Among my favorite off-campus places to dine while letting my hangover diminish is a trendy cafe called Union, located on High Street in the Short North. Their Sunday brunch situation is great. Most people get the breakfast buffet, which I certainly enjoyed. Involving everything from a waffle man (the guy was a beginner and burnt a few, not to mention the line I waited in for my waffle…kind of lame) who made me a really scrumptious chocolate-peanut butter crunchy, warm waffle, and really fresh fruit salad that was not loaded with just cantaloupe and honeydew, but rather the good stuff like pineapple, mango (or peach?), and strawberries. The omelet man was efficient and had about 40 different toppings. But best of all, they have a bloody mary bar & mimosas. For cheap. Treatchyoself.
Union Cafe – Columbus, Ohio
I could be giving the wrong place credit (not a good start, I know), but I believe this is the place we had breakfast one morning in Ibiza. No, we did not stay at this hotel, but I think this was where we ate. It wasn’t spectacular, but they served us pretty large portions, and it was inexpensive. Just typical breakfast food. I’m pretty picky about my breakfast foods, so I’m not the best one to judge this. But I enjoyed it all because we had a pretty view of the water, and got to sit in the sun.
Located on a quaint, quiet street in Victorian village, Katalina’s Cafe first caught my eye via a friends instagram post. When I saw the caption “Nutella Pancake Balls” my heart nearly stopped. Nutella. Pancake. Balls. Gasp. I must find the place they call Katalina’s, said I.
So, on a fresh, beautiful day- one of the first real spring days upon the expiration of the imprisonment that is a Columbus winter, a pal and I set out to Katalina’s. The adorably decorated interior had us nudging each other with expressions that said “we’re in for a treat”. And we absolutely were.
Needless to say, I ordered the pancake balls Nutella style, although I could’ve had my choice of other flavors. Despite the fact that I typically don’t like sweet things for breakfast, I am a nutella fiend, so I definitely loved these bad boys. The order comes with six, very rich, pancake balls, & is something I would order to split with a group next time.
My brunch companion ordered the Chorizo Mac & Cheese, and in her words, it was “the best ever”. Make of that what you will.
I’ll also add that we ventured back to Katalina’s at a later date, where I ordered the breakfast tacos (sans chorizo for myself). They were were almost perfect. My only sadness was that the corn tortillas got soggy on me because I eat all food at a glacial pace. I did have somewhat of a mess on my hands. Literally.
Overall, our experience here was great. But, for me, any restaurant with beautiful, outdoor seating gets my vote.
Nutella Pancake Balls. Need I say more?