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June
17

Columbus: 8 Places to Take Dad Out to Lunch for Father's Day

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Want to spend some quality time with Dad on Father's Day? Share love and laughter over a delicious meal in comfortable surroundings. Create cherished memories at one of these wonderful restaurants around Columbus.

Polaris Grill

1835 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, OH 43240

Polaris Grill offers an eclectic menu of upscale American cuisine served in an elegant but relaxing dining room. Start your meal with the signature items that keep customers coming back time after time. If Dad likes some heat, the Aztec chicken chowder includes chiles and pepper jack cheese. The "55" house salad is a take on a wedge salad, topped with the restaurant's special dressing. Entrees include a wide range of burgers and sandwiches, steaks, seafood, and pasta. If Dad wants breakfast, Polaris has a great Sunday brunch. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors open at 10 a.m.

Hofbräuhaus Columbus

Grandview Yard, 800 Goodale Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212

Celebrate Dad with a touch of Oktoberfest flair at Hofbräuhaus Columbus. The restaurant is modeled after its legendary namesake in Munich, right down to the authentic decorations and servers in traditional garb. Enjoy a hearty meal of spätzle, jägerschnitzel, or bratwurst paired with a Hopfen Weizen, the seasonal "bier" for June. Dine alfresco in the dog-friendly biergarten, an expansive patio with picnic-style seating. Hofbräuhaus is open 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. - midnight Saturday. Brunch is served on weekends.

DeVine Tastings & Dining

958 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201

At DeVine Tastings & Dining, lunch is truly an interactive event. Treat Dad to the self-serve wine station, where he can sample several different varieties, or go for the wine flight with four pours of house choice. Be sure to ask about the $5 brunch bar specials on Sunday. The Mediterranean-influenced brunch/lunch menu includes creative dishes such as baklava pancakes, shawarma wrap, and garlic lemon chicken. Hours are 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 5 - 10:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Milestone 229

229 Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH 43215

Food tastes even better with the incredible backdrop of scenic Scioto Mile at Milestone 229. The patio directly overlooks the fountains, while the airy indoor dining room features floor-to-ceiling windows for amazing views from every table. Milestone 229 sources fresh ingredients from local seasonal farmers for elevated comfort food such as skillet mac 'n' cheese, turkey melt, and chicken Marsala pasta. With vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan options along with a kids' menu, there's something for everyone. Milestone 229 is open for Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and dinner from 4 - 9 p.m. The rest of the week is 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. except Friday and Saturday when hours are extended to 10 p.m.

Matt the Miller's Tavern

1436 Gemini Place, Columbus, OH 43240

Honor Dad with the spirit of "craic" personified at Matt the Miller's Tavern. "Craic" is an Irish term meaning "high energy, community, and togetherness," which is a perfect ambiance for a day celebrating family. Matt the Miller's blends traditional steakhouse with contemporary gastropub for an eclectic menu of favorites. Choose from top-quality filet, ribeye, sirloin, or pork chops with customized toppings and classic sides. With several TVs located around the dining room, Dad can keep an eye on the Guardians or Reds game. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday, with weekend brunch served from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Rye River Social

955 W. 5th Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

Community is at the heart of the core values at Rye River Social. Located in Grandview Heights, one of the oldest and most vibrant neighborhoods in Columbus, Rye River Social incorporates this history in murals and other features. The menu, centered on seasonal ingredients from local sources, includes dishes like pork belly sliders, black truffle carbonara, and Seoul chicken tower for maximum foodie appeal. In addition to a large selection of craft cocktails, Rye River Social has a specially curated whiskey list with more than 50 brands. Hours are 4 - 10 p.m Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday. Weekend brunch runs from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Modern Southern Table

Budd Dairy Food Hall, 1086 N. 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201

Lunch at Modern Southern Table is everything that's good about home cooking without any of the work. Armed with experience in Southern cooking and an MBA in marketing and finance, Daisy Lewis built a successful restaurant and catering business. The menu includes favorite dishes from Daisy's childhood, such as gumbo, fried chicken, and Louisiana blackened fish. Your meal isn't complete without candied yams, collard greens, and other classic side dishes. MST is open 4 - 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

Drunch Eatery + Bar

995 N. 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201

Drunch Eatery + Bar is an idea whose time has come. Why should brunch be relegated to weekends when it can be enjoyed the rest of the week just as well? The menu is loaded with whimsical items such as woahnuts, which are mini-waffle donuts, and Fruity Pebbles cheesecake. But there are also several favorite brunch staples, including chicken & waffles, crab cake benedict, and shrimp & grits. Hours are 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

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May
11

Have a Unique Burger at These 7 Places in Columbus

Unique Burgers - Columbus, OH - Cutler Real Estate

Is there anything as enjoyable as biting into a good, juicy burger? If you've been looking for an excuse to indulge your burger craving, the wait is over. May is National Hamburger Month, an occasion to celebrate this American culinary creation. Whether you prefer your burger with or without cheese, thick or thin, there are plenty of great burger restaurants to visit in Columbus. Plan a trip to one of these burger restaurants in celebration.

Bareburger

463 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Bareburger is a staple in Columbus and the surrounding area. Their High Street location is well worth visiting on your lunch break or after a busy workday. Bareburger takes pride in preparing their food with ethically sourced ingredients. Their beef is all organic, grass-fed, and hormone-free. They also offer a great selection of plant-based burgers.

One favorite at Bareburger is the Blazin' Bacon, which is topped with pepper jack, smoked bacon, pickled jalapenos, and habanero mayo. The Guadalupe is a popular plant-based option that comes topped with organic tomatoes, pickled red onions, and avocado. Don't forget to order some truffle asiago fries or organic sweet potato fries for the side.

Flip Side Easton

3945 Easton Station, Columbus, OH 43219

Flip Side is a gourmet burger restaurant with a few locations throughout Ohio. All of their beef is grass-fed and raised in Ohio. In addition to burgers, they also offer some incredible craft milkshakes made with local ice cream, and their macaroni and cheese practically has its own fan club.

If you like peanut butter, you have to try Flip Side's Uncle Jimmy burger. It's topped with peanut butter, applewood bacon, and pepper jelly. This may sound like a strange combination, but the ingredients complement each other well. Another fun choice is the One Red Door burger, topped with crispy shallots, melted brie, and applewood bacon aioli. Not a fan of beef? Flip Side offers an Impossible Burger, along with several turkey burger options.

Matt and Tony's Kitchen x Tavern

340 E. Gay St., Columbus, OH 43215

Matt and Tony's Kitchen x Tavern is a local pub that has a few great burgers on the menu. They make their burgers with Certified Angus Beef, but you can substitute chicken breast if desired. The Chimi Burger is a great choice if you like smash burgers. It's topped with melty jack cheese, chimichurri, caramelized onions, and bacon. They also have a build-your-own burger option.

Matt and Tony's is a great place to celebrate National Burger Month with kids. They have a dedicated kids' menu with options including a burger, mac & cheese, and chicken tenders.

