Dutch babies, the Crème Brûlée Crepe Cone, sage-infused waffles 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.
1500 Polaris Pkwy., Polaris, 614-906-2815
Fay’s Crepes, which opened in December, is helping to reshape the Polaris Fashion Place food court into a haven for local eats. The Crème Brûlée Crepe Cone definitely counts as breakfast in our book. A thin crepe gets rolled into a cone, stuffed with Bavarian cream, Cap’n Crunch cereal and vanilla ice cream, then topped with sugar and torched.
Gallerie Bar & Bistro
401 N. High St., Short North, 614-484-5287, hilton.com
Leave it to Bill Glover, Hilton Columbus Downtown’s executive chef, to take a comforting brunch dish, chicken and waffles, and give it an upscale yet approachable twist. Gallerie takes traditional buttermilk-fried chicken and rests it atop a sage-infused waffle, drizzles it with a hot sauce aioli and sprinkles on spiced pecans.
Jack & Benny’s
Multiple locations, jackandbennys.com
Jack & Benny’s Old North diner has long been a favorite of Campus crowds, and its signature Buckeye pancakes (served at all locations) play to the audience. Whether it’s game day or not, a plate of the diner’s giant golden-brown flapjacks, laced with gooey chocolate and peanut butter chips, will easily have you cheering, “O-H!”
McCarthy’s Wildflower Café
3420 Indianola Ave., Clintonville, 614-262-2233, wildflower-cafe.com
The cozy Wildflower Café is the epitome of the friendly neighborhood diner: buzzing conversation, no-nonsense servers, regulars gathered at tables over filling breakfasts. The café’s greatest hits include the blueberry pancakes: golden-brown, plate-sized hotcakes positively bursting with blueberries. A full stack of these beauties could feed two people.
Multiple locations, thenorthstarcafe.com
Northstar’s Cloud Nine Pancakes are aptly named and hold rock star status in this town. We certainly feel something akin to elation when the golden-brown flapjacks arrive, delightfully fluffy from the ricotta cheese in the batter. Add sliced bananas and a touch of real maple syrup, and you’re almost on cloud 10.
The Original Pancake House
1633 W. Lane Ave., Upper Arlington, 614-695-6810, ophcentralohio.com
As if the theatrics of a giant Dutch baby pancake arriving at the table aren’t enough, the staff at The Original Pancake House whips up the frosting before your very eyes. They mix together whipped butter, powdered sugar and fresh-squeezed lemon to form a tart and sweet topping, perfect for the puffy confection.
The Pancake House
1182 E. Powell Rd., Lewis Center, 614-987-6014; 129 W. Schrock Rd., Westerville, 614-898-6500, pancakehousecolumbus.com
A place named The Pancake House had better excel at its namesake, and fortunately this family-owned diner delivers. The blueberry, the cornmeal and the buckwheat pancakes are good finds, but we recommend the cinnamon roll pancakes, swirled with cinnamon and dolloped with dense and sweet cream cheese butter. The Lewis Center location opened in the fall.
South of Lane
1987 Guilford Rd., Upper Arlington, 614-586-2233, southoflanecafe.com
You certainly won’t be SOL when ordering South of Lane’s PB3 waffle sandwich. It takes a pair of crisp, golden waffles, then layers in everything good about breakfast: peanut butter, bacon, Nutella and bananas. Add in an adorable glass carafe of maple syrup and a generous dusting of powdered sugar, and it’s every breakfast lover’s dream.
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