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161 Diner | Dublin, OH

161 Diner (Facebook / @WFM_Columbus)
3670 W. Dublin-Granville Rd. (inside Whole Foods Market) (map it!)
Dublin, OH 43017
(614) 760-5556
Open Mon-Fri, 11a-9p, Sat & Sun, 10a-9p (brunch served Sat & Sun, 10a-2p)
Accepts cash & credit/debit
Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free? N/N/N
Kid-friendly? Y

Date of Visit: Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 10 a.m.

IMPRESSIONS: Breakfast in a grocery store? Yes, you read right. Those familiar with Whole Foods Market know that their goal is to create more than just an average shopping experience. Instead, they want to keep you wandering the store for hours, sampling wines, buying gelato, tasting a wood-fired pizza, and more. In short, they are trying to recreate a central city market, in which small cafes or street vendors sell you meals on-the-go while you visit your favorite cheesemonger, butcher, and coffee roaster. Or even while taking your regular spot at your favorite diner counter. Yes, they’ve done even that. Enter the 161 Diner.

ATMOSPHERE: The 161 Diner is indeed a counter inside the Dublin Whole Foods. This WF is the first and largest one in greater Columbus, located in a plaza near the intersection of Sawmill Road and Dublin-Granville Road (Route 161). This means you have to brave the traffic of some of Columbus’ busier thoroughfares, which not everyone is keen to do. You can find the diner on the east side of the store, in the very large prepared foods section. 161 Diner is their version of the American diner, situated amongst Italian food, sushi, pizza, baked goods, and more. Brunch is only served on weekends, and it’s a busy affair. Even though 161 isn’t a traditional diner, it still has its regulars, and the counter stays full.

FOOD: I found a spot at the stainless steel counter and ordered a coffee. I believe they use some of the Whole Foods-brand coffee, but I don’t know for sure. Still, it’s well-brewed – not the acidic “angry water” (as my father-in-law calls it) that you find in most true American diners. Bonus points for serving cold cream with it. I had to search the counter for one of the jars of raw brown sugar. It seems fitting to the type of coffee you’d expect Whole Foods to serve.

I relied on the kitchen staff to suggest unique dishes to eat. They all recommended the sweet potato biscuits first. You don’t see these often enough on breakfast menus, and when they’re done well, they’re great. These very good, although not the best I’ve had. They make use of the sweet potato flavor, although they came out a little on the crunchy side for me.

This is helped by the serving of 365 brand (Whole Foods’ private label brand) jams. A crispy piece of sweet potato biscuit smeared with jam = all right in my book.

For my entree I again relied on the cooks behind the counter, and they all said, “You need to try Danielle’s Meat Cakes.” Um, what? If there’s any phrase that should give you pause in life, it’s “meat cakes.” Danielle’s meat cakes are loaded pancakes – three of them, to be exact – layered with meat, cheddar cheese, topped with strips of bacon, and sprinkled with more cheese. Oh, I’m sorry, does this picture make the dish look small to you?

Maybe this is better. As you would expect, the meat cake is served sizzling and pouring over with goodness. I didn’t even take a picture with the maple syrup (real, mind you) drizzled over the top. In terms of sheer breakfasty flavorfulness, it’s hard not to like it. Pancakes with meat in the batter? Check. Bacon? Check. Cheddar? Check. Crispy fried on the flattop? Check. It’s a breakfast blogger’s dream. Now, is it healthy? Eh… probably not. It’s a lot of food, and a lot of food straight from frying.

SERVICE: In case you were wondering, yes, Danielle, creator of the meat cakes, is a real person, and that’s her cooking my breakfast. All three of the servers working that morning were very friendly and accommodating. The food is all cooked right in front of you, and they clearly have regulars at the counter, even if this is a diner in a different context. That shows you they’re doing something right. A lot of people seemed to come straight to the diner, too. They weren’t dragging grocery carts behind them, just happening to stop for a bite to eat. They came to the store to eat at the diner.