Alley Burger

26 N. High St. Rear, Columbus, OH 43215

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You enter this casual restaurant from an alley, and that's part of the appeal. It's tucked away like a secret, but it's a secret worth sharing. Alley Burger often has live music, and the chef relies on traditional family restaurants to make delicious meals.

At Ally Burger, you don't have to stick with a beef burger, though their beef burgers are certainly delicious. The Fish Burger is a popular choice; it's topped with a house-made Creole tartar sauce. The Greek Burger, made with tzatziki cream, banana peppers, and feta, is another smart choice. Make sure you order some fries for the table. There are lots of creative options, such as the Oscar Alley fries topped with chorizo, pico de gallo, lime crema, chimichurri, and cheese.

Burger Theory Columbus

175 E. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215

With a name like Burger Theory, you'd expect this place to have some creative, innovative burger choices. And the selection does not disappoint! Even their BT House burger comes topped with their own KGB Sauce. If you're feeling adventurous, try The Boss. It's actually two burgers stuffed with bacon, onion, cheddar, and Swiss cheese. Pair it with some Parmesan-panko onion rings, and you have a truly munch-worthy meal.

Mason Jar Treats are another favorite at Burger Theory. They're the perfect, sweet way to end a meal. Choose from flavors like key lime pie, s'mores, and carrot cake. Visit Burger Theory Monday-Friday from 5-7 pm for Happy Hour Specials, which vary by the day.

Arch City Tavern

862 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Located in the Arts District, Arch City Tavern is known for their lively happy hours. Visit Monday-Friday between 3 and 6 pm to take advantage of their drink specials. Of course, you'll want to order a burger while you're there. The Arch City Burger, topped with muenster cheese, onions, cilantro, chile aioli, and peppered bacon, is excellent, and try the lamb sliders instead if you want to be a little experimental.

The bartenders at Arch City Tavern are pretty talented, making this a good place to order cocktails. Their Smoked Tavern Old Fashioned, in particular, is incredible. They also have a delicious Spiced Pear & Pomegranate Margarita.

Press Grill

741 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Press Grill is a casual neighborhood bar and restaurant serving craft cocktails and house-made cuisine. They always have a good selection of Ohio-brewed craft beers on tap.

One of the top choices here is the Press Burger. You can choose a single, double, or triple patty. Add cheese or a fried egg for something extra special. If you have a big appetite, then add on some sides. The Yukon Gold potato salad is delicious, as is the Texas toast. Even the balsamic greens are fresh, delicious, and a great way to get your veggies.

Get Your Burger On!

National Burger Month comes but once a year. Where will you be getting your burger on this May?

August
18

Columbus: Cool Down With Iced Coffee From These 8 Places

Iced Coffee - Columbus, OH - Cutler Real Estate

Are you the type of person who needs your morning java – no matter what the weather? If so, you're in luck! There are tons of great local coffee shops in the Columbus area where you can kick back, relax, and enjoy a delicious cup of fresh-brewed iced coffee.

Whether you need to get your day going or you're looking for an afternoon pick-me-up, you can't go wrong with a quick stop at one of these cafes. 

The Roosevelt Coffeehouse

300 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43215

If you want to enjoy a refreshing iced coffee while supporting an important cause, you'll love paying a visit to Roosevelt Coffeehouse. This specialty coffee shop focuses on impacting people in need by donating its profits to organizations the fight injustices like human trafficking, unclean water, hunger, and more. 

Their menu features a variety of iced coffee options including almond or oat milk and flavors like honey, maple, mocha, caramel, and more. While you're enjoying your drink, you'll also want to check out their selection of pastry items. We love their bagels and donuts. They also offer plenty of gluten-free items. 

Roaming Goat Coffee Company 

849 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Roaming Goat Coffee Company is Central Ohio's premium full-service coffee roaster. They source the highest quality Arabica beans from around the world and expertly roast them to perfection. Stop by their coffee house and enjoy one of the best iced coffees you've ever had. 

Want to try your hand at making your own? You can also find their fresh-roasted coffee beans at places like Lucky's Market, Fresh Market, The Hills Market, Weiland's Market, and select Meijer's locations. 

Crimson Cup Coffee Shop

4541 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

The Crimson Cup has been a staple in Columbus since 2007. They're located just a few minutes north of The Ohio State University campus. If you're in a hurry, you can grab your iced coffee from their convenient drive-thru. However, we recommend coming inside so you can enjoy their unique coffeehouse experience. 

Crimson Cup has a one-of-a-kind brew bar and offers nitro cold brew on tap, as well as a wide selection of iced and frozen coffee drinks. If you love their coffee (and we know you will!) you can also order bags for home delivery. 

Fox in the Snow Cafe

1031 N. 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201

With three locations in the Columbus area, Fox in the Snow Cafe is always a great idea! This bakery and coffee shop makes excellent iced coffee and also services up rustic-style baked goods.

Next time you're faced with a mid-morning coffee craving, visit them in the Italian Village, German Village, or New Albany. You'll be glad you did!

Brioso Coffee

53 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

If you're looking for a fun coffee experience, check out Brioso Coffee. Their slogan is "Mean Coffee, Nice People," and this is exactly what you can expect. The folks here take their coffee brewing seriously – so you can simply relax and enjoy a delicious cup of joe. 

Whether you visit their High Street or Long Street location, you won't be disappointed. They're happy to make you a cold brew or a nitro cold brew. However, if you're feeling adventurous, we recommend sampling one of their seasonal summer drinks. Some of the current specials include "Petal to the Metal," an iced rose vanilla latte, or the "Life's a Brioso Beach," an espresso tonic served over ice with a lime. Both promise to take your coffee experience up a notch (or two!).

Bottom's Up Coffee

1069 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43222

For a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere and unforgettable cup of java, you can't go wrong with Bottom's Up Coffee. Not only do they make a variety of delicious coffee drinks, but they also support the community. They use a portion of their profits to provide diapers to parents in need and also host various community events to help support their neighbors. 

The owners of this shop are dedicated to providing healthy and nutritious food options. All of their drinks and the majority of their food items are also vegan-friendly.

Third Way Cafe

3058 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43204

At Third Way Cafe, they see their purpose as much more than making great coffee. This locally-owned coffee shop was built by the community, for the community, with a single purpose: doing good deeds. They've been a local favorite since they opened in 2017, and they pride themselves on being a place where people can come together and enjoy a home away from home.

When you visit, you're welcome to relax, read a book, and take your time enjoying your beverage of choice. We recommend trying an iced latte, a decadent iced mocha, or an iced espresso. 

Global Gallery Coffee Shop

3535 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43214

Established in the Short North Arts District of Columbus, Global Gallery Cafe has been a local favorite since 1991. This non-profit, fair-trade coffee shop also carries a selection of products like wine, chocolate, jewelry, hand-crafted goods, and more. It's the perfect place to shop for that hard-to-buy-for friend or family member (or yourself!).

