Bread and Better

| February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
Bread and Better's smothered pork chop. Photo: Steve Stover.

Bread and Better’s smothered pork chop. Photo: Steve Stover.

Bread and Better is a hidden treasure, tucked in the back of a church in Northeast Columbus, serving comfort food for breakfast and lunch.

The dining room is plain but sunny and warm, with tablecloths and fresh flowers on the tables.  Chef-owner Karen Whitson greets every customer, most by name, and prepares every plate to order.

The food is wonderful, full-flavored, made-from-scratch home cooking in large portions at reasonable prices.

We visited for lunch on Thursday, “Soul Food Day,” and enjoyed everything from the first bite, house made yeast rolls like Mom used to make. Then, homemade “Wednesday soup,” hearty and a meal in a bowl.  The Soul Food Day entree choices were smothered pork chop or smothered chicken and a choice of two sides, all excellent: mac & cheese (among the best ever), sweet potatoes with brown sugar and butter, greens (collard/kale), cooked cabbage, and a great potato salad. And all for $9.95!

The menu also includes sandwiches and salads.

Even though we were stuffed (we took home almost as much as we ate), we had to try the array of gorgeous house made desserts.  We convinced Chef Karen to give us a dessert sampler: triple chocolate cake, German chocolate cake (our favorite), pound cake, strawberry layer cake, and yellow cake with chocolate icing.  She also makes red velvet cake, cobbler, carrot cake, pineapple upside down cake, and banana pudding which, I am told by regulars, are all great.

And, if you do not believe me that this is a great place, Karen has been selected for the new Food Network show “Food Court Wars”, filming in December, and Carla Hall (of The Chew on ABC) visited recently.

Oh, and did I mention that Karen does catering….

So, forks up for Bread and Better…give it a try soon!

Bread and Better
2100 Agler Road, Westerville
Lunch: Wed-Fri 11am-3pm, Sat 7am-3pm Breakfast/Lunch: Sun 7am-3pm

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Category: Restaurants, Cafes, Bars

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Steve Stover is passionate about food. He has taught cooking with Rich Terapak for more than 31 years, and has reviewed restaurants and judged cooking for more than 25 years. He currently teaches cooking at the Franklin Park Conservatory after stints at La Belle Pomme at Lazarus, Columbus State, Sur la Table, and Faire la Cuisine. In addition, he frequently cooks for charity events and speaks to community groups all over Central Ohio. Steve had a weekly restaurant and food commentary program 610 WTVN AM radio from 1996 to 2008. From 1992 to 2004, Steve was the Ohio editor for Zagat Survey, edited five Zagat Survey Ohio editions, and was a contributing editor for several editions of Zagat Survey America’s Top Restaurants. Steve is currently a contributor to Edible Columbus magazine, and a regular guest on WOSU’s Allsides with Ann Fisher. In "real life," Steve retired in January 2012 as the Legislative Counsel for the Ohio State Bar Association, and is involved in numerous community activities.