As they devoured plates of waffles on last week's "Parks and Recreation," Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope asked her breakfast-food-loving boss Ron Swanson, "Why would anyone ever order anything other than breakfast foods?"
"People are stupid, Leslie."
Indeed. I will order an omelet any time I see them offered on a menu, and I'm always seeking out places that serve breakfast all day, like Eggfast (formerly Eggs, formerly Late Night Eggs).
So in an issue devoted to brunch, I wanted to give props to its less trendy cousin, breakfast for lunch. There's nothing fancy about breakfast for lunch. No buffets, no permission to start drinking early in the day. Just the slightly subversive feeling that comes with eating eggs sometime other than morning.
But there are very few breakfast-all-day places Downtown, where I work. In the past, my lunchtime bacon-and-eggs cravings have led to things like an ill-advised trip to Dunkin Donuts for a croissant breakfast sandwich.
Luckily, what we do have is Eggfast, a place that'll deliver breakfast Downtown (also to Clintonville, Grandview and the Short North-adjacent neighborhoods) 24 hours a day. They've also got a brick-and-mortar location on 12th Avenue near OSU's campus.
They serve traditional favorites like buttermilk pancakes, French toast and breakfast sandwiches, as well as a few entrees involving migas, a Tex-Mex egg dish scrambled with pico de gallo and crumbled tortilla chips.
Nodding to its location, a couple menu items are given Ohio State-themed names, like the Horseshoe, a massive undertaking that includes a mound of hash brown casserole, buttermilk biscuits, eggs, sausage, ham and bacon, all covered in sausage gravy.
Classic Breakfast, $7
After a recent late night involving a bit of drinking, I found myself in desperate need of some starchy breakfast foods.
Since there's an $8 minimum for delivery orders, I roped in a few coworkers and called in our order. Our steaming-hot food arrived in less than a half-hour.
I went for the straightforward Classic Breakfast, which comes with eggs, your choice of meat (I chose bacon over ham or sausage), a biscuit and hash brown casserole.
My eggs were cooked over-well, my bacon was nice and crispy and the hash brown casserole was great in a salty, cheesy, oniony, over-the-top way.
The biscuit was a little dense, so I cut it in half and fashioned a little sandwich with my eggs and bacon.
It was quite tasty, but if I'd realized I was in the mood for a sandwich, I probably would have ordered the Twelfth Avenue, which sandwiches eggs, cheese and bacon between two slices of French toast. Served with maple syrup for dipping. Yeah, that's definitely what I'm getting next time.
Classic Breakfast: $7
Delivery charge & Tip: $3.05