OVERALL: Admittedly, I’m not a regular shopper at Whole Foods. It’s not in my neck of the woods, and the pricing is often beyond my budget. But whether Whole Foods is your grocery store of choice, or not, I think it’s worth at least one trip to the 161 Diner. I tried more of the loaded fair, but there is a lot more to explore: chocolate chip pancakes, prosciutto eggs benedict, even sweet potato biscuits and gravy. The pricing is a couple steps higher than a $4 breakfast platter, but I think the quality and quantity of the food is commensurate. (Sorry, I was jut looking for an excuse to use that word.) Whole Foods is known for well-chosen ingredients, so the construction of their prepared foods is pretty solid as well.

OTHER LINKS:
-> view photos of their updated menu (3/30/12)

Jury Room | Columbus, OH

Jury Room (Facebook / @jury_room)
22 E. Mound St. (map it!)
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 220-0964
Accepts cash & credit/debit
Open daily 11a-2a (brunch served Sat & Sun 11a-4p)
Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free? Y/Y/N
Kid-friendly? Y

Date of Visit: Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 12:45 pm

IMPRESSIONS: Admittedly, it’s difficult for me to write an unbiased review of any of the Columbus Food League restaurants (the organization formerly known as the Betty’s Family of Restaurants). I remember the day when only Betty’s existed, and how soon Surly Girl Saloon joined the ranks, and then Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails downtown. Then we all followed on Twitter the long journey of Dirty Frank’s Hot Dogs opening, and finally the Jury Room around the corner. (Psst, and there’s more to come!)

ATMOSPHERE: We hit up Jury Room early on a Sunday afternoon, and the place was relatively quiet (hint: a little too quiet). We arrived with a group of eight and the server easily pulled a couple tables together. The restaurant is a large single room, with a long wooden bar and an assortment of tables with big wooden chairs. There’s a big chandelier hanging from the ceiling and a fireplace in the corner. The furniture and decor is selected to fit the history of the restaurant, which dates back to the early 1830s. It’s a cozy pub-like setting, and sidling up to the bar or sitting at a table near the fire means you’re joining a long tradition of folks taking a break from the hustle and bustle, even if you’re not on break from a trial at the nearby Franklin County Courthouse.

FOOD: As it was brunch-time and technically p.m., our party started with a couple drinks. First was their Bloody Mary, which you would expect to find on any brunch menu. Jury Room’s version was spicier than I prefer, but it wasn’t so loaded with other accoutrement that it was awkward to drink. So if you want a Bloody Mary that’s flavorful but easily drinkable, this one will work for you.

They also have a nice selection of mimosas, made with orange, cranberry, pineapple, peach, or bitters. One of our brunchers chose the Peach Mimosa. It’s light, refreshing, and delicious.

The food menu has a great mix of things, including some unique items such as brisket and eggs, a bunch of scrambles, sandwiches, burgers, and French toast. Pictured above is the B.E.L.T.: bacon, eggs, arugula, and tomato. It’s a nice big sandwich, very tasty, and comes with really well seasoned and crispy potatoes.

Any trip to the Jury Room must include a plate of their truffle fries. These are thick-cut, crispy potatoes dowsed in some truffle oil and topped with big flakes of shaved parmesan cheese. Pair them with the aioli sauce, and I could eat them for days on end.

I was in a burger mood, and I love a brunch burger, so I picked up Jury Room’s Breakfast Burger. Excellent burger: cooked just right, including the egg, with crispy onion, arugula, and tomato on it. Includes bacon, provolone, and their spicy aioli, plus a side of  the potatoes. Great burger, whether you eat it for brunch or not.

One of our party ordered the Roasted Ohio Chicken off the regular menu. This is a beautiful dish featuring Amish chicken, potatoes, peas, onions, and a cream sauce. I didn’t have a bite, but I was told it’s delicious. If it tastes half as good as it looks, it must be a great dish. This is one thing that I really enjoyed about the Jury Room brunch (and about food at Columbus Food League restaurants in general) is that the menu is fun and casual while still featuring fairly sophisticated food at a good price. It’s costs more than your average diner breakfast, but the quality ingredients and preparation are worth it. Keep in mind, too, that CFL menus always include solid vegetarian and vegan options.

