This year, St. Valentine’s Day just happens to fall on a weekend (MEN – that’s Saturday, the 14th!!), which means that since you don’t have to get up for work the next day, the possibilities for impressing your sweetheart just went through the roof! Instead of the usual, boring dinner at your old standby steakhouse, how about treating your better half to an incredible weekend brunch for Lover’s Day?? What an absolutely perfect way to start the romantic weekend – with a delicious morning meal followed by two full days of snuggling. Ok, maybe that’s a getting a little carried away for some of you guys, but the brunch part sounds good, right? Anyway, I’ve put together a list of what I think are the 5 Ideal spots in Columbus for a romantic brunch. So if you’re still looking for plans to show your Snookims how romantic you can still be, think about checking out one of the following spots….
Milestone 229, 229 Civic Center Dr. – Downtown
Milestone 229 is an upscale, one-of-a kind dining experience with an innovative menu featuring elevated comfort food. The restaurant offers romantic and spectacular views of Downtown Columbus, Bicentennial Park, and the Scioto Mile, and a delightful dining atmosphere. Their brunch is served on Sundays from 10:00 – 3:00, and offers many delicious dishes like Goat Cheese Waffles, a Beef Brisket hash, Flautes de Papa (crispy potato flautes), as well as specialties like Seared Tuna, and Skillet mac & cheese. In addition, Valet Service is offered during brunch hours.
Nada, 220 W. Nationwide Blvd. – Arena District
Located practically right across the street from Nationwide Area, Nada is one of the newest restaurants in the Arena District. With trendy, Latino-style decor and a lively atmosphere, Nada would spice up your Valentine’s Day morning nicely. Many of their brunch items feature a zesty, ethnic flair, like the Tinga & Fried Egg (braised chicken, chorizo, fried egg, spicy tomato), Eggs Goettadicto (poached eggs, avacado, goetta, sriracha hollandaise, pico de gallo), a delicious huevos rancheros, and around a half dozen varieties of tacos. Nada has an impressive brunch cocktail menu for the breakfast drink lovers, too.
Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, 215 N. 4th St. – Downtown
Wolf’s Ridge Brewing is a favorite among many Columbus brunch lovers these days. They’re a microbrewery/restaurant combo space with a comfortable, yet classy, dining atmosphere. Their new American menu features the freshest seasonal ingredients in some unbelievably satisfying brunch dishes. Some of our favorite brunch plates here include an exquisite Confit Pig Cheeks breakfast, the Toad in a Hole (eggs, brioche, porter-cheese sauce, fingerling potatoes), Naked Enchiladas (with braised pork belly), and an incredible Beef and Lamb Burger. Don’t forget to sample WRB’s incredible drink with a flight of their craft brew!!
Bon Vie, 4089 The Strand E – Easton Town Center
Bon Vie combines classic comfort cooking with traditional bistro fare in this classy, French bistro-esque restaurant. Hardwood floors, large antique mirrors, tin ceilings, and a zinc-topped bar set the stage for a romantic morning meal. We love many of their amazing breakfasts like Turkey & Bacon Crepes, Eggs Benedict B.V., a Spicy Chorizo Scramble, and a delicious Croque Madame.
The Whitney House, 666 High St. – Worthington
The Whitney House is located in downtown Worthington and serves made-from-scratch, rustic-yet-refined, American comfort food, using the freshest local ingredients available. The restaurant is very young, having only been open for business for a few weeks, but this newcomer is certainly impressing Columbus brunch-goers for their stylish, casual atmosphere and their incredible menu. Brunch consists of many fantastic dishes like a Brunch Farrotto (risotto-style farro, mushroom blend), and incredible version of Chiliaquiles, house-made granola, and even a Smoked Trout Plate. They serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 – 3:00.