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100 E. Broad St. (map it!)
Columbus, OH 43215
Open Mon-Fri, 7a-3p (bfast served till 10:30a)
If you spend any meaningful amount of time downtown, either visiting or working there, you’re familiar with all of breakfast, lunch, coffee, and snack options around the city center. You can find everything from burgers to sandwiches to salads to pizzas and almost everything in-between. In the Chase Tower at Broad and Third, Lexi‘s has you covered for deli fare for lunch and breakfast.
Working downtown, I’ve stopped by Lexi’s on Third a number of times, but I had the opportunity to formally visit for a Columbus Dispatch review last month.
Lexi’s inhabits a single room at street level, with tall windows and a patio out front. They’re generally pretty quick with service; you order at the counter and find a seat if you’re dining-in.
The breakfast menu is offered until 10:30 a.m. It covers the basics: combo plates, omelets, breakfast sandwiches and burritos, plus a collection of sides.
Most noteworthy is the corned beef hash. I mean, you’re at a deli, right? See what they can do with corned beef. Lexi’s prepares it the way I prefer: minced finely, mixed with potatoes, and seared on the grill. That gives it a good salty crust. Add in a couple over easy eggs and some toast, and you’re all set.
They offer buttermilk pancakes and French toast; the server at the counter recommended the French toast. It’s pretty soft and buttery. If you enjoy French toast, this version is straight-forward and easy to like.
The corned beef also makes an appearance in the NYC breakfast sandwich. Like the French toast, its construction is simple, but the end product is enjoyable. They layer a healthy amount of corned beef with Swiss cheese and a thin layer of scrambled eggs on grilled rye.
Lexi’s serves a pretty solid lunch menu, too. Naturally, you’ll find giant reuben sandwiches, patty melts, salads, soups. The bigger sandwiches, like reubens and roast beef melts, land you around $12-13.
I’m partial to the turkey reuben with Thousand Island, Swiss, and sauerkraut on rye.
Well done on the pastrami reuben. And you’ll easily polish off an order of the Cajun fries.
Look for gyros on the menu, too, both with traditional ground lamb meat and grilled chicken. The gyros are giant – you get a lot of bang for your buck.
So if you find yourself downtown early on a weekday morning, give Lexi’s a try! It’s less busy at breakfast than the lunch hour, so you’ll find an easy place to enjoy an omelet, corned beef hash, or a breakfast sandwich – whether you’re on your own, holding a meeting, or traveling with a group.