Breakfast in Columbus: DK Diner

Shelley Mann, Columbus Alive

If restaurants described as upscale make you nervous, Grandview's DK Diner is your place. A meal there feels more like eating at a neighbor's than at a restaurant. To give you an idea, you'll be serving yourself coffee-after you pick from among the mismatched mugs sitting out on open shelves. (Tip: The cream's hiding in the mini-fridge.)

Slide into a booth and take a look at the wallet-friendly menu. An egg-and-bacon biscuit sandwich for three bucks, a stack of flapjacks for $3.75 or a cheese omelet for $4.

The most expensive thing on there is the DK All the Way, just $6.50 for a buttermilk biscuit piled with over-easy eggs, Canadian bacon and home fries, all doused in sausage gravy.

By the way, the DK stands for Donut Kitchen, and you'll want to pick up a dozen on your way out-you can afford it. The old-fashioned sour cream ones are the very best in Columbus: charmingly misshapen treats with plenty of nooks and crannies to soak up their thick vanilla glaze.

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