UPDATE September 2021: Wildflower Cafe has CLOSED.
Wildflower Cafe | Facebook | IG: @cafewildflower
3420 Indianola Ave. (map it!)
Columbus, OH 43214
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 7a-9p; Sun, 7a-2p (bfast served till 11a weekdays; brunch served Sat & Sun, 7a-2p)
Wildflower Cafe, the little Clintonville institution, is always bustling with customers. It’s one of many community gathering places around the neighborhood, like Nancy’s or Jack & Benny’s or Beechwold Diner, and over the years it’s grown up a bit by branching out into dinner and adding a small bar. I last wrote about it in the first couple years of the blog, when it was under different ownership, and recently I made a quick return trip for the Dispatch (read the review here).
Wildflower has all the makings of the old neighborhood hangout: a crowd of regulars, checkered floors, a small counter, steaming mugs of coffee.
Their menu has branched out a little bit over the years.
The weekday breakfast and weekend brunch menus are differentiated only by the addition of eggs benedicts on weekends.
We sampled a couple items from the breakfast menu, two savories and one sweet. While they’re all nicely executed, they’re a little under-seasoned for my taste. Example one: the breakfast burrito. It’s filling, chock full of eggs, black beans, veggies, and a side of salsa and sour cream. You get a choice of sausage or chorizo (“Add the chorizo” will go on my tombstone). The chorizo added a little bit of kick, but again – I’d love more.
The buttermilk pancakes are simple. They’re lightly browned and a touch sweet, helped along by the syrup.
The chorizo scramble is similar to breakfast burrito: scrambled eggs, veggies, cheese, pickled jalapenos, all served open-faced over flour tortillas. Nice mix, still a little under-seasoned.
Plus a side of potatoes: sliced thin and lightly browned.
Of course, there’s much more to the breakfast and brunch menu, so another visit or two is in our. But I’m happy to see places like Wildflower Cafe keep humming along. If you’ve never checked it out, add it to your list of places to visit!
Disclaimer: this review was paid for as part of Dispatch review. Photos and opinions here are my own.