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Brunch Battle!

Ya’ll remember when “brunch” was basically just picking around the last of the buffet trays before the greasy spoon shut down for the afternoon?

Okay, well, we know brunch isn’t that new.

But considering that many of our newest restaurants are: A) bars by night, and B) not always open for lunch, it means that weekend mornings are when locals pull out all the stops.

It’s to the point people aren’t just naming their top places for brunch—they’re claiming some places as their overall favorites because of brunch.

We’ve got taco joints, cocktail clubs, dive diners, and upscale white tablecloth classics—and they all are in an arms race for our hangover/bachelorette party/book club dollars. You know, events that require grease, booze, and a table that no one bullies you from after two hours.

And don’t get it twisted—we love breakfast. There are so many establishments in Columbus that specialize in the most important meal of the day—some that serve it all the time.

This isn’t that list.

This is a loose guide to those that roll out the special menu, the creative dishes that you won’t be able to find during the week, and the ones that have the most important facet of a true brunch—alcohol. I mean, when’s the last time someone recanted a tale of eating gravy for 3-4 hours?

These are (some) of the new kids and old veterans. And since we knew we wouldn’t be able to take up damn near this whole magazine with said list, we asked some of our readers to ride for their particular menu.

Welcome to the meal that never ends!

Blind Lady Tavern

22 E Mound St.

blindladytavern.com

Sun: 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

With brunch options ranging from creative benny’s to a giant sammie, loaded with egg, pickled onion, and spicy aioli on brioche, Blind Lady Tavern nails the need for Sunday morning sustenance. Top it off with boozy favorites on the bar end and prepare for a lazy day of rest. Try a high octane Navy Proof Daiquiri and never think of drinking the same again. Seth and Co. consistently knock it out of the park any time of day with brunch being no exception. – Brian Taylor

Dig in: Poutine

Valter’s at the Maennerchor

976 S High St.

Valtersatthemaennerchor.com

Weekends: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Many restaurants that serve brunch offer the same, bland menu items: some sort of pancake or waffle option, an omelet whatever, a flavorless Blood Mary, among other bland things. That’s not the case at Valter’s at the Mannechor. At Valter’s, brunch is an event. Many of their dishes are served on cast iron skillets, like the breakfast hangover and the steak and eggs, which includes Valter’s staple prime rib. These cast iron brunch dishes include Valter’s tasty, made-in-house homefries, which could be a meal itself. For those with a sweet tooth, the pancakes are fluffy and flavorful beyond imagination. The same goes for the French toast, which is made with a baguette. If you’re lucky enough, Valter will come from the kitchen and greet you at your table. Although Valter’s offers more than brunch on the weekends—their lunch, dinner, and happy hour are awesome—brunch is something that makes this German Village landmark shine. – Jeffrey Stavrov

Dig in: Egg in a Bell Breakfast Sandwich

Copious

520 S High St.

Copiouscolumbus.com

Weekends: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dig in: Shrimp and white cheddar grits

101 Beer Kitchen

Multiple Locations

101beerkitchen.com

Sat: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sun: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Dig in: Southwest-style cornbread and chorizo gravy (@ 101beerkitchen)

Wolf’s Ridge Brewing

215 N Fourth St.

Wolfsridgebrewing.com

Weekends: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The only problem I have with Wolf’s Ridge is ordering the same thing every time. I figure why stray when something is on-point. The Toad in the Hole and a cup of One Line Coffee is what I look forward to with every visit. Properly cooked eggs (gotta have the runny yolks) encased in brioche over potatoes, porter cheddar sauce, and bacon. Washing it down with coffee is cherry on the cake … keeps me regular. – Mythri Padrival

Dig in: Buffalo Pork Belly (@ rebekahmay31)

Double Comfort Restaurant

505 N High St.

doublecomfortrestaurant.com

Sat: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sun: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Dig in: Housemade Granola, with fruit and Greek Yogurt (@doublecomfort)

The Guild House

624 N High St.

Theguildhousecolumbus.com

Weekends: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Dig in: Chicken and Waffles (@theguildhouse)

Milestone 229

229 Civic Center Dr.

milestone229.com

Sun: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Dig in: Beef Brisket Hash (@aeroflash8)

Knotty Pine Brewing

1765 W Third Ave.

Knottypinebrewing.net

Weekends: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dig in: Chicken & Waffle (@brunchin_inthebus)

Kraft House No. 5 Kitchen and Bar

5 S Liberty St., Powell

krafthouse5.com

Sun: 10 a.m. – 2.30 p.m.