While you're there, plan to spend some time sitting down, relaxing, and enjoying their signature Thunderkiss cold brew or a nitro cold brew made with Ramble Coffee. We recommend ordering some locally-made scones or vegan treats, as they're the perfect complement to a tasty cup of coffee. 

Cool Down with Cold Brew 

Where are you going to fuel up first? 

May
26

Columbus: Get Creative for Your Next Taco Tuesday

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Looking for a new Taco Tuesday destination? Luckily, Columbus is known for having the best taco scene around.

Tacos started as a traditional street food snack over 100 years ago, but they've since become quite an international sensation. Whether you're looking for a quick lunch, a happy hour snack, or a nice dinner, tacos are always a good option — no matter the time of day. With so many different styles and toppings, they are customizable and versatile, so they can be truly be enjoyed by anyone. With so many options around, you'll have no problem finding your new favorite taco at one of these local restaurants.

Condado

1227 N. High St, Columbus, OH 43201

There's no better place to get creative with tacos than Condado. This taco restaurant allows you to customize everything. Choose your protein, veggies, toppings, and sauce. With a wide variety of salsas and queso, you'll never run out of new combinations to try. We recommend the JuJu shell, a combination of hard shell and a soft tortilla held together with a layer of queso.

Bakersfield

733 N. High St, Columbus, OH 43215

Pair your favorite taco with your favorite tequila or whiskey at Bakersfield. This restaurant is known for its delicious tacos, large drink selection, and quirky old western atmosphere. Most tacos are $3 to $4, and with options like Short Rib or Pollo Diablo, you're sure to find your new favorite combination. With a wide selection of cocktails, Bakersfield is a great spot for happy hour.

Los Gauchos

461 Commerce Square, Columbus, OH 43228

Famous for its Tacos Al Pastor, this little counter-style restaurant now has multiple locations is often considered one of the best taco spots in Columbus. In addition to tacos, they also offer several authentic Mexican dishes. Check out Los Gauchos website for a list of daily specials. Stop in and enjoy your tacos in-person or order takeout online.

Local Cantina

600 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215

Delicious hand-crafted tacos and craft beer can be found at Local Cantina, a popular Columbus Mexican restaurant. The menu features 18 different types of tacos priced between $3 and $4.50 each. You can also enjoy many appetizers, including all-you-can-eat chips and salsa. In addition to a nice craft beer selection, Local Cantina also offers various special bourbons and tequilas. Stop in and enjoy a nice dinner with friends or family, or order one of their take-out family meals to go.

Dos Hermanos

59 Spruce St., Columbus, OH 43215

Dos Hermanos started as a food truck in 2002 and has since opened one of the most popular restaurants in Columbus. Order your tacos Mexican Style (onions, cilantro, grilled jalapeño, lime, and choice of salsa) or Dos Hermanos style (lettuce, cheese, Pico De Gallo, onions, and cilantro). For large gatherings, they also offer a taco buffet to-go which serves 10 to 15 people.

La Super Torta

721 Georgesville Rd., Columbus, OH 43228

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For fresh, authentic cuisine and tacos, check out La Super Torta. This popular Mexican restaurant offers over 14 types of tacos ranging from $2.50 to $3 each. But the menu isn't just limited to tacos — it also features a wide selection of burritos, quesadillas, tortas, and several classic Mexican entrees. Stop-in or order carry out online.

La Poblanita

3825 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43214

A classic Columbus food truck, La Poblanita has been serving up delicious tacos on Indianola Avenue since 2014. The menu features 12 different types of protein, and tacos are served traditional or American style. If you're really hungry, La Poblanita also has a delicious specialty steak dinner. The truck is usually open daily from 10:30 AM to 10 PM.

Cazuelas Mexican Cantina

2321 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43202

With over 16 types of tacos, great margaritas, and happy hour specials, Cazuelas Mexican Cantina is the perfect spot for a fun night out with friends or family. If you're a fan of spicy food, the diablo fire habanero taco is a must-try. In addition to tacos, this restaurant also serves various Mexican entrees, vegetarian options, and seafood. Dine-in or order takeout online.

Junior's Tacos

184 W. 5th Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

For tacos, burritos, quesadillas and more, try Junior's Tacos. This local taco truck prides itself on quality and freshness. Taco options include chicken, al pastor chorizo, and veggie, and are also served with a side of rice and beans. If you want to skip the line, you can place your order online. 

Cuco's Taqueria

2162 W. Henderson Rd., Columbus, OH 43220

What began as a small taco counter in a Mexican grocery store is now one of the best Mexican restaurants in the Columbus area. Delicious tacos, tamales, tortas, and burritos are just some of the menu items you'll find at Cuco's Taqueria. Taco prices range from $2.99 to $4.99 each and include options like volcan, gringas, vegetarian, and suaves. Dine-in or order pickup or delivery online.

Taco-bout delicious food!

Where do you like to get tacos around Columbus?

March
5

Cheesecake Heaven: 9 Places Around Columbus for Dessert

Columbus Restaurants for Cheesecake - Cutler Real Estate

Have you had a craving for something sweet lately? Nothing can satisfy a sweet tooth quite like a delicious piece of cheesecake. With a crumbly base, sweet creamy filling, and an endless variety of flavors, cheesecake is truly one of the tastiest treats. Whether you prefer chocolate, caramel, or fruit topping, cheesecake is a dessert everyone can enjoy.

For those of us fortunate enough to live in and around Columbus, we have an endless amount of options for great cheesecake in our area. Below are some recommendations for our favorite places to grab dessert:

Dave's Artisanal Cheesecakes

737 Parkwood Ave., Columbus, OH 43219

For some of the best cheesecake in Columbus, head on over to Dave's Artisanal Cheesecakes. Chef proprietor David Brooks has been practicing the art of cheesecake for more than 30 years. With a robust selection of flavors, this spot in Northeast Columbus is an absolute classic. Dave's offers online ordering, and they even have a cheesecake of the month club. Even if you don't live in our area, they have nationwide shipping available.

The Cheesecake Girl

5354 Center St., Hilliard, OH 43026

For a great selection of over 20 varieties of cheesecake, stop by The Cheesecake Girl in Hilliard. This shop sells both full-size cheesecakes, mini cheesecakes, boozy mini cheesecakes, and cheesecake shooters. All items are made with local ingredients and baked from scratch. You have to try the White Chocolate Raspberry or the Red Velvet Cinnamon Roll. All orders must be placed online.

Katzinger's Delicatessen

475 S. 3rd St., Columbus, OH 43215

This New York-style joint is known for their deli sandwiches, but they are also famous for having some of the best cheesecake in town. It's a half-pound slice of cheese and sweetness, and you can choose any fruit topping you like. If you enjoy it, you can even order an entire 10-inch cake to take home. The original Katzinger's is in German Village, but they also have a location in Dublin. Either way, you have to stop by this Columbus staple when you have a chance.

