Whether you’re looking for fresh-baked bread, a unique birthday or wedding cake design, the perfect slice of pie or gourmet chocolate bars, the best bakeries in Houston have something to meet your needs. H-Town offers a variety of bakeries, but the following have earned top ranks thanks to superb customer service, quality ingredients, custom designers and to-die-for desserts. — Amber Hilton

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Flying Saucer Pie Company

436 West Crosstimbers
Houston, TX 77018
(713) 694-1141

If a slice of pie is your idea of the perfect after-dinner treat, you’ll want to stop by the Flying Saucer Pie Company, the oldest and best loved pie shop in all of Houston. Family owned and operated since 1967, Flyer Saucer uses only fresh ingredients whenever possible, and all pies are baked from scratch daily to guarantee freshness. The menu includes reasonably-priced fruit pies, cream pies and seasonal recipes. You won’t want to leave without trying a slice of their pineapple pie or fresh lemon cream. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

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Three Brothers Bakery

4036 South Braeswood Boulevard
Houston, TX 77025
(713) 666-2253

A Houston institution since 1949, Three Brothers Bakery is a family-owned business that has been passed down for five generations. Three Brothers has won numerous awards from publications like The Houston Press and The Knot. Country Living Magazine chose the pecan pie here as “the best America has to offer.” The baked goods here run the gamut from fresh-baked breads and bagels to cupcakes, cookies, pies and cakes. They are a popular choice for wedding cakes and other custom cakes. Orders can be placed online and shipped, including a handy “Build-a-Cake” option that allows customers to select from a variety of special-occasion cake designs. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ruggles Café Bakery

2365 Rice Boulevard
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 520-6662

Located in Houston’s Rice Village, Ruggles Café Bakery is not only an award-winning bakery, but they also serve fresh gourmet sandwiches, soups and salads. Come in for a tasty lunch and leave with a fresh-baked cake or pastry for dessert. The dessert menu here is extensive and every bite is delectable, but what we really love about Ruggles is that the staff concocts a new dessert every morning, so that there is always something different to delight your taste buds. Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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The Chocolate Bar

Rice Village Location
2521 University Boulevard
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 520-8888

River Oaks Location
1835 West Alabama
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 520-8599

For a different kind of dessert, The Chocolate Bar offers two locations in Houston, “where every hour is happy hour.” In addition to gourmet chocolates, which include chocolate and candy pizzas, chocolate-dipped fruits, and chocolates in the shape of animals and Texas stuff, this Houston hotspot also offers a decadent dessert menu. If you like chocolate, you’ll love the rich cakes, pies, cookies, brownies and pastries baked fresh and served daily at The Chocolate Bar. We recommend the Night & Day cake and the Candylicious Junkyard. What we really love about this place is that they are open late to accommodate those pesky midnight chocolate cravings. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.