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Beyond Pumpkin Pie — Where To Find Creative Thanksgiving Desserts

Virginia peanut pie, Trickling Springs buttermilk pie, chocolate pumpkin bread pudding and more this way.

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Anyone with a serious sweet tooth knows that digging into thick slices of pie is a reward for entertaining family and dutifully eating green bean casserole during the holidays.

So here's a round up of some of the area's more mouthwatering and distinctive desserts this Thanksgiving. Buttermilk, bourbon and cayenne all make an appearance on this list. Some are sold only sold via carryout, while others are part of prix-fixe Thanksgiving meal or available a la carte. In any case, be prepared to let out the belt up a couple of notches and don't expect to find the usual pumpkin or pecan pie here.

Julekha Dash

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bayou Bakery

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1515 N Courthouse Rd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 243-2410
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Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery in Arlington is offering carryout pies that appeal to dessert lovers who like a blend of sweet and savory flavors. The bacon & cayenne pie ($24) is made with Benton's Bacon from Tennessee, Georgia pecans and cayenne in a cream cheese pie crust. The pecans are from Pearson Farm, which also supplies Per Se and The French Laundry. The Virginia peanut ($20) pie roasts local peanuts and blends with salt, vanilla and cayenne.

2. Cork Market & Tasting Room

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1805 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 265-2674
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The Thanksgiving carryout menu at Cork Market & Tasting Room in Logan Circle features several desserts that can be purchased separately. They include the salted caramel pecan shortbread tart ($32), apple crostata with cinnamon crème fraiche ($28) and a bourbon pumpkin cheesecake with graham cracker crust ($40). The cheesecake is made with pumpkins that are roasted with spices and mixed with cream cheese, goat cheese and bourbon.

3. Northside Social - Coffee & Wine

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3211 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 465-0145
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Northside Social is offering two 9-inch pies that don’t contain a whiff of pumpkin or pecan. There’s the pear and sour cherry pie with walnut crumb topping, and a Trickling Springs buttermilk pie, made with buttermilk from the Pennsylvania creamery. Both are $24.

4. Pinea at W Washington D.C.

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515 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 661-2400
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If you’re dining out on Thanksgiving, The W Washington DC hotel’s Pinea restaurant is offering a chocolate bombe as one of its three dessert options. It features a pistachio mousse inside and a cocoa nib and feuilletine crust and tangerine crust and is part of its $85 Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu.

5. Ardeo + Bardeo

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3311 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 244-6750
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Cleveland Park’s Ardeo+Bardeo is serving several non-traditional desserts on Thanksgiving as part of its $45, three-course menu. Highlights include buttermilk doughnuts with bourbon-apple butter and maple mascarpone, a pumpkin Arborio rice pudding with fruit compote and candied walnut, as well as a Meyer lemon cake with citrus olive oil and dark chocolate ice cream.

6. Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar

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223 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 544-8088
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For diners who just want eat dessert on its own, Sonoma Restaurant & Wine Bar in Capitol Hill offers a la carte options. Sonoma is serving a chocolate pumpkin bread pudding, served warm and drizzled with a sweet walnut maple glaze and with a cinnamon-star anise gelato ($9).

7. Lyon Hall

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3100 Washington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 741-7636
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For another a la carte option, try Lyon Hall. Desserts at the restaurant include chocolate maple pot de creme with candied pecans and orange blossom Chantilly cream ($7.95) and a pear hazelnut torte ($7.50) with Nutella ice cream and bittersweet chocolate sauce. Guests can also order the desserts as part of a three-course meal for $44.95.

1. Bayou Bakery

1515 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA 22201
Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery in Arlington is offering carryout pies that appeal to dessert lovers who like a blend of sweet and savory flavors. The bacon & cayenne pie ($24) is made with Benton's Bacon from Tennessee, Georgia pecans and cayenne in a cream cheese pie crust. The pecans are from Pearson Farm, which also supplies Per Se and The French Laundry. The Virginia peanut ($20) pie roasts local peanuts and blends with salt, vanilla and cayenne.
1515 N Courthouse Rd
Arlington, VA 22201

2. Cork Market & Tasting Room

1805 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
The Thanksgiving carryout menu at Cork Market & Tasting Room in Logan Circle features several desserts that can be purchased separately. They include the salted caramel pecan shortbread tart ($32), apple crostata with cinnamon crème fraiche ($28) and a bourbon pumpkin cheesecake with graham cracker crust ($40). The cheesecake is made with pumpkins that are roasted with spices and mixed with cream cheese, goat cheese and bourbon.
1805 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

3. Northside Social - Coffee & Wine

3211 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Northside Social is offering two 9-inch pies that don’t contain a whiff of pumpkin or pecan. There’s the pear and sour cherry pie with walnut crumb topping, and a Trickling Springs buttermilk pie, made with buttermilk from the Pennsylvania creamery. Both are $24.
3211 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

4. Pinea at W Washington D.C.

515 15th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
If you’re dining out on Thanksgiving, The W Washington DC hotel’s Pinea restaurant is offering a chocolate bombe as one of its three dessert options. It features a pistachio mousse inside and a cocoa nib and feuilletine crust and tangerine crust and is part of its $85 Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu.
515 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

5. Ardeo + Bardeo

3311 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20008
Cleveland Park’s Ardeo+Bardeo is serving several non-traditional desserts on Thanksgiving as part of its $45, three-course menu. Highlights include buttermilk doughnuts with bourbon-apple butter and maple mascarpone, a pumpkin Arborio rice pudding with fruit compote and candied walnut, as well as a Meyer lemon cake with citrus olive oil and dark chocolate ice cream.
3311 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

6. Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar

223 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
For diners who just want eat dessert on its own, Sonoma Restaurant & Wine Bar in Capitol Hill offers a la carte options. Sonoma is serving a chocolate pumpkin bread pudding, served warm and drizzled with a sweet walnut maple glaze and with a cinnamon-star anise gelato ($9).
223 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

7. Lyon Hall

3100 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
For another a la carte option, try Lyon Hall. Desserts at the restaurant include chocolate maple pot de creme with candied pecans and orange blossom Chantilly cream ($7.95) and a pear hazelnut torte ($7.50) with Nutella ice cream and bittersweet chocolate sauce. Guests can also order the desserts as part of a three-course meal for $44.95.
3100 Washington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

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