Goodbye, Columbus.

Well, guys…the time has come. Today is my last day in Columbus, and tomorrow I will call Philadelphia my new home.

I’m sad to go, because I will miss my city. I love Columbus. I love the people, I love the community, I love the Buckeyes…and I love the breakfasts. I’ve eaten at some of the best Columbus has to offer, but there were many, many more that I never reviewed. I’ll certainly be targeting those places upon my future visits home.

As my last post in Cbus, and before beginning TBGG: Philly Edition, I wanted to look back at just a few of my favorite photos of breakfasting and blogging over the last three years.



The Cuban Scramble @ Starliner Diner


Tatoheads’ Chorizo Fries


The famous Dagwood from Ohio Deli


Saturday morning Pancake breakfast @ Hills Market Downtown


A trio of tacos from El Camioncito Sel Sabor Taqueria


Amazingly spicy Greek Fire Feta Dip @ King Gyro


Iced Chai @ Impero Coffee


A hungry crowd at the Columbus Food Truck Fastival


One of my favorite diner signs in Cbus!!


Jerk Chicken @ Island Vibes


A sampling of donuts from Resch’s Bakery


The delicious Italian Beef sandwich @ Tristano’s


The ULTIMATE diner photo at German Village Coffee Shop


A Southwest Bacon & Egg Sammie at Spinelli’s Deli


A sampling of poutine @ Skillet


Columbus’ meat master, Albert Thurn, breaking down the meat anatomy of a freshly butchered pig.


North Market Coffee Roast


Lots of One Line Coffee’s Slow Drip Cold Brew


Babybacks @ Ray Ray’s Hog Pit


Sampling Mya’s Fried Chicken goodness


Breakfast at home


The Juggernaut breakfast sandwich @ Superchef’s


Coffee Granola from Birdhouse Bakery


101 Beer Kitchen’s Short Rib Hash


The Polar Blast @ Colin’s


Delicious Biscuits & Chorizo Gravy at Ethyl & Tank


Freah seafood from Giant Eagle Market District Grandview


Yummy gelato @ Market District Grandview


Woonsen Sen Nam Sei @ Bangkok Grocery & Restaurant


The awesome Undertaker sandwich from Neighbor’s Deli


Bronuts @ Cravings Carryout Cafe


The delicious Breakfast Sandwich & a cappuccino @ Fox in the Snow


Desserts @ Fox in the Snow


The AMAZING Pancake Balls ans Sweet & Spicy Bacon @ Katalina’s


A table full of breakfast love @ Katalina’s


The best donuts ever @ DK Diner


Pineapple Upside Down Cake Donuts @ Hudson 29


Pour overs @ Boston Stoker


The flavorful Breakfast Hot Brown @ Grand Day Cafe


The brisket sandwich and mac & cheese at Ray Ray’s is SOOO good!!


A wonderful breakfast of Challah French Toast @ Zoe Cafe


Thank you so much, Columbus, for all of your support and love. I’ll miss you all. Remember to continue to taste and explore all of the wonderful breakfast and brunch places this awesome city offers you.

Be sure to follow along with my breakfasting adventures in the City of Brotherly Love.


Guest post: A Columbus newbie reviews Zoe Cafe

I’m pleased to offer space to a guest blogger this week, my good friend, David Young. David moved to Columbus from Florida a couple of months ago to attend Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Bexley, and he has been exploring Columbus as often as he’s able to get out there (between classes and studying!!), and in the process he has discovered many of the incredible local eateries that our awesome city offers. He shares my love for the morning meal, and recently visited Zoe Café in search of more breakfast goodness.


Zoe Café – 2376 E. Main St, Columbus, OH 43209

Located in the heart of Bexley, Zoe Café is a contemporary take on the classic urban gathering place. The décor consists of natural elements like dark-stained wood alongside poured concrete and stainless steel creating a space that feels chic and new, yet warm and comfortable. The back of the restaurant is open to the kitchen which ads to the atmosphere. The front of the restaurant has large glass windows l that let natural light in and allow you to feel connected to neighborhood outside. There is also an outdoor dining area if you enjoy eating “al fresco.” Serving a clientele that varies from families, to couples, to local college students, the atmosphere is upbeat and full of energy.


