Thanksgiving dinner is famous for turkey, but we're really in it for the pie. In fact, some people actually forgo the rest of the meal and skip to the delicious dessert.
Whether you're a traditionalist who loves pumpkin pie or you opt for a Miami-style key lime variety, you need at least one pie on the holiday table.
Sure, Publix, Fresh Market, and Whole Foods sell the usual pumpkin, apple, and pecan versions, but why not patronize local bakeries? Here's where you can find the best pies in Miami.
Bunnie Cakes. This vegan bakery offers a host of delicious pies, including pumpkin ($26 vegan/$31 vegan and gluten-free); apple crumble ($26 vegan/$31 vegan and gluten-free); sweet potato and marshmallow ($26 vegan/$31 vegan and gluten-free); and four minis ($35 vegan/$40 vegan and gluten-free). Also find desserts such as decorative Thanksgiving cakes in pumpkin spice, chocolate lovers, very vanilla, red velvet, and coffee cinnamon cake ($49 vegan/$59 vegan and gluten-free); pumpkin loaf with soy cream cheese ($21 vegan and gluten-free); and a Thanksgiving cupcake assortment ($19 vegan/$21 vegan and gluten-free). To order, call 305-364-5082 or visit the shop's website until Wednesday, November 21. 2322 NE Second Ave., Miami; 786-268-9790; bunniecakes.com.
Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop. Wynwood’s coveted pie shop offers an impressive holiday menu. Choose from flavors such as pumpkin, key lime, apple, salted caramel, pecan, Nutella, chocolate peanut butter, guava berry, birthday sundae, chocolate pecan, and coconut custard ($33 to $35). Order online by Sunday, November 18, for pickup at the Wynwood shop Monday, November 19; Tuesday, November 20; or Wednesday, November 21. The shop will also have a limited number of pies available for last-minute purchase through Wednesday. Closed Thanksgiving Day. 2818 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 786-449-2517; firemanderekspies.com.
Joe's Takeaway. Joe’s is a Miami staple, and so is its key lime pie. The award-winning dessert can be delivered to your door or picked up at the restaurant's adjacent market, Joe's Take Away. The homemade and very Miami pie costs $72.95. No pre-ordering is required — simply order at the takeaway through Wednesday (closed Thanksgiving). 1 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-0365; joesstonecrab.com.
Knaus Berry Farm. You might have waited in line for its cinnamon rolls, but the farm stand also offers freshly baked pies that are just as hearty as their sticky counterparts. Knaus sells classic fruit-filled, pecan, and key lime pies. Prices range from $10.50 to $12.85, and pre-ordering is available. The stand will be closed Thanksgiving, and all pickups must be completed by Wednesday, November 21. 15980 SW 248th St., Homestead; 305-247-0668; knausberryfarm.com.
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Pink Pie. This Hollywood shop is offering its three-inch mini pies for pickup and delivery. Place orders by Sunday, November 18, for pickup or delivery Wednesday, November 21. Choose from nine unique flavors, including the popular pumpkin cookie butter and Oreo Nutella, which will satisfy a sweet tooth, and the salted caramel and pecan bourbon bacon, which will appeal to a savory taste. Packages vary from 12 to 54 mini pies, and prices range from $27 to $108. Pickup Wednesday, November 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 1940 N. 30 Rd., Unit 112, Hollywood; 954-744-0214; pinkpie.com.
Pretty Sweet. Formerly Sweetness Bakeshop, the bakery is offering pumpkin pie ($18), bourbon pecan pie ($24), and pie doughnuts ($1.25 each). Order in store or by phone. 9549 SW 72nd St., Miami; 305- 271-7791; lifeisprettysweet.com.
Zak the Baker. The Wynwood bakery is taking online orders for apple and chocolate caramel pies ($12 to $19). The bakery will be open Thanksgiving from 7 a.m. to noon for pie pickups and last-minute bread and pastry purchases only (the café will be closed). 295 NW 26th St., Miami; 786-294-0876; zakthebaker.com.