This post is written by Nick Dekker, blogger at Breakfast with Nick and author of a book all about breakfast in Columbus. You can follow him on Twitter @BreakfastwNick.

You may remember that we encouraged you to explore new neighborhoods in our list of 2015 dining resolutions. Well, here’s one to explore: Olde Towne East!

OTE1Both Angry Baker and Yellow Brick Pizza are neighborhood mainstays. They’re set up across the street from each other. Contrary to their name, Angry Baker very kindly shares pastries like scones, pies, cake, tarts, and so much more. The cafe also serves a delightful menu of breakfast, sandwiches, salads, and wraps, with a number of very flavorful vegan items like the vegan reuben or blueberry pancakes.

Across the street Yellow Brick Pizza serves a selection of specialty pizzas like the Spicy Chicken Corn Chowder and the Dante’s Inferno to go with a solid selection of craft beers, including some Belgian sour specialties. They’re also adding an arcade upstairs!

Next door to Angry Baker is The Tavern, where you can hang out at the bar to enjoy craft beer and cocktails with pub classes like nachos, sliders, pizza, and sandwiches.

Down the street inside the Columbus Food Hub is newcomer J Hot Fish, taking the place of the popular Hot Chicken Takeover (which has moved to North Market). J Hot Fish serves up family meals of cornmeal battered fish with cole slaw and fries.

OTE3Further east on Oak Street is L’Appat Patisserie & Cafe, where owner Didier Alapini will offer a smiling welcome and warm hospitality. His food mixes French and African cuisine, with beautiful pastries matching all manner of soups, salads, and entrees. Alapini also hosts specialty menus like Pan-African Day, where he features different dishes from around the continent, or Caribbean Day, where he creates menus based on Caribbean classics.

Black Creek Bistro on Parsons Avenue is a cozy spot for enjoying great food and drink, like their lunch menu full of sandwiches, or their dinner menu with seafood, ribeye, pork chops, and lamb shanks.

Over on Parsons Avenue you can get your beverage fill, too. Upper Cup Coffee offers a great place to study or read while you enjoy lattes, pour-overs, or the only hand-pulled espresso in the city. A couple doors down is the Corner Stone Craft Beer & Wine, where you can browse the immense collection of craft beer by the bottle or fill a growler to go.