I don't hear ZenCha Tea Salon get mentioned very often among the best brunch spots in Columbus, but it should. The menu is filled with tantalizing dishes, most of them incorporating tea as an ingredient--think chai-infused waffles, pancakes with Earl Grey syrup and tea-smoked salmon. Even better is the tea, served in pots designed for lingering. Everything I tried during a recent Sunday visit to the Bexley location was fantastic.

I ordered (and adored) the Spinach Parmesan Quiche, a rich dish made with baby spinach and parmesan cheese. On the side are hash browns and a simple salad.

Some of the best Shrimp and Grits I've had, smoky and bacony and amazing.

And then, because we were so enamored with our first two dishes, we decided to split a waffle as dessert. A waffle infused with traditional Masala Chai spices, in fact, and topped with caramelized bananas and whipped cream. I mean, come on. It was so good.

Tea! Seeing as how it's been pretty hot recently, I went with iced tea, namely the Fresh Fruit Tea Spring Blend, which is green tea served with strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.

I sometimes forget about ZenCha, but that meal has me anxiously awaiting the new Downtown location on Gay Street.

ZenCha Tea Salon

2396 E. Main St., Bexley

982 N. High St., Short North

zen-cha.com