This is a bakery in the purest sense of the word, and Columbus Parent voters know it.

4061 E. Livingston Ave., Whitehall, 614-237-7421, reschbakery.com

This is a bakery in the purest sense of the word, and Columbus Parent voters know it. Resch's Bakery, located in a nondescript strip mall on the edge of Whitehall, has been in business since 1912, and this family-owned operation is solely focused on the business of quality baking. There are no fancy caffeinated beverages to be had with your bag of glazed twists, no racks of magazines to peruse, and only a couple of chairs to sit on while you wait for your number to be called. It's loaves of bread, bags of cookies, super-fresh donuts to die for, and cupcakes with frosting in quantities that won't give you insulin shock.

Resch's also does a brisk trade in birthday, wedding and anniversary cakes, but just be forewarned that everything must be paid for with cash or local check only (no debit or credit cards).

Runners-up: Mozart's Bakery & Piano Caf, The Suisse Shop Bakery