Keep your syrup-logged pancakes. This one goes out to all the folks who crave something substantial-dare we say lunch-like-for a meal being consumed at noon. Find your tribe (and the giant salad of your dreams) on these menus.

Keep your syrup-logged pancakes. This one goes out to all the folks who crave something substantial-dare we say lunch-like-for a meal being consumed at noon. Find your tribe (and the giant salad of your dreams) on these menus.

The Sycamore|German Village

The Sycamore works up a few specials for Saturday brunch hours. Enter theBrunch Burger($10), a meal that will power you through all the errands you'll be running in the afternoon. The burger respectfully nods to breakfast with a fried egg and bacon but stays far clear of morning territory with a fat, juicy patty and brioche bun. Pair it with a bowl of curried butternut squash soup ($7) with bacon and sweet-and-sour raisins and a spicy, viscous virgin mary ($2.50). Because you've got work to do, dammit.thesycamoregv.com

Lindey's|German Village

Ladies who lunch wouldn't be caught dead scraping powdered sugar from a plate of stuffed French toast. For something more dignified, ask for theCrab Louie($16) salad. This old-school San Francisco-born salad marries greens with jumbo lump crab, avocado, hard-boiled egg and louie dressing, reminiscent of remoulade. Sip an elegantBreakfast Martini($12) with vodka, Cointreau, lemon juice and yuzu marmalade while catching up with the gals on the patio.lindeys.com

Cap City Fine Diner|Gahanna, Grandview Heights

Kids can be kids here (even the most piercing shrieks won't rise above the din), and grownups have their pick of an extensive list of comfort-food favorites. The enormousFried Crab Cake Melt($12.99) finally proves you can find a great crab cake 550 miles inland. Be prepared to wait for a table-and reward yourself once you get there with theWarm Pretzel & Cheese($5.99). We went for theBlood Orange Bellini($8.25).capcityfinediner.com