifts to be sent to loved ones, she says. Yep, that's right, pies are becoming another way to show people you care and appreciate them.
“Something new this year that I haven’t seen a lot of before? Businesses are actually sending their employees pies,” Jucker says. “It’s been nice to see something like that.”
Whether you're ordering for your Thanksgiving dinner, a holiday greeting (in lieu of the old-school card), or a treat for the folks you've been bugging on Zoom all year, the bakery offers whole pies, pies slices, and a pie-and-coffee gift pack to send to your loved ones. And if you want to make the presentation of pies a little more fancy this year, Three Brothers Bakery is offering wooden boxes to house your Thanksgiving pastries for $36.99.
Orders can be placed online for local or nationwide delivery, or you can order in person at any of its three Houston-area locations.