Darn Good coffee served along with "darn good food" including every type bagel you can think of and a great assortment of muffins, scones, and specialty sweets such as cinnamon bun pull-aparts with cream cheese icing. Try a nutty banana bagel with a smear of honey almond cream cheese. Perfect for a quick but satisfying breakfast in a friendly setting.
In the mood for some freshly baked bread or cake? If you are, head over to the Golden Delight, touted by many locals as being absolutely the best bakery in the city. Upon entering, you will be greeted by the tempting smells and tantalizing sights of fresh breads, pies, and cakes. They've become well known for their great frosting that is not as sweet and is lower in fat content than many other decorative icing. Also serves deli items such as barbecue pork, hot dogs and ham and egg sandwiches and Chinese dumplings.
A steady stream of downtown and Statehouse workers file in to this establishment that serves bagels of every type, from cranberry orange to spinach. To compete with the chains, the independent owner offers wonderfully priced bagels and charges just a little more to add toppings such as peanut butter, hummus, or various cream cheeses. Eat on the run or sit at the bar and people watch. Come back for lunch and you can choose your salad ingredients from an extensive salad case – a server will then toss your selections for you in a big silver bowl.
In the artsy Short North district, this vegetarian café offers a peaceful sanctuary from the bustle of city life. The premise is simple-healthy food made from scratch daily and served on rustic community tables. But the hearty soups such as Gypsy vegetable, dense homemade breads such as Grains of the Goddess, and heaping salad plates ensure that simplicity won't leave you hungry for flavor. Top it all off with some of the best cookies, cakes and cinnamon rolls in the city.
This is the best lunchtime deli in Columbus, but breakfast (available until 10:30 on weekdays and 2pm on Sundays) is also a treat. Fresh-brewed coffee, sticky buns hot from the oven, cheese blintzes with preserves, hearty breads and bagels, and smoked fish breakfasts beckon people to stop in. Relax in the dining area and then browse the extensive, informative retail store for oils, preserves, cheese, and other staples.
Cap City Diner is primarily a lunch and dinner spot, but on Sundays, the extensive brunch selection draws big crowds. From eggs Benedict and oatmeal Brûlée to salads, meats, and Cap City's gourmet sandwiches, this brunch will satisfy any palate. But make sure you don't fill up before you have a chance to sample the 24K carrot cake or the Big Cup O' Chocolate - a mug of warm, double chocolate lava cake topped with triple vanilla bean ice cream.
One of the top draws in charming German Village, Lindey's serves steak and pasta dishes in an elegant atmosphere with views of tree-lined cobblestone streets. Start with calamari and shrimp fritto misto and follow with veal saltimbocca, mushroom risotto, or extra-thick New York strip with garlic mashed potatoes. An extensive wine list and an ever-changing selection of classic desserts such as bananas Foster round out the menu.
Down a narrow street surrounded by private homes, this off-the-beaten-path Italian restaurant lives up to its location by serving creative takes on classic dishes. You won't find red sauce here, instead the husband and wife team of John Dornback & Trish Gentile offer sensational seasonal fare such as a roasted beet carpaccio, Tuscan onion soup, or a grilled ostrich fillet with butternut squash purée in a fig-balsamic reduction.