Belle's Bread

1168 Kenny Centre Mall, Columbus, OH 43220

Belle's Bread is actually a French-inspired Japanese bakery that specializes in all cakes and bread, but it's their baked cheesecake that has quite the reputation around town. All cakes are available by the slice, in round form, or by the sheet. The business actually has a team of 20 bakers that make all products on-site every morning. Online ordering is available. The shop is open every day from 10 am to 7 pm.

La Chatelaine French Bakery and Bistro

1550 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, OH 43221

This gourmet family-owned French bakery has three locations across Columbus, and its menu features a wide range of breakfast foods, pastries, and desserts. The cheesecake is absolutely delicious — order it by the slice or take a whole 9-inch cake to enjoy at home. The store is open daily from 8 am to 3 pm.

Fate Cakes

1360 Cherry Bottom Rd., Columbus, OH 43230

If you're looking for the perfect cheesecake for a wedding, shower, or birthday, or any special celebration, look no further than Fate Cakes. This specialty cake shop is offering curbside pickup, takeout, and no-contact delivery. Orders can be placed online, and the store is open Tuesday through Saturday.

Portia's Cafe

4428 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43214

This vegan cafe just north of Columbus is famous for its amazing "Cheezecake" that's made with raw nut-and-date crusts and delicious blends of fruit toppings. Available flavors include Berry Berry Mango, Lemon, Chocolate, Coffee, Coconut, Pineapple, Mocha, Chai, and Mint Chocolate Chip. The cafe is open Monday through Saturday 8 am to 9 pm, and Sundays from 8 am to 3 pm.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

8760 Sancus Blvd., Columbus, OH 43240

Firebirds is a great date night spot for many reasons, but our favorite is their delicious selection of desserts. In fact, their Creme Brulee Cheesecake is actually the talk of the town. This sweet, savory dish is topped with fresh fruit and raspberry coulis and is the perfect way to top off a fine meal.

Due Amici

67 E. Gay St., Columbus, OH 43215

Some of the best New York-style cheesecake can be found at Due Amici, an Italian restaurant classic in downtown Columbus. Their dessert menu features a huge piece of cheesecake topped with berry coulis and fresh fruit. If you'd prefer to eat at home, takeout can be ordered online!

Piece of Cake!

Where will you get your sweet treat around Columbus?

February
24

11 Places to Thank a Barista Around Columbus March 1

Barista Day Around Columbus, OH - Cutler Real Estate

Baristas are some of our greatest unsung heroes. Seriously, can you imagine having gotten through this last year without coffee? They're some of our most essential workers, and they hardly ever get thanked. 

Well, now's your chance. Barista day is coming up on March 1st, and it's a great opportunity to support some of our great local coffee shops in the Columbus area. Be sure to thank your barista while you're there, and maybe leave a little something extra in that tip jar!

Mission Coffee Co.

1051 N. 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201

A cozy brick-walled coffee shop and roastery in a reclaimed industrial space, Mission Coffee Co. offers some of the finest coffee in Columbus. Every bean is roasted and brewed to perfection. Their coffees are sourced from all around the world before being roasted in Mission Coffee's local Columbus facility, and their friendly and knowledgeable staff will happily help you choose the right brew for your palate. 

Crimson Cup Coffee Shop

4541 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

A small local chain with a handful of locations in and around Columbus, Crimson Cup Coffee Shop is a great place to grab a quick cup of coffee when you're on the go. The Clintonville location, just a few minutes from the Ohio State University Campus, even has a drive-through window to save time. Crimson Cup also offers a cool brew bar inside, where various single-origin coffees are brewed by the cup to order.

Upper Cup Coffee Co.

79 Parsons Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

The folks at Upper Cup Coffee Co. do a seemingly simple thing—find the best coffee beans from all around the world—and they do it incredibly well. Upper Cup started out in 2010 as a wholesale coffee business but opened a retail shop the following year as their coffee quickly gained an ardent local following. This is the perfect place to sit and savor a finely crafted pour-over or a delicately foamy cappuccino. They serve tasty teas and iced beverages too and have a short-and-simple menu of breakfast and lunch staples to go with your drink. 

Roaming Goat Coffee Company

849 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

This cozy coffee shop in the Short North Arts District is more than just a place to get coffee. It's a real neighborhood focal point, displaying works by local artists and serving pastries from local bakeries. They also serve rich house-roasted coffee and some of the tastiest, frothiest espresso drinks you're ever likely to taste. 

Kafe Kerouac

2250 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201

This High Street Hangout is many things to many people. It's a thriving arts space that often hosts live music and entertainment. It's a quiet place to study. It's a late-night watering hole serving craft beer and cocktails. Above all, it's a great coffee shop. And whether you need a jolt of espresso to get you going in the morning or a strong Irish coffee to help you wind down, Kafe Kerouac is a great, friendly space in which to enjoy it. 

Stauf's Coffee Roasters

627 S. 3rd St. #1060, Columbus, OH 43206

Stauf's was one of Columbus' first micro-roasters when it first opened its doors, and this German Village mainstay has stuck around to become one of the city's most beloved coffee shops. They offer great gourmet espresso drinks and brewed coffee, plus and beans to-go, with welcoming indoor and outdoor seating areas. Be sure to check out their baked goods too, including brownies, muffins, scones, and even house-made dog treats. 

Global Gallery Coffee Shop

3535 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

With a focus on bringing quality, ethically sourced coffee to Ohio, Global Gallery Coffee Shop is truly a global-minded space. All their coffees are Fair Trade certified, and the coffee shop is involved with a wide range of projects and initiatives, including the Women Crafting Change project. Global Gallery's indoor space is a popular place for students to sip coffee while studying, and the outdoor patio is a great spot to enjoy an iced latte during the warmer months.

Brioso Roastery & Coffee Bar

329 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43215

Brioso Roastery & Coffee Bar is one of the best places in Columbus to sample truly unique, flavorful single-origin coffees from all corners of the globe. Their beans are sourced from farmers in some of the world's greatest coffee-producing regions, and then roasted to perfection in-house. You may want to take a bag home with you after you've finished your coffee. Brioso Roastery also offers outstanding espresso drinks and a light lunch menu. 

One Line Coffee

745 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Nestled in Columbus' Short North neighborhood, One Line Coffee offers small-batch coffees, roasted to order. It's a great place to grab a bag of beans to brew at home, but the shop's warm, welcoming brick-lined interior is the kind of place that encourages you to stay a while. Besides, their hand-poured coffees and finely tuned espresso drinks are worth savoring slowly. One Line Coffee also has a second location in Franklinton.

Fox in the Snow Cafe

1031 N. 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201

Offering superb coffee and next-level baked goods, Fox in the Snow Cafe is a beloved fixture of the local coffee scene, with three locations around Columbus. It all started at their flagship location in Italian Village in 2014, and the business took off so quickly that additional shops quickly popped up in German Village and New Albany. Food & Wine Magazine ranked Fox in the Snow among the best coffee shops in America in 2019, and folks keep coming back for the amazing coffee and friendly, rustic-chic ambiance.