SERVICE: We were well cared-for by the handful of servers at the restaurant, although there weren’t many customers there. But CFL employees are generally very knowledgeable about their food and drink, and our server certainly had fun with us. He was able to accommodate everything for our group, which was decently big and included a three-year-old.

OVERALL: Jury Room holds the distinction of being Columbus’ oldest continually operating restaurant, since 1831. Liz Lessner and the Columbus Food League crew took over about a year ago, when the restaurant went up for sale, and Columbus’ dining scene has been all the better for it. They’ve given this historic restaurant new life, while still retaining some of the traditions of the location. It’s one more step in building a better downtown food scene. The brunch (at least on Sundays) is a quiet and comfortable affair. Great food in a very cozy atmosphere. I look forward to returning for brunch. Oh, heck, or for any meal there.

OTHER LINKS:

Jury Room on Urbanspoon

Cafe Brioso | Columbus, OH

Cafe Brioso (Facebook / @CafeBrioso)
14 E. Gay St. (map it!)
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 228-8366
Open Mon-Fri, 7a-4p; Sat, 9a-4p
Accepts cash & credit/debit
Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free? Y/N/N
Kid-friendly? Y

Date of Visit: Friday, November 18, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.

IMPRESSIONS: Ah, Brioso. It’s both easy and difficult for me to write about them. It’s easy because seasoned food and coffee fans of Columbus will already know about Brioso and their amazing roasts, their passion for coffee brewing, and their enthusiasm for sharing and teaching coffee culture. But it’s difficult because there’s not much to write beyond saying that they do coffee, and they do it really well. So maybe I should aim this review toward people who haven’t visited Brioso.

In short: you should go. Brioso is one of downtown Columbus’ premiere coffee stops. It’s conveniently located on the corner of High and Gay Streets. Parking is easily found on Gay Street, in both long- and short-term meters.

ATMOSPHERE: Brioso does all of their roasting on premises, so at the front of the store facing High Street you’ll often find roaster Jeff Davis hard at work, making anywhere from 15-20 different roasts. It makes the whole cafe, and the street outside, smell lovely. It’s particularly inviting in the colder months.

FOOD: In addition to their coffee, they serve a wide range of fresh-baked goods, from scones to cookies to muffins. Their scones rotate from sweet to savory flavors, often incorporating seasonal fruits. One of their top sellers are the blueberry muffins. It’s hard to go wrong when you pair that with a coffee drink.

You can order coffee however you like it: lattes with beautiful art, cappuccinos, cubanos (one of my wife’s favorites), or pour-overs featuring any of their roasts. They usually have a featured pour-over each day, so even if you’re a daily fixture there, you can work your way through the full menu of beans.

They serve much more than just coffee and muffins. Stop in for lunch especially, where they rotate soups, salads, and sandwiches.

SERVICE: The staff at Brioso keeps busy – they have to with the active downtown crowd – but they’ve always been friendly to me, and willing to chat about coffee. Their baristas are also some of the best trained in town, so you know that they’re pulling shots of espresso, pouring latte art, or foaming up your cappuccino the right way. Brioso often hosts regional latte art competitions, so they’re also doing a lot to raise Columbus’ coffee profile.

OVERALL: Whether you have time to stop or are in the to-go mood, the Brioso breakfast serves you well. If you work downtown, or are just bumming around seeing the sights, the cafe is a must-see for a drink and a snack. But if you want to take your love of coffee a stop further, they can lead the way. J.J., one of the managers, has a business card that reads, “Coffee Evangelist,” and that about says it all.

OTHER LINKS:

-> my (614) Magazine write-up about coffee shops, including Brioso

Cafe Brioso on Urbanspoon

Silver Bridge Coffee Company

Like it or not, I’ve become one of those people who needs to have my coffee in the morning. I’ve just grown to like the taste of a warm cup of coffee at the start of the day, not to mention the caffeine fix. I justify drinking it by also focusing on the fact that coffee is, after all, one of the best beverages for breakfast. All of these reasons keep me on the lookout for new coffee to try. Recently, we picked up a couple bags from Silver Bridge Coffee Company, and I thought I’d share.