Dig in: Monte Cristo (@ krafthouse5)

Lindey’s

169 E Beck St.

lindeys.com

Weekends: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

On its absolute worst day, Lindey’s still looks like a restaurant that someone has pulled straight out of a movie—classic, elegant style, set in historic German Village. When the weather is nice, the patio is open. Wrought iron, brick walls, flowers, a fountain, light filtering down through the trees. If you’re nourishing the fallout from the night previous, just pop on some posh sunglasses and no one will be the wiser. But Lindey’s isn’t just a nice coat of paint. It’s been around for decades because its kitchen is on-point. Let’s get this out of the way: It’s all good. Everything on their brunch menu is great. All of it. But if you’re looking for the “What in Great Odin’s Beard is this sorcery!” item, get the Crab & Eggs. Fried egg on top of crab cakes with hash browns and Cajun hollandaise. How good is it? My wedding reception was a brunch at Lindey’s because the Crab & Eggs are that good. It was the perfect way to demonstrate exactly how f*cking serious we were about the ceremony. Pair it with any of the big three morning cocktails: Bloody Mary, mimosa, or bellini, and now you’re brunching like Gatsby. – Mark J. Lucas 

Dig in: Crab & Eggs (@ mriley195)

Hadley’s Kitchen + Bar

260 S 4th St.

hadleysbar.com

Weekends: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Dig in: Donut French Toast

Market Italian Village

1022 Summit St

Themarketiv.com

Weekends: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Truly befitting of a small market in the “Little Italy” of Columbus, Market Italian Village delivers a warm and rustic feel with a great view of a selection of wines and sundries, displays of butchered meats and cheeses, and the kitchen with wood fire oven. My grandmother and I enjoyed a lovely brunch recently, featuring creamy chai lattes, baked goat cheese and rich tomato marinara, crispy flatbread and refreshing salad with bresaola. We enjoyed chatting with the delightful staff about their locally-sourced and seasonal products. Not overly crowded or overly priced, be sure to enjoy this Italian Village gem for delicious brunch, coffee, or a bottle of wine! – Sarah Ginsberg

Dig in: Open Face B.E.L.T. (@ what_my_boyfriend_ate)

Matt the Miller’s Restaurant and Tavern

Multiple Locations

mtmtavern.com

Sun: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Dig in: Buffet (@thatsugarguy)

Northstar Cafe

Multiple Locations

thenorthstarcafe.com

Weekends: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Dig in: Cloud Nine Pancakes (@alicia.wanders)

Oddfellows Liquor Bar

1038 N High St.

oddfellowsliquorbar.com

Weekends: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

After my first visit, I knew it would quickly become a regular brunch spot for me. Three things contributed to that decision: A VEGAN brunch buffet (what?!!), an insanely friendly staff and patrons, and the off-chance of seeing a cute pup enter the bar! For me, the quality of people surrounding me while I eat is just as important as the quality of food I am eating. Also, as a vegetarian who dates a very serious meat-lover, it’s so hard to find a place to eat where neither of us has to compromise. While Oddfellows has a vegan brunch buffet, they also have plenty of traditional breakfast items to choose from. But, for those of you who are excited by reading the words “vegan brunch”, get even more excited… they also have vegan Bailey’s! For me, Oddfellows for brunch is a no-brainer. Good food, good people, and the occasional precious pooch sighting. – Jenn Beck

Dig in: Buffet (@oddfellowsliquorbar)

Nada

220 W Nationwide Blvd.

eatdrinknada.com

Weekends: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Dig in: Huevos Rancheros (@nadacolumbus)

Olde Towne Tavern

889 Oak St.

theoldetownetavern.com

Weekends: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Dig in: Breakfast Sandwich (@tavernoldetowne)

