It’s almost Thanksgiving, and we’re starting to get excited. Here at Dr. Ku’s office, our favorite part of the holidays (after family and friends of course) is pie! There aren’t that many occasions throughout the year where it’s acceptable to sit down with two or three different desserts, after all. Even on your birthday, it’s still a little weird. But not Thanksgiving! And, while homemade pies are delicious, we aren’t all master bakers. That’s why we like to leave it to the experts.
So check out our list of the best pie-makers in Fort Worth, and let us know if you agree! We’re pretty sure we’re right, but we’re more than happy to continue our research. Our delicious, delicious research.
1) Paris Coffee Shop
This local icon has got to come first on our list. Sure, there are more innovative bakers out there, but where else can you introduce your children to the very same pecan pie you grew up eating? Paris Coffee Shop has been owned by the same family since it opened in 1926 and, after all that practice, we think they’ve pretty much got it down. Go for the apple or cherry pie if you must – and there are no wrong choices here – but these guys are justifiably famous for their coconut meringue. Besides, with breakfast patrons that frequently include former Mayor Mike Moncrief and local celebrity food columnist Bud Kennedy, you’ve got to figure – the family behind Paris Coffee Shop knows what they’re doing.
Protip for all the husbands out there: They make extra. Just a few, but, if you forget, Paris has got your back.
Orders due by Nov. 22. Pick up on Wednesday between 6am – 2pm.
2) Blue Bonnet Bakery
A long-time west side staple, Blue Bonnet Bakery (still known to many of their long-term regulars as Harper’s, despite having changed its name over twenty years ago) has fully settled in to their (relatively) new space. This gorgeous renovated church on the brick part of Camp Bowie, next door to The Original Mexican Eats Cafe and across the street from Lucille’s Stateside Bistro, suits the bakery perfectly, creating a sort of Crossroads of Deliciousness in the middle of old Fort Worth. Unlike some of the other options on this list, Blue Bonnet’s pie offerings are extensive, so they’re almost guaranteed to have your family’s favorite. Buttermilk, lemon chess, pumpkin and pecan, apple, cherry, and apple-cranberry, chocolate mousse (or meringue)…actually, just give them a call. With recipes handed down for more than 75 years, they’ll be more than happy to walk you through them.
Orders due by Monday, Nov. 24. Pick up by Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 5 pm.
3) Stir Crazy Baked Goods
If you haven’t been to owner/baker Robbie Werner’s tiny little shop on South Main, you are missing out. For a relative newcomer to the Fort Worth bakery scene, Stir Crazy has done a great job finding it’s niche. They serve up an eclectic mixture of the classic and the trendy, but never lose sight of their goal – serious tastiness. They’re holiday menu features all the classics (buttermilk, classic pecan, pumpkin, and the frequently-forgotten sweet potato), but they’ve also got treats like mint chocolate and chocolate chili. They’ve earned a deservedly amazing reputation for their vegan and gluten-free options as well, so, if someone at your dinner table has dietary restrictions, don’t hesitate to give Stir Crazy a call to discuss their custom options.
Orders due Saturday, Nov. 22, by 2pm. Pick up on Wednesday, between 7am-2pm.
4) Black Rooster Bakery
The mastermind behind Black Rooster, Marche Ann Mann, takes her work incredibly seriously. With a diploma in International Bread Baking from the prestigious French Culinary Institute, she set out to create a Fort Worth bakery devoted to the traditional European style of baking. This means unbleached and unbromated flour, free-range eggs, no preservatives ever, and no mixes. Everything is made by hand, fresh, the old-fashioned way. This year, she’s serving up pumpkin, pecan, apple, and chocolate meringue pies, cranberry-apple and maple walnut tarts, her signature Black Rooster Caramel Cake, and a Sooo-Pumpkin bundt cake. No matter which one (or ones) you choose, you can’t go wrong. Not with Black Rooster.
Orders due by Friday, Nov. 21, at 2pm. Pick up by Wednesday, Nov. 26, after 2pm.
5) Swiss Pastry Shop
Fort Worth is probably the only city in America where, if you ask it’s residents what kind of pie they eat on Thanksgiving, they answer “Black Forest cake”. But it’s a local favorite for a reason. Lots of reasons, actually. Crispy cookie, perfectly whipped cream, little chocolate curlicues fluttering in the slightest breeze….ahem, sorry, got a little distracted there. Anyway, yes, the Swiss Pastry Shop. Founded in the 1960s by Hans Muller, and currently managed by his son Hans Peter Muller, this little bakery has staying power, and for good reason. For the pie-traditionalists out there, try their Texas Krack Pie (brown sugar chess, vanilla, cinnamon, so good). Or ask about their (fairly extensive) pie menu. Or just get the Black Forest cake. Trust us.
All orders due by Friday, Nov. 21. Pick up by Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 4:30 pm.
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