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The Weekender: Three pies worthy of your Thanksgiving table

The Weekender: Three pies worthy of your Thanksgiving table

Alyson Strickler-Vazquez

Thanksgiving is exactly one week away, and while most of you are thinking about turkey, I am preparing for the delectable desserts that are bound to grace our tables. Pie is the quintessential Thanksgiving pastry, and I am sharing three that will motivate your guests to save room for dessert.

Just Pies is offering twenty-three classic pie combinations this Thanksgiving. Located in Westerville, this bakery focuses on literally just pies…which is why those in the know get in line early! The go-to for my Thanksgiving table is the Apple Crumb. Oversized and deep, the large easily feeds an army. Just Pies begins with a buttery homemade crust that is expertly filled with spiced apples and topped with a perfectly browned crumble. The thick and flaky crust doesn’t topple to the layers of cinnamon apple that are highlighted by a hint of lemon juice and a dense brown sugar crumb with notes of brown butter, cinnamon, and molasses. This is genuinely my favorite pie on earth!

In the know – Just Pies will have full cases Monday-Wednesday opening at 7am.


The Pearl is known for its rotating house-made pies. The only pie to have a permanent spot on their chalkboard menu is the Brown Sugar Pie. The Pearl begins with an oat crust filled with white and brown sugar, evaporated milk, freeze-dried corn, cream, vanilla, butter, and egg yolks. The Brown Sugar Pie is buttery, gooey, and packed with sugar. Chewier than most pies, I liken it to a dessert bar; this pie provides the nuttiness of a pecan pie without the actual pecans. It may seem like an unconventional pick, but your guests will agree this pie is worthy.

In the know – Give either The Pearl location a call and ask to order it whole.

Dough Mama is a quirky and fun from-scratch bakery located in the heart of Clintonville. Their Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie is an elevated version of everyone’s go-to Thanksgiving dessert, and frankly, it’s time. The house-made crust is stuffed with a thick pumpkin filling given depth through brown butter, sweet potato, and maple syrup. Each bite bursts with nuttiness from the brown butter and an array of fall spices that will remind you why fall is the best season.

In the know – Head to Dough Mama’s website to place your Thanksgiving pre-order.

Make sure to get your orders in because these pies are sure to sell out, and when you hit the grocery stores this weekend, may the odds be ever in your favor.

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