The menu offers an eclectic mix of traditional staples such as Buttermilk Pancakes with Sweet and Spicy Bacon and Ohio Amish Maple Syrup ($10), Biscuits and Sausage Gravy ($9) to more creative items like the Huevos Rancheros with Queso Fresco and Black Bean Tortilla ($8) and Café Frittata with Mesclun Salad ($8).


I stayed pretty traditional and ordered the Cinnamon Challah French Toast with Bananas and Ohio Amish Maple Syrup ($9). I also ordered a side of the Sweet and Spicy Bacon ($3). Presentation of this simple dish was wonderful. It took will power to take time out and photograph my plate before diving in. The French Toast was made with fresh-baked Challah bread dipped in an egg batter with just a hint of cinnamon. The bread was dense and chewy but not heavy – the sign of good Challah for sure! Because they use just a hint of cinnamon, I was able to enjoy the layers of flavor from the bread, the egg batter, fresh bananas and the light nuttiness of the cinnamon. For me, the warm Amish Maple Syrup poured over made this dish extraordinary. Nothing says delicious like warm maple syrup (not that stuff from a plastic squeeze bottle). And for me, it isn’t breakfast without a side of bacon. Zoe’s bacon is thick-cut with a smoky flavor that makes me want to order more!

My waiter was a friendly young man who I never had to look for when I needed something, but was not overly attentive. Wait time for service and food was paced nicely for a casual morning meal.

Zoe Café is a great place to go when you want a good breakfast at a good price in an upscale setting. Breakfast here is a treat for your palate and your soul!

Zoe Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Dempsey’s Food & Spirits – Columbus, OH

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Since my move to Philadelphia got pushed back another month, I figured I’d extend my “farewell breakfast tour” and spend the next few weeks visiting more of my home town favorites. Dempsey’s Food & Spirits has been partnering with TBGG for over a year now, which means that they often supply gift cards for us to give out to you guys for our bi-monthly giveaways (you can partner too!! Click HERE to find out how). It’s one of my favorite spots downtown for a casual and classy meal, and so while we were close by on a recent Saturday morning, I knew we had to visit for breakfast. Dempsey’s opened in 2012 in Downtown Columbus across the street from the courthouse on S. High St., between Mound and Main.


Dempsey’s is a very stylish space. The dark wood bar, furniture and floors, the intricate tile, the brick, the dim lighting…it very much has the feel of an 1800’s bar or pub. Their actual bar is very well stocked with a full array of Irish whisky, local drafts, and an extensive wine list. They’re open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which is pretty impressive for a downtown establishment.


I really love the décor here….vintage black and white photos of Columbus history on exposed brick.


On the morning we visited, the sun was out and it was warm, so we decided to sit out front. It’s a nice location to sit and people watch while enjoying a delicious meal. Dempsey’s breakfast menu features a fairly wide variety of breakfast favorites with several dishes featuring some great Irish-American inspired flare.


One such dish is their Irish Breakfast 2.0 ($11.00). This was a big, all-inclusive plate of breakfast love done really well – scrambled eggs & Irish cheddar, griddled redskin potatoes, local bacon and bread pudding French toast with Jameson salted caramel. First and foremost, I got to taste the French toast with the caramel sauce and it was absolutely incredible. My friend David ordered it on the recommendation of our very friendly and knowledgeable server, and he certainly wasn’t disappointed. The bacon was cooked nicely, the potatoes were tender and seasoned well, the eggs just right, but man…that French toast though.


We also sampled a Side order of biscuits ($1.50) and sausage gravy ($3.00). Dempsey’s does have a full biscuit & gravy breakfast they call the Ei Ei Oh, which comes complete with eggs and potatoes, but I ordered this in addition to my meal. When our server brought it to our table, I was wowed by the portion size, since this was considered a “side”. The biscuits are homemade and were really flaky, and the gravy was super creamy with lots of chunky, locally produced sausage. The flavor of the gravy was good, but it could have used just a touch less salt and a little more seasoning. Otherwise, another terrific biscuits & gravy plate in the 614.


After some deliberation, I ordered the Hash & Eggs ($9.50), which is a nice-sized portion of slow-cooked corned beef brisket, griddled redskins w/ carrots & onions, and topped with two eggs and toast. I substituted the listed fried eggs for poached, and the toast for biscuits.


