While trying to place a for-here breakfast order at the Honey Dip register, I got a bemused reaction. "We're a full-service restaurant! Just grab a seat, and we'll bring you a menu and everything."

While trying to place a for-here breakfast order at the Honey Dip register, I got a bemused reaction. "We're a full-service restaurant! Just grab a seat, and we'll bring you a menu and everything."

Indeed, Honey Dip has stepped up its doughnuts-and-coffee game with breakfast and lunch service. On their iconic sign outside, they swapped the "& coffee" for "& diner." Inside, the renovations include table-and-chairs seating in an adjacent dining room, but snag a swivel stool at the counter to soak up the retro diner vibe.

The tiny Upper Arlington shop has been a family-run favorite for breakfast pastries for three decades. A steady stream of excellent diner fare coming out of the kitchen should ensure this indie restaurant has a bright future as a full-fledged diner.

At lunch, the new offerings range from sandwiches and burgers to housemade soups and salads. It feels more natural to order breakfast at a doughnut shop, though, and, happily, breakfast is served all day. The lineup includes omelets, pancakes, French toast, breakfast sandwiches and a variety of daily specials.

The omelets are top-notch, made with freshly sliced veggies, quality breakfast meats and your choice of cheese (Swiss, cheddar, feta, American).

Less a conventional omelet and more a scramble, the Western Omelet is a tasty take on a morning classic. It's a plateful of fluffy scrambled eggs layered with diced ham, thinly sliced green bell peppers and onions, and lots of melty cheese. Most meals, including omelets, come with a pile of great thick-cut hash browns. If yours doesn't, order some on the side.

Breakfast sandwiches served on buttery Texas toast are great, too, especially a fried egg, bacon and cheese version with so much gooey cheese it felt kind of like a breakfast grilled cheese.

It's apparently now obligatory for doughnut places to do doughnut sandwiches, and so Honey Dip serves up Donut Bacon Cheeseburgers, Donut BLTs and Donut Egg, Bacon and Cheese sandwiches. I didn't try them, but I do make sure to always order a doughnut for dessert. The namesake Honey Dip, an airy, lightly glazed treat, does the trick.

Shelley Mann is the editor of Crave, Columbus' new dining magazine. Keep up with her at ColumbusCrave.com.