9 Local Spots For Delicious Holiday Pies
Although its "Turkey Day" nickname insists otherwise, Thanksgiving's real showstopper is all about the pie. If rolling up your sleeves and rolling out the crust isn't on your "thankful" list this year, here are nine spots around town to grab the perfect sweet treat to cap off your Thanksgiving feast—all with a bit more local love than local favorites Polly's Pies, Marie Callender's, and Costco.
HB local Julie Thomas launched her permitted pie business about two years ago after years of baking for family and friends—and competing for spots on "MasterChef." This holiday season, her online bakery is offering a delicious lineup of 9-inch deep dish pies, all made with fresh, natural, seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients, plus a whole lot of local love. Prices range from $8-$11. Holiday favorites include Pumpkin Spice, Sweet Potato, Bourbon Pecan, Pecan Cream Cheese, Apple Crumb, Salted Caramel Apple, Rum Raisin Apple, Cranberry Cherry, and Fruit of The Forest. Want to surprise guests with a more non-traditional treat? Try the Coconut Cream, Banana Cream, Chocolate Cream, Peanut Butter Mousse, Fresh Lemon, or Key Lime pies. Don't forget to ask about her mini pie bars, 24 for $25. Surrendering yet? Call 714-916-5022 or order online today, as Monday, November 21, marks her cutoff for Thanksgiving orders.
Great Dane Baking Company
A local go-to for decadent cakes, Great Dane Baking Company has been around since 1996 and features two holiday pies on their menu this season: Pumpkin and Dutch Apple, priced at $12.95 each. Call 714-842-1130 to order, or visit the bakery.
Great Dane Baking Company // 6855 Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
If you're doing any Thanksgiving cooking, chances are you'll be popping into Mother's Market for holiday trimmings. If baking didn't make your list, grab a Pumpkin Pie or Apple Pie from the market. This holiday season, they've partnered with HB local Christy Platt and her organic baking company Simply Layered to offer gluten-free Pumpkin Pie and vegan Pumpkin Pie. Call 1-800-595-6667 to order, or visit the market.
Mother's Market // 19770 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
An old-fashioned Italian-American deli, market, and bakery, Lucci's makes fresh baked goods in-house daily. For the holidays, they're serving a trio of classic pies: Pumpkin, Apple, and Cherry, each measuring in as 8-inch rounds at $4.99 each. Call 714-968-4466 to order, or visit the bakery.
Lucci's // 8911 Adams Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92646
The Cake Box
Having served delicious pastries to HB for some 43 years, The Cake Box is hardly slowing down this holiday season. Their lineup is sweeter than ever, with 10-inch Pumpkin, Apple, Peach, Cherry, and Blueberry pies for $10 each, and 10-inch Triple Chocolate Pecan and Key Lime pies for $12 each. Say hello to Owner Paul Gauweiler, a German-born former Disneyland pastry chef, while you're there. Call 714-842-9132 to order, or visit the bakery.
The Cake Box // 6054 Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Every year, VegiLicious at Huntington Harbour Place welcomes their organic vegan Pumpkin Pie to their holiday dessert menu. It's dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free, and sugar-free; topped with an organic soy milk whipped cream (also offered without); and available as a 9-inch pie that serves 12-16 people for $69, as well as a 6-inch pie that serves 6-8 people for $42. Owners Akira and Ana Nakao are visiting their native Japan over the Thanksgiving holiday, but this tasty treat will be available again come November 25 through the end of the year. Call 714-377-3928 to order, order online, or visit the restaurant.
VegiLicious // 16821 Algonquin Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92649
XA Sweet & Savory Cafe
Living up to its name, XA is baking two holiday pies this season: Pumpkin and Apple. Each are available as 9-inch pies for $13, and smaller 4.5-inch rounds for $4. And of course, don't neglect their savory side, like their Beef, Potato & Cheese, Vegetable & Cheese, and Herbed Chicken pies. To order, call 714-969-2900, or visit the cafe.
XA Sweet & Savory Cafe // 21202 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
If the sweets are handled and you're hunting something seasonal and savory, let the Aussies show you and your Thanksgiving feasters how it's done. Pie-Not at LOT 579 are cooking up their mini savory pies in Beef, Steak, and Chicken during the holiday season, and word around the food hall is they might be rolling out their mini Pumpkin Pies too. To order, call 949-650-PIES (7437), or visit the eatery.
Pie-Not // 21058 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Also at Pacific City, Saint Marc has added a special Chicken Pot Pie to their menu. Braised chicken thighs, carrots, onions, celery, peas, and mushrooms are poured into a bacon butter pie crust, resulting in a smoky, flaky, healthy-sized dish for $23. To order call 714-374-1101, or visit the eatery.
Saint Marc // 21058 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648