Dempsey’s Hash & Eggs dish was really, really flavorful. The hash was full of big chunks of tender brisket, soft potatoes and other veggies, and it was seasoned nicely. I usually prefer a nice crust on my corned beef hash, but this hash was more of a succulent, elegantly-styled meal, and the flavors here made me forget the need for a crusty exterior. It’s advertised on the menu to include a dash of hot sauce, but I couldn’t detect any. It was ok though, because our server brought a carousel with a half dozen varieties so that I could add my own desired amount of heat/spice. My eggs were about 30 seconds undercooked for my liking, but not so much that I didn’t still eat and enjoy them. Overall,a really nice plate.


Dempsey’s is easily one of my favorite spots for breakfast downtown. The atmosphere inside is great, and when the weather is nice, you’ve gotta love a nice patio right in the heart of the city. I was also SUPER impressed with the service we received. Sometimes when you opt for patio seating, you might have to wait a little longer for your server to check on you, offer refills, etc. Not here, not on this day. She kept my iced tea filled, brought food and cleared plates in a very timely fashion, offered recommendations, and was incredibly personable to boot. It was an extremely pleasant breakfast experience.

There’s always somewhere to go when looking for great breakfast in Cbus. But the next time you’re downtown and you have a little bit of time for a good morning meal, be sure to remember this place!!

Dempsey’s Food & Spirits is located at 346 S. High St, Columbus, OH 43215 (MAP). They’re open Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 11:00pm, and Saturday – Sunday, 8:00am – 11:00pm. For more info you can connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and can also check out their website, too.

Dempsey's Food & Spirits Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



Hang Over Easy – Columbus, OH



So, I’ve found myself on a bit of a “farewell breakfast tour” lately by revisiting some of my favorite Columbus diners and eateries in recent weeks, before I head off to Philadelphia. We’ve been to DK Diner, Katalina’s, Jack & Benny’s Barnstormer Diner, Buckeye Donuts, Fox in the Snow Café and more…but I knew I HAD to get back to Hang Over Easy before I left. It’s easily one of my favorite campus breakfast joints. I realized that I had never reviewed it for the blog, so when my buddy David, who is new to town, wanted to grab some breakfast, I decided to kill two birds with one stone: I’d take the opportunity to say farewell to HOE by using this meal as my one of my final Columbus reviews (sigh…that hurts), and introduce him to one of his new city’s breakfast gems.


Hang Over Easy is one of those places where college kids come to grub after a night of heavy…umm…indulgence? Thankfully, they let regular guys like me come and partake too, so there’s always a good mix of students and people just looking for awesome breakfast food.


The atmosphere here is very laid back and casual. There’s plenty of room during the week, but as you can imagine, the place gets packed on the weekends, so expect a wait.


HOE does utilize lots of chalk board signage, for everything from their daily specials to their beer list. We found this nice little shout-out to the local products and vendors they use, which was a nice touch.


Their breakfast menu is labeled “Morning Prescription”, and offers tons of amazing dishes with quirky names such as their breakfast burrito called the “Dirty Sanchez” (heh), a plate of biscuits & gravy topped with two eggs they call “Frog’s Eyes”, and combo plates like the “Angry Egg” and “Sloppy Seconds”.


I ordered the CBH ($7.99), which was a HUGE plate of, you guessed it, Corned Beef Hash. It was made from their sliced, house-made corned beef and a huge portion of their famous HOE fries (i.e. really good fried potatoes). It was topped with two eggs and came with a side of toast (in my book, you ALWAYS order rye toast with corned beef hash).


I ordered my eggs over-medium, which came out perfectly (whites totally cooked with the yolks slightly runny), and the hash was absolutely delicious. The crispy, chunky HOE fries were seasoned very well and the tender, briny corned beef was outstanding. The portion size on this plate was huge, and I didn’t need anything else until dinner. Positively a winner!!


Here’s one of their all-inclusive plates, the Ramblin’ Man ($7.50), which included two eggs, HOE fries, toast, and 3 slices of French toast or pancakes. We ordered a side of bacon ($2.99) to go with it. Again, the eggs were cooked perfectly, delicious potatoes, and crisp bacon…all good stuff.


The French toast was a really tasty diner-style variety, powdered with sugar and a big scoop of butter, and came with a side pitcher of syrup. Who doesn’t love that??

Pro Tip: Hang Over Easy recently expanded by opening a shop in the Clifton/Avondale area of Cincinnati!! So, the next time you’re in the Queen City, stop in for an awesome start to your day.