I’m not the greatest judge of coffee. I’m happy to sip on cheap diner coffee (“angry water,” my father-in-law calls it), but I can recognize a superior bean when it’s before me. Columbus is a strong coffee town, slowly gaining recognition for our amazing roasters and baristas. Silver Bridge is a fine addition to the scene.

Silver Bridge is actually based in Gallipolis, Ohio, southeast of Columbus, almost to the West Virginia border. But the company has a strong presence here in Central Ohio. You’ll find them sampling at farmer’s markets and grocery stores, and their beans are sold at Kroger, Celebrate Local, Hills Market, and Whole Foods.

We purchased three different roasts: the Silver Bridge Blend, the Buckeye Breakfast Buzz, and the Jamaican Me Crazy. The Buckeye Breakfast has a nice little bite to it. The Silver Bridge is a balanced blend of light and dark. Both of those are very easy to like. They offer a great morning cup of coffee. The Jamaican Me Crazy is much more pungent, fueled by chocolatey and nutty flavors. It’s more of a stand-out, occasionally too rich to drink a lot of in the morning, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Silver Bridge roasts and quickly distributes their coffee. Ours was roasted the date before we purchased it. It should be noted, too, that Silver Bridge’s coffee is organic and fair trade certified.

We’ve recently taken to French-pressing our coffee in the morning (although I still use a blade grinder, shhhhhh). My wife and I realized we weren’t (or shouldn’t be) drinking an entire pot of coffee together every day. This allows us to make coffee in more manageable batches, and it’s closer to the ideal brewing process. Also, it makes me feel better than everyone else. (Just kidding.)

To find out more about Silver Bridge, and where you can pick up their coffee:
Online: www.silverbridgecoffee.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/silverbridgecoffee
Twitter: twitter.com/SilverBridgeCof

Explorers Club | Columbus, OH

Explorers Club (Facebook)
1586 S. High St. (map it!)
Columbus, OH 43207
(614) 725-0155
Accepts cash & credit/debit
Open Mon-Fri for lunch, Mon-Sat for dinner, brunch served 9am – 2pm on Sat & Sun
Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free? Y/N/N
Kid-friendly? Y

Date of Visit: Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 9:00 a.m.

IMPRESSIONS: The arrival of Explorers Club is up there with one of the more anticipated arrivals in the Columbus culinary scene this year. Its opening marks the return of the partnership of restaurateurs Ricky Barnes and Tracy Studer to Columbus’ dining establishments. They bring with them a strong history, one that includes restaurants considered by many to have sparked our current boom of creative eateries over the last decade. Sadly, this is a history I’ve completely missed, except in story; I moved to Columbus about a year after Ricky’s last venture closed, and so I haven’t experienced his work firsthand until now. To get a full account of the story, I direct you to CMH Gourmand’s excellent recollections, as well as his account of Explorers Club’s opening.

I made my first visit to EC a couple weeks after they opened, having breakfast on the day of my book’s release. I chose to go then a.) because I was excited to try it, and b.) to symbolize the joy of still discovering new places, even after having finished the book. They even made a special sign for the occasion.

ATMOSPHERE: We were really impressed with the building and interior of Explorers Club. The decor is fitting for the theme of exploration. The main dining area is one long room with big front windows. Running down the center of the space is a series of tables, while rows of booths line the walls.

It was a little smoky (from the kitchen, to be clear) that morning, which actually lent itself to some interesting pictures with shafts of light coming through the windows.

The walls are covered with woodcut prints of different explorers throughout history, from actual exploration to pioneers in sports, politics, and culture. It’s a really, very nice touch.

The front windows facing South High Street let in a lot of natural light.

The entryway is on the side of the building, off Morrill Avenue. On your way in, you’ll pass by the bar, with more seating and a board listing the day’s specials.

Immediately you can see that Explorers Club’s menu offers some unique breakfast options.