Pistacia Vera

541 S. 3rd St., Columbus, OH 43215

Located in historic German Village, Pistacia Vera is a from-scratch bakery that also serves up a delicious cup of coffee. Combinations like a Raspberry Vanilla Latte and Raspberry Macarons are sure to please and keep you coming back for more delectable French pastries and coffee creations. Don't forget to add a chocolate truffle or two to your order. Pistacia Vera is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week.

This Is How We Brew It

We're lucky to live in a city with some of the greatest coffee shops and most talented baristas around. Did we forget to mention your favorite Columbus coffee shop? Let us know in the comments section!

February
12

9 Places Around Ohio for the Perfect Takeout Valentine's Day Meal

Valentine's Day Takeout - Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, but planning the perfect date night might be tricky this year given indoor dining restrictions and health and safety concerns. However, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the holiday with your sweetie in the comfort of your own home. With so many fantastic Ohio restaurants offering Valentine's Day takeout, you can have a date night at your own dining room table or while watching your favorite movie.

Whether you're planning to celebrate with your special someone or just getting together with a group of friends, a delicious meal is at the center of every great Valentine's Day. Below are some of our recommendations for Valentine's Day takeout around Ohio.

Northeast Ohio

Michelangelo's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar 

2198 Murray Hill Rd., Cleveland, OH 44106

Nothing says romance quite like a classic Italian dinner, so we recommend trying Michelangelo's Italian Restaurant in Cleveland. With exquisite Italian cuisine prepared by award-winning chef Michael Annandono, this restaurant is absolutely fantastic. The menu features a variety of pasta, meats, and fish, and for dessert, you can enjoy some of the best Tiramisu in Cleveland. Takeout is available for both pickup and delivery, and you can place your order online.

Don's Pomeroy House

13664 Pearl Rd., Strongsville, OH 44136

If you're just south of Cleveland, you might want to consider Don's Pomeroy House for takeout this year. This historic restaurant is on the National Register of Historic Places and is also a popular Valentine's Day destination.  They serve a variety of winter comfort foods like Kobe Meatloaf and Chicken Parmesan as well as seafood sources from all over the world. If you'd prefer not to dine-in this year, you can order your food to-go, or for a truly romantic option, reserve one of their outdoor winter igloos.

L'Albatros

11401 Bellflower Rd., Cleveland, OH 44106

Located in an old carriage house near Case Western Reserve University, L'Albatros is a classic Valentine's Day destination near Cleveland. This year, their entire menu is available for takeout so you can complement your stay-at-home Valentine's Day with some contemporary French cuisine. The French Onion Soup is a must-try and the braised pork shank with whole grain mustard sauce is a popular dish!

Columbus

Trattoria Roma

1447 Grandview Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

For some delicious Italian dishes near Columbus, order a romantic dinner from Trattoria Roma. This restaurant has been open for over 30 years and offers all of your favorite pasta dishes with a personal touch. All ingredients are locally sourced, and they offer special takeout menus and specials that change monthly, so be sure to check out what they have in store for Valentine's Day. Carryout and delivery can both be ordered on their website.

The Pearl

641 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Online ordering is available this Valentine's Day at The Pearl restaurant. This trendy, romantic establishment has two locations: one in downtown Columbus and one in Dublin, Ohio. The dinner menu has an excellent mix of seafood and modern dishes, and they also have a separate menu for their oyster room. Best of all, you can top off your stay-at-home Valentine's Day with one of their unique cocktail kits for two.

The Refectory

1092 Bethel Rd., Columbus, OH 43220

Housed in a former church building, The Refectory has become a Valentine's Day tradition for many couples in Central Ohio. While they're open for limited dine-in seating, they also offer a wonderful three-course home dinner menu with French favorites like Boeuf Bourguignon and Roasted Cornish Hen. For dessert, try the Epiphany Cake — an almond frangipane baked in layers of puff pastry. They even offer a wide variety of cocktails to-go! Orders can be placed online, but they do request that you order home dinners at least one day ahead of time.

Cincinnati

Primavista

810 Matson Pl., Cincinnati, OH 45204

While this romantic Cincinnati destination is known for its view, they do have a delicious menu that is available for takeout this Valentine's Day. Primavista offers a fine contemporary menu with dishes from all areas of Italy. They really specialize in veal and fresh fish, and all sauces are made from scratch. If you're celebrating Valentine's Day with friends, Primavista is also offering a family-style menu with dishes that serve 4 to 6 people.

Sotto

118 E. 6th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

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For an excellent Valentine's Day dinner, try a takeout order from Sotto in downtown Cincinnati. Their takeout menu features delicious pasta classics such as Tortellini Con Zucca and Rigatoni Con Pomodoro as well as some classic Italian pork and seafood dishes. Not only do they have cocktail specials to go, they also have two bottle wine baskets available for purchase. For dessert, you have to try the famous ricotta donuts with sauce! Carryout can be ordered by phone.

Prime Cincinnati

580 Walnut St. #100, Cincinnati, OH 45202

This classic Cincinnati steakhouse is offering curbside carryout and delivery this Valentine's Day. Prime Cincinnati offers some of the best steaks in the area, with the highlight of the menu being the Ohio Reserve Waygu steak. They have a wide variety of seafood options that can be added to your steak to create the perfect surf-and-turf combination. The takeout menu features a create-your-own, three-course meal starting at $50 per person. If a romantic steak dinner sounds like a good Valentine's Day, be sure to try Prime Cincinnati.

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Where will you order your takeout this Valentine's Day?

November
18

9 Ohio Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner With All the Fixings

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Ordering Thanksgiving dinner from your favorite restaurant is a great way to lighten your load on a busy holiday and enjoy a truly world-class meal without having to spend all day in the kitchen. Ready to feast? Check out these 9 Ohio restaurants where you can find the perfect Thanksgiving meal for your family this year.

Northeast Ohio

Hartville Kitchen Restaurant & Bakery

1015 Edison St. NW, Hartville, OH 44632

Plan on a lovely Northeast Ohio Thanksgiving meal from Hartville Kitchen Restaurant & Bakery, which offers heat at home Thanksgiving dinners for groups of any size. Hartville Kitchen offers three different heat at home Thanksgiving packages, with meals to accommodate 6 to 24 guests. Every meal package includes all of your favorite fixings, along with a perfectly cooked turkey or ham and a delectable pie from the bakery to finish off the perfect meal. You can also create your own custom package with a la carte items from the menu – just make sure to place your order early if you want a custom Thanksgiving meal.

