FOOD: I’ve had breakfast at the OSU Medical Center once before, about three years ago. We loved the experience so much, we decided to go back. The service is simply amazing, and the accommodations are very comfortable. The breakfast is surprisingly complex. We expected mainly jello and ice chips, but found a full menu that includes eggs, pancakes, turkey sausage patties, home fries, oatmeal, coffee, and juice. It’s all delicious.
Monthly Archives: August 2011
Hello, breakfasters! Come see me this Sunday evening, August 14 at 7pm, at Wild Goose Creative! I’m speaking as part of WGC’s monthly Too Many Cooks series. That night, we’ll enjoy some brinner (I’ll make some of my favorite breakfast items: eggs in a nest), talk about the blog, and preview some of the breakfast book! I hope you can join me.
Throughout the year, different sites and publications ask their readers to vote on the best restaurants, shopping areas, local celebrities, events, sports, etc. around Columbus. It’s a great way to gauge readers’ interest and opinions. Just about every publication out there does it.
2. Neither is First Watch, although I’ve had nothing but great experiences at their restaurants. Still, not the best in town.
3. Cap City Diner is NOT A FREAKING DINER. Have you people never stepped foot in Nancy’s, or Jack’s, or German Village Coffee Shop, or Dan’s, or any of the twenty old diners that dot Columbus?
4. Also, Columbus Monthly readers, I’d really like to know which local farms are directly servicing the 570 Bob Evans restaurants. Talk to the Caskeys at Skillet or Rick and Krista at Knead or all the folks at Slow Food Columbus about how farm-to-table dining really works.
Brunch: Skillet (voted by CU.com as #1), Sage American Bistro, Due Amici, Worthington-freaking-Inn, Third & Hollywood, Rivage Atlantique, Northstar Cafe (the one answer I get behind when people vote for them)
Diner: Jack’s Sandwich Shop, Jack & Benny’s, Nancy’s Home Cooking, German Village Coffee Shop, DK Diner, Tommy’s Diner, Fitzy’s Old Fashioned Diner
Coffee Shop: I love Cup O’ Joe; they’ve provided a welcome writing space for years and I really enjoy their coffee. But in terms of absolute quality of coffee, I’d like to see more votes for Luck Bros Coffee Shop, Cafe Brioso, and Yeah, Me Too.
ATMOSPHERE: Doodles is my kind of place. Bright colors on the walls and plates. Open design. Big windows, nice patio outside. It was pretty quiet when we arrived, with a mix of businessmen, studiers, and families eating breakfast, but it got busier by the time we left.
FOOD: The good vibes established by the space are continued in the menu. Doodles is another great example of a small menu featuring dishes they do really well. And you’re in Kentucky, so you can get some good Kentucky cooking, too. Here’s the Dirty Shrimp and Grits. Made with local grits and a tomato gravy. Definitely spicy and rich. You can add bits of country ham to it, too.
They serve a couple different types of breakfast quesadillas, and this one is the Kentucky Hot Brown Strata version, with the classic mix of turkey, bacon, cheddar cheese, and tomatoes. A great way to mix up a classic Kentucky dish.