Breakfast/Brunch in Columbus, OH
Danny’s Deli is a downtown jewel that most Columbus native don’t even know exists. They have an extensive menu, but you simply must try the Downtown Special if you’re new to the place. It’s eggs, corned beef, home fries and toast, all piled high on a hot platter. Bring a friend because there’s more than enough to go around, all for less than $6. Danny’s can be tough to find. The address is on Broad Street, but the entrance to the restaurant is actually on Front. It’s located at the bottom of the Huntington building, and the door is inside the entrance to the building’s parking garage. Parking can be tricky here, too. You can park in the garage, but it’ll probably cost you more than your meal. Try to find a meter on Front Street, or walk if you’re close enough.
If you’re looking for a bagel, Broad Street Bagels has just what you want. Their bagels are fresh and not too chewy, and the cream cheese is loaded with real fruits and vegetables. Don’t let the name fool you though – they have a lot more than just bagels. In fact, Broad Street Bagels boast some pretty terrific wraps, and they have some of the best breakfasts in town. Call ahead and place your order if you’re on a tight schedule and be prepared to wait. The line to get in this place sometimes stretches way down Broad. Also, don’t plan a late lunch because they close at 2:30 p.m. Broad Street Bagels does have seating, but it’s pretty minimal so plan another place to eat, just in case.
Jack’s Downtown Diner is a hidden gem. Located near the busy intersection of Broad and High, it’s just out of sight and hidden in a back alley. There’s no big sign to alert you of the place, you just have to look carefully. Once you find Jack’s, the 50s diner décor greets you with open arms and the greasy spoon menu puts you right at ease. The food is always good with ever-changing specials and the prices are unbelievably cheap. Since parking in the area can be tricky, search for a meter on Third, Gay or High streets and walk a few blocks – it’s worth it.
If you’re in the mood for breakfast, no matter the time of day, Jack and Benny’s is your destination. The Clintonville restaurant, situated just north of The Ohio State University, blends in with campus eateries, but just one stop will prove it’s so much more. Sign up for a table at the blackboard and expect a long wait on weekend mornings. If you brought a big appetite, try the Gut Buster. This massive plate includes a pancake, hash browns, eggs, ham, bacon and sausage with cheese and gravy. Jack and Benny’s also offers over 20 varieties of omelets. Most meals are under $6. They don’t split checks, so if you come in a group, bring small bills.
There aren’t a lot of businesses in this part of town, so you’re not likely to stumble upon Caffee’ Apropos by accident. Once you do find them though, you’ll find yourself coming back again and again. The small coffee shop has a café feel in the morning, then transforms into a wine shop and bistro around noon. It makes another transformation when the sun goes down into a neighborhood bar. The best part is that during all these transformations, the cozy neighborhood feel never goes away. The morning menu consists mostly of hot drinks and delicious pastries, but the pastries are huge and more than enough to serve as an entire breakfast. It can be tough to get a seat because the free Wi-Fi brings a lot of folks who plan to stay all day, so come early or get yours to-go.