Close your textbooks: Thanksgiving (and Thanksgiving break!) draws nigh. The only equation we’re interested in is how many slices of pie can one person responsibly consume during pie’s most important season? Around here, grandmothers seem to be a common denominator for perfectly flaky crust passed down to their grandchildren—the same children who have now grown up and built pie businesses on the backs of those flour-smudged, time-stained recipe cards.

Whether you’re a “sliver of everything” person or just treat pie as your plus-one to every meal, you’re gonna want to plot out your pie strategy using our guide to the Upstate’s tastiest picks.

Photography by Paul Mehaffey

The Bakery Off Augusta

If you know, you know: the trained European bakers behind this cute Swiss bakery don’t take shortcuts—so when their order queue is full, you’re out of luck. Get your order in quickly and your reward will be the transcendent pastry that has earned Greenville’s loyalty.
OUR PICK: Pecan
HOLIDAY FLAVORS: Apple, Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Egg Custard, Bourbon Pecan, Cherry, Blueberry, Pecan: $16–20
ORDERING INFO: one-week notice required
CONTACT: (864) 282-8580, facebook.com/thebakeryoffaugusta

Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop

Husband and wife team Scott and Meredith Layton turned the legendary pies of their maternal grandmothers into a beloved chain of pie shops that celebrates the sweetest part of the Southern table. Crusts are hand-pressed, and pies are made fresh in the shop every day. 
OUR PICK: Buttermilk (a cross between a chess pie and a custard)
HOLIDAY FLAVORS: I-40, Granny’s Apple, Buttermilk, Coconut Cream, Chocolate Cream, Peanut Butter Cream, Key Lime, Chewy Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin: $26 each
ORDERING INFO: Holiday orders typically fill up after the first week of November; call soon.
CONTACT: (864) 729-8555, buttermilkskypie.com

Bossy Baker

Jeannie Hall knows her way around a commercial kitchen, but producing baked goods that relied heavily on artificial flavorings wasn’t her jam. She founded Bossy Baker to show off the flavor of local ingredients—one taste and you’ll see that her handcrafted pies don’t need any help.
OUR PICK: Burnt Caramel Pear
HOLIDAY FLAVORS: Apple Bourbon Pecan, Black Bottom Pumpkin, Burnt Caramel Pear, Salty Chocolate: $22.50 each
ORDERING INFO: Thanksgiving orders must be in by Nov 12; Thanksgiving pickup, Nov 19
CONTACT: bossybakerco@gmail.com, bossybaker.co/holiday-orders/

Swamp Rabbit Café

Is there anything Greenville’s beloved grocery-café-pizzeria-butchery-bakery can’t do? Swamp Rabbit’s pies are just as delicious as everything else that exits their charming little shop, made with local ingredients delivered to the bakery by the farmers themselves.
OUR PICK: Chocolate Chess
HOLIDAY FLAVORS: Organic Maple Pumpkin, Local Apple Streusel, Local Bourbon Pecan, Chocolate Chess, Chocolate Peppermint Cream Pie (Christmas), gluten-free crust available upon request: $26 each
ORDERING INFO: Holiday orders start Nov 5; 48-hour notice required
CONTACT: (864) 255-3385, swamprabbitcafe.com

Upcountry Provisions

Upcountry Provisions has been a Travelers Rest staple for years, but their artisan breads and crave-worthy baked goods are worth a trip no matter where you call home. Pies are crafted with the same attention to detail that has made their bread famous.
OUR PICK: Pumpkin with Whipped Cream
HOLIDAY FLAVORS: Caramel Apple, French Apple, Bourbon Pecan, Blueberry Cobbler, Peanut Butter Cup, Pumpkin with Whipped Cream: $18-$24
ORDERING INFO: 72-hours notice required
CONTACT: (864) 834-8433, upcountryprovisions.com