A look at the brunch menu.

FOOD: Explorers Club serves food that, given its name, encourages you to expand your palate. They focus on food that’s more flavorful than your average diner fare. I love a good chilaquiles, so I immediately gravitated toward these. I was very pleased with them. Good punch of spices in the eggs, veggies, and even in the black beans (which some places under-season). Served on a bed of chips. A nice breakfast that leaves your mouth tingling.

The veggie burrito. Comes with scrambled eggs, refried beans, Monterey Jack cheese, veggies, and coated in a house-made sauce. A very good burrito, although it’s hard to tell how it’s drastically different than the standard burrito with scrambled eggs, refried beans, veggies, and muenster cheese.

The Cuban French toast. Essentially cubed and fried bread, loaded with fruit and dusted with powdered sugar. Hard to go wrong with it.

The House Burrito. Similar to the other burritos, but with ham. The burritos are all a good size; they will fill you up like a good breakfast should.

SERVICE: Overall, our service was good, although there were a couple oddities. I’ve heard a lot about the relleno omelet on the menu, but our server couldn’t really tell us what it was, except that it was an omelet with cheese. He couldn’t even tell us what type of cheese was in it. I’d expect a omelet named after chile relleno would have peppers or meat, or at least something more than cheese. It also confused us why this item is the priciest on the menu. Despite this, our server was very attentive. We had a to wait for a few items, plus the coffee, but otherwise we were taken care of.

OVERALL: Explorers Club may still be finding its feet a little bit, but that’s to be expected from any restaurant that’s only been open for two weeks (EDIT: when we visited; EC has been open now since late October). Still, it’s a more-than-welcome addition to the Columbus breakfast scene (and dining scene in general), it offers some flavorful breakfast items that aren’t widely available, and it’s great to see a strong breakfast joint down South High Street in Merion Village. It’s worth exploring on your own (see what I did there?).

OTHER LINKS:

-> great coverage of the Ricky and Tracy’s story in (614) Magazine

Explorers Club on Urbanspoon

Breakfast News | October, November, & beyond

Like everything else in the culinary world, Columbus’ breakfast scene continues to change and evolve. Here are some new breakfast and brunch options that have opened recently, or will be joining the scene soon!

Downtown breakfasters and brunchers are getting more options these days. Cinco, located at the corner of Broad and High in the Huntington Building, has started offering breakfast burritos and tacos, as well as yogurt, hash browns, pastries, and coffee. Milestone 229 also introduced brunch to their menu, including dishes like quiche, eggs benedict, huevos rancheros, grits, and chicken and waffles. You can now enjoy some tasty comfort food in their prime location overlooking the Scioto Mile fountains, the river, and the Main Street bridge.

L’Appat Patisserie, which was “coming soon” for a long time on the corner of Long and Third Streets, has moved and finally opened on Oak Street in Olde Towne East. Although not strictly serving breakfast, L’Appat still offers a range of pastries, tarts, and cakes. In L’Appat’s place, Flaxella Cafe has now opened. Owner Godofai Tgiorgis sells coffee and espresso, plus bagels, breads, and muffins. Many of his products will, yes, feature flaxseeds.

In the Short North, Justin Boeheme of Da Levee has started serving Sunday brunch. He’s giving Columbus unique offerings like eggs and rice on magic toast, jambalaya, and spinach and mushroom etouffee, as well as breakfast burritos and sausage gravy and biscuits.

In the world of chain restaurants, Waffle House has announced that they are going to open a location across from Ohio State’s campus, at 1712 N. High Street. You can read a feature about it on Columbus Underground here. As the article states, this will be the first of Waffle House’s “urban” locations in Central Ohio. All others are stand-alone buildings, close to highways and other major roads. Panera announced a few months ago that it would expand further in the Columbus market. They started the process on October 26 by opening the country’s largest Panera on Lane Avenue across from the University.

