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!