For most Americans, Thanksgiving means creating and enjoying delectable meals with those we love. Tennesseans know the truth, though: try though they might, few places in our great nation layout a Thanksgiving spread as delicious as ours!
Naturally, desserts are no exception to this hard-and-fast rule, so we knew we’d strike gold as we set out in search of the Best Places for Thanksgiving Dessert in Middle Tennessee. We asked Middle Tennessee locals to share their top picks, and the results are in.
If you’re new in town and dreaming of the perfect pie for your table, look no further. Please note: most of the eateries and bakeries listed will require you to order all Thanksgiving desserts well in advance, so now is a great time to start your holiday meal planning.
This tiny Franklin bakery is a warm slice of antique-inspired heaven. Their exquisite cookies, tarts, pastries, savory treats, and specialty cakes are wildly popular year-round, but their Thanksgiving pumpkin pies are somehow even more outstanding and therefore—you guessed it—the most popular item at Triple Crown.
If you would like a Triple Crown pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, visit their website as soon as possible. They have online order forms to make it simple to place your order ahead of time.
Puckett’s Grocery’s fame as “the best grocery store” throughout the region is well-earned, and yet their Thanksgiving pies and cobblers still steal the show year after year. Their mouth-watering desserts range in size, feeding groups from 8 to 40. No matter the size of your celebration, Puckett’s has the sweet cravings covered.
Contact Puckett’s to place your order early and be prepared to hang on to your dessert; Puckett’s requires advance pickup for holiday foods.
Merridee’s, located right off Main in downtown Franklin, won out against stiff competition and was named Best Bakery in Williamson County by Southern Exposure Magazine three years straight. They are best known for their pastries, and for you fall treat lovers, the news gets better: the pumpkin roll, available seasonally, is rumored to be the best item on the menu. They make whole pumpkin pies as well, but they’ll fly off the shelves, so remember to call ahead.
Monell’s is best known for its home-cooked southern meals served to diners sharing entrees family-style. Anytime you dine at Monell’s, you’re likely to leave feeling as if you’ve just enjoyed a heart-warming holiday meal, so who better to create your holiday pie? This year, Monell’s is offering caramel pumpkin pies to a short list of customers. They sell out nearly immediately and must be reserved in advance.
Though the title will always be hotly debated, Sweet Creations came up as the “best pie in Nashville” quite often in our quest for the very best Thanksgiving desserts. Their pumpkin, sweet potato, and traditional pecan pies are going to be gone in a heartbeat, so call now to request yours in time for Turkey Day.
Papa C Pies is a no-frills bakery offering hand-crafted, affordable pies made from quality ingredients. Their large apple and pumpkin pies are incredibly popular at Thanksgiving, so if you’ve had the misfortune of missing out on all of these classic choices, consider the chocolate pie instead. It may not be a rare seasonal treat, but this year-round favorite got the “best chocolate pie of my life” rating from more than a handful of seasoned tasters.
This beautiful bakery creates what over a dozen tasters called “the best pie I have ever tried.” Handcrafted by master bakers, Pie Sensations’ outrageously delicious pumpkin, chocolate cream, pecan, apple, and berry pies are sure to please absolutely everyone, so naturally they do sell out quickly. Call the bakery to request yours today!
Dozen Bakery provides a long list of Nashville coffee shops and cafes with baked goods throughout the year, so chances are you’re already in love with their work. At Thanksgiving, they make oodles of pumpkin pies that are always gone instantly. Call ahead to reserve yours, or head deep into Wedgewood-Houston early and try your luck!
Locals are already thinking of the famous 100-Layer Donut at Five Daughters, and you newcomers need to go try one ASAP. If your Thanksgiving starts early, snag a box of these to get your day started with a bang.
We hope this guide is helpful in your search for the perfect Thanksgiving dessert or at least helped guide you to your new favorite slice of pie. If you discover hidden gems in your explorations of Middle Tennessee, drop us a comment and let us know!