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Nov 19, 2006 12:29 PM

Take Out pies for Thanksgiving in Orlando

As a guest for Thanksgiving Day dinner we have been asked to bring a pie or two.

Need recommendations for reasonably prices apple,pumpkin or other interesting types. I heard that the big warehouse shopping clubs
[Sam's, Costco ,etc] have good bakeries, but I don't know if their products are "Chowhound" passable.

Thanks .

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  1. As both a person who judges pies and, at the same time, does not have a sweet tooth -- the desserts I have purchased at Kostco would seem to find the bill for you.

    You might try calling the Dessert Lady, (407) 822-8881, and see if she sells the kind of pie(s) you want. If so, go there. Not cheap, but most excellent.

    If not, ask her for a reccommendation for where to buy your pies.

    I'm a mincemeat man, myself, a pie that is getting very hard to find . . .


    1. I would get them from Perkins, I think Costco's are not great.

      1. Ew, Perkins. I do not recommend Perkin's for any reason at any time. I'd rather starve than eat there. I am a self proclaimed gourmet pastry chef at home. I am also very critical of baked goods that are purchased at non patisseries/bakeries and well, most baked goods in general. However, I feel that Costco makes and excellent pumpkin, pecan and apple pie. They use high quality ingredients, use fresh ingredients and always bake the pies to near perfection as far as mass production goes. Would it be my first choice? Never, but I don't know of any place else to purchase a high quality pie in Central Florida.

        Whatever you do, please don't go to Perkins.

        1. You could go the less traditional route, and get a key lime pie from Publix.

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          1. re: beachmouse

            My family almost always does this for Thanksgiving, gets a Publix key lime pie alongside whatever pumpkin or apple pies we get. I've never had a better key lime pie than the ones from Publix, and I think their cheesecake (another holiday crowd-pleaser) puts the pricey Cheesecake Factory to shame.

          2. Your local Village Inn sells a super flavorful and creamy pumpkin pie...
            I've rarely tasted better... (Hopefully you have one nearby)
            The chocolatey French Silk is great...
            Their Lemon Supreme with the cream cheese base is a MEGA crowd pleaser...
            Even for people who claim they don't like lemon that much...
            I bring it with me when I visit...
            Their various apple pies are good too...
            Yagotta get your orders in ASAP this time of year...

            I've gotten things often from dedicated 'bakeries' that looked good, but tasted blah,
            so you have to cherrypick things from here and there...

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            1. re: Mild Bill

              My two experiences with the Village Inn here -- out near SR 528 -- have not been outstanding. The place is dirty and service is very poor.

              But, perhaps, they make great pie.

              There's also a place called Bakely's in Winter Park.
              345 W Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789
              (407) 645-5767. I have had good breakfasts there on numerous occasions and a late night snack or two. They have a good reputation for their baked goods and might be worth checking out.

              No comment, one way or the other, on Perkin's. My experiences have varied.

              That said, the poster about Costco hits the nail on the head. They have the financial volume leverage to buy the best ingredients and the kitchen staff to do them right. I'm not talking one-off, sexy specialty pie, but the day-to-day pumpkin, apple, cherry and cheesecake stuff they do very well at.


              1. re: Bob Mervine

                Do you need a membership to buy a pie at Costco? Cuz if so, a $35 surcharge on my pie is pretty steep. . .