Columbus is the best city ever. Maybe you live in New York, or LA, or Chicago, or San Francisco, and you’re like, “I’m sorry? You think your city in Ohio is the best city ever?” Well, yes. I do. There are some people who are meant to live in truly large cities like NYC, but I’m not one of them. You know what I love about the Midwest? No one makes you earn anything. No one’s ever going to make you prove you’re a “true Ohioan” like they would suss out if you’re a “real New Yorker.” You don’t have to be tough here. Midwest is best, guys.
Who knows if I’ll always live in Columbus, but I’d be happy if I did. Things are (relatively) cheap. There’s lots of greenery everywhere. It’s small enough for me to navigate but big enough that you’ll never really run out of things to do. Or, more accurately, things to eat.
Since I love Columbus so much, I thought I’d share some of my favorite places with you guys. I am by no means an expert on anything, since I rarely leave my apartment, but I know some good restaurants. Today I’m talking about my fave breakfast spots. Although my husband is definitely not a morning person, my friends Carrie and Mindy and I started going out to breakfast once in awhile and it’s been wonderful. What’s better than dishing over a breakfast sandwich? NOTHING. Anyway, my favorite places are disproportionately located in my neighborhood because, like I said, I hate leaving my place. I’m SURE there are plenty of great places that I left off of the list, so let me know in the comments!
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I love Northstar even more for lunch or dinner–their salads are amazing! their bean burgers are divine!–but their breakfast is also fab. The ricotta pancakes and their muffins/baked goods are great, but I love their breakfast burrito. It’s filled with beans, sweet potatoes, and eggs, AKA my favorite things. Also it’s usually full of hipsters, but they’re Ohio hipsters, so they’re not very obnoxious.
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Some people might tell you that the best donuts in Columbus are from Buckeye Donuts. I’m not saying those people are wrong necessarily…but also I am. DK Diner’s donuts are the best. Also, their apple fritters are the size of your head, if you have an abnormally small head (they’re still very large for apple fritters, though). They have other great food, too, but the donuts are the best.
Cambridge Tea House
I’ve written about how much I love the Cambridge Tea House before. It’s super cute and super classy. And they make a mean french toast casserole.
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If you like your diners super-retro, you’ll love Chef-O-Nette. I’m pretty sure the decor is from the 60s/70s and I love it. You can get an omelette for basically nothing.
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Skillet features a lot of local food and their menu changes daily. Everything I’ve ever had here, for breakfast or not, has been amazing. But it’s really tiny, so get there early or be prepared to wait! Also, one of the waiters sort of looks like Marc Maron.
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I didn’t even know this restaurant existed until Carrie told me about it. It’s inside/attached to a Honeybaked Ham. HONEYBAKED HAM, you guys. You know what that means…there’s so much ham on the menu. The menu is huge, they give you some sort of breakfast bread for free, and they bring out a whole BOWL of whipped cream to glop onto your food. Perfect. Ohio is amazing. Sorry if your town is “too cool” to have restaurants inside Honeybaked Hams.