There are more openings and closings on the horizon, too. If you’re a fan of Dragonfly Neo-V’s brunch, you need to get there by the end of 2011. On January 1st, Dragonfly will close to re-form and renovate into Till, a neighborhood bar and restaurant focused on biodynamic food. The On the Fly space, part of Dragonfly’s operation, will become Glaze, a small bakery serving artisanal donuts. You can also keep an eye on Dempsey’s Restaurant, scheduled to open soon on 346 South High St. across from the Franklin County Courthouse (and around the corner from the Jury Room). Keep track on their progress on Facebook or through Twitter.

Finally, there’s a breakfast burrito food cart called Dos Gringos that’s set to open any day now. They’re planning on setting up near Otterbein College in Westerville on 13th Avenue and High St near Ohio State. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Small Business Saturday, aka #shoplocal

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, which for many marks the “official” start of the holidays. Friday morning (or even Thursday night), many will line up for $10 blu-ray players and entire clothing stores at 99% off. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing. But this Saturday is Small Business Saturday, and I wanted to encourage you  to think about about shopping local that day and over the coming weeks.

May I suggest any of the following items, places, or events?

1. I’m just going to come out and say it: buy my book! The book makes for a great gift. Did you know that the book was created entirely in Columbus? Writing, photography & design, and printing. We’re very proud of that. (P.S. You could even get a copy signed by the author if you can find him.) Also, look for free shipping if you order on Cyber Monday.

2. Give giftcards to area restaurants. The perfect way to support a local restaurant and help someone discover some place new. I found that some people have bought the book and given giftcards to some of the featured restaurants, too. Brilliant!

3. Visit the Celebrate Local store at Easton. This temporary Easton store, just a couple doors down from the Apple Store, features products from all over Ohio: cards, crafts, paintings, ice cream, beer, coffee, candles, books (*ahem*), you name it!

4. Shop in our neighborhood districts. Spend Friday morning in Short North (one of my favorite places this time of year), stroll the shops in German Village, hit up the antiques and gift stores in Clintonville, or walk through Olde Worthington.

5. Support the members of the Small Business Beanstalk. The SBB excels in promoting Columbus’ small businesses. Follow their lead. Search their site for a list of member businesses.

6. Use Columbus Underground’s retail guideColumbus Underground is a big supporter of all things local, so use their handy guide to find some unique gifts.

There are many more options out there, but these are a few ideas if you want to give some unique gifts and put your dollar in the hands of a local small business this year.

Photos: new menu items at Real Food Cafe

Whenever we head to my hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan, at least one visit to our neighborhood favorite, the Real Food Cafe, is in order. A couple weekends ago, we went three-for-three: three mornings in town, three breakfasts at Real Food. It’s not an addiction, we swear.

Real Food embodies everything we love about breakfast. It’s colorful, it’s familiar, it’s welcoming. And the menu is big enough to keep us second-guessing our orders.

Owner Frank Amodeo and his crew recently made our lives more complicated by expanding their menu. Naturally, our three visits included a sampling of the new items. My family is used to the routine now, where they don’t touch their food until I lean in and snap a picture. It’s not an addiction, I swear.

And now, your Real Food new menu item travelogue. First, the Healthy Start Waffle: a big crunchy waffle topped with berries, bananas, yogurt, and granola.

I love Real Food’s eggs benedict, and now Frank has started slinging the Irish Benedict. Take the poached eggs, English muffin, and hollandaise (plus a side of their amazing potatoes), but now add corned beef and spinach. It’s essentially corned beef hash with spinach and hollandaise. Winning combo.

As if their French toast isn’t rich enough, you can now bolster it with the Nutella Stuffed French Toast. Thick French toast with Nutella between the layers, an entire sliced banana (to keep it healthy), and chocolate syrup. Drink some coffee to balance out the sugar coma.

The Loaded Pancake is an occasional special that’s joined the new menu. A hang-over-the-edge-of-the-plate pancake with sausage and bacon in the batter, topped with two eggs cooked to order.

The new menu always includes the arrival (finally!) of Biscuits and Sausage Gravy. Frank and his crew make a thick, very chunky gravy (always good to see). The biscuits are nice and soft. Comes with two eggs.

