When I posed the question on Twitter, the hands-down vote winner was Sassafras Bakery. Sassafras has been selling at farmers markets for a few years, but just opened a brick-and-mortar shop in Worthington earlier this year. Right now, the seasonal offering is Sassafras' Signature Apple Pie - available in double crust or with a walnut struessel topping. Food & Wine Magazine has called this "A purist's pie," and Jeni Britton-Bauer of Jeni's Ice Creams names it, "The best pie you'll ever eat." Do I need to say more?
Cafe Brioso, the downtown coffee roastery, has a big array of pastries made fresh daily, and their pie draws crowds, too. Their berry pies are particularly crave-worthy, and it pairs perfectly with a decadent cafe Cubano and a window seat overlooking one of the trendiest corners downtown.
Honeykiss Bakery is a home-based business that also opened this year. If you're coming in from out of town for Thanksgiving, impress your hosts by ordering a pumpkin, sweet potato or pecan pie to bring along. You can either pick up your pies or have them delivered!
If you think pies are just sweet, we've got a savory option, too! Salam Bakery prepares Middle Eastern meat and veggie pies from its location on Cleveland Avenue. Spiced with mild blends, these small pies with house-made pita crust are in the $1.50-$2 range, so you can pick up a selection and share.