Loaded hash browns, a chorizo sandwich, breakfast tacos 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.
Ambrose and Eve
716 S. High St., Brewery District, 614-725-2080, ambroseandevecolumbus.com
The loaded hash browns at this chef-owned spot in the Brewery District are a perfect lowbrow-meets-highbrow brunch starter. How do you improve upon the Burger King hash brown? Make it fresh and top with crème fraîche, lox and caviar, of course.
2515 Summit St., Old North, 614-262-2227, babascolumbus.com
Named for owner Dan Kraus’ great-grandmother, Baba’s makes everything from scratch using Old World recipes. Kraus crafts the zesty sausage for his chorizo breakfast sandwich, then layers it with a fried local egg and Havarti cheese between a split griddle muffin, a house specialty combining the soft density of a biscuit with the airy pockets of an English muffin.
114 N. Front St., Downtown, 614-670-4439, cravingscafe614.com
Cravings for the breakfast burrito at this appropriately named Downtown café are a real affliction. (Here’s our appeal to owners Matt and Lindsey Tewanger to pretty please bring the burrito back to the lunch menu.) Softly scrambled eggs and excellent home fries are packed into a tortilla with cilantro sauce, pico de gallo, jack cheese and thick bacon. It’s available during breakfast hours Monday through Saturday.
6150 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, 614-626-2006; 5916 Westerville Rd., Westerville, 614-776-5788, delaneysdiner.com
In a strip mall next to the Westerville Sew-N-Save is Jeff and Lisa Miller’s squeaky-clean, cheerful diner. Delaney’s excellently salty corned beef hash isn’t the canned, stringy stuff you find at other breakfast haunts. Chunks of house-roasted corned beef are grilled with onions and red potatoes, then topped with eggs cooked to your liking. Delaney’s opened a second location in Reynoldsburg last fall.
Forno Kitchen + Bar
721 N. High St., Short North, 614-469-0053, fornoshortnorth.com
We’re suckers for dishes served in cast iron skillets, and that’s how Forno’s take on Italian pot roast, Brunch Brasato, arrives at the table. In this hearty dish, braised beef is simmered in tomato sauce with Parmesan, rosemary and a runny egg. Tear off a piece of fresh bread and start dipping.
3481 High St., Clintonville, 614-689-8896; 1105 Pennsylvania Ave., Harrison West, 614-294-2233, katalinas.com
The pancake balls and breakfast tacos at Kathleen Day’s Latin-inspired café often garner all the praise, but its breakfast sandwiches are hard to beat—or to finish in one sitting. The substantial Mazatlan Slow-Roasted Pork & Egg Sandwich layers slow-roasted pork, fried eggs, provolone, avocado, roasted red peppers and aioli on good, toasty bread. You can find it at either of Katalina’s locations.
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