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Eat Right: 10 Great Places for Breakfast in Columbus

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When it comes to going out for breakfast and brunch, it’s easy to get stuck ordering your go-to favorites, like scrambled eggs and bacon, a stack of pancakes, or a ham-and-cheese omelet. Next time around, push yourself by ordering some of the more adventurous dishes our city’s chefs are cooking up. Here are 10 ideas to get you started.

CBC Restaurant

525 Short St., Columbus, OH 43215

Can’t decide between something savory and something sweet? CBC’s Chicken and Waffle is the perfect compromise. A tender cornflake-crusted boneless chicken breast is served atop a Belgian waffle with Ohio honey butter and maple syrup.


520 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Bacon and sausage are the most popular of breakfast meats, but Copious proves short ribs deserve a spot at the breakfast table with their Eggs Oh’MG. A decadent short rib hash is topped with two poached eggs, breakfast potatoes, bell peppers, onions and hollandaise sauce.

Due Amici

67 E. Gay St., Columbus, OH 43215

While Due Amici’s brunch is best known for its traveling Bloody Mary cart, Chef Tyler Preston has a few jaw-dropping entrees on the menu worth seeking out as well. Go for the Porchetta Benedict, with garlic-herb braised pork, polenta cornbread, arugula, pepperoncini relish and an herb hollandaise.


1105 Pennsylvania Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

The menu at Katalina’s has evolved over the years, but a few favorite dishes have stayed around through the changes, including the Mazatlan Slow-Roasted Pork & Egg Sandwich. This beast is filled with slow-roasted Beeler’s pork in Katalina’s secret sauce, two fried eggs, provolone, avocado, roasted red peppers and aioli.

Milestone 229

229 Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH 43215

Mmm, donuts. Inspired by “The Simpsons,” Homer’s French Toast is made with donut bread pudding that’s cooked French toast-style! It’s covered in a maple bourbon glaze and served with thick double-smoked bacon and two over-easy eggs.


410 E. Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43206

Skillet’s menu changes daily based on the seasonal ingredients available, and you can count on Chef Kevin Caskey to include a stunner or two on each and every menu. Recently, that was the Quail on a Mudflap. A cornmeal waffle made with Shagbark Mill grains, maple stout and farmstead cheddar was topped with brined Ohio-raised quail, two sunny quail eggs and country fried pickle, served with foie gras maple syrup.

Shaw’s Restaurant

123 N. Broad St., Lancaster, OH 43130

Shaw’s Restaurant & Inn officially closed the inn portion of the business at the end of 2016, but the restaurant is still going strong. During Sunday Brunch service, try Chef Susie Cork’s Cubano Egg Sandwich with braised pork shoulder, ham, Swiss, fried egg and honey mustard on a toasted ciabatta, with a side of fruit.

Wolf’s Ridge

215 N. Fourth St., Columbus, OH 43215

This brunch standout offers a number of excellent options. Try the Buffalo Pork Belly, a take on Buffalo wings. It’s grilled Nueske’s pork belly in Buffalo sauce with confit fingerling potatoes, smoked blue cheese, micro celery, picked carrots and a sunny-side-up egg.

Worthington Inn

649 High St., Worthington, OH 43085

Spice up your morning with the Inn’s South of the Border Bowl. It’s black beans and red rice topped with poached eggs, house-made chorizo, avocado, tomato and tortilla strips, drizzled in Colorado (red chile) and cilantro sauces.

Zoe Cafe

2376 E. Main St., Bexley, OH 43209

Here’s one where it pays to read the menu description! Zoe punches up its Poached Eggs dish by serving that breakfast standard with black bean cakes, sliced tomatoes and sourdough toast accompanied by a jalapeno buerre blanc.


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