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Your crunches have become brunches: TexMex favorite Crunchwerks launches brunch menu

Your crunches have become brunches: TexMex favorite Crunchwerks launches brunch menu

Jack McLaughlin

By now you’re probably familiar with Crunchwerks. The University District spot began slinging their unique and delicious TexMex fare at the beginning of this year, and quickly made a name for themselves in the Columbus food scene.

But what you may not have known is that, starting last month, they’re now offering a new brunch menu as well. And it’s really, really good.

“Originally, our head chef Mysti [Burris] wanted to have a breakfast and brunch menu, and then we switched to focusing on lunch and dinner,” said Rob Chaffin, one of the spot’s co-owners. “We started to offer brunch recently on the weekends, and people have been really interested, so we’ve decided to keep it going.”

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This new menu infuses the eatery’s much-beloved dishes with an a.m. twist, and we’re all for it. Their signature Crunches are now available in the Brunch Crunch, featuring bacon, tater tots, cheesy scrambled eggs, pico, corn salsa, lettuce, Tapatio and avocado ranch wrapped in a grilled flour tortilla with a tostado in the center; and the Steak ‘N’ Egg Crunch, with crispy potatoes, chipotle steak, scrambled eggs, corn salsa, chimichurri hollandaise, lettuce, and shredded cheese, tortilla-wrapped with a tostada. Make sure to get some house white queso on the side to dip as well.

They’ve also adapted burrito versions of these dishes, as well as a sausage gravy bowl to their brunch offerings, and all of their new offerings can be prepared vegan. House-made Bloody Marys and mimosas are half-off during brunch as well.

The Crunchwerks brunch menu is offered from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

And there’s one more thing you also might not know about Crunchwerks: its ambitious ownership trio of Chaffin, Trey Burris, and Chris Salvato also run The Summit Music Hall (where Crunchwerks lives now), and they’ve decided to use the skills they’ve honed as venue owners to make their brunches a musical affair.

Saturdays usually see a local DJ set as a part of their Brunch Beats series, and on Sundays it’s live jazz music. 

“For us, combining our passion for food and music is one of those one plus one equals three scenarios,” Chaffin said. “It’s great when our guests can enjoy some world-class music while they eat, and luckily we have a lot of that right here in our city. We want to provide Columbus with the ultimate brunch experience.”

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