Whether or not you believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day, there’s no denying that the first meal of the day is a big deal.
This is the third year that NBC4 has published a list of best breakfast joints, and while there are a handful of places that make the cut every year, there are quite a few new additions this year as well.
I asked NBC4 viewers what their favorite locally owned breakfast joints in the Columbus metro-area are, and here’s what they said:
Where: 129 W. Schrock Road, Westerville
Coming in at No. 1 with NBC4 viewers this year is The Pancake House, located on Schrock Road in Westerville. Don’t let the unassuming outside fool you — the breakfast here is seriously awesome, and I find it surprising this is the first year the establishment has made the list. The Pancake House opened its doors in 2009 and has been serving up classic breakfast dishes and newer fare ever since. Pro-tip: Try the blueberry pancakes. I promise you won’t regret it.
Where: 1344 Cherry Bottom Road, Gahanna
199 E. Broad St., Columbus
SuperChef’s is the brainchild of two Columbus natives. The pair opened the first SuperChef’s in Louisville, Kentucky in 2012, and came back to Central Ohio to open up not one, but two locations: one in downtown Columbus and one in Gahanna. SuperChef’s strives to bring intense flavors, vibrant palettes and creative presentations to your plate and put excitement back into breakfast. Viewers rave about the red velvet pancakes, shrimp and grits, and chicken and waffles.
Where: 4008 Broadway, Grove City
Located in the heart of Grove City, Lilly’s has been around for quite a while, but the current owners only took over in 2010 and the quality of food hasn’t gone downhill one bit. Lilly’s specializes in homemade comfort food and has some of the best service around. Try the omelet wrap.
Where: 4408 Indianola Ave., Columbus
It’s no surprise George’s Beechwold Diner has been voted as one of the best breakfast joints in the Columbus area. The owner himself worked his way up from busboy to line cook at Tommy’s Diner (another top breakfast joint) and now operates one of the best restaurants in the Clintonville area. If you’re craving comfort food at a reasonable price, this is the place for you. Viewers rave about the french toast.
Where: 1565 W. Fifth Ave., Columbus
Despite making the Top Spots for breakfast for the first time this year, Paul’s Fifth Avenue has been a Grandview area favorite for more than 50 years. This small diner is exactly what I think of when I’m craving a hearty breakfast. There’s nothing trendy about it, but with classic breakfast favorites this good, they don’t need any frills. Regulars love the Billy’s Favorite (two eggs, home fries, and sausage gravy over buttermilk biscuits).
Where: 914 W. Broad St., Columbus
Tommy’s Diner has been a consistent name in our Top Spots breakfast poll for three years running. Tom Pappas and his wife Kathy opened Tommy’s Diner in 1981. After a fire shut the restaurant down in 1998, the two completely remodeled the establishment. Pro-tip: Try the eggs benedict.
Where: 4121 Main St., Hilliard
Another breakfast joint that has made the Top Spots list three years running, this Hilliard restaurant boasts the best eats in the galaxy. The diner puts its own Cuban spin on traditional breakfast dishes. Regulars say the breakfast burrito and Cuban French toast are their favorites and that the service is out of this world.
Where: 1715 W. Third Ave., Columbus
If you’re looking for a place open early to grab a bite before work, you won’t want to miss the DK Diner in Grandview. Famous for their homemade doughnuts, they took it a step further and created the Donut Sandy – two eggs, melted American cheese and bacon on a grilled glazed donut.
Where: 3133 N. High Street, Columbus
Nancy’s has been a Columbus breakfast favorite since the late 1960s. The staff strives to make the diner a comfortable, friendly establishment with some of the best breakfast food around. Nancy’s is the epitome of a greasy spoon, so make sure to bring your appetite. Try the cinnamon apple whip waffles.
Where: 5916 Westerville Road, Westerville
Located in Westerville, Delaney’s is a Huber Ridge area staple. The diner serves breakfast classics, including an early bird special, all kinds of omelets and amazing buttermilk pancakes. If you’re feeling peckish, try Bid Daddy’s Breakfast: country fried steak smothered in sausage gravy served with two eggs cooked to order, shredded hash browns and biscuits.
* – on the 2016 Top Spots list
** – on the 2017 Top Spots list
+ – on the Top Spots list for the past three years