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Breakfast Week Columbus


October 31-November 5

In celebration of the arrival of Breakfast With Nick: Columbus, we’re doing a series of events and giveaways the week leading up to the book’s release. So I hereby declare the week of October 31-November 5 BREAKFAST WEEK COLUMBUS!

All week long, I encourage you to head out and eat some breakfast around Columbus. Come meet me for breakfast one of the mornings. Hear the buzz around town about the book. Win free breakfasts! As a warm-up, check out me with Fox28’s Johnny DiLoretto at Starliner Diner on Friday, October 28. And hear his interview with me on WCBE’s Foodcast at 2:01pm on Saturday, October 29.

Tuesday, November 1
9-10:30am: Breakfast at Jack’s Diner, 52 E. Lynn St, downtown

Thursday, November 3
9-10 am: Donuts at Buckeye Donuts, 1998 N. High St, near campus

Friday, November 4
9-10:30 am: Breakfast at Katalina’s Cafe Corner, 1105 Pennsylvania Ave, Harrison West

Saturday, November 5
9-11 am: Brunch at the newly opened Explorers Club, 1598 S. High, Merion Village – JUST ADDED!

7-9 pm: Book release party at North Market! Food, books, T-shirts, & more! Tickets and info here:

Stay tuned on Facebook ( and Twitter ( for giveaways every day of the week!

Look for features on the book in the Dispatch and Columbus Alive during the week.

Begin the celebration of Columbus’ amazing breakfast scene! Join the conversation by tagging #bfastweekcbus

Photos: renovations at Der Dutchman

While out and about doing some final photos for the breakfast book, we stopped by Der Dutchman out in Plain City. I’ve written about Der Dutchman’s breakfast buffet before, but our last visit coincided with some massive renovations to the restaurant’s interior and exterior. Now it’s finished, so I had to post some updates. Their first point of expansion was creating a giant overhang out front, tall enough to accommodate tour buses unloading their passengers.

The former waiting area has been transformed into additional seating, all cozied up next to the big fireplace.

A new host stand guards the entryway to the full dining area, where they tempt you with pictures of grape pie.

In one of the forward dining rooms, an Amish buggy has been modified into a four-seater. You can request to eat your meal in the buggy, which even has working lights.

Of course, all of the new construction is designed to send you along the buffet line sooner. We just had to sample the buffet. To make sure it was still up to par. It is.

The bakery has been re-arranged and expanded slightly. The overall square footage isn’t that much more, but the space feels less crowded and easier to navigate. This gives you plenty of room to stare at cases full of pies…

…and more pies…

…and even stacks of little fry pies.

And of course, we couldn’t get a full appreciation of the new renovations without bring a box (or two) of longjohns home with us.

Interviews & updates

Happy Saturday, everyone!

It’s been a busy few weeks here at Breakfast With Nick. We’re doing final edits on the breakfast book now. Next week we will send it to the printers! In the meantime, here are some updates and other goings-on:

I’ve had some nice articles and interviews published about the book recently:

  • The first is an interview with Emily at Best of Columbus. Make sure you take some time to read her blog and follow her.
  • The folks at The Lantern, Ohio State’s student newspaper, also did a nice profile. Notice the picture of me pondering life with pumpkin donut in hand. I spend many mornings doing this…
  • You can also tune in on Saturday, October 29 to the WCBE Foodcast, to hear me talking with Johnny DiLoretto about the book.

In book-related news…

  • You can now purchase tickets to the book release party at North Market! A $25 ticket gets you into the party and a copy of the book. If you’ve already purchased the book (through Kickstarter, for instance), you can get a ticket for $10 and pick up your copy of the book there. The party is shaping up to be plenty of fun! Many of our featured restaurants will be sharing food, there will be a booksigning, breakfast T-shirts for sale, music, drinks, and much more.
  • The full book-ordering function will be live soon on this site, so you can order Breakfast With Nick: Columbus and have it shipped to you once it’s released on November 5th.
  • You’ll also be able to purchase the book in person! Our current list of booksellers includes The Book Loft, The Hills Market, Katalina’s Cafe Corner, DK Diner, Cambridge Tea House, Wholly Craft!, and Celebrate Local. We’re also organizing a series of book signings, so look for a schedule posted soon.
  • Finally, from October 30-November 5, we’ll be doing a weeklong celebration of breakfast leading up to the book’s release. Look for giveaways, breakfast gatherings, TV spots, and more!

Whole World Restaurant | Columbus, OH

Whole World Restaurant (Facebook / @WWRestaurant)
3269 N. High St. (map it!)
Columbus, OH 43202
(614) 268-5751
Accepts cash & credit/debit
Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free? Y/Y/N
Kid-friendly? Y

Date of Visit: Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 11:15 a.m.

IMPRESSIONS: Whole World Restaurant has a long history – over thirty years – as one of Columbus’ premiere vegetarian stops. They’ve been serving up the non-meaty goods since 1978 in Clintonville, and in that time have garnered a very loyal following. You can find the restaurant along North High Street; the storefront is small, but just look for the small greenish awning. There’s plenty of street parking around it.

ATMOSPHERE: I met Akron food blogger extraordinaire Tom Noe of Exploring Food My Way for Sunday brunch. The cafe was just over half full when we visited in the late morning, and a steady stream of customers kept the tables filled. Whole World’s decor uses a lot of browns and creams, except for a big colorful mural above the counter.

FOOD: On a specific quest for biscuits and gravy, I order their version, the vegetarian gravy and biscuits. Instead of sausage, they make a heavy roux laden with spices and herbs like garlic, salt, and pepper. Overall, the dish was fairly well done. The biscuits were big and very dense, which I generally don’t mind. I like for my biscuits to hold together. The gravy had too much garlic in it for my taste. I’m actually surprised they didn’t try using a vegetarian sausage as a base for the gravy; it’s on the menu elsewhere. I think that might make a better substitution.

Tom ordered their Southwestern Quiche, one of the specials for the day. It came with a huge pile of crisp potatoes. The dish is colorful, to be sure, although Tom seemed to have the same reaction I had to my biscuits and gravy. Good, but not a real stand-out.

SERVICE: Whole World has you order at the counter, then find your table. The over-the-counter interactions were all very pleasant, and the person there could explain dishes or make recommendations. The food came out fairly quickly, too.

OVERALL: Although we weren’t wowed by our food, it was overall a good experience. It’s a cozy little restaurant, and its history as one of Columbus’ oldest vegetarian spots speaks to its quality and the dedication of its customers. Browsing through their Sunday brunch menu, I’m already planning a return visit: there are pancakes, French toast, and vegetable hash to try!


Whole World Natural Restaurant & Bakery on Urbanspoon

Last day for special pre-sale!

The special breakfast book pre-sale ends TONIGHT at midnight! Please consider pledging to our Kickstarter project HERE. You’ll get your name in the book and our eternal gratitude!

Look for more info on the November 5th release party soon!


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