Guide to 9 of the Best Brunch Spots in Central Ohio

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Written by Step Out Columbus

Published on February 7, 2024
Photo courtesy of Hangover Easy’s Facebook page

“Is it brunch time yet?” These words echo throughout my house every Saturday morning. Why? Because I love brunch! Lucky for me, the answer is almost always a resounding yes.

Brunch seems to have a stronghold on our hearts as a city, as there is no shortage of excellent brunch spots all over Central Ohio. We understand this can be overwhelming, so we’ve simplified it down to 9 brunch spots you need to try. Let us know what you think, and be sure to share your favorite brunch spots with us. (Did I mention I love brunch?)

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Hangover Easy | Brunch Served 7 AM – 3 PM Weekdays, 8 AM – 3PM Weekends

1646 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH 43201

This Ohio State staple’s motto is “breakfast cures all.” We completely agree. Whether you’re nursing a wicked hangover or just looking for an extensive menu to cure an empty, rumbling stomach, Hangover Easy has you covered. If a menage a trois isn’t enough to cure you (we’re talking about Hangover Easy’s french toast entree… get your mind out of the gutter), they also serve 5 different types of Mimosas, 4 different Bloody Mary’s, and a bunch more specialty cocktails, coffees, and beers at the ready.

2. Lindey’s | Brunch Served 11 AM – 3 PM on Weekends

169 E Beck St, Columbus, OH 43206

Need something a little more upscale and refined to scratch your brunch itch? Lindey’s in German Village has both the vibe and the food to satisfy your desires. With items ranging from Ahi Tuna Tartare and Crab & Egg to staples like Avocado Toast and Eggs Benedict, you’ll not only find something you like, you’ll find something you can’t live without.

Photo courtesy of Lindey’s Facebook page

3. Northstar Cafe | Brunch Served 11 AM – 3 PM on Weekends

Multiple locations

If you enjoy starting your day with something fresh and revitalizing, Northstar is your, uhhh, well, north star. They hand select their ingredients from locally-owned sources to ensure that the food you’re waking up with is worth it. Plus, with multiple locations throughout Central Ohio, you don’t have to travel very far for a good brunch. This is especially helpful when you A.) are hungover, B.) have kids, C.) have family visiting, or D.) are hungover with kids while your in-laws are visiting.

4. Fox in the Snow Cafe | Brunch Served 7 AM – 3 PM Weekdays, 8 AM – 3PM Weekends

Multiple locations

Like Northstar, Fox in the Snow locations are seemingly everywhere in Central Ohio, now. Which is perfect because if you live even decently close to 270, you are basically a 10-minute drive from a Fox in the Snow. That means you’re a 10-minute drive from their famous Souffled Egg Sandwiches, Cinnamon Rolls, Blueberry Galettes, and delicious coffee. Lucky you!

Photo courtesy of Fox in the Snow’s Facebook page

5. Tommy’s Diner | Brunch served 6:30 AM – 2:30 PM 7 Days/Week

914 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43222

Talk about a Columbus staple! Tommy’s Diner has been slinging out delicious breakfast and lunch to the Franklinton community and beyond for over 30 years. Their menu can be described as a Greek-inspired take on classic American breakfast and lunch, while the vibe inside just has to be experienced in person.

6. Katalina’s | Brunch Served 8 AM – 3 PM 7 Days/Week

Two locations

“Peace, Love, and Pancake Balls” is their slogan, and they’ve got a lot of that to offer (try over 1 MILLION Pancake Balls sold). But don’t think that their other menu options aren’t worthy of a cool slogan, either. I’m a sucker for all things breakfast foods, but when it comes to their breakfast tacos and their Mazatlan Slow-Roasted Pork & Egg Sandwich, it’s hard to find anything that compares.

Photo courtesy of Katalina’s Facebook page

7. DK Diner | 6 AM – 9 PM Weekdays, 7 AM – 9 PM Saturdays, 7 AM – 3 PM Sundays

1715 W 3rd Ave, Grandview Heights, OH

A tried-and-true Mom and Pop shop, this quaint little diner in Grandview checks all the boxes when it comes to the perfect brunch. Their large menu, world-famous donuts, and excellent service pair incredibly well with their low prices and delicious food. If you are craving traditional American breakfast and DK Diner isn’t at the top of your mind, then you have some serious reevaluating to do.

8. Bodega | Brunch Served 10 AM – 3 PM on Weekends

1044 N. High St, Columbus, OH 43201

Bodega is truly a unique spot on this list. You can drink here until 2:30 AM, go home, come back the next morning for brunch and, if you’re a believer in the “hair of the dog” trick, order some more drinks. This spot is the perfect hangover cure and, if you’re looking to walk around and do some shopping before or after brunch, you are right in the heart of the Short North!

Photo courtesy of Bodega’s Facebook page

9. Scotty’s Cafe | Brunch Served 8 AM – 2 PM Monday – Friday

2980 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43209

Scotty’s Cafe is like the cafe you see your favorite sitcom characters go to. The employees are friendly, the food is delicious, and no one ever leaves dissatisfied. This well-kept secret is a staple for East Columbus residents and for good reason, it’s everything you could want out of a brunch spot.

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