There are a few sure-fire ways to mark the start of fall in the South: the leaves start to change color, the air starts cooling down, and the sweet smell of freshly baked pie fills restaurants, bakeries, and homes throughout the city. Sure, you’ll find all the classics like pecan, pumpkin, and apple in the oven, but also specific-to-Nashville varieties like the Goo Goo Cluster pie. But if baking isn’t something you just can’t (or won’t) do, here’s where to find some of the best pies in middle Tennessee.Read More
Where to Find the Best Pies in Nashville
Time to load up on pies packed with fruit and sky-high meringue
Brightside Bakeshop - West
Small-batch bakery Brightside sticks to its guns when it comes to quality pastry — they handcraft their pastries over three days using European butter and locally sourced produce. But don’t take their word for it — order one of their pumpkin pies online for same/next day pick up at their locations in the Nations and East Nashville.
Elliston Place Soda Shop
Midtown institution Elliston Place Soda Shop offers old-school soda fountain vibes and classic diner staples like fudge pie and banana splits. Linda Melton, also known as Miss Linda the “pie lady,” still turns out chocolate meringue, coconut, and lemon icebox pies by hand.
Housed in a minimalist space that reflects its general aesthetic, Dozen Bakery bakes up some of the best bread and sandwiches in Wedgewood-Houston — but its pies aren’t to be missed. Their Thanksgiving pies are available for pre-order through November 17 and include pumpkin, apple, buttermilk pear, butterscotch pecan, and chocolate cream.
Baked on 8th
This trendy Edgehill bakery opened by a Belmont University alumna is currently undergoing renovations but is still offering a variety of pastries and pies for same-day pickup. Its pumpkin crumble pie topped with pecan streusel is a local favorite.
The Tennessee Cobbler Company
The debate rages on about whether cobblers belong in the pie category or are simply interloping cousins of the strudel family, but few things are as representative of the South as peach cobbler. Snag a half pan of your favorite cobber from the Tennessee Cobbler Company in 12 South for $45. You’ll also find gluten-free versions for an extra $5.
This homey South Nashville hotspot is so popular it released its own recipe cookbook, so you can recreate their peach blueberry pie, sorghum pecan pie, and steeplechase pie at home. If you’re not feeling up to cooking, they make their pies daily from scratch, so stop by and nibble on a slice or pick one up to go.
Puffy Muffin Brentwood
Brentwood baked goods hub Puffy Muffin has been serving pastries, sandwiches, soups, and salads in a spacious building for years. Pies available include apple, cherry, pecan, heavenly chocolate, and Boston cream. Order online and pick it up, or dine in; they’ve got plenty of seating.
Gluten Free Goose, A Bakery
Followers of a gluten-free diet can find allergy-safe pastries and pies at this South Nashville bakery housed in an unassuming strip mall. The pies here taste just like their gluten-filled counterparts, so people with celiac disease and other gluten intolerances can safely enjoy apple, pecan, and pumpkin pies this Thanksgiving. Pre-order online for pickup in five days.
Papa C Pies Bakery
This father-son team in Cool Springs continues their grandma Elsie Mae’s tradition of quality ingredients and Southern hospitality with doughs and fillings made in-house using non-GMO, non-brominated and unbleached flours, and pure vanilla extract at solid prices — their unmissable Southern pecan pie made with Georgia pecans and a splash of Kentucky bourbon is only $12 for a six-inch pie. They also ship to all fifty states, so you can pre-order now for the holiday season.
Miss Daisy’s Kitchen
Try one of Miss Daisy King’s famous pumpkin, pecan, bourbon, or chess pies by the slice for just $5 at their Franklin location. You can also bring your own plates or casserole dishes for a “self-catering” option and have a meal with your pie in the cozy shop, which retains the charm of an eccentric tea room.
Meridee’s Breadbasket in Franklin offers a rotating selection of pies baked fresh daily as well as frozen key lime, french silk, and pumpkin icebox pies. To make your holiday meal prep simple, pre-order seasonal specialties from this cozy bakery and restaurant right off Main Street.
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Goo Goo Chocolate Co.
What’s better than Goo Goo Clusters, Nashville’s quintessential candy made of nougat, nuts, caramel, and milk chocolate? The answer is simple: Goo Goo Clusters baked into a pie with a brownie bottom and pretzels for crunch. Try it at the Goo Goo Chocolate Co. downtown.