Hosting for Thanksgiving is a balancing act. You have to get the house in order, make sure that everyone’s special diet is accommodated, remain gracious and pull off a picture-perfect feast. Spare yourself the extra anxiety by picking up dessert from one of these Washington-area bakeries or restaurants, listed in alphabetical order. Consider them your sweet reward.
A Better Choice Bakery
This gluten-free vendor offers several nine-inch pies, including pecan ($17), brownie-bottom pecan ($19), pumpkin ($15) and vegan pumpkin ($22). Place orders by phone, at the bakery or online. Pick up at the bakery, the Pike Central Farm Market (Saturday, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., 11806 Rockville Pike, Rockville) or the Bethesda Central Farm Market (Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 7600 Arlington Blvd., Bethesda). Order by Nov. 14 for delivery at a weekend market.
27 W. Potomac St., Brunswick. 301-969-0341.
Pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac and her team are baking double-crust apple pie ($32), pumpkin pie with cinnamon whipped cream ($28), sweet potato pie topped with cranberry jam and ginger whipped cream ($28) and chocolate-bourbon pecan pie with chocolate whipped cream ($30). Pints of house-made ice cream, including cinnamon, pumpkin pie and ginger ($6.50 each), are available. Place orders by phone with three days’ notice, then pick up at a scheduled time at either bakery Nov. 19-21.
901 Slaters Lane, Alexandria. 703-600-2899; 818 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-650-9676.
Classics such as pecan pie, pumpkin pie and apple pie are available at this Reston favorite, as well an indulgent bourbon pumpkin cheesecake with a graham cracker crust (all $24.95). Place phone orders by Nov. 19 at 9 p.m., and pick up next door atMon Ami Gabi no later than 10 p.m. on Nov. 21.
11950 Democracy Dr., Reston. 703-707-9442.
Photo courtesy of Ridgewells.