Breakfast in Columbus: Counter Service

Shelley Mann, Columbus Alive

If you're the kind of person who likes to eat out by yourself, grabbing a swivel stool at the counter is essential. You'll find 'em at Jack & Benny's, or grab a red vinyl one at German Village Coffee Shop.

Counter seats offer a chance to strike up a conversation with other solo diners, plus a perfect vantage point for watching the line cooks do their thing.

Jack & Benny's has been around forever at the corner of Hudson and High, and it's a favorite of Ohio State students and alums who remember it from their college days.