For many Christians in the United States, enjoying a meal at a restaurant before or after worshiping at church is a cherished part of our Sunday routine. Here in the Old Towne East neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio, we are blessed to have many delicious local restaurants to choose from. Here are 5 restaurants for you to try on your way to or from worship at Broad Street Presbyterian Church here in Columbus, Ohio:
This recommendation comes from Broad Street pastor Amy Miracle! Open for brunch on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., this restaurant is a great option for before or after worshiping at Broad Street Presbyterian. What the Waffle not only strives to make amazing food, they are doing what they can to give back to our community right here in Columbus. From What the Waffle’s website:
What the Waffle is a social enterprise, providing work readiness skills and employment to females who have aged out of foster care to ensure they have the skills and access to resources to reach their full potential in life . When we profit, society profits.
And on top of that, they make incredible breakfast sandwiches! Their signature twist on the traditional breakfast sandwich is what makes What the Waffle so uniquely delicious- Instead of bread or toast, your breakfast sandwich is served on a light, crisp, buttermilk Belgian waffle. The Waddy (chicken and waffle sandwich) is their signature dish- be sure to give this place a try and let Pastor Amy know what you think.
There are several German restaurants in Columbus, but Gemüt Biergarten sticks out for all the right reasons! Visit Gemüt Biergarten for delicious German cuisine and an enchanting atmosphere just minutes away from Broad Street. Here’s what Gemüt Biergarten’s website has to say:
Here in the biergarten we encourage cheer, leisure, and distraction from the busy life. Please relax and take pleasure in our refreshing libations and well-crafted fare. Enjoy good company while you’re with us, whether that be with your family, friends, neighbors, or the simple company of a crisp lager. In the spirit of gemütlichkeit, we hope you enjoy your time with us.
Gemüt Biergarten is just a 4-minute walk away from Broad Street Presbyterian and opens at 11 a.m. on Sundays- just in time for brunch after worship!
Follow the yellow brick road to some of the best pizza in Columbus just down the road from us at Yellow Brick Pizza. Yellow Brick is known for its crust which is supposed to have the perfect balance of crispy to chewy and just the right amount of thickness. As far as toppings go, Yellow Brick has all the classics, along with several specialty pies unique to them. The Big O has red sauce, mozzarella, feta, artichokes, tomatoes, minced garlic, red onion, pesto & fresh spinach after baking. The Mad Greek has red sauce, fresh spinach, mozzarella, tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta, minced garlic & Italian Seasoning. I’m telling you, there’s a pizza for everyone at Yellow Brick. Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, Yellow Brick is a great choice for a bite to eat after worshiping with us at Broad Street Presbyterian Church. And it’s only a 6-7 minute walk from our church building!
EDIT: This location has closed. New location: 415 W Rich St, Columbus, OH 43215
Another favorite amongst Broad Streeters, Lifestyle Cafe specializes in serving delicious vegan and gluten-free cuisine. According to their website, everything they serve is made from scratch and organic whenever possible. Now, some of you may have already tuned out when you read the word “vegan” but don’t knock it ’til you try it! Lifestyle Cafe has mouthwatering meals everyone can appreciate. From Lifestyle Cafe’s website:
The kitchen is the root of it all, serving a daily menu of breakfasts and lunches that are equal parts healthy and indulgent. From daily stews and sandwiches, to cakes and your favorite veggie dishes, we love feeding people and creating fresh salads and smoothies that put a smile on your face and nourishment in your body.
I’m a meat-eater myself, and even I can’t look at their menu without drooling. Just look at the picture of the Lifestyle Fries! Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Lifestyle Cafe is a great place to swing by after worshiping at Broad Street, and only a 6-minute walk from the church.
Now for something completely different. Sometimes, you have to throw the diet out the window and indulge in what can only be described as sinfully delicious breakfast food. This is where HangOverEasy comes in. Some of the featured menu items include chicken and waffles, a breakfast sandwich served on a glazed donut, pork belly benedict, and a breakfast burrito so good there was only one thing they could name it- The Dirty. I have personally tried The Dirty, and I stand by it being the best breakfast burrito I have ever had. As a breakfast burrito aficionado, that is not a compliment I hand out wily-nilly. If you love breakfast food, HangOverEasy needs to be on your list of local places to try.
What local restaurants did we miss? Let us know in the comments below.
-Written by Kyle Fox