Brunch season: Worthington Inn

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    Worthington Inn
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Atmosphere: This venerable neo-Colonial Worthington landmark has been in the hospitality game since 1831, so it clearly knows what it's doing. Plus it's such an incredibly well-preserved gem of an old country inn that parts of the pretty old brick building - which include vintage genre paintings and elaborately carved wooden furnishings - almost recall a living museum.

The Inn's cozy front porch is a grandstand onto the quaint small-town charms of Worthington and a pitch-perfect perch in accommodating weather.

Food: Sure, the Inn is vintage and classic and all that, but its cuisine is contemporary cheffy American. And for decades, its impressive Sunday buffet spread has been a hall-of-fame-type local legend.

Expect excellent eggs Benedict; a beautiful smoked salmon platter with the entire battery of accoutrements wheeled around it like a Tibetan mandala; top-notch, made-to-order omelets and waffles; and a melt-in-your-mouth prime rib carving station (I recommend you turn the double play on that one).

Sweet stuff: The Inn's array of sweets are in fact sweet. Try the dense, super-rich flourless chocolate cake, personal-size cheesecakes in souffle cups and a good selection of pastries, brownies and cookies.

Don't miss: There's full bar service here on Sundays, but I prefer to leisurely sip on a delicious Irish coffee after finishing my last trip up to the Inn's many feeding tables.