Looks like the weather's going to be downright springlike over the next few weekends, and I'd highly recommend spending the next warm, sunny day the same way I spent last Sunday: exploring Yellow Springs. Less than an hour drive from Columbus, this tiny college town has a tiny downtown filled with hippie-friendly shops and a great hippie-friendly restaurant, The Winds Cafe and Bakery. I lingered over brunch there before taking a hike in nearby John Bryan State Park.
The Winds is a relaxed and charming place that opened back in 1977 as a collectively owned and operated cafe that grew its own sprouts and baked its own bread. Nowadays, the European-inspired menu changes monthly to reflect the season. Brunch is served from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sundays only, and they also serve lunch and dinner Tuesday-Saturday.
I had a hard time deciding what to order, but in the end went for my usual, an omelet. TheRoma Omelette comes with marinated artichoke hearts, fresh basil, parsley and parmesan, plus a squeeze of lemon. The egg dish is prepared in a French iron pan and is as fluffy and delicious as the biscuit served with it. A side of home fries is spiked with caraway seeds. The menu shares anecdotes about ingredients. The eggs used in this omelet, for example, are organic ones raised by Dale Filbrun in West Alexandria.
Can't have brunch without coffee, and I loved that it came with a bowl of sugar cubes.
Another dish, the Corned Beef Hash, features that same onion-and-pepper hash topped with hand-chopped, from-Cleveland beef and some housemade Worcestershire.
Oh, and if you're not in the mood for a hike, check out The Winds' meal-and-movie deal: buy a brunch dish for $15 and get a ticket to whatever indie film is playing at Yellow Springs' arthouse, Little Art Theater, that day.
The Winds Cafe and Bakery
215 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs