Curry doughnuts, loaded arroz caldo, eggplant shakshuka and more

Editor’s Note: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some restaurants on this list may be temporarily closed; others are offering carryout/delivery only. Please call to check availability.

Belle’s Bread Japanese Bakery and Café
1168 Kenny Centre Mall, Northwest Side, 614-451-7110
Belle’s doesn’t open until 10 a.m. (11 a.m. on Sundays), but this Kenny Centre gem (dubbed “one of America’s best Japanese bakeries” by Food & Wine) offers a tempting array of Japanese pastries such as red bean buns (anpan), melon rolls (melonpan) and curry doughnuts (karé pan) as well as croissants and fruity Danishes.

1577 King Ave., Grandview, 614-914-8115
The loaded arroz caldo, served during Bonifacio’s weekend brunch, is a comforting bowl of Filipino-style congee. The chicken and rice porridge comes with all of the fixings: fried garlic, green onion, egg, chicharrón, and tokwa’t baboy (pork and tofu) or kabute (mushrooms).

331 W. Bridge St., Dublin, 614-553-7134
This casual strip-mall eatery is laser-focused on one thing: egg dishes. The twist? It’s an Indian spot that opens at 11 a.m. on weekdays. There are numerous egg dishes and sandwiches to sample here, such as the egg bhurji, a simple dish of eggs scrambled with ginger, cilantro, onions, tomatoes and a ton of spices. Order it with a side of roti and the wonderful Desi Chai. Weekend brunch starts at 9 a.m.

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Nile Vegan
1479 Worthington St., Campus, 614-670-8171
You don’t have to go to a juice bar to find superfoods. Teff, the teeny superfood grain, is a key component of Ethiopian breakfasts. This new restaurant just north of Victorian Village offers a simple menu of vegan Ethiopian fare for breakfast and lunch. Kick your morning off with Nile’s fir-fir, injera (the Ethiopian teff flatbread) sautéed in vegan butter and spices.

Ty Ginger Asian Bistro
5689 Woerner Temple Rd., Dublin, 614-889-8885
After introducing dim sum brunch in 2018 to much praise, Ty Ginger has gone all in, offering chef Ken Tseng’s hand-crafted Cantonese delicacies daily from open until close. On weekends, customers can enjoy dishes like har gow, siu mai, custard buns, egg tarts and much more, served from dining room carts.

The Olive Tree Mediterranean Café
3185 Hilliard-Rome Rd., Hilliard, 614-710-1131
Serving Hilliard since 2009, this Mediterranean spot (now under new ownership) offers three types of shakshuka from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sundays. The classic version features two eggs poached in a rich tomato sauce and served in an iron skillet with warm pita for sopping up the sauce. Other options include eggplant shakshuka and a version with spicy merguez sausage.


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