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Union Cafe

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.

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Union Cafe – Columbus, Ohio

Eddie George’s Grille

 

If you are ever in Columbus near The Ohio State campus area, I know of a lot of places that you should steer clear of. Eddie George’s Grill is not one of them. The atmosphere caters to every sports fan’s wants and needs. There are TVs galore playing just about every game. On football game days, the place is packed, which is actually quite fun, and I don’t even like football. Even if you are not huge into sports, they have very good food for a reasonable price. Their black bean burger is one of the better ones I’ve ordered. The bun, not so much. They also have amazing pizza. You might even be able to snap a sniper photo of Urban & the team (if you’re as stealth as I am).
However, the real reason I love Eddie’s is because of their patio (shocker) and beer selection. They have an glorious patio for day drinking. And their happy hours include a variety of different, quality brews for a good deal. My friend and I would plant ourselves here too many weekdays during spring semester – basked in the sun, had a beer, or three, and “studied for finals”.

I’ll admit, there are loads of better restaurants in the downtown area & Short North, but if you are planted on campus for the day, Eddies is definitely a good choice.
Also, rumor has it, the mens bathroom has a creepy little mirror that looks out into the bar too, so there’s that awkward bit of information.

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Katalina’s Cafe

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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.

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Nutella Pancake Balls. Need I say more?