Weekend breakfast is like a religion in my family. When all of the kids are home, we all linger around the kitchen table as my dad makes omelets to order and my mom serves up slices of her signature pistachio coffee cake. Still in our pajamas sipping coffee long after the meal is over, we’ll sit and catch up, sometimes for hours.
It’s the kind of easy morning breakfast not easily replicated in a noisy diner or at a crowded brunch buffet. So this must be why I enjoy the homey atmosphere and familiar, yet fun menu at South of Lane in Upper Arlington
Opened in May, the 20-seat eatery features simple takes on breakfast classics, plus a small sampling of salads and sandwiches if you stop in closer to lunchtime. The atmosphere is vintage-country living room with mixed and matched tables and chairs, some high-topped, some low-seating. There’s also a small section of vintage and antique finds (like an old school OSU lunchbox), fun to peruse while you’re waiting for your food.
On our first visit, owner Catherine Vonderahe, who overhead my friend and I say we were newcomers, delivered a sample of her signature Belgian waffles to our table. “You can’t come here and not try our waffle,” she said. And she was right. The waffle, topped with cream, strawberries, mint and powdered sugar, was sweet and crispy and didn’t even need syrup.
It was a great aperitif to the reset of our breakfast—the decadent PB2, a folded waffle-like sandwich filled with crunchy peanut butter and smoked bacon, and the day’s special breakfast sliders with egg, bacon, provolone and basil on a Hawaiian-style bread.
Vonderahe opened the quaint eatery to fill a void in this part of town. She wanted a neighborhood spot where locals could walk to get a cup of coffee (she serves locally-roasted Thunderkiss) and a bite to eat. At South of Lane, ’s serving Belgian waffles, French pastries and fresh, light omelets (these are dubbed 3-2-1 because they include three eggs, two folds and one cheese), like the Greek with spinach, tomato, red pepper, onion and feta. You can also upgrade the PB2 to a PB3 which adds Nutella and banana to the bacon-peanut-butter filling. I’ll definitely be saving room for this upgrade on my next visit.
South of Lane is open daily from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and also offers some outdoor seating. The restaurant is located at 1987 Guilford Rd.