Brand-New Brunch

Throughout history, mankind has favored above all else the combination of booze and bacon.

Well, maybe not that far back in history, and maybe not all of mankind…but definitely “me” and “since I’ve been old enough to order a legal libation.”

Here are a few of the new brunch spots that have opened up in the past year:

Kraft House No. 5

People of Columbus seem to think Powell is a foreign country, but really it’s only a 15-minute drive, and it’s damn worth it for brunch at Kraft House No. 5. Make an afternoon of the journey and enjoy the eminently strollable streets and shops of downtown Powell.

Five house cocktails are offered at Kraft House for brunch, including a Bloody Mary; sangria; a clamato-and-beer concoction called Good Morning Tijuana; a pisco-tomato-citrus blend known as the Green Thumb; and an Orange Crush made with bourbon, OJ, vanilla, and egg white.

Kraft House has 10 brunch entrees available, including pancakes, a frittata, and enough waffle varieties to offer a flight of waffles—like a beer flight, but WITH WAFFLES. A waffle flight includes three selections: bacon, banana, and rosemary maple syrup; dried cherries and bourbon cherry maple syrup; and blueberries and spiced vodka maple syrup. Order something savory and end brunch with a waffle flight.

Brunch at Kraft House No. 5 is served Sundays from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Kraft House No. 5 is located at 5 S Liberty St. in Powell.

The Crafty Pint

Do you know where Linworth is? It’s the neighborhood near the OSU airport, between DubLIN and WORTHington—geddit? It’s where I live but, more important, it’s where The Crafty Pint is located, so discover the fine, tiny neighborhood of Linworth next time you need to scratch the brunch itch.

Brunch

Photo by Jodi Miller

The Crafty Pint features an extensive beer list with a good mix of local and national craft breweries and a solid range of styles. The cocktail menu includes some classics as well as some fruitier creations. They don’t have a specialty brunch drink menu, but they can whip up a Bloody Mary upon request.

The brunch food menu manages to cover, in only eight items, an impressive spectrum of sweet and savory via some interesting options. If you’re craving something sweet, The Crafty Pint offers Block “O” Waffles with a red velvet doughnut glaze, and Mimosa French Toast made with sweet orange bread and champagne whipped cream. The Chorizo Hash and Toad in a Hole should satisfy your savory brunch tastebuds.

Brunch at The Crafty Pint is served Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Crafty Pint is located at 2234 W Dublin Granville Rd.

The Table

The Table, with its eclectic mix of, well, tables (and chairs!) and brightly colored walls is an inviting brunch destination—and its neighbor Brothers Drake Meadery is the ideal spot to continue day drinking post-brunch.

There are plenty of brunch-worthy cocktail options at The Table, from a simple mimosa or Bloody Mary to an Aperol and bubbly blend or a coffee with RumChata. The 75th, featuring Watershed’s Bourbon Barrel Gin topped off with bubbles and a lemon twist, is an especially solid choice.

For food, several simple selections are available, like one of The Table’s fresh-baked croissants or pastries, or yogurt with granola. They also offer a quiche of the day, baked eggs, steak and eggs, a breakfast burger, biscuits and gravy and a Dutch Mama, which is apparently some sort of fancy pancake.

Brunch at The Table is served Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Table is located at 21 E Fifth Ave.

Westies Gastropub

Despite having more than two dozen televisions, this Brewery District bar manages to feel more like a modern take on an English pub than a sports bar, featuring exposed brick and dark wood throughout.

The brunch drink list includes a traditional mimosa, but Westies also has a Golden Mimosa, which in addition to OJ and sparkling wine as well as Victory’s Golden Monkey tripel, making it less sweet, more bitter, and pretty interesting. Westies also has a champagne cocktail that uses cherry bitters and OYO Stone Fruit vodka, as well as the “Grapefruit Bubble Bath” with pink grapefruit wine, elderflower liqueur, sparkling wine, ruby red syrup, and lemon juice. Skip the sweet stuff and order a Bloody Mary of the pepper-infused, spicy pepper-infused, or bourbon-bacon varieties.

Brunch

Photo by Jodi Miller

The brunch food options are limited but varied, including steak and eggs, bread pudding french toast, and pancakes with chocolate chips or blueberries. They also have a selection of four filling frittatas, including one with portobello mushrooms, onions, asparagus, rosemary, oregano, thyme, and goat cheese; and another with bacon, red pepper, onion, potato, spinach, white cheddar, and romesco sauce.

Brunch at Westies Gastropub is served Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Westies Gastropub is located at 940 S Front St.

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Cheryl is way too into craft beer, sci-fi and board games. In addition to writing for (614), she is the editor of Columbus’ online source for booze news, DrinkUpColumbus.com. Cheryl has been voted one of the top three bloggers in Columbus by the readers of (614) Magazine for the past four years. (Despite writing for the magazine, she swears she did not rig the vote.)

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