In my experience as a college student, there is no more important decision I’ve made than to start eating breakfast regularly. Normally, clichés disgust me, but “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” seems like some sage advice to me. You only get so many days in this life, so you might as well start them right. I feel like I was missing out on breakfast all these years as a foodie, because breakfast is truly scrumptious!
Luckily enough, Columbus is home to many delicious breakfast spots, so I’ve put together my list of the best places near campus for you to start your day on the right foot.
BEST BREAKFAST FOR YOUR HEALTH: RUSH BOWLS
PHOTO BY ETHAN CLEWELL
For a healthy start to my day, I stop into Rush Bowls at their convenient location on Lane Ave. It’s perfect for anyone taking their engineering, business, or architecture classes on north campus.
I get the Beach Bowl––a harmonious frozen symphony of guava juice, açai, banana, and mango topped with granola and honey. When I’m feeling like my body could use all the help it can get, I sometimes add soy protein, kale and spinach mix, and chia seeds to supplement my diet. If you’re conscious of your sugar intake, skip the granola and honey toppings.
My favorite part of eating at Rush Bowls is the energized feeling I get when I finish my meal. Not only does my body feel energized, but my mind does too, which allows me to avoid all the negative side effects of caffeine.
BEST BREAKFAST FOR YOUR HANGOVER: HANG OVER EASY
PHOTOS BY COLLINS LAATSCH
What Hang Over Easy can do to cure your hangover is Ohio State folklore at this point. I believe they had to have conducted tireless experiments over the years with the biology department to concoct the perfect formula so their meals can alleviate even the most brutal of hangovers.
Some people believe Hang Over Easy’s best hangover relief is found at their full bar. That may be true, but the perfect cure for me lies in the Sausage Skillet. This beautiful combination of eggs, sausage, veggies, and the perfect amount of queso will have your stomach rethinking how much it hates you after what you put it through the previous night.
Hang Over Easy’s location on Neil Ave. puts you right in the heart of south campus, so you can conveniently stop for breakfast during your walk of shame. The environment is comfortable and beams with positive energy. the warmer months allow them to open their garage front door and use their outside bar stools, supplementing their already spacious atmosphere. When you leave Hang Over Easy, I guarantee you’ll agree with their motto, “Breakfast Cures All”.
BEST BREAKFAST FOR YOUR CHILL VIBES: KATALINA’S, TOO!
PHOTO BY BRIAN KAISER
The beloved, locally-sourced café which originated in the Harrison West neighborhood, Katalina’s Café, has opened up a second shop on High Street in Clintonville. the restaurant’s beloved Pancake Balls are finally accessible to students who don’t have a car. Katalina’s, Too! is in a prime location, so you can wake ‘n’ bake with your friends, grab the 2 COTA bus north up High St., and get off at the Broadway stop to immerse yourself in deliciousness.
I may be certifiably addicted to their Pancake Balls with the dulce de leche filling and Sweet ‘n’ Spicy bacon on the side. When I wash it down with their fresh-squeezed orange juice, the taste overwhelms my senses to the point that I cannot focus on anything I am seeing, hearing, feeling, or smelling. There might as well be only my meal, my tastebuds, and me in the universe at that point.
Katalina’s, Too! has a similar feel to the original but with more seating, big pieces of art on the walls instead of graffiti, and an altered menu. Eating at Katalina’s, Too! gives you the opportunity to support local businesses on multiple levels since they get their ingredients from the North Market and other local producers. Anywhere you can start your day supporting your community and eating great food, is a place I want to be.