Thanksgiving means pie. Apple pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, chess pie, and so many more appear on the heaving Turkey Day tables after everyone has stuffed themselves stupid on dinner. However, in New Orleans, pie is all around us and its stock is rising quickly. Check out this map to find the best pies around, all year long (as well as for Thanksgiving - but get those pre-orders in soon, ya heard?)Read More
The Pie Heatmap: Ten Spots for Great Pie in New Orleans Now
Besides the turkey, pie is the best part of Thanksgiving. New Orleans is fortunate enough to have access to quality pie all year round, as seen in this pie map.
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Noodle & Pie
Pie's right in the name of this ramen joint helmed by Brian Armour. Current seasonal pies include bacon bourbon apple, brown butter peanut, and Steen's pumpkin creme brulee. Standards that come back frequently are their chess pie, peanut butter pie, key lime pie, lemon meringue pie, chocolate cream pie, pecan pie... you get the idea.
P's & Q's
Pies and quiches, for when you need pie for dinner. Sweet and savory pies, tender crust quiches, seasonal fruits and vegetables, most available in a small and large version. The menu rotates from week to week, with seasonals like Pumpkin Ginger on right now, and favorites like Coq Au Vin pot pie, lump crab quiche, green curry chicken pot pie, crawfish pie, chocolate bonanza pie, cream of coconut pie, berry chocolate ice box pie, and many, many more.
Gracious Bakery + Cafe
Handpies, tarts, tartlets, pies, mini-pies... Gracious has all these and more (and by more, we mean, freshly baked loaves of bread, a million different kinds of pastry and desserts, sandwiches made to order, and a great coffee menu.) For Thanksgiving in particular, Gracious pies it up big time by offering a wide variety for the holiday for you to take to dinner. (Or pretend you made yourself). This year the seasonal pies include a pumpkin & caramel pie and a chess pie made with chocolate cookie crust with espresso and chocolate filling.
High Hat's menu features a David Mamet quote: "We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.” TRUTH. High Hat offers a chocolate chess pie year round and always has at lease one other seasonal pie on the specials board.
No trip to Cowbell is complete without their fresh from the oven, rustic apple pie with vanilla ice cream. They also often had other pies as specials, such as their pumpkin or blueberry. FACT.
Emeril's is on this list because of his insane banana cream pie made with a graham cracker crust and topped with caramel sauce and chocolate shavings. The slice stands about six inches high and as decadent as it can be. Emeril's also offers a chocolate peanut butter pie with an Oreo crust and caramel sauce from time to time, which is impossibly light with subtle yet satisfying peanut butter and chocolate flavor.
NOLA Pie Guy
Get pie delivered right to your home, through Good Eggs' purveying of Nathan Winner's NOLA Pie Guy pies. Apple pie, pumpkin pie, zulu coconut pie, Old New Orleans Rum pecan pie, peanut butter and banana pie, and key lime pie. In large and mini sizes. He just got mentioned in Serious Eats as one of the best pies in the country as well.
This uber seasonal restaurant usually has a pie in the mix- currently it's a satsuma chiffon pie (also included on Eater's list of essential fall dishes.)
Windowsill Pies can be found at Whole Foods on Vets and Broad Street, delivered through Good Eggs, and purchased by the slice at restaurants like Mahoney's and Louisiana Pizza Kitchen. Check out Marielle Dupré and Nicole Eiden's seasonal and hand crafted pies like Amaretto Pear and Dried Cherry, Yankee apple and Cheddar Handpies, and other Southern styled, French inspired pies.
Tee-Eva's Old Fashion Pies and Pralines
Sink your teeth into the heavenly combination of sweet potato and pecan in pie form, or get them separately. This is pie the way your mama makes it.
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