The food scene in Columbus is rockin’. WAAAAAY more so than I would have though when we first talked about moving to Ohio.
Especially coming from Portland, a which has entire Portlandia episode dedicated to how much the city loves brunching. Wikipedia has entire page dedicated to how much Portlanders love food. I can attest, all of that is true. The wait for brunch in Portland (and this completely my own statistic) averages over an hour, or, according to the Portlandia episode, a line that wraps all the way around the block. (also true)
For all my Portland people, check out Paul B. Gerald’s book Breakfast in Bridgetown. Jeff and I worked our way most of the way through an earlier edition before we moved out this way, and loved all of the places he recommended.
Baaaaaaaack to Columbus.
The Cbus Food Bloggers crew was invited to brunch at Balboa, a great spot in the Grandview neighborhood, featuring a Southwestern inspired cuisine, and really great mimosas.
To the right of thier front door, they have a banquet room, where we were hosted, it’s got great light, a GORGEOUS auxiliary bar, and is large enough to host most private events.
The crew at Balboa brought out thier breakfast tacos & churro waffles for us to sample, and oh man. The combination of the creamy scrambled eggs, chorizo, sweet potato, topped with lettuce and tomatillo cream is TO DIE FOR.
The waffles hit that perfect balance of crisp on the outside while retaining thier soft inside. The fresh whipped cream (and by whipped, I mean it, it’s got the silky texture that only comes from being whipped on site, and absolutely not from a can) is the perfect compliment to the crisp of the waffles.
I’ve been on the quest to find Columbus’ best margaritas, and ordered their spicy margarita, featuring jalepeno infused tequila, which had just enough kick to give it great flavor without burning the lips right off of your face.
I’m still hunting for that perfect margarita though.
Also, Brunch brings with it a build your own bloody Mary bar in the main dining room. And who doesn’t love that?
I can’t wait to get back to Balboa to try one of everything on thier menu. It may take me a while to get through all of it. Same goes for the dinner menu. As with any good brunch menu, there is some cross over with the dinner menu, which I’m sure you’ll see below.
Margarita Monday’s, Taco Tuesday’s (seriosusly, three tacos for $8 is a bangin’ deal), and Tequila Thursday, yes please. To all of them.
If you’re ever wanting someone to grab happy hour with, hit me up.
I’ll gladly meet you there.