Mulligan's Restaurant & Pub

4118 Belden Village St. NW, Canton, OH 44718

Mulligan's Restaurant & Pub has been serving delicious Thanksgiving dinners for many years and will be bringing back all of your favorites for this year's holiday. A local favorite for nearly 40 years, Mulligan's offers a warm, inviting, family-friendly atmosphere that's perfect for a relaxed holiday meal. The special Thanksgiving menu features a full turkey dinner or your choice of filet or prime rib. Prefer to dine at home? Mulligan's also offers Thanksgiving family four-packs featuring four Thanksgiving meals, fixings included, that you can enjoy at home.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

4000 Medina Rd., Akron, OH 44333

Take the night off from cooking and head for Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, which has everything you need to enjoy a memorable holiday with your family. The Thanksgiving menu here features three courses, including a house-made soup or salad, a steak or turkey main course, delicious sides to share with the table, and a fantastic dessert from Fleming's kitchen. This steakhouse also features one of Akron's most extensive wine lists, including some special selections just for Thanksgiving dinner.

Columbus

J. Gilberts Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood

1 E Campus View Blvd., Columbus, OH 43235

Whether you're looking for an elegant Thanksgiving dining destination or a carryout kit to create your own amazing meal at home, you'll find it at J. Gilberts Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood. Planning to dine in? The restaurant's atmosphere is second-to-none, and the bar is known for churning out some of the best cocktails in Columbus. J. Gilberts keeps the menu simple for Thanksgiving, with a traditional holiday feast complemented by your choice of freshly made desserts and a wine list with something to suit every taste.

Lindey's Restaurant

169 E Beck St., Columbus, OH 43206

Locally owned and consistently ranked as one of Columbus's best restaurants, Lindey's is the perfect upscale dining choice for Thanksgiving if you're looking for a holiday menu that features extensive options. Of course, you can go with the classic turkey dinner and fixings, but Lindey's Thanksgiving menu also features steak, seafood, pasta dishes, and a savory selection of appetizers. Dessert even gets its own full page on the menu, with something to satisfy every sweet tooth and a wide variety of after-dinner drinks.

The Guild House

624 N High St., Columbus, OH 43215

For the classic Columbus Thanksgiving dinner, look no further than the Guild House restaurant, which offers fresh, seasonal meals made with locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy a simple, perfectly curated Thanksgiving menu that features unique spins on your favorite holiday soups, sides, and desserts. Opt for food and order your own drinks to pair with each course, or order your meal with house-picked wine pairings that bring the best out of every bite. Just be sure to reserve your seat in advance, because spaces fill up fast!

Cincinnati

Metropole

609 Walnut St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Cincinnati has a fantastic selection of restaurants where you can enjoy Thanksgiving this year, including the chic, trendy Metropole restaurant on Walnut Street. Metropole is located in the gorgeous 21c Museum Hotel, so it's hard to find a better atmosphere for your Thanksgiving meal. The team at Metropole changes the menu for every season, based on when the best fresh ingredients are available. That's no different for Thanksgiving, and the holiday menu here is sure to feature some unexpected takes on some of your favorite classic Thanksgiving fixings.

deSha's American Tavern

11320 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45249

For a casual yet upscale atmosphere with a beautiful waterfront setting and a menu to match, check out the Thanksgiving dinner options at deSha's American Tavern. The Thanksgiving menu here features something for everyone, including turkey, steak, seafood, and tons of fixings. There's also a full menu for kids, allowing younger visitors to customize their own holiday meal. If you'd rather dine at home, deSha's American Tavern has you covered there, too. The carryout Thanksgiving menu allows you to customize a meal for each of your guests, including entrees, sides, soups/salads, and of course, a delightful dessert to polish off the perfect meal.

Prime Cincinnati

580 Walnut St. Suite 100, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Looking for the classic steakhouse experience for your Thanksgiving dinner? Prime Cincinnati is one of the top steakhouses in the city and the perfect place to dine if you're craving steak, seafood, or traditional turkey for Thanksgiving. Prime Cincinnati is big on atmosphere, with an elegant, art-lined dining room that provides the perfect backdrop for a memorable holiday. The menu here is loaded with all of your steak and seafood favorites, along with a truly diverse wine list that includes the perfect pairing for any meal. And don't forget dessert! There are tons of sweet treats available, including delicious, locally produced ice cream from Loveland Sweet Shop.

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There's an Ohio restaurant to suit every taste for Thanksgiving this year. Let us know where you'll be ordering your holiday meal from in the comments below.

September
18

10 Places for an Ooey Gooey Cheeseburger Around Columbus

Columbus Restaurants for Cheeseburgers - Cutler Real Estate

Isn't it amazing how a humble ground meat patty topped with cheese can be transformed into an infinite variety of choices to satisfy any palate? Whether you like it simple, spicy, sweet, savory or even meat-free, there's a cheeseburger out there with your name on it.

Friday, September 18 is Cheeseburger Day, a time to celebrate this iconic staple of American cuisine. Honor the cheeseburger and support local businesses with a visit to one of these delightful restaurants around Columbus

The Thurman Cafe

183 Thurman Ave., Columbus, OH 43206

 
 
 
 
 
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As one writer put it, if there were an NCAA-style tournament for burger joints around Columbus, The Thurman Cafe would be Duke. A German Village landmark since 1942, The Thurman Cafe is so well-known that they have their own Wikipedia entry. Adam Richman of Man v. Food traveled to Columbus to take on the Thurmanator, a behemoth with 24 ounces of beef, three types of cheese, bacon, sautéed mushrooms and onions, ham, and banana peppers But don't be intimidated: there are nearly two dozen types of burgers on the menu to accommodate any size appetite. The Thurman Cafe's kitchen opens daily at 11 a.m. 

Rockmill Tavern

503 S. Front St., Columbus, OH 43215

Opened in late 2016, Rockmill Tavern has become a favorite destination in the trendy Brewery District. The menu features upscale gastropub food, but Rockmill's signature Tavern Burger strikes a pleasing balance between traditional and contemporary. Starting with a grilled ciabatta bun made exclusively for Rockmill by Matija Breads, the burger is then topped with Tillamook Cheddar, pickled red onion, bacon jam, and Dijonnaise. Pair your burger with one of the hand-crafted Belgian beers from Rockmill's brewery in nearby Lancaster. Rockmill Tavern is open for lunch and dinner from Wednesday through Sunday.

Flip Side

3945 Easton Station, Columbus, OH 43219

 
 
 
 
 
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When it comes to supporting local vendors, Flip Side backs up their words with action. All of their chef-driven burgers are made with Ohio-raised grass-fed beef, although you're free to substitute a chicken, turkey, or veggie patty. Purists go for the Simplicity Burger with lettuce, pickle and tomato, while the Uncle Jimmy Burger, with peanut butter, applewood bacon and habanero pepper jelly, is a creative take on comfort food. If you're looking for flavor and tenderness with less fat, try the farm-raised bison burger. Be sure to include a side of truffle fries, which customers rave about almost as much as the burgers themselves. Flip Side opens at 11 a.m. every day but Monday.

O'Reilly's Pub

2822 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43202

Some like it hot, and if you're one of them, the award-winning Pepper Burger at O'Reilly's Pub is your dream come true. A black peppercorn crust is added to the half-pound patty to ensure a satisfying tang with every bite. Bacon, pickles, white onions, and Provolone cheese round out the fullness of flavor. Heatseekers also enjoy the Tom Burger, which is prepared with a healthy dose of spicy Jamaican jerk seasoning. And what would an Irish pub be without a pint of brew to wash it all down? O'Reilly's is serving up burgers and beer seven days a week. 

