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Best breakfasts: Columbus, Ohio

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Huevos rancheros from Wolf's Ridge Brewing in Columbus, Ohio | Photo courtesy of Wolf's Ridge Brewing

Huevos rancheros from Wolf’s Ridge Brewing in Columbus, Ohio | Photo courtesy of Wolf’s Ridge Brewing

PHILCO BAR + DINER South of Ohio State University in trendy Short North, Philco fuses a retro-diner vibe with sleek design and innovative spins on traditional breakfast favorites served all day, every day. Disciples of the breakfast burrito will want to order the Fried Egg Tacos topped with corn and black bean salsa, sour cream and Ohio cheddar cheese. Weekend patrons should keep an eye out for the Nutella French Toast on brioche bread with brown butter bananas—as sweet as it is satisfying. For a little local hair of the dog, ask what’s circulating on the seven rotating taps. 747 N. High St., philcodiner.com

HANG OVER EASY Less than a 15-minute walk from Ohio Stadium, home of the vaunted Buckeyes, Hang Over Easy is the perfect place to nurse the aftermath of yesterday’s tailgate. With rotating brews on draft to complement your order, this casual breakfast joint specializes in meals both dense and delicious. Indulge in either the Chicken N’ Waffles—crispy tenders sandwiched between slices of Belgian waffle—or the Whole Lotta Goodness: two slices of sausage- and cheesestuffed French toast with a sunny-side-up egg on top. 1646 Neil Ave., hangovereasycolumbus.com

WOLF’S RIDGE BREWING Tucked in the city blocks of downtown Columbus, this industrial-chic brewery offers a supreme spread of gourmet brunch cuisine on weekends. Try the Cuban Benedict—an English muffin adorned with Canadian bacon, Swiss cheese, poached eggs, mustard hollandaise and dill pickles—or opt for a somewhat healthier option in the Mush Bowl, filled with soft polenta, roasted tomato, frisée, smoked bacon and an egg. Either way, be sure to follow up your breakfast with a Dire Wolf imperial stout for dessert. 215 N. 4th St., wolfsridgebrewing.com

Late-night bite
Open until 2:30 a.m., Hounddog’s Three Degree Pizza, an Old North dive, is the perfect place to quell the hunger with a piece of piping-hot pizza. Specialty pies include the Bacon Cheeseburger, BBQ Chicken and The Russell, topped with mozzarella, provolone, chicken, bacon and housemade ranch. Keep the party going with a pint from one of 24 assorted taps. 2657 N. High St., hounddogspizza.com




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