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Columbus' 10 Weekend Brunches And Late Breakfasts

Columbus' 10 Weekend Brunches And Late Breakfasts
Columbus, Ohio’s capital, is a progressive city with a decidedly local spirit. One of the largest cities in America, Columbus has a lot to offer, each neighborhood jammed with historic and cultural heritage. From the Brewery District, the German Village and artsy Short North adjacent to Downtown, to the outer neighborhoods and suburbs of the city, Columbus’ diners, cafés and restaurants have a host of breakfast and brunch options for the cultural traveler.

Skillet

Restaurant, American, $$$
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The Huevos Rancheros
The Huevos Rancheros | Courtesy of Starliner Diner
Located in Columbus’ historic German Village neighborhood, this place is a local favourite. Skillet describes its cuisine as, ‘seasonal driven, farm to table comfort classics with an urban edge’. This means that the menu changes almost daily depending on the season, harvest and ingredients they have on hand. The local food used is listed on the menu, with cream and milk from Ohio’s Snowville Creamery, Bluescreek Farm beef, Tennessee tomatoes and Laurel Valley cheese, for example. Featured in a PBS show about American breakfasts, Skillet uses eggs within a roughly 30-mile radius of Columbus, including their duck eggs. When available, order the sweet potato hash with duck eggs and duck meat. Other highlights include the warm cinnamon rolls or the classic sausage, chicken gravy and biscuits with an egg tucked inside. Expect to wait for a seat however, as the dining area is small and Skillet doesn’t take reservations.
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The Huevos Rancheros Courtesy of Starliner Diner
Starliner’s unique murals Courtesy of Starliner Diner

The Worthington Inn

In the Columbus suburb of Worthington, The Worthington Inn is open seven days a week with an enormous Sunday brunch that is now officially offered on Saturday mornings as well. Chefs prepare fresh bread daily, churn their own ice cream and create seasonal menus, keeping in line with their commitment to supporting sustainable farming techniques. Though the food isn’t cheap, the atmosphere is elegant and steeped in history.

The Worthington Inn, 649 High Street, Worthington, OH, US, +1 (614) 885 2600

Katalina’s Café Corner

Restaurant, Mexican, American, $$$
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Katalina’s declares itself, ‘the little café with lots of local goodness’, and this certainly seems to hold true. With a quirky attitude and a tendency of rhyming, ‘Katalina’s al-Fresco is the Best-O’ and ‘Forgive our bragging but this is staggering’; Katalina’s seems like an energetic next-door neighbour who likes to cook. Located in a 100 year old gas station-turned restaurant, the patio adds some much needed extra space, even in the winter when customers wait in the cold for some of the famous, award-winning pancake balls. Pancake balls stuffed with nutella seem to be a favourite, but other highlights include the chipotle glazed sweet and spicy bacon or the Mazatlan pork and egg sandwich. Wash it down with boxed water, 10% donated to world water relief and 10% to reforestation.
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Taste of Belgium

Market, Restaurant, Belgian
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In 2007, Belgium-native Jean-François Flechet brought back a 120lbs cast iron waffle maker from Belgium to Columbus, and the rest is sweet waffle history. From a cart in the back of a produce store, Taste of Belgium has since grown into multiple food establishments in Cincinnati, Florence, Kentucky and Columbus, including a full service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Now located in North Market, Taste of Belgium takes elegant cuisine to a more down-to-earth level perfect for the laid back city of Columbus and it’s made this place wildly popular among waffle and brunch-lovers alike. All the food is inspired by traditional Belgian dishes, infused into the local culinary experience and all the waffles are made with imported beet sugar and caramelised in homemade irons, just choose the topping.
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Zanzibar Brews

Zanzibar Brews is a hip coffeehouse near downtown Columbus in the historic King-Lincoln District. Around the corner from the Lincoln Theater, stop in for a quick coffee before an event, though the smell of bacon and coffee are likely to bring you back for breakfast or Sunday brunch. Sundays Jazz Brunch Buffet has gourmet dishes prepared by the chef along with live jazz music for the duration of brunch. Zanzibar has a contemporary and relaxed interior, often showcasing local art, and hosts an open mic night every Thursday.


Zanzibar Brews, 740 East Long St. Columbus, OH, US,
+1 (614) 758 0111

Explorers Club

Restaurant, American
Explorers Club in historic German Village, right on the edge of Hungarian Village, takes visitors on a journey with its food. Starting with a Caribbean-inspired menu, Executives Chefs and owners Tracy Studer and Orlando Martinez next instituted a monthly Hungarian Night to honor his heritage and the restaurant’s location. It was so successful that residents came in to share old family recipes. So they decided to widen the menu’s appeal, offering diners a taste of Italy, China, Mexico and Cuba, among others. Explorers Club menu offers gluten free, vegan, vegetarian and ‘can be made vegan’ dishes and while Saturday and Sunday brunch have a traditional breakfast food list, the best are Explorer Club creations. There are grilled pierogies served with chorizo, 2 fried eggs, cheese and Ranchero sauce or fried egg tacos.
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