If there's an official meal of Pride, this is it
Columbus Pride returns to Bicentennial and Genoa parks along the Downtown riverfront this week with performances, a parade and other festivities. Pride weekend finishes with a special brunch at the Convention Center, hosted this year by Columbus native and “Grey's Anatomy”cast member Jake Borelli and honoring Nina West. This puts us in a brunching mood, so we collected five more brunches visitors can hit up close to the festival grounds.
229 Civic Center Dr.
Milestone is front and center during all the summer festival action. With a prime location next to Bicentennial Park and overlooking the riverfront and city skyline, Milestone offers a large, curving patio ideal for cocktails and people-watching. Choose from one of seven bloody marys while you feast on apple cinnamon French toast, breakfast nachos, chicken-in-a-biscuit or beef brisket hash. milestone229.com
463 W. Town St.
Just across the river is BrewDog's Franklinton outpost. It makes a handy spot for brunch just blocks from the festival, with a large collection of house beers, both street-side and rooftop patios and plenty of space for large groups. The small-but-mighty brunch menu includes creative entries like: chicken and waffles; Elvis Juice pancakes; a buttermilk biscuit with country ham and fried green tomato; and a full Scottish breakfast complete with black pudding, baked beans, mushrooms and all the fixings. brewdog.com/usa/bars/us/brewdog-franklinton
503 S. Front St.
Located a few blocks south of the festival grounds in the Brewery District, Rockmill Tavern makes its home in historic digs. The building once served as part of the Hoster Brewery from the early 20th century. Now it's the dining arm of the Lancaster-based Rockmill Brewery. In addition to expert-level coffee service and the full range of Belgian-style beers, the restaurant serves brunch items like French toast with brioche custard and vegan chocolate, chilaquiles and an egg sandwich with prosciutto, Korean pickles, fluffy eggs and sharp cheddar. rockmilltavern.com
219 S. High St.
Lifestyle Communities' Downtown location of the Goat features a small-but-focused weekend brunch menu with only eight items, a quartet of cocktails and three sides. Start with a strawberry mimosa or a lemonosa with lemonade and blueberries, or try the bloody mary with hot chicken seasoning. The food menu keeps it interesting with a Kentucky hot brown, mixed berry French toast, huevos rancheros and an egg scramble with pork belly, cheddar, spinach and dates. lcgoat.com
50 W. Broad St.
The Keep hides out on the second floor of the LeVeque Tower, closely connected to the new boutique hotel. Mere blocks off the festival grounds, the eatery would make a quiet retreat from the crowds. Relax with a cocktail and dig into classics like a ham and cheese omelet or smoked salmon eggs benedict. Or get creative with a braised beef rib hash, a mushroom omelet made with Swainway Urban Farm mushrooms or an egg in a hole with ham and Mornay sauce. thekeepcolumbus.com