Columbus history was reborn when the Columbus Food League opened The Chintz Room downtown late last year, a throwback to the restaurant of the same name that was located in the Lazarus department store until 1998. Photos, pieces of 1950s fashion and even some of the same menu items serve as a nod to the historic tea pavilion.
For the brunch crowd, The Chintz Room offers the two brunch standards — a mimosa and a Bloody Mary — as well as a variant on each. For beer lovers, try a Beermosa with Bad Tom Smith wheat clementine and OJ. For a Bloody Mary with a pineable and peppercorn twist, order the Chintz Bloody. The Chintz Room also offers 18 drafts, a sizable wine selection and a regular cocktail menu.
The brunch menu is a modest five items – pork hash, french toast, veggie omelette, meat omelette or an eggs, potato, toast and breakfast meat plate. However, Chintz Room’s full menu is also offered during brunch, and that’s where I spotted the item I was unable to resist ordering: Grown-up Grilled Cheese. Gouda, cheddar AND swiss, plus a pile of prosciutto and brown sugar apples. Holy heart attack — and totally worth it. I also snuck a bite of the pork hash, which was a hearty portion certain to induce a food coma.
Brunch at The Chintz Room is served Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4pm. The Chintz Room is located at 121 South High Street downtown.