Nicholas Dekker gets people to call him “Dr. Breakfast” because he really loves breakfast and has a Ph.D. Nick is a food and travel writer based in central Ohio, writing his award-winning blog "Breakfast With Nick" since 2007, where he documents his journeys in exploring breakfast, coffee, donuts, beer, the arts, family travel and much more. Nick writes for Columbus Alive, Columbus Dispatch, Experience Columbus, TourismOhio and Columbus Monthly; he also leads culinary tours for Columbus Food Adventures. breakfastwithnick.com.
From old-school diners to new breweries, an abundance of international eats to cozy coffee shops, the north side of Columbus and Worthington offer plenty of options to sip, dine and catch up with friends. The strength of the dining scene lies in the neighborhood pride, from the growing international cuisines featured on the city’s northwest side, to charming Old Worthington, to the eclectic center of Clintonville. Neighbors catch up at Crimson Cup Coffee House or Highline Coffee. They enjoy a diner breakfast at Jack & Benny’s Barnstormer at the OSU Airport or at the new George’s Linworth Diner. Fans of craft beer gravitate to the big-bodied ales of Zaftig, the hazy IPAs of Somewhere in Particular or the tart sour beers of Random Precision. They enjoy creative meals from Katalina’s Cafe, The Whitney House or Hot Chicken Takeover. They sample world fare like al pastor tacos at Los Guachos, Korean dishes at Min-Ga, or rich bowls of ramen at Meshikou. And they finish it with dessert from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Graeter’s or Diamonds Ice Cream!
Blunch, 2973 N. High St., 43202, 614-641-7501, blunchcolumbus.com. A fresh twist on American breakfast and lunch classics, plus creative morning cocktails.
Cameron's American Bistro, 2185 W. Dublin Granville Rd., 43085, 614-885-3663, cameronmitchell.com. This was the first Cameron Mitchell restaurant, opened in 1993. It's a classic, upscale American bistro serving chef-driven guest favorites and offers an extensive wine list.
Chile Verde, 4852 Sawmill Rd., 43235, 614-442-6630, chileverdecafe.com. Family-friendly dining with a burst of flavor from New Mexico. House specialties include crab cakes, tenderloin fajitas, fresh guacamole and legendary margaritas.
A Common Table, 3496 N. High St., 43214. 614-824-1887, acommontablecbus.squarespace.com. Classic sandwiches with global flavors.
The Crafty Pint, 2234 W. Dublin Granville Rd., 43085, 614-468-1675, craftypint.net. Rustic, relaxing gastropub featuring elevated American comfort fare and 40 craft beers.
The Crest Gastropub, 2855 Indianola Ave., 43201, 614-261-7128, thecrestgastropub.com. Locally-grown and locally-sourced foods, and innovative, seasonal menus.
Crimson Cup, 4541 N. High St., 43214, 614-262-6212. Handcrafted coffee drinks, espresso drinks, tea, and frozen beverages made fresh.
Diamonds Ice Cream, 5461 Bethel Sawmill Center, 43235, 614-718-2980. Mexican and American treats, including ice cream, ice pops, milkshakes, sundaes, smoothies and more.
Everest Cuisine, 652 High St., 43085, 614-6061-6004, everestcuisinecolumbus.com. Authentic Nepali, Tibetian and Indian cuisine.
Fusian, 4214 N. High St., 43214, 614-826-2392, fusian.com. Made-to-order sushi with simple, natural and fresh ingredients.
George's Linworth Diner, 2245 W. Dublin Granville Rd., 43085, 614-396-6401, linworthdiner.com. Quality home-style breakfast and fresh lunch.
Half Pint, 671 High St., 43085, 614-396-9119, halfpintohio.com. Offering 40 craft beers on tap. Signature foods with bold flavors. The chef creates a burger of the week based on what fresh ingredients are available.
Harvest Bar + Kitchen, 2885 N. High St., 43202, 614-947-7133, harvestpizzeria.com. Features specialty pizzas made with locally sourced, all-natural ingredients.
Highline Coffee Co., 693 High St., 43085, 614-992-2899, highlinecoffeeco.com. Born from a pure passion for coffee, Highline crafts espresso drinks, fresh-brewed coffee, hot chocolate, smoothies and tea. Local artists on display.
Hot Chicken Takeover, 4203 N. High St., 43214, 614-754-1151, hotchickentakeover.com. Farm-raised, all-natural, steroid and hormone-free chicken with a choice of four degrees of heat. Known for its commitment to hire people who need a fair chance to work.
