Written by: Steve Stover
Date: February 13, 2014

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

  • shrimlock

    The Silent Woman Bar was i believe on East Main, just east of James.
    The signage in neon or lit up from behind maybe, was extremely provocative.
    It showed an image of a female with her, holding her own head or her head somehow detached.
    Depicting the female as presumably silent. And even holding the knife?
    pretty grisly, and disturbing and was evident to anyone driving around there up till the 90’s, it seems.

  • shrimlock

    The other one that was near the Motel Greg Lashutka got in trouble win he was prosecutor, And i think that was on East Broad, that was the Pink Elephant.

  • Barbara Cruz

    what about hanleys steak house sullivant ave Columbus ohio

  • Barbara Cruz

    does anyone have a copy of the menu or pictures

  • Mr.Gale.B

    I need an exact and correct answer:
    Where was “Top of the Center” located? In WHAT building?

  • Otto Gronkowski

    Slow hipster service and slow kitchen. Expensive prices. Don’t visit if you want to see food on your table in under 45 minutes. However the food quality, taste and presentation is very good! Ambiance is contemporary cool inside, very different from what you may have the impression of from the exterior of this old Tim Horton’s location. Good bar and drink selection. Overpriced menu. On the west coast you can find this style of filipino restaurant serving same dishes for $7.50. Here they will set you back $12-$18. You can’t even get into appetizers for less than $10 unless you want a bowl of rice. Don’t know if they’ll survive, table turnover is way too slow, even though they’re making large profit margin per dish, it’s just way too slow. If you have an evening to kill, this would be a good hangout. Don’t attempt a weekday lunch or dinner. You’ll see a good hipster millinial crowd here.