Two of Downtown's newest restaurants are selling breakfast options much more creative than the standard egg-and-cheese sandwich.
Lexi's on Third is a new deli from the folks behind Danny's Deli, that corned beef palace on West Broad Street, and corned beef shows up in many of both eateries' breakfast options.
At Market 65, where salads are king during the afternoon hours, you can fill breakfast burritos with eggs and the same farm-fresh produce you know and love in salad form.
Lexi's on Third
NYC sandwich, $5
Served: 7-10:30 a.m.
Ingredients: This guy is kinda like a Reuben in breakfast form. A huge stack of Lexi's fantastic, tender corned beef is sandwiched between two layers of scrambled eggs and some melted swiss. It's served on buttery grilled rye bread - the only thing missing is sauerkraut.
You're going to need to be hungry to you order this, or else plan on skipping lunch later in the day. It's salty and meaty and delicious, but super filling.
Other options: Try The Arnold - two egg whites, steel-cut oatmeal and fresh fruit for $6. Lexi's also serves classic morning dishes, like omelets, pancakes and French toast.
Sides: An extensive menu includes home fries, fresh fruit and a yogurt parfait.
Breakfast Wrap, $4
Served: 7:30-10:30 a.m.
Ingredients: Wraps are made to order with two scrambled Ohio eggs and your choice of veggies and cheeses. The Market 65 staff spends the morning prepping all of the produce for the salad assembly line, and they'll add any two of them to your wrap, plus one cheese (feta, parmesan, cheddar or pepper jack).
I went with fingerling potatoes, tomatoes and white cheddar and enjoyed how it reminded me of one of my breakfast favorites, hashbrowns with ketchup. For an extra dollar, you can add bacon or sausage.
Other o ptions: The Breakfast Scramble is basically the same deal, just without the tortilla wrap. Breakfast pastries and organic Ohio oatmeal with fresh berries are available too.
Sides: Keeping with the overall healthy vibe here, the main option is a seasonal fresh fruit cup.
Shelley Mann is the editor of Crave, Columbus' new dining magazine. Keep up with her at ColumbusCrave.com.