I’ll tell you what guys, if you live here and have never been to HOE, or haven’t been in a while, it’s definitely worth the visit. I had forgotten just how good their food is! The prices are really affordable, especially for the portion sizes you get. And I seriously can’t say enough about the service – our server was super friendly and she made sure our meal was just what we wanted it to be, including keeping our coffee mugs filled for our entire visit.

College campus grub doesn’t get better than this.

HOE Rocks! Goodnight, Columbus!!

Hang Over Easy is located at 1646 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH 43201 (MAP). They’re open Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 3:00pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 8:00am – 3:00pm. For more info, you can check the out on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram


Giveaway: Cravings Carryout Café gift card!!


Hey guys, I know it’s a HUGE foodie weekend in Columbus, but it’s about to get better – it’s time for another Gift Card Giveaway!! Sadly, it will be my last giveaway from Columbus, and soon I will be giving away breakfasts at some of Philly’s best eateries. But lets focus on this month….

We’re giving away a $15 gift card to one of my favorite little eateries in Cbus, Cravings Carryout Café!! They’re selling their famous bronuts every Saturday now, and also regularly feature some awesome breakfasts and tremendous lunch sandwiches and soups.

The contest starts now and runs through this Sunday, Aug. 16th at 11:00pm. All I want you to do is to comment on this post and tell me your favorite place for donuts in Columbus!!

A winner will be picked Sunday night and will be announced Monday morning right here.

Good luck!!

***** Congratulations to Doug Hauschild!! Doug, you are the winner of a $15 gift card to Cravings Carryout Cafe. Please email your address to me at

Thanks to all who entered!! ******

Recapping the 2015 Ohio Pork Rib-Off Competition

This past week I had the opportunity to take part in the 2015 Ohio Pork Rib-Off Competition at the Ohio State Fair, and I’ve got to tell you, it was one of the tastiest “jobs” I’ve ever been given. We sampled ribs and pulled pork from nine of the best BBQ teams across Ohio, and collectively determined who we thought was the King of ‘Que. Below are just a few photos I took from the event, as well as the official press release from Ohio Pork Council:

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COLUMBUS  Nine of Ohio’s finest barbecue teams, from backyard chefs to major restaurateurs, gathered in Columbus for the 19th annual Ohio Pork Rib-Off. This event invites teams to prepare both ribs and pulled pork that are evaluated by a judging panel for taste, tenderness and appearance.


This year’s contestants prepared their best pork for guest judges;

Senator Bob Peterson, Ohio Senate District 17

James Phillips, The Breakfast Grub Guy

Jim Ellison, Stock & Barrel and Columbus Brew Adventures

Steve Reinhard, Ohio Soybean Council

Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net

and Virgil Strickler, General Manager, Ohio Expo Center.


Dave Russell of Brownfield Ag News served as the competition emcee and announced the following award winners:


Grand Champion Ribs: Smokin’ Joe’s, Columbus, OH

Reserve Champion Ribs: Team Baney-Q, Columbus, OH

Grand Champion Pulled Pork: Smokin’ Joe’s, Columbus, OH

Reserve Pulled Pork: Bark Brothers BBQ, Columbus, OH

People’s Choice Award Winner: Tony’s Restaurant, Findlay, OH

Best BBQ Sauce containing Soy: Team Baney-Q, Columbus, OH


In addition to $3,000 in prizes through support from the Ohio Soybean Council, top teams received commemorative banners and trophies.

“We (the Ohio Pork Council) are very pleased with today’s event and the opportunity we are given each year to showcase pork and some of Ohio’s most competitive barbecue teams,” said Quinton Keeran, OPC Director of Communications and Rib-Off coordinator. “The Rib-Off provides the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the versatility of pork and celebrate what individuals are able to do with the product. Eat more pork!”



I’d like to thank Quinton Keeran and everyone at Ohio Pork for inviting me to be  part of this year’s competition. Eating tons of delicious BBQ is a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. If you need some more help next year…I’m your man.

Bexley Coffee Shop – Bexley, OH


I have a friend who’s just moved to Columbus to attend Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and he’s the kind of guy who likes to explore local shops. So when he emailed me and wanted to meet up somewhere for coffee, I suggested checking out someplace that would be close by for him, and we settled on the Bexley Coffee Shop on N. Cassidy Ave in Bexley. I had been to the shop once or twice several years ago when it was under previous ownership, but I was excited to see the shop these days, since I’ve heard what a great job the new owners have done in giving the space some new life.


