To me, nothing says “it’s the weekend” more than settling down in one of my favorite Columbus restaurants, ordering a drink and slowly perusing the brunch menu.
Brunch offerings in Columbus run the gamut from wholesome and healthy, to gluttonous and cocktail-soaked. The following five spots have something delicious for all food gurus.
Northstar Cafe appeals to those looking for a clean and healthy start to their weekend. The cafe, which has three different locations throughout Columbus, professes a commitment to “pure and natural” food, with an emphasis on local, organic ingredients, and prepares everything from scratch in its large open kitchens. Northstar also offers some good options for vegetarians and vegans.
My favorite brunch dishes are the homemade granola with berries and the Cloud Nine pancakes with ricotta cheese and Ohio maple syrup. If I’m feeling the need for an extra vitamin kick, I’ll wash it down with a Shooting Star, made with blended carrots, lemons, oranges and ginger.
2. Matt the Miller’s
Matt the Miller’s, which has two locations in Columbus, offers one of the city’s rare brunch buffets. A reasonable $15 gives you access to a large spread of the usual breakfast dishes such as eggs, bacon, waffles and an omelet station, as well as lunch offerings that include crispy flatbreads with a variety of toppings, and jerk chicken.
I recommend leaving room for the dessert table, and throwing down an extra $7 for the Bloody Mary bar where the bartender supplies you with the vodka and leaves the sauces, spices and garnishes up to you — options include pickles, pickled okra, pickled haricot vert, horseradish, Worcestershire, hot sauces, jerky and olives.
The only downside to Skillet’s brunch is its tiny German Village space (seating only around 15-20 people), which makes advance reservations a must.
Skillet describes its menu as “seasonal driven,” meaning that it changes fairly often. Nevertheless, the best dishes I have tried include the chorizo sausage gravy and biscuits with fluffy eggs, and the triple-stacked oven-dried cherry and oatmeal pancakes topped with powdered sugar and maple syrup.
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