Ritzy's

4615 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

 
 
 
 
 
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Thanks to Irving Berlin's classic song, "Puttin' on the Ritz" has come to mean doing it up right. Nowhere is that more evident than Ritzy's, where your way is always the right way. The Ritz is one of their trademark crispy-edged smashburgers served with toppings that you choose. Options range from traditional add-ons, such as cheese, ketchup, and bacon, to more inventive ones, including sriracha and peanut butter. How hungry are you? The basic Ritz is a double-patty burger, while the Itzy Ritzy is a single patty and the Grand Ritz is a triple-threat. Head to Ritzy's any day of the week starting at 11 a.m.

Street Thyme

1101 N. 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201

Popular, easy to make, and portable, burgers are a natural for food trucks. Street Thyme has gained a reputation for one of the best burgers in Columbus, encompassing the city's thriving food truck scene along with brick-and-mortar restaurants. The best-selling Single Suzy, topped with Cheddar cheese, dill pickle, and housemade Worcestershire aioli, is a masterpiece of simplicity. Add another patty and make it a Basic Betty. Start your day the way Mom intended with an Irish Breakfast Burger, two patties with bacon, grilled tomato, Cheddar, bacon, and jalapeño jelly. Find Street Thyme outside Seventh Son Brewing on Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon, as well as at Land Grant Brewing on Monday night, Antiques on High Wednesday night, and Parsons North Brewing Friday night.

High Bank Distillery

1051 Goodale Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212

 
 
 
 
 
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In little more than two years on the Columbus restaurant landscape, High Bank Distillery has quickly established its place in the upper ranks. The slogan "Elevated yet Casual" applies to the handcrafted bourbons from their distillery as well as the upscale bar food favorites on the menu. High Bank's namesake double burger is an elegantly tasty combo of American cheese, red onions, pickles, and secret sauce on a brioche bun. Order online for speedy carry-out service. Doors open at 11 a.m. daily. 

Pat and Gracie's

340 E. Gay St., Columbus, OH 43215

Pat and Gracie's may sound as though it's named for a vaudeville comedy team, but the backstory is even more colorful than that. The tavern sits on land once occupied by a horse farm purchased by big-time gambler Pat Murnan for his ladylove Gracie Backenstow, former madam of a downtown brothel. Fast-forward to the 21st century, when customers enjoy hand-formed Pat and Gracie burgers such as the Chimi, featuring Monterey Jack cheese, bacon, avocado mousse, caramelized onions, and house chimichurri sauce. Pat and Gracie's has a second location at the more conventional site of Graceland Shopping Center. Both spots are open daily for dine-in, carry-out, and delivery.

Grandview Cafe

1455 W. 3rd Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

 
 
 
 
 
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As if spectacular food wasn't enough of a draw, the romantic speakeasy vibe earns Grandview Cafe a spot on Columbus Navigator's list of the city's 10 most beautiful restaurants. Billed as "the burger of all burgers," Grandview Cafe's impressive GC Burger lives up to the hype. An appealingly chewy pretzel roll holds a dry-aged beef patty topped with bourbon-caramelized onions, smoked bacon, tomato jam, and a three-cheese blend of Fontina, White Cheddar, and Gruyère. Less exotic but no less tasty is the Hadley's Diner Burger, with American cheese, pickles, and Dijonnaise. Grandview Cafe is open every day for lunch and dinner.

Village Coney

418 E. Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43206

Heading to a hot dog joint for a first-rate burger may sound counterintuitive. Not when it's Village Coney, where both burgers and hot dogs are served with equal amounts of love and respect. With no need to reinvent the wheel, Village Coney offers a beautifully basic cheeseburger with your choice of cheddar, mozzarella, provolone, pepper jack, or bleu cheese. Village Coney serves lunch from Monday through Saturday.

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April
1

Columbus: Curbside Pickup Never Tasted So Good

Columbus Restaurants - Takeout - Cutler Real Estate

With restaurant dining rooms shut down all across the state, it's more important than ever to support our favorite local restaurants by ordering takeout meals when we can. 

When you need a break from cooking at home, curbside pickup or delivery is a great option. There are many excellent Columbus restaurants that remain open and are offering these services. Here are a few that we recommend. 

Ambrose and Eve

716 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43206

 
 
 
 
 
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Popular local restaurant Ambrose and Eve has teamed up with their sister restaurant Preston's to serve family-style meals like pasta, pizza, and fried chicken, as well as their ever-popular burgers and fries. 

Check out their Facebook page where you can see their menu and updates. When you're ready, place your order by calling 614-725-2080.

Bonifacio

1577 King Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

 
 
 
 
 
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Craving modern Filipino fare? Check out the $10 meals, extras, and desserts at Bonifacio. This popular restaurant is offering delivery and takeout from 11 am until 7 pm. They're also giving 15% discounts on your first order of $20 or more.

Check their website or Facebook page for their current menu, then order online or give them a call at 614-914-8115.

Lindey's

169 E. Beck St., Columbus, OH 43206

 
 
 
 
 
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A long-time favorite among locals and visitors alike, Lindey's is offering food and wine for takeout. They're also providing free delivery in certain areas. This eliminates the need to pay third-party delivery fees!

In the mood for Lobster Bisque, a filet, or some Creme Brulee? They've got your covered! Check out their Facebook page to keep up with their latest specials. You can place your order by calling them at 614-228-4343.

Forbidden Root Restaurant & Brewery

4080 Worth Ave., Columbus, OH 43219

 
 
 
 
 
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Want to enjoy a delicious craft brew with your dinner? Forbidden Root Restaurant and Brewery is offering a full to-go menu of their beers and family-style meal packages. You can get your order through delivery, takeout, or curbside pickup from 11:30 am until 9 pm. 

Check out their website for the current menu offerings. Note that you must order your meals ahead of time — no later than 10 am for same-day delivery. You can place your order by emailing amy@forbiddenroot.com or by calling (614) 414-4127. 

Jiu Thai Asian Cafe

787 Bethel Road, Columbus, OH 43214

 
 
 
 
 
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For Thai favorites from noodles to spicy curry and even bubble tea, you can't beat Jiu Thai Asian Cafe. They're currently offering takeout and free delivery within a 3-mile radius. Check their website for their current menu offerings and order by giving them a call at 614-732-5939.

G. Michael's Bistro & Bar

595 S. 3rd St., Columbus, OH 43215

 
 
 
 
 
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With a focus on local, seasonal food, G. Michael's Bistro and Bar always delivers a superb dining experience. Check out their website for the current daily specials, including weekend family dinner specials.

The restaurant is currently open for carryout and delivery. They start taking preorders at noon and start delivering and offering takeout at 5 pm. They're currently offering 10% off all orders. To order, give them a call at 614-464-0575.