Another crazy addition is the Wafflewich: scrambled eggs, bacon, and cheddar cheese between the two halves of a waffle. Brilliant.

They updated their already-popular list of scrambles and omelets, too. This is the new Capicola Scramble, with capicola (obviously), spinach, provolone, roasted red peppers, and basil.

And I cannot (CANNOT, I TELL YOU!) resist getting their classic Eggs Benedict. Perfectly poached eggs, Canadian bacon, English muffins, some of the best hollandaise ever, with a gigantic side of the best potatoes. Honestly, this might be my favorite breakfast. I mean, just look at it!

Where can I find the book?

The breakfast book has been released! We’ve mailed copies to most of our Kickstarter supporters. We’ve fulfilled all current online orders. But I’m still getting a lot of questions as to where you can find the book. Here are three ways you can get your hands on a copy:

1. You can purchase a copy online by clicking HERE! The book is $20 (plus tax), $5 for shipping first copy (an additional $2/copy for two or more).

2. The book is currently available at the following locations:
Beehive Books – 25 N. Sandusky St, Delaware
The Best Breakfast & Sandwiches – 5916 Westerville Rd, Westerville
The Book Loft – 631 S. Third St, German Village
Cambridge Tea House – 1885 W. Fifth Ave, Marble Cliff
Celebrate Local – 4030 The Strand East, Easton
Cover to Cover – 3560 N. High St, Clintonville 
Cup O’ Joe
 - Bexley, Clintonville, Easton, German Village, downtown, Short North, airport, and Lennox
DK Diner – 1715 W. Third Ave, Grandview
The Hills Market – 7860 Olentangy River Rd., Worthington
Igloo Letterpress - 39 W. New England Ave, Worthington
Jack’s Sandwich Shop – 52 E. Lynn St, downtown
Katalina’s Cafe Corner – 1105 Pennsylvania Ave, Harrison West
Stauf’s Coffee Roasters – 1277 Grandview Ave, Grandview
Wholly Craft – 3169 N. High St, Clintonville

3. You can buy one in person at one of the schedule book-signing/pick-up dates. (Hint: look for a full list on the Events page.) In fact, there are two coming up this weekend:

(Pssst… all of this information can always been found, with current updates, on the Breakfast With Nick: Columbus page.)

Photos: Breakfast Week Columbus

I declared last week Breakfast Week Columbus! It was a fun week of me eating waaaay too much breakfast, but also getting to meet a lot of folks. Thanks for everyone who joined me. Here are a few pictures of what you missed…

On Tuesday we visited Jack’s Sandwich Shop downtown. Jack’s is an old-school diner hidden down Lynn Alley downtown. Chris Kowalski, the owner, decorates for every major holiday. That week, you could catch his Halloween decorations.

We were joined for breakfast by Emily, Bo, and Daniel!

Here’s Chris hard at work, making Jack’s signature pancakes!

You can’t visit a diner without having a cup of diner coffee.

Thursday I spent an hour at Buckeye Donuts, where Jimmy Barouxis and his crew feed hungry college students twenty-four hours a day.

My son Will tried some French toast sticks.

I had a breakfast sandwich of sausage, egg, and cheese on a croissant.

Chuck, who met us at the restaurant, had a plate of hash browns and toast. Chuck said he was a senior at Ohio State when Buckeye Donuts opened.

Last Friday we camped out at Katalina’s Cafe Corner. I never pass up a chance to eat there, and neither should you.

In the colder months, Katalina’s feels like a warm little kitchen.

They introduced a new special that week: spicy caramel French toast. Oh my goodness…

They had another special named after yours truly (bucket list!) called Nick’s Breakfast Nest.

I, however, just couldn’t resist the French toast special. It sounded too good. The French toast was perfectly soft, and the spice of the caramel builds nicely while you eat it.

My son opted for his favorte: the Latin pancake balls filled with Nutella. I ate most of his sweet and spicy bacon.

Overall, a full week of delicious breakfast! It led up to a very fun release party. And the book is now available!

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