Hubbard Grille

793 N High St.

hubbardgrille.com

Weekends: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Dig in: Apple Cider Donuts (@hubbardgrille)

Pop’s Hot Brunch

456 W Town St.

rehabtavern.com

Sun: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Dig in: Pop’s Hot Wings (@ohnojoshmiller)

The Worthington Inn

649 High St., Worthington

Worthingtoninn.com

Sat: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sun: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dig in: Spice Cake (@gmy203)

De Novo

150 S High St.

Denovobistro.com

Weekends:  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Dig in: Mile High Quiche (@spanky__johnson)

Due Amici

67 E Gay St.

Due-amici.com

Weekends: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Dig in: Madame Cristo (@sunlight_market)

Condado

Multiple locations

condadotacos.com

Weekends: Noon – 3 p.m.

Dig in: Barney’s Packed Bowl (@becauseieat)

Rooks Tavern

195 Chittenden Ave.

rookstavern.com

Sun: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Dig in: Chili Scramble

The Rossi

895 N High St.

rossibarandkitchen.com

Weekends: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Dig in: French Toast

Standard Hall

1100 N High St.

standardhall.com

Weekends: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Shortly after the new Bloody Mary bar went into to Standard Hall, I heard rave reviews, and as a self-proclaimed Bloody Mary aficionado, I had to check it out right away. The atmosphere was bright and fun, and the staff was immediately friendly and helpful. The bloody mary bar was hand-crafted by local cocktail wizard, Derek Reno, and I knew I was in for something special. The spread was ridiculous! Fresh tomatillo mix lined up with other mixes, every hot sauce and spice mix you could desire, and a long stretch of hot and cold foods to add to skewers to fill your giant glass. The four skewers full of food in my glass were enough to fill me up, but I still tried two menu items: The Nashville Hot Chicken Biscuit and the Cheddar Biscuit and Chorizo Gravy were both great. Highly recommended for a high energy, full-flavored and boozy brunch. – Leidra Sunkle

Dig in: Cheddar Biscuit and Chorizo Gravy

The Table

21 E Fifth Ave.

Thetablecolumbus.com

Weekends: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Table offers the best locally sourced brunch in the Columbus area. The vibe is friendly and cozy with a modern open kitchen, refurbished furniture, and mismatched China. With a wide variety of dishes, the brunch menu is pleasing for meat eaters and vegans alike. My favorite is the Akoori, Indian spiced scrambled eggs. Sangeeta Lakhani, owner and chef, brings some risk to her menu options while sticking with the comfort classics that brunch items usually convey. – Hollen Campbell

Dig in: Akoori (@thetablecmh)

The Whitney House

666 High St., Worthington

thewhitneyhouserestaurant.com

Weekends: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Whitney House feels like visiting an old friend’s house that’s impeccably designed, decorated, and inviting, and they happen to be the nicest people on the planet and make really good food. Chef Max’s brunch offering has plenty of variety, so decisions can be difficult, but the options are there. You can’t go wrong with the salmon salad, chilaquiles, or ramen. If self-indulgence is what you’re after, go with the sticky bun and fried bologna. In addition to boozy cereals, they have a carefully curated drinks offering, highlighting quality and value on the wines, mostly top local beers, and thoughtful cocktails in both names and creations. Reservations are recommended, so don’t tell everybody. – Donnie Austin

Dig in: Cast-Iron Sticky Bun with Candied Ohio Bacon

(@cheapeatscolumbus)

Union Cafe

782 N High St.

unioncafe.com

Sun: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Your eyes peel open as the full magnitude of the tequila shots you had the night before hit you. You need two things in order to survive today: water and sausage gravy. You need Union Cafe.

Not only can you get water and sausage gravy, Union brunch features a full buffet, a ($4.50) Bloody Mary bar, and mimosas that can easily turn any Sunday brunch into Sunday Funday. With the best patio in the Short North, you can mend your hangover while working on your tan lines (the patio is also open during the colder months with heaters provided.) The great staff and the occasional drag show for Saturday brunch truly make this the best brunch spot that Cbus has to offer! – Sara Valentine

Dig in: Buffet/Omelette/Waffle Bar (@bfinellixc)

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