2018: A Year in Breakfast

December 30, 2018

Another year comes to a close, and my what a year it’s been. In 2018 my family and I moved into a new home, so our spring was marked by the ups and downs of selling and buying and packing and unpacking our worldly possessions. It included new schools for our boys, changes in our jobs, and new adventures around Columbus and across the country.

And it’s been a busy year in food writing and tours. I certainly don’t say this to brag, but sometimes I have to quantify – for myself – just how much writing and tours I get to do every year. Here’s my count:


As usual, I like to look back on some of our favorite discoveries and adventures in breakfast, beyond, coffee, beer, and travel. Take a look at our 2018 highlights!


Breakfast is still the name of the game here! We made some great discoveries and paid visits to old favorites.

  • Delaney’s Diner: we loved the previous tenant of Delaney’s Westerville space, but Delaney’s has continued serving well-executed, hearty breakfasts
  • IKEA: just because it only costs $3 doesn’t mean it’s not a great breakfast!
  • Fox in the Snow: our much-loved coffee shop and bakery added a German Village location this year
  • Stav’s Diner: a favorite discovery close to Bexley. It’s only a few years old, but it feels like a well-established neighborhood diner
  • Blunch: I still can’t get over the name, but this Clintonville brunch spot turns out some seriously creative dishes
  • Harvest Moon Craft Kitchen: an interesting spot in the heart of historic Canal Winchester with some unique breakfast offerings
  • Over the Counter: a modern take on the diner situated at the southern end of Worthington
  • The Guild House: finally writing up this favorite Cameron Mitchell spot, offering an elegant but approachable brunch in Short North
  • Warehouse Cafe: I paid a much-needed revisit to this hidden gem downtown
  • Bake Me Happy: finally visiting one of the city’s few gluten free bakeries, where you find GF versions of all your favorites
  • Block’s Bagels: at 60 years and counting, Block’s was given an upgrade with a new location in Bexley


Columbus coffee continues to grow, both in the scope and variety of the offerings. Also, we’re in the habit of discovering great coffee anywhere we travel.

  • Upper Cup Coffee: Upper Cup’s newer Gahanna location offers plenty of space to work while you enjoy their roasts
  • Blank Slate Coffee: a mobile coffee business in a renovated Airstream? I’ll take it. I’ll also take another excellent cortado.
  • Stauf’s Coffee Roasters: we enjoyed a full breakfast at Stauf’s flagship store in Grandview
  • One Line Coffee’s roastery: I got to spend a morning with Mick Evans, director of ops for One Line, at their new roasting facility in Heath, Ohio
  • Stauf’s Discovery District: Stauf’s is on a roll. In addition to their newer location in the Idea Foundry, they just opened one in the Discovery District downtown. (And one more’s on the way in 2019!)
  • Roosevelt Coffee at Olentangy River Brewing: Roosevelt opened a new location inside Lewis Center’s first brewery


Every year we fall in love with more than just breakfast. Take a look at some of our adventures beyond the morning meal.

  • Service Bar: we’re adding our voices to the praises – both local and national – for Middle West Spirits’ new restaurant, Service Bar. Chef Barua and his whole team create some of the most dynamic and engaging dishes we tried this year
  • Preston’s Burgers: we’ve showered a lot of love on Preston’s this year. They’re hands-down our favorite burgers in Columbus. Also, the hot chicken sandwich is great. And the cheese curds. And the salt and vinegar fries. If you haven’t tried them yet, please seek them out.
  • NE Chinese: NE Chinese easily tops our list of constant cravings. The hole-in-the-wall spot serves cumin potatoes, twice-fried fish, fern root noodles, and other northeast Chinese specialties.
  • The Market Italian Village’s No Menu Mondays: every Monday, Chef Tyler from The Market IV writes a new menu. You can just show up and trust in his creations.


This year we were fortunate to travel to places new and old. We discovered new things to love about old haunts and traveled to cities that were completely new for all four of us.

I know that every year can be a mix of ups and downs, triumphs and challenges, successes and failures. I hope you’re able to look back on 2018 with good memories and look ahead to 2019 ready to take on the challenges and excitement of a fresh start!

Thanks to everyone who follows our adventures! We wish you all a Happy New Year!

The Breakfast Family (Nick, Beth, Will & Owen)

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I go by Dr. Breakfast, but in addition to restaurants and recipes, I write about family travel, breweries and distilleries, the arts, outdoor fun, and so much more.

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