You’ll see one of the biggest examples of the changes that new owners, Nikki Ore and Maria Schlegel, have implemented at the shop as soon as you pull into the parking lot. A beautifully decorated garden patio has been created just to the side of the building, where visitors can enjoy their food and drink in the warm, Summer sun.


Inside, the shop’s makeover is equally as noticeable. A new coat of paint, stylish décor, new tables and a cozy reading nook have all been added to create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere.


Since taking over the store, Nikki told us that business has been booming! On the day we visited, there were constant lines of customers coming in for their morning fuel.


The Bexley Coffee Shop features a nice menu of all of your coffee shop usuals, including hot & cold drinks, smoothies, kid’s drinks, and food.


I was impressed with the spread of delicious, homemade baked goods that are prepared fresh, in-house every day. The options rotate frequently, but you can usually find a great assortment of bagels, muffins, coffee cakes, scones, gluten-free snacks, and more.

PRO TIP: I’ve heard that their Saturday morning iced cinnamon rolls are To. Die. For. I’ve gotta get back here to try these.


One of their biggest selling snacks are their Coffee Bombs. They sell these on Tuesdays and Fridays, and most often sell out as quickly as they can be put out on the counter. It’s similar to a small muffin, that’s been made with espresso, and rolled in cinnamon sugar. Get there early to grab one of these!!


The homemade quiche is also a favorite.


I tried one of their bacon-cheddar scones and a delicious, hot latte. They serve locally-roasted Thunderkiss Coffee, which is always a favorite.


The scone was moist but flakey, and had a ton of flavor. Good stuff!!


My pal David tried one of their giant chocolate chip cookie bars, and an iced hot chocolate.


Have you guys seen these before?? These are gourmet chocolates from Michael’s Artisan Chocolates in Bexley. The candy itself is absolutely beautiful, with vibrant colors and designs, but it’s the flavors that make them extra special – flavors like Mandarin Orange, Citrus Rosemary, Lavender Honey, and more. And if that’s not enough, he’s also making some crazy-hot caramels from habanero, scorpion, Carolina Reaper and ghost chilis!! Make sure you check these out when you visit!!

As you can see, Nikki and Maria have been hard at work to make The Bexley Coffee Shop an extra special place for you to enjoy. Their scrumptious baked goods, specialty drinks, and the Thunderkiss Coffee all make a stop worth while, but it’s the friendliness of the owners and that great new patio that sets the place apart.

Stop in soon for a coffee an a big slice of quiche. And maybe a ghost chili caramel for dessert :)

The Bexley Coffee Shop is located at 492 N. Cassady Ave, Bexley, OH 43209 (MAP). They’re open Monday – Friday, 6:00am – 5:00pm, Saturday, 7:00am – 3:00pm, and Sunday, 8:00am – 1:00pm. For more info, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Movin’ On Up To The East Side….


I’m full of mixed emotions today. I’d like to let you all know that after a LONG Spring and half Summer, and much thought and prayer, that my family and I have made the decision to relocate back to Philadelphia, PA within the next few weeks.

I’d like to thank each and every one of you that have enjoyed, participated in, and supported TBGG, and my amazing Columbus breakfast blogging journey for the last 3 years. I will always consider Columbus my home, and will always love this city. We will continue to visit family and friends here, so trips back will happen frequently, which will obviously mean future Columbus breakfast posts. I hope to be able to share those meals with some of you on those visits.

That being said, do not despair….The Breakfast Grub Guy blog WILL GO ON!! I’m planning to continue my love and passion for writing about my favorite meal in my new city. I’m seriously looking forward to discovering tons of new foods and breakfast places to enjoy, and can’t wait to bring you my thoughts about breakfast in the City of Brotherly Love!!!

I would love it if each and every one of you would continue to follow along with me here on the blog, as well as on social media (all addresses and handles will remain the same). I still have a few Columbus breakfast posts that I will be posting up to, and through the move, and seriously can’t wait for you join me in a new chapter of The Breakfast Grub Guy story!!