Jack & Benny's Barnstormer Diner, 2160 W. Case Rd., 43017, 614-292-5699, jackandbennys.com. Located at the OSU Airport, serving classic diner fare. Named "best breakfast in Ohio" by Ohio Magazine.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, 4247 N. High St., 43214, 614-447-0500, jenis.com. A homegrown favorite for artisan ice cream. Made from high-quality ingredients without flavorings or coloring.
Katalina's, 3481 N. High St., 43214, 614-689-8896, katalinascafe.com. A popular eatery known for its Southern- and Latin-influenced fare. Don't miss their famous pancake balls. Breakfast is served all day.
La Chatelaine, 627 High St., 43085, 614-848-6711, lachatelainebakery.com. A family-owned French bakery and bistro, specializing in pastries, soups, salads and traditional French dishes.
Little Eater, 4215 N. High St., 43214, 614-732-5829, littleeater.com. Seasonal, vegetable-forward cuisine. Closed Mondays.
Local Cantina, 3126 N. High St., 43202, 614-754-8554. Casual, Tex-Mex cuisine with refreshing margaritas, craft beer and hand-crafted cocktails. At this location, note that they're open for lunch on weekends only.
Los Guachos Taqueria, 7370 Sawmill Rd., 43235, 614-726-9285 and 5221 Godown Rd., 43235, 614-538-0211, losguachostaqueria.com. Home of the famous taco al pastor.
Meshikou Ramen, 1506 Bethel Rd., 43220, 614-457-1689. Savory ramen in a laid-back atmosphere.
Min-Ga Korean Restaurant, 800 Bethel Rd., 43214, 614- 457-7331, mingakorean.com. Traditional Korean dishes.
Mozart's Restaurant, Bakery and Piano Cafe, 4784 N. High St., 43214, 614-268-3687, mozartscafe.com. In the tradition of European cafés, the Saha family presents a friendly, relaxed atmosphere to enjoy an endless supply of treats, music and community.
Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza and Live Music, 5601 N. High St., 43085, 614-436-2625, nataliescoalfiredpizza.com. Natalie's offers live music, New York-style pizza made in a high-temperature coal-fired oven, classic cocktails, fine wines and local and regional craft beers.
Northstar Café, 4241 N. High St., 43214, 614-784-2233, thenorthstarcafe.com. Wholesome and delicious food sourced with locally grown, organic and artisan products. Serves salads, bowls, pizzas, sandwiches and burritos, plus breakfast, specialty drinks and smoothies.
Over the Counter, 5596 N. High St., 43085, 614-846-1107, overthecounterofworthington.com. Classic American diner fare for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.
Pat and Gracie's Kitchen + Tavern, 138 Graceland Blvd., 43214, 614-987-5147, patandgracies.com. Fresh, hand-patted burgers, big bowl salads, sandwiches and wood-fired pizzas in a casual, neighborhood spot.
Pattycake Bakery, 3009 N. High St., 43202, 614-784-2253, pattycakeveganbakery.com. A worker-owned co-operative that handcrafts sweets from scratch, using the finest primarily organic, all-vegan and 100%-natural ingredients.
Ritzy's, 4615 N. High St., 43214, 614-754-8960, ritzyscolumbus.com. A throwback diner restaurant with crispy-edged hamburgers, hand-cut shoestring fries and award-winning ice cream.
Sassafras Bakery, 657 High St., 43085, 614-781-9705, sassafrasbakery.com. Simple, made-from-scratched baked goods and seasonal favorites from pies and snack cakes to granola bars and scones.
Trillium Kitchen & Patio, 2333 N. High St., 43202, 614-369-4888, trilliumkitchen.com. Spaces include a lively, wide-open front porch, rustic-modern dining spaces and an intimate wine-tasting area. A diverse menu, inspired by global cuisines – especially seafood – that changes regularly to highlight seasonal ingredients.
Villa Nova Ristorante,5545 N. High St., 43214, 614-846-5777, villanovacolumbus.com. Open since 1978, Villa Nova is a family-owned and family-friendly restaurant with homemade Italian classics and pizza.
The Whitney House, 666 High St., 43085, 614-396-7846, thewhitneyhouserestaurant.com. Serving made-from-scratch, rustic-yet-refined, American comfort food. Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.
Wildflower Café, 3420 Indianola Ave., 43214, 614-262-2233, wildflower-café.com. Tasty, homestyle dishes with an updated flair in a casual, neighborhood restaurant. Weekend brunch. Closed Mondays.