Lavash Cafe 

2985 N. High St. Columbus, OH, 43202

 
 
 
 
 
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When the craving for authentic Mediterranian food strikes, you'll want to place an order with Lavish Cafe. They offer delicious hummus, shwarma, lamb chops, kabobs, and more! They also have plenty of vegan and gluten-free options available. Follow their Facebook page to see the daily specials.

You can order your meals online through their website and either pick it up or have it delivered. 

Portia's Café

4428 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43214

 
 
 
 
 
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Vegans and carnivores both love the healthy and tasty meals from Portia's Cafe. They offer raw, organic, and gluten-free salads, soups, and wraps that are perfect for those days when you feel like eating something light. They have different specials each day, which you can find on their Facebook page

Once you've decided what you would like, head to their website to order online or give them a call at 614-928-3252. They're currently offering takeout, curbside pickup, and free local delivery. 

Tiger+Lily

19 E. Gay St. Columbus, OH 34215

 
 
 
 
 
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Offering Asian-inspired flavors with a modern twist, Tiger+Lily offers a wide selection of appetizers, entrees, and noodle dishes. If you're looking for a healthy, flavorful meal, this is an excellent option. You can find their full menu on their website, and, if you order online, you can get 10% off with the code LOVE. 

They currently offer takeout, curbside to-go, and delivery through DoorDash and Grubhub. 

Way Down Yonder New Orleans Finest Restaurant

3847 S. High St. Columbus, Ohio

 
 
 
 
 
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Last, but certainly not least, Way Down Yonder New Orleans Finest Restaurant offers traditional cuisine, including their world-famous authentic gumbo, crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, shrimp and grits, and even pecan praline beignets.   

They offer call ahead/carryout options. Just give them a call at 614-662-8623 to place your order, then come to their pick-up window at your designated time.

Orders are accepted from 12 pm until 7 pm and you can also receive one kid's meal free between 12 and 3 pm with entree purchase (offer good until April 3rd). Follow their Facebook page to learn about any new specials or offers! 

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How many of these excellent local restaurants will you support over the coming weeks? 

March
11

Get in on the Bubble Tea Craze Around Columbus

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The popularity of Asian food in the Columbus area now extends to a beverage. Bubble tea, created in Taiwan during the 1980s, usually contains milk and sugar along with a wide range of "toppings." While these add-ins include red beans, pudding and jelly, the most common one is tapioca pearls that give bubble tea its distinctive, Instagram-ready look.

Whether you're a bubble tea newbie or long-time fan, you'll find your perfect drink at these wonderful tea and juice shops (and one sushi joint!) around Columbus.

The Brewed Leaf

809 Bethel Road, Columbus, OH 43214

 
 
 
 
 
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If you want a primer on bubble tea, head to The Brewed Leaf. Customers rave about the authenticity and wide range of drink options available. In addition to tapioca pearls, you can choose from toppings such as wild rice, red bean, pudding, and aloe. The Brewed Leaf even has tea topped with a layer of cream cheese, a popular variation in China that gives the tea a welcome savory touch. Settle in with your drink over one of the board games the shop keeps on hand. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

Chicken & Tea

2781 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43202

 
 
 
 
 
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It may not be a traditional culinary duo like spaghetti and meatballs or bacon and eggs, but Chicken & Tea has become a favorite combo around Columbus. The food truck serves bubble tea along with traditional Taiwanese fried chicken dishes, including their signature giant chicken cutlet that's the size of your head. Complete your meal with sweet potato fries or fried broccoli, green beans, or mushrooms. Chicken & Tea operates March through November, so check their Facebook page for updates. Standard hours are 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. weekdays and 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. weekends.

ZenCha Tea Salon

982 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201

 
 
 
 
 
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ZenCha Tea Salon has the elegantly soothing ambiance you associate with drinking tea. ZenCha's mission of promoting international tea arts is accomplished by their professionally-trained "tea ambassadors," who are charged with providing elite customer service and helpful knowledge to all customers. The tea menu lists nearly 100 options from Asia, Europe and Africa, while bubble tea comes in delicious flavors such as peach, hazelnut, and caramel. Enjoy classic afternoon tea, including finger sandwiches, scones, and petite sweets, weekdays from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Stop in from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday, when brunch is served all day.

Pochi Café

921 E. Johnstown Road, Columbus, OH 43230

 
 
 
 
 
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East meets West at Pochi Café with its blend of bubble teas and made-to-order sub sandwiches crafted with fresh meats and cheeses. Sandwiches like chicken parmesan, cheesesteak, and Italian come in 6-, 10- and 20-inch sizes. Other drink choices include smoothies with exotic flavors such as taro-coconut, peach-lychee, and mango-passion fruit. The updated diner-style seating area suits Pochi Café's stated belief in "The Art of Relaxing." Hours are 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. weekends.

Little Moon Café & Tea

2899 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43202

 
 
 
 
 
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Like a little karaoke with your bubble tea? Little Moon Café & Tea hosts Karaoke Night every Saturday from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. With other regular events such as Monday Game Nights and Tuesday Euchre League, the charming café is a great place to hang out with old friends and make new ones. Each Monday at 1:30 p.m., Little Moon also serves as the base for Clintonville Entrepreneurship Center, a community resource for current and aspiring small business owners. Little Moon is open daily from 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. except Friday and Saturday, when hours are extended to 10 p.m.
 

Knobu Sushi 

1502 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201

 
 
 
 
 
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How good is the bubble tea at Knobu Sushi? Satisfied customers talk about the bubble tea as much as they do the sushi. What makes Knobu Sushi's bubble tea so special? The right degree of sweetness, size of the tapioca pearls and pearl-to-tea ratio. Sushi itself comes primarily in three different forms: rolls, burritos, and poke bowls, with each order customized for your choice of ingredients. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Wali Dessert

1440 Bethel Road, Columbus, OH 43220

 
 
 
 
 
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"Life is uncertain ... eat dessert first." Sometimes you just want to get down to the good stuff, and those are the times you head to Wali Dessert. Bubble tea fits perfectly into their menu of ice cream, smoothies, juices, and baked goods. Sit back in one of the comfy chairs or couches and indulge your sweet tooth. Order online for quick take-out. Wali Dessert is open noon - 10 p.m. every day but Tuesday.
 

Tea Zone Bakery & Café

5025 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43214

 
 
 
 
 
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Want a light lunch to go with your bubble tea? Tea Zone Bakery & Café fits the bill. The menu features ramen and udon, two classic noodle dishes, along with lunch boxes that include your choice of protein with rice and kimchi. Be sure to try the bingsoo, a traditional Korean shaved ice dessert topped with fruit, ice cream, and other yummy add-ins. Don't leave without picking up some of the amazing baked goods such as potato bacon bread, apple fritters, or fresh fruit cake. Hours are 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Koko Tea Salon & Bakery 

3951 Easton Square Place E., Columbus, OH 43219

 
 
 
 
 
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Add a little variety to your bubble tea at Koko Tea Salon & Bakery. