Written by: Steve Stover
Date: May 7, 2014


South of Lane located in Old Arlington, picture by Steve Stover

South of Lane has such a warm, welcoming, comfortable atmosphere that I feel like settling in with a cup of tea and a newspaper for the entire day, including breakfast and lunch, of course.

South of Lane Cafe and Vintage is located on Guilford Road near the Mallway in Old Arlington, the area “south of Lane Avenue,” hence the name. SOL, as it has become known, has been open since May 2013 and has become an Upper Arlington favorite for breakfast and lunch.

South of Lane is small, seating only 28, but you can almost always find a seat at the communal table near the open kitchen.  The eclectic decor features wood tables and floors, and lots of unique craft and decor items, selected by owner Catherine Vonderahe for purchase, which also enhance the setting.

We went for a late breakfast and early lunch.  Folks would stop in for a cup of coffee or tea, some were finishing breakfast, and others arrived for lunch.

Guildford grilled cheese with tomato and bacon with Chicken-lemon soup, picture by Steve Stover

Guildford grilled cheese with tomato and bacon with Chicken-lemon soup, picture by Steve Stover

I had one of the daily specials, bourbon-pecan French toast, garnished with bourbon-maple syrup sauce and garnished with a little banana and lots of pecans – outstanding! I ate every bite!  My wife enjoyed the daily special chicken-lemon soup and the popular Guilford grilled cheese with tomato and bacon.

The regular menu (breakfast items are available all day) includes: six signature omelets ($6 to $8.50 including toast); three waffles + French toast ($6 to $$8); three egg dishes ($5.50 to $8.50 including toast); veggie sandwiches, steel cut oats, yogurt parfait ($5.50 to $9); salads + ($8 to $11 for the flatbread); and soups ($6/$6.50 including bread).

South of Lane offers fresh, tasty, well prepared, locally sourced, made -to-order breakfast and lunch in a comfortable setting.


South of Lane

1987 Guilford Road

Columbus, Ohio 43221


Open Monday through Saturday 6:30 AM to 2:30 PM

South of Lane’s Facebook Page

  • 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.