When a bakeshop wins “Weird” Al’s affection on Cupcake Wars, focusing its business solely on cupcakes would be understandable. But South 1st mainstay Sugar Mama’s also serves a world-beating chocolate bourbon pecan pie that often sells out in advance, along with several other traditional favorites like triple berry. This year’s newest offerings also include a lemon curd buttermilk pie. Fun facts: Earlier this year, rapper Flo Rida was spotted filming a promo for single “Cake” at Sugar Mama’s with the bakers, and in 2014, the shop was commissioned to create Kanye West’s “Yeezus” birthday cake.
While pie often evokes thoughts of the holidays, the best bakeries in Austin—and their super talented pastry chefs—have shown an abiding love for the classic dessert. Whether you crave savory fall flavors like pumpkin and sweet potato or comforting classics like coconut cream when looking for the best pies in town, there’s a perfect local option to find your favorite. The choices range from neighborhood bakeries to Austin’s top fine-dining restaurants—there’s even a barbecue joint or two in the mix. Adding coffee and ice cream to your order are optional, but taking time to visit these top pie destinations should be mandatory.