Exploring Columbus: Brunch at The Pearl

Exploring Columbus: Brunch at The Pearl

We found ourselves baby-free on a Sunday morning, so naturally, we thought about having a delicious Columbus brunch. And not just any brunch…but something special. Because, let’s be honest, as parents living in the suburbs, we usually frequent super low-key diners and nearby greasy spoons.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that. In fact, if you’re looking for a good Columbus brunch, there are so many great options! My family loves everything from the neighborhood greasy spoon to a family-friendly spot to the chef-inspired pop up.

But you guys! We were baby free. Which to this suburban parent, means that we were free to take our time, meander into the city and try something new.

Exploring Columbus: Brunch at The Pearl

We’d talked about checking out The Pearl for a while. We’re huge fans of ALL the Cameron Mitchell restaurants, and yet had never made it to this one. So it was decided….we’d partake in a classy Columbus brunch.

As soon as we walked in, I was in love. The decor was gorgeous. The music was perfect. And I just loved how the bartender was dressed. It made me feel like I was transported to Chicago or New York City. But when the hostess smiled and greeted us, it was obvious we were in the land of midwestern hospitality.

The decor is so classy and cosy. It’s inviting, without being pretentious. And I can’t tell you how much I loved the music!


Super cute seating area by the hostess stand. I just loved the couch and the exposed brick!


You could also grab a seat at the oyster bar.


We opted for a high top table close to the window so we could do a bit of window watching. I just loved the romantic ambiance created by the votive candles and mason jar glasses.

Also – how adorable are these coat hooks? Cameron Mitchell thinks of everything, don’t they?


Brunch at the Pearl: The Food

We were tempted by the cocktail menu but hadn’t yet had our morning cuppa, so we started with coffee. And it was good. Really good. Our Columbus brunch was off to a great start.


We started off our brunch with an order of “Devils on Horseback.” Curious about the name, I asked the waiter for a description – and he told me it was essentially figs, stuffed with cheese, rolled in bacon.

OMG these are freaking delicious. You have to order these. The sweetness from the fig made the bacon taste deliciously candied, without being overly sweet. The creamy cheese, crunchy onions, flavorful cilantro and olive oil made this one of the best things I’ve eaten in awhile. Seriously, you have to try these.

I mean, look at this. It’s heaven on a plate.


Speaking of plates – when they were gone, we sadly stacked up our empty plates and contemplated getting another order.


Before we jumped the gun on another order, our entrees came out. I got the Short Rib Poutine which was amaaaazing.


Crispy fries, flavorful gravy, tender short ribs, melty cheese curds topped with yolky-eggs. If this doesn’t scream Columbus brunch, I’m not sure what does.

I mean, check out the melty cheese curds! Mouthwatering, right?!

Halfway through my plate, I switched dishes with my husband. This is something we’ve done literally the entire 15+ years we’ve known each other, because the only thing better than a delicious entree is TWO delicious entrees.

He ordered the Huevos Rancheros.

Also delicious. I enjoyed the chorizo sausage and the super yummy guacamole. The eggs were perfectly poached. When I asked for a side of hot sauce, our server brought out some Tabasco and the Pearl’s housemade hot sauce. Definitely go with their sauce – it was so flavorful!

Look at those eggs….amazing, right?

We were too stuffed to order anything else, and now I can’t wait to go back for some oysters or to try out their happy hour. Maybe we’ll see you there!?

Happy Columbus brunching!



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