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The Six: Brunch

For most people, brunch is just a meal that takes the place of breakfast and lunch, but for me, it’s a hobby. Columbus is an ever growing city, and with that comes new restaurants. When I moved here 5 years ago, I had no idea of all the food options Columbus had to offer, and as I started following many food bloggers, I was intrigued to try everything.

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For most people, brunch is just a meal that takes the place of breakfast and lunch, but for me, it’s a hobby. Columbus is an ever growing city, and with that comes new restaurants. When I moved here 5 years ago, I had no idea of all the food options Columbus had to offer, and as I started following many food bloggers, I was intrigued to try everything. The first time I had brunch, something clicked. I loved the options that came with combining the two meals, and, who doesn’t love have a mid-morning cocktail? From there, I wanted to be someone to help people dive head first into the wonderful world of brunching!

 #6  Forno

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Forno is pizza and my all-time favorite would have to be their Breakfast Pizza (obviously)! I am not joking when I say that I have dreams until I can get my hands on one of those bad boys. This stone fired pizza is topped with eggs, cheese, Brussels sprouts, and pancetta and is easily the best Breakfast Pizza in Columbus! If pizza isn’t your thing, be sure to try out their Chicken and Waffles or the Nutella Stuffed French Toast for a happy belly. Then, wash it down with a Bloody Mary or some bottomless mimosas!

Forno

721 N High St
(614) 469-0053

 #5  Rockmill Tavern

Tucked away in the heart of Brewery District, Rockmill Tavern easily won me over. From the quaint charm on the inside, to the amazing dishes they are serving up in the kitchen, I am positive it will make its way to the top of your brunch list. Not only do they have a great selection of beers, but their Bloody Mary’s hit the spot! I decided to give the Chilaquiles a try and all I can say is, WOW! If it has chorizo on it, I’m in, but this dish was a game changer. Their chicken sandwich, with bacon jam, is also not to be overlooked!

Rockmill Tavern

503 S Front St
(614) 732-4364

 #4  101 Beer Kitchen

If you are looking for one of the best Bloody Mary’s in town, stop what you are doing and get to 101 Beer Kitchen. Their made from scratch mix and pepper infused vodka will rock your world, but that’s not the only thing 101 has going for them. I have never had a bad experience here and their creative brunch entrees will surely have you coming back for more. From the BELT pizza, to the Crab Cake Skillet, and to, my personal favorite, the Southwest Cornbread & Chorizo Gravy. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

101 Beer Kitchen

Dublin, Gahanna, Westerville

 #3  DK Diner

If there is one thing you should know about me, it is that I am OBSESSED with donuts. Donut Fact: the center of the donut is 100% fat free!

DK Diner is not only one of my favorite places to get a classic diner brunch, but their donuts make my heart skip a beat. Be sure to try my favorite- the Blueberry Cake Donut. Their menu ranges from a plethora of omelets, scrambles, sandwiches, and pancakes. If you want every meal to include a donut, like me, be sure to try their pancakes, which are made with their donut batter! If you are looking for something a little heartier, be sure to check out the Donut Sandy, made with eggs, cheese, and bacon on a glazed DK donut! Need I say more?

DK Diner

1715 W 3rd Ave

(614) 488-5160

 #2  Katalina’s

Putting into words how much I love Katalina’s is hard. This was the first place I ever brunched (ever) and makes my heart oh so happy! Katalina’s is a small restaurant that sits on the corner of Pennsylvania Ave and 3rd Ave, but don’t let their size fool you. They are whipping up some of the best dishes in Columbus and once you try it, you will be counting down the days until you can go back.

They are known for their award-winning Nutella stuffed Pancake Balls, or as I like to call them, little drops of heaven! I’ve easily tried everything on their menu, but some of my other favorites include the Breakfast Tacos, Mazatlan Slow-Roasted Pork & Egg sandwich, and the Breakfast Chick ‘Wich. Be sure to get some Thunder-Kiss coffee to wash everything down to round out your whole experience! Trust me, Katalina’s does not disappoint.

Katalina's

1105 Pennsylvania Ave

(614) 294-2233

 #1  Standard Hall

For most people, brunch is just a meal that takes the place of breakfast and lunch, but for me, it’s a hobby. Columbus is an ever growing city, and with that comes new restaurants. When I moved here 5 years ago, I had no idea of all the food options Columbus had to offer, and as I started following many food bloggers, I was intrigued to try everything. The first time I had brunch, something clicked. I loved the options that came with combining the two meals, and, who doesn’t love have a mid-morning cocktail? From there, I wanted to be someone to help people dive head first into the wonderful world of brunching!

Standard Hall

1100 N High St, Columbus

(614) 381-1112

Brunchin' in the 'bus' Lover of all things Columbus | I consider brunch to be a constant holiday | Donuts and drinking are the way to my heart

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Big Cat Energy: Watch Brio chef channel Joe Exotic in new video

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At this point, the Tiger King references are all but inescapable. And it's for good reason; the show somehow gets more and more detached from reality as it goes on.

That being said, no one expected this video when Brio took to Facebook to announce its still doing carry-out orders at its Easton location.

https://www.facebook.com/brio.easton.9/videos/118240286484197/

"Hey! Do y’all have the hunger of a large jungle cat?" the post said. "Y’all tired of being caged up all day? Can’t find meat in the grocery store? Well, git yerself down to the Brio! Hurry, and try not to git bit!"

But this isn't the first time they've used a unique approach to announcements.

https://www.facebook.com/brio.easton.9/videos/117821209859438/UzpfSTEwMDA0ODk0Njc3ODUzNDozMDYwNjExMjk0OTk0MTQ6MTA6MDoxNTg4MzE2Mzk5Oi03NDQ0OTc1OTI2Nzk2MDk4MzQx/

Visit this link to place a pick-up order.

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Katalina’s owner leading charge for independent restaurant owners

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Known for her famous Pancake Balls (ridiculously delish, BTW), Katalina Day, the namesake behind Katalina's, is urging Gov. DeWine to consider emergency financial lifelines for her industry.

Restaurants were among the first and most devastated industries impacted by the coronavirus. Many notable local brands, such as Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, have closed most operations. According to Day, the industry needs immediate government intervention to survive.

Day started a Change.org petition which articulates the unique and specific challenges faced by the industry and the people who rely on it for their livelihood.

Addressing Gov. Dewine for relief, the petition is closing in on 1,000 signatures

"We have followed orders to close our doors to protect our communities, knowing what it would mean for our businesses, and we are grateful as citizens that you were one of the first to foresee that necessity. We did so without protest, and those of us who remain open are providing a valuable service through delivery, despite it being increasingly less profitable (as delivery services infringe on any profit)." said Day in the petition.

The petition closes with: "Bottom line: From our employees to our vendors and landlords to the burden on the healthcare industry and government, there is not a part of society that will not be touched by this crisis. "

Given these unprecedented challenges, please immediately consider:

  • Emergency grants for immediate business needs such as payroll and crucial operating expenses including food orders and utilities. 
  • Commercial and residential rent abatement and a moratorium on evictions both for owners and employees. 
  • Immediate cash relief for current and laid-off employees.
  • Abatement of payroll and sales tax.
  • Temporary commercial and government loan payment relief.
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Carry Out Guide to help support local restaurants

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Local restaurants provide more than just nourishment - they're where we get together with friends, celebrate our special moments and provide a cultural window to the world through food. They've added to your life experience in ways you may have never thought about until now. They are an integral part of our way of life.

Right now, they need you more than ever. Please do everything you can to support our neighbors and friends by calling in to order pick-up or online delivery.

We've put together the Carry Out Guide to help you find quick ideas for your next meal along with updated hours of service and easy ways to contact them. The Guide features six of each restaurants top to-go items and we provide links to their full carry-out menus.

Please open the Daily (614) email for new restaurant additions for the Guide.

Stay safe and thank you for stepping up for the people who need you most right now.


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