Leslie: “Why would anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast food?”
Ron: “People are idiots, Leslie.”
– Parks and Recreation
Hi, my name’s Nick. You can call me Dr. Breakfast.
In case you couldn’t tell, breakfast is my favorite meal. I’ve been a fan since I was a kid. I started Breakfast With Nick as a hobby in 2007, and over the years it’s grown into much more. Through the blog my family and I track down interesting sites and tastes (not just breakfast!) all over our city of Columbus and anywhere we travel.
Aside from the obvious reasons (uh, eggs and bacon), here’s why I love breakfast:
- I’m one of those morning people
- You can eat it whenever: breakfast, brunch, brinner, brlate night snack
- Breakfast can be solidly traditional or endlessly innovative
- It features a wide range of foods: sweet and savory, light and heavy, fruits and meats, dairy and starches, vegetables and proteins
- It can be as fancy or as down-home as you like
- It’s a collective meal. You almost always go to breakfast with someone: you meet them for breakfast, you have breakfast with the family.
- It’s widely considered the most important meal of the day
Why “Dr. Breakfast?”
I used to lecture at The Ohio State University in the Department of Theatre, and as a bi-weekly ego trip, I made my biggest lecture (500-600 students) greet me as “Dr. Breakfast.” As in: “Good morning, class!” “Good morning, Dr. Breakfast!”
Where else do you write?
In addition to the blog, I freelance for a lot of publications. You’ll find me writing for:
- Columbus Alive
- Experience Columbus
- The Columbus Dispatch
- Columbus Monthly
- Discover Ohio
- Columbus Crave (ceased publication November 2015)
I’ve freelanced for other companies and publications, too, including (614) Magazine, PC World Magazine, and more. In 2010 I appeared in the PBS documentary Breakfast Special, talking about Columbus breakfast. And in 2011 I published my breakfast guidebook Breakfast With Nick: Columbus. The book is a complete guide to all of the unique, local, hard-to-find, mom-and-pop breakfast, brunch, coffee, and donut places in and around Columbus. Photography and design are by Genre Creative.
Columbus is also a very supportive community, especially in the food, blog, and media worlds, and my book and blog have been featured in Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Alive, Columbus Crave, (614) Magazine, Experience Columbus, Mix 107.9, Good Day Columbus, 10TV, WOSU, WCBE Foodcast, Ascent, and The Lantern.
Have breakfast with Nick!
I have a background in communication, arts, and education, so I love getting to teach others about breakfast! Book a seat on one of my breakfast or brunch tours with Columbus Food Adventures. I also occasionally lead brewery tours for Columbus Brew Adventures.
Other Things About Me
I’m Michigan-born, Ohio-living, and I like to joke I’m studying the three B’s: breakfast, beer, and bourbon. I don’t just sit around and eat breakfast all the time. Other things I do and enjoy:
- Being a husband to an amazing woman and father to two wonderful boys
- History, literature, and performance
- Advocating for the arts (particularly with the arts company I co-founded, Wild Goose Creative and through the Greater Columbus Arts Council)
- Craft beer
- Pipe smoking
- Space travel
- Watching trains and airplanes
- Flying kites
- Playwriting and sketch comedy writing
- The city of Columbus, Ohio
- Small town post offices
About This Blog & How It Works
This blog features my travels and thoughts on where I eat breakfast. Please remember that all opinions are my own, and all text and photography are copyright me (unless otherwise noted). Please do not use them without my express permission. If you’d like to contact me about using my photos or working with me, please reach out here.
I’m a pretty forgiving when it comes to food. I tend to like a lot of things. So if you’re looking for a site with biting and vicious restaurant reviews, I’m not your guy. I’m honest about what I experience and what I like and dislike, but my approach is much more descriptive: “here’s-what-I-saw-what-do-you-think-about-it?”
I also don’t have any formal culinary training (although I learned to make a mean scrambled egg at an early age). Any skill that I have has been self-taught or learned through friends and family. My experience is built from eight years of telling stories about food, restaurants, and their owners. In other words, I’ve eaten a crap-ton of eggs and bacon, and I know what’s good and what’s not.
The great thing about breakfast is that every town, no matter how large or small, has at least one place that makes everyone say, “You need to visit _______ and try the _______.” If you’ve got one of those places, please e-mail me about it!
Thanks for visiting, and happy breakfasting!