With much love and appreciation,


Barry Bagels – Dublin, OH


Is it sad that a lot of my favorite childhood memories involve food? Well, pathetic or not, they do.  I remember when I was a kid – like five or six years old – standing in front of the bagel counter at Blocks on the East side, my mom would let me help choose the bagels we got to take home. That was the best, and I’ve loved bagels ever since then. So I can’t even tell you how pumped I was to learn recently that the Toledo-based bagel chain, Barry Bagels, was expanding to the Columbus market. I couldn’t wait! And then, just this past May, when I heard they had opened in Dublin, I knew I had to check them out ASAP. Because to me, you can never have too many bagel places in town!!


Barry Bagels has built its reputation over several decades in the Toledo area. Starting in 1972, Barry Greenblatt opened his first shop, and has been serving delicious bagels to Northwest Ohio and Southern Michigan non-stop ever since. After a brief stint with a shop near OSU campus in the early 2000’s that didn’t last nearly long enough, Barry Bagels has again expanded to the capital city thanks to the work of franchisees, Billy Fristo and Drew Stapleton. Billy has worked for Greenblatt’s small restaurant chain for almost a decade and a half, and felt it was time to bring his passion for good bagels to Columbus. Bagel fans already know and support local bagel powerhouses Block’s and Sammy’s in the 614, and now the addition of Barry Bagels will bring even more options for bagel lovers to enjoy.

The new location on Frantz Rd, just south of Tuttle Crossing, is a stunningly beautiful store. The wide open floor plan combined with modern, chic décor makes the space feel somewhat like an upscale restaurant. I was impressed to say the least.


The store is designed cafeteria style, in which you make your selections from several menu boards overhead (they also have printed menus if you’d rather) and order at the counter, and then move down the line to the checkout area. From there, lots of seating options await you.


While I was at the shop, I was given a total behind-the-scenes look at what goes into the whole bagel-making process, thanks to a kitchen tour led by the owners themselves. We started in the cooler, where Billy showed me racks and racks of proofed bagels that they had just received. They get the bagels strait from their Bagel Factory in Michigan, and they are served up within a day.


Barry Bagel’s sticks to the traditional New York water bagel method. The bagels are boiled, but for only around 30 seconds or so, which essentially finishes the proofing process. After that, they are removed from the water.


Here’s where any toppings or flavorings come into play, just after they come out of the water. Billy made a tray of “Everything” bagels and a tray of plain bagels while I was observing. A quick spritz of cold water is applied and then the trays are placed into a huge, revolving oven that is kept between 515* and 525* for several minutes. It’s suggested that baking on the tray is what gives Barry Bagels their softer texture, as opposed to baking without the tray and directly on the oven shelf, which produces a more crusty, shell-like exterior.


After the bagels are finished baking and cooling, they are placed into the baskets in the front of the house for consumption. Barry Bagels serves around 18 different varieties of bagels on any given day. They also offer special holiday versions throughout the year, such as pumpkin spice bagels at Thanksgiving, cranberry bagels at Christmas, etc,


Their menu consists of (obviously) tons of bagels!! Everything from bagel sandwiches like BLT bagels, Turkey Pastrami, Corned Beef, and Chicken Salad to their breakfast sandwiches – called Eggles. You can also buy bagels in any increments, as well as their delightful plain and flavored cream cheeses. And get this…Barry Bagels also does baked potatoes!! Yep, and they’re topping them with everything from a basic sour cream & chives to a crazy-sounding Club potato!!  You can check out their full menu HERE.


One of the interesting menu items is their Onion Stick ($1.25). It’s basically an unrolled bagel and topped with onion and poppy seeds.


While I was visiting, I tried their Farmer’s Eggle ($3.85), which is made just like a red onion, green pepper, and tomato omelet, with your choice of one of about six different cheeses and placed on any of their bagels or breads. I opted for a Jalapeno Cheddar bagel with muenster cheese. I do have to say that I was really impressed with the way this sandwich was prepared. The staff actually cracks open a fresh egg, chops fresh veggies, whisks it all together, and cooks the egg mixture right there at the prep station so you can watch while it’s being done. I liked that a lot. The sandwich was really good, and the bagel was fresh, chewy and flavorful.


They’ll also tempt you with giant, delicious-looking cookies of many kinds…oatmeal raisin, M & M cookies, even peanut butter cookies topped with chunks of  Reese’s peanut butter cups!!

