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THE BEST HEALTHY BRUNCH SPOTS IN COLUMBUS

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UPDATED OCT 3, 2019

Let’s be honest — there’s nothing better than brunch on the weekend. And these delicious brunch spots in Columbus make your favorite meal even better. So, set your alarm clocks (or don’t) this weekend and hit up one of these mouth-watering brunch hot spots in Columbus.

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ROSE SCHROTT

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It’s impossible to predict what’s going to be on Skillet’s ever-changing menu. But there is one constant — you’re going to leave this Schumacher Place restaurant full and happy. And the word has gotten out, so expect a wait. But don’t sweat the line too much; grab a free Cafe Brioso coffee instead. And know that all of your troubles will be forgotten when you look over the menu full of options like sweet crepes with local ricotta and strawberries and a skillet full of biscuits, sausage, and eggs (*wipes drool off mouth*).

Tasi Rigsby’s brunch spot in the Short North is always packed. And for good reason too. Serving up breakfast all day, this hip urban café checks all the boxes: good food, friendly service, and cool atmosphere. All for a price that won’t break your budget, too! If you’re feeling healthy, try a poached egg on a tasty Black Bean Cake. Want to splurge? Enjoy Tasi’s famous Sweet and Spicy Bacon that goes well with any brunch selection. Fitt Tip: parking can be scarce so leave time to circle the block.

Dan Riesenberger, better known simply as Dan the Baker, has become wildly popular for his delicious breads served weekly at farmers markets and restaurants throughout the city. And when people love your loaves of bread, what do you do? Toast bar. Order a flight of toast to sample three bread and topping options, or grab a flaky croissant or hearty bagel. All made locally. The Grandview storefront is cozy, so best come in small groups, and get ready to munch on some seriously delicious carbs.

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Stop into any one of the Northstar Café’s locations in Clintonville, the Short North, Westerville, and the Mall at Easton for a healthy and delicious brunch made with organic and local ingredients. Interested in something light? Go for the housemade granola with rolled oats, pistachio praline brittle, and fruit. Need to fuel up? Dive into the sweet potato and turkey hash. Weekends always see a line out the door, but the wait is so worth it.

You won’t be angry when you eat in this café—the original in Old Towne East café or the newer University District location—where everything is made 100% from scratch. Heavy with vegetarian and gluten-free options, the menu here will make everyone smile. Sample the pumpkin oat pancakes, or grab your utensils and dig into the Fork & Knife Burrito. Fill your cup with locally-brewed Brioso coffee and take home a pastry for later. If one thing is for sure, it’s that the Angry Baker makes a mean pastry. If that’s all you’re in for, check out the Short North Bakery set-up, too!

When it comes to restaurant feng shui, it’s hard to beat Katalina’s. This quirky joint is inside an old gas station, tucked between Victorian Village homes. Their whimsical location can only be bested by their mission — to serve local and flavorful foods to Cbus and the surrounding communities. Loaded with local, organic, and green choices, the menu showcases Mexican flavors like their Award-Winning Breakfast Tacos and the Mazatlán slow-roasted pork and egg sandwich. On cheat day, the pancake balls filled with Nutella or dulce de leche are a must!

If you’re looking for a (slightly) fancier affair, stop by Cameron Mitchell’s latest restaurant in the Short North, The Guild House. The brunch menu here is simple but strong. You can take the meal into your own hands with a build-your-own egg white omelette. Or have someone else make the decisions and order the Smoked Salmon on an everything bagel. Add a fresh market juice or a breakfast cocktail and you’ve got yourself a morning. Don’t forget to make a reservation before you go, though — The Guild House books quickly!

“Fork responsibly” at The Table in Italian Village. Ingredients are locally-sourced in a true “farm-to-table” style, and the restaurant houses its very own bakery and charcuterie. Even the decor reflects their mission of responsible and conscious living — picture repurposed barn wood and mismatched china. Grab some friends, a few forks, and pull your seat up to the table ready to eat.

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