Scones, muffins, cinnamon rolls and more
Editor’s Note: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some restaurants on this list may be temporarily closed; others are offering carryout/delivery only. Please call to check availability.
Cambridge Tea House
1885 W. Fifth Ave., Grandview, 614-486-6464, cambridgeteahouse.com
In a world that tells you to hurry up, Cambridge Tea House encourages you to slow down—preferably over a pot of tea and a plate of its house-made scones. Made fresh daily, the scones balance a tender interior with a delicate crust. Perfect with jam, butter and homemade clotted cream.
Dan the Baker
1028 Ridge St., Grandview, 614-928-9035, dan-the-baker.com
Is it a croissant? Is it a muffin? Dan the Baker’s stunning cruffins incorporate the best of both worlds: gorgeous muffin-shaped croissants, flaky and over-stuffed with pastry cream and preserves. The bakery rotates through flavors like vanilla cream and sour cherries, boozy eggnog, and orange zest.
1715 W. Third Ave., Grandview, 614-488-5160, thedkdiner.com
2672 Billingsley Rd., Dublin, 614-226-2417, tupelodoughnuts.com
A properly made cake doughnut is something to celebrate—preferably with doughnuts. DK Diner crafts a sour cream cake doughnut with a sugary crust that just barely cracks when you bite into it. The exterior hides a soft but firm inside. Tupelo’s Brown Butter Hazelnut Old-Fashioned is substantial, a dense circular pastry with a molasses-like sweetness.
541 S. Third St., German Village, 614-220-9070; North Market, 59 Spruce St., Short North, 614-221-1001, pistaciavera.com
The displays at Pistacia Vera are almost too beautiful to eat. Almost. The bakery and café excels in the art of the croissant, with the pain au chocolat as a prime example. It folds those flaky and buttery delicate layers around ribbons of semi-sweet chocolate. Just go ahead and order two.
657 High St., Worthington, 614-781-9705, sassafrasbakery.com
Sassafras Bakery gives you one good reason to get out of bed on a Saturday: gooey cinnamon rolls. The bakery’s offering is kept warm in a pan, waiting to be served, so they truly live up to their name as the frosting seeps down through all the swirled layers of cinnamon dough.
South Village Grille
197 Thurman Ave., German Village, 614-826-0491, southvillagegrille.com
Let’s be honest: Every brunch should start with a plate of hot beignets. South Village Grille’s entry arrives hot, puffy and steaming, and thoroughly caked in powdered sugar—enough to convert any bruncher who prefers savory meals. Bonus: The beignets are served for dessert during dinner hours.
1998 N. High St., Campus, 614-291-3923, buckeyedonuts.net
59 Spruce St., Short North, 614-525-0878, destinationdonuts.com
Whether new or old, Columbus bakeries know how to craft perfectly puffy yeast doughnuts. Buckeye Donuts, that 24/7/365 Campus institution, creates its namesake doughnut with a well-structured shell, frosted with chocolate and a dollop of peanut butter. A centerpiece of the North Market, Destination Donuts whips up giant yeast beauties—many of them vegan—in flavors like Dueling Vanilla and Raspberry Hibiscus.
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