“Look away…look away!!”  – (Me to myself) :)


I also thought their Teething Bagels were a really interesting item. Perfect for little ones to gnaw on!!!

So yeah, I’m totally excited that Barry Bagels has moved into town. Like I said, I don’t think you can ever have too many bagel places around, especially when they’re baking up high quality goods. Word is that the company plans to open up 4-5 additional stores in Columbus in the next couple of years, too!! Until then, I recommend you stop in to Billy & Drew’s shop in Dublin to try their delicious bagels and sandwiches!!

Barry Bagels is located at 5760 Frantz Rd., Dublin, OH 43016 (MAP). They’re open Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 7:00pm, Saturday, 7:00am – 5:00pm, and Sunday, 7:00am – 3:00pm. You can check out their website for more info, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Crimson Cup Coffee House – Upper Arlington, OH



Just a couple of weeks ago, Crimson Cup Coffee opened their second company-owned coffee house at the corner of Lane Ave and Northwest Blvd in Upper Arlington. The location, as I’m sure many of you are well aware, has been used in similar fashion by prior residents (most recently Peet’s, and Caribou before that), but I think Crimson Cup has the local presence to make the new shop into something really special. The folks at Crimson Cup have made no bones about the fact that they don’t believe in cookie-cutter shops, so they have designed the new shop to offer a completely different experience than their Clintonville store.


The new store is an inviting space with lots of seating, including a pleasant patio area out front, which has always been one of the greatest features about this place. Inside the shop, the front counter is stocked with bottled drinks and juice, as well as muffins, scones, coffee cakes and cake pops.


The back half of the shop is a comfy sitting area featuring a charming fireplace surrounded by armchairs and end tables, which gives it a homey feel. There are also several other tables that can be pushed together for larger groups. The exposed brick, ceiling duct work, and custom painting lends a cool, artsy vibe to the room.


The front of the house is huge and bright, with a few tables lining the windows. The major focus of the shop is the brew bar, which is the perfect vehicle for providing a deeper coffee experience.


Crimson Cup’s brew bar showcases the slow coffee-brewing techniques that bring out the optimum flavor of each coffee bean. The innovative Modbar, which is a new and revolutionary coffee brewing experience that is completely modular, stores all of the major brewing hardware under the counter, so that all the customer experiences are the beautiful taps that pour their favorite drinks.


A perfect example of this are the several nitrogen and carbon dioxide taps that dispense their cold-brew coffees and several other favorites.


I tried the Sidamo Ardi cold-brewed Nitro ($3.75). It was very Ethiopian-like, being light, fruity and bright, and the nitrogen infused drink was extremely smooth and flavorful. Many coffee connoisseurs have raved about their Hopped Nitro, but they were out on the day I visited. I definitely plan to try it soon.


The brew bar menu also includes delicious drinks such as espressos, lattes, cortados, and pour-overs, along with coffee cocktails. The rest of the menu is there too, like hot loose-leaf teas, frozen drinks, iced coffee & tea, and even breakfast sandwiches.


In addition to serving up their amazing coffee to the community, Crimson Cup also plans to use the new location as a “testing lab” to experiment and utilize the latest coffee brewing equipment and methods to stay current on the latest trends in the coffee biz.


You can still buy Crimson Cup’s products at the new store, for your home-brewing desires. Several varieties of beans, as well as home-brewing equipment are available for purchase.

I hadn’t been in the shop when it was Peet’s, but I was there when it was a Caribou Coffee, and I have to say that from what I remember, the feeling in the shop is just so much more cheerful and welcoming to me, as Crimson Cup’s newest location.  It’s the kind of place where you can relax and unwind, or enjoy coffee with family and friends.

I’m excited for the addition of the Coffee House to the UA area, and it’s a place I know my family and I will surely be frequenting. Stop by and check them out when you’re in the area. If you’re lucky, you may just be among the first to try a new coffee or brewing method. If not, at least you’re guaranteed to receive an excellent cup of locally-roasted coffee from Columbus’ oldest roaster.

Crimson Cup Coffee House is located at 2468 Northwest Blvd, Upper Arlington, OH 43221 (MAP). They’re open Monday – Friday, 6:00am – 9:00pm, Saturday, 7:00am – 9:00pm, and Sunday, 7:00am – 8:00pm. For more info, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and check out their website

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