This post is written by Nick Dekker of the popular blog, Breakfast With Nick. You can follow him on Twitter at @BreakfastWNick.

On Tuesday, July 16, from noon - 1 p.m., Nick will be doing a book signing in the Experience Columbus Arena District Visitor Center! Come on down, get the book and get some more great breakfast tips from Columbus' leading authority on the subject. To whet your appetite, well be hosting a Twitter chat about Columbus Breakfasts from 9-10 a.m. on the same day. Use hashtag #CbusBFast to follow along, and send questions before we get started.

cafe cornerAll three Northstar Café locations have small patios; the Short North and Beechwold locations offer you a chance to view High Street while you eat, while the Easton location gives you a comfortable perch for people-watching before hitting the mall. All three locations serve Columbus-favorite breakfasts like ricotta pancakes, mushroom frittatas, and prosciutto and poached eggs. Across from the Convention Center, Knead Urban Diner (505 N. High) recently added a patio along High Street, too, which allows you to take in some sunshine while enjoying their weekend brunch menu of Egg McJunkin sandwiches, corn flour pancakes with cherries and almonds, or any of Krista’s home-baked goods. Katalina’s Café Corner (1105 Pennsylvania) is known for their big patio which more than doubles their seating. The tiny corner café in Harrison West offers Latin twists on breakfast classes. Just imagine eating pancake balls with Nutella or their overflowing pork and egg sandwich with a side of sweet and spicy bacon under the morning sun.

6482Breakfast is usually a neighborhood affair, which makes patios the perfect place to say hello to friends as they come and go in the morning. Grandview’s DK Diner (1715 W. Third) recently renovated to include a sizeable patio, so you can enjoy the morning with their DK All The Way platter or just some coffee and a sour cream donut. You can sit in the center of all the Clintonville action in front of Mozart’s Bakery & Café (2885 N. High) while eating breakfast sandwiches, omelets, or any of their gorgeous pastries. Up in Dublin you can relax outside at Honey Baked Ham’s concept store Sweet Clove Sunshine Café (6630 Sawmill), where they whip up giant slices of French toast and eggs Benedict that layer their famous ham with poached eggs.

BfastPatios2Finally, if early workdays prevent you from an outdoor start, then make a fancier weekend brunch your thing! Back downtown, Due Amici (67 E. Gay) will roll their Bloody Mary cart to your patio table and allow you to customize a refreshing drink that pairs nicely with their breakfast pizza or yogurt parfait.