A couple years ago someone e-mailed me asking for some brunch suggestions. This happens a lot, although this e-mail was unusual in that the author was asking for a good breakfast date spot. He had been on one date with a girl, he explained, and wanted to impress her by choosing a fun place for breakfast that weekend. That was a first for me. So maybe this week’s Three To Try is another attempt to offer, well, breakfast dating advice.
1. The Worthington Inn – The Worthington Inn has been around for decades, but they’re in the process of re-inventing themselves. They still excel at dinner service, and they’ve got even more going for them: trivia night at the pub, happy hour, and now an a la carte brunch menu (no more buffet, like you’ll see in my post) that hits all the right notes: benedicts, smoked salmon crepes, and – wait for it – a Bloody Mary bar. Add the historic building and you’re set for a brunch date!
2. Cambridge Tea House – Coffee is fast, tea is slow. That’s the comparison I’ve heard many times between the cultures of coffee and tea. Tea is intended to slow you down. Stop. Sit. Enjoy the company and the food. So the Cambridge Tea House should make for a quiet retreat for a breakfast date. Savor the teas, excellent scones (with house-made clotted cream), breakfast sandwiches, quiche, all the fixings.
3. 1808 American Bistro – 1808 is a solid spot in Delaware. Yes, it’s a short drive from Columbus, but you can make a day of it. Start with brunch of corned beef hash with sous vide eggs, Nutella French toast, shakshuka, and when you’re done, take time to stroll around downtown Delaware. Poke your head in the shops, grab coffee, and make sure you get a sampler of beer from one of our favorite breweries, Staas Brewing Company. Stick around long enough to visit 1808’s sister restaurant Veritas Tavern for brinner in the form of amazing bacon risotto.
(P.S. This week I wrote a round-up of Valentine’s Day pairings for Columbus Alive and last week I wrote a piece on date night dining spots for Experience Columbus – if you need more dinner/drinks-focused ideas.)
Last week’s Three To Try: The Brunch Buffet Booster