Sweet Endings: Old-Fashioned Bakeries We Love

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly
Lemon Meringue pie from Just Pies

In the world of cronuts, artisan marshmallows and paleo cookies, we celebrate the bakeries with the bells on the doors and coffee in Styrofoam cups. Here's where we head for no-frills bakers confections and classic sugar fixes.

Auddino's provides Columbus restaurants (such as J. Alexander's and Iacono's) with freshly baked rolls while retail customers peruse pizzelles and cannoli. What do we get? With a flaky cracker-like crust and a generous dose of powdered sugar, we reach for Auddino's cannolis stuffed with simple thickened cream. (No cheese in these.)

Bakers at DK (Doughnut Kitchen) Diner start making their namesake classic doughnuts at midnight. What do we get? Available for dine in or carryout, we run with the crowd and reach for bestsellers like Blueberry or Cherry with Cream Cheese Frosting.

The team at the 56-year-old Original Goodie Shop is prepared for anything, from last-minute orders (miniature versions of their buttercream-iced cakes turn in the Cakerator) to the customer who wants a cake decorated with bigfoot in a tutu. What do we get? Please-'em-all chocolate and vanilla cakes for birthday parties, graduation celebrations and the occasional just-need-a-piece-of-cake Tuesday.

Resch's customers do not like to wait. Placing an order at the east-side bakery is a theatrical event with khaki-wearing staffers yelling out numbers like the baker's life depends on an immediate answer to "What do you want?" What do we get? A six-pack of their cinnamon- and pecan-kissed Grandmother Rolls. Any cinnamon roll that invokes the name of the family matriarch is no fraud.

Aside from the sour cream cookies on the countertop, Just Pies sells, well, just pies. With Goldilocks' approach to the pie industry, this longtime favorite presents every flavor in three sizes. So there's always something just right. What do we get? The apple, cherry and cream pies (go Lemon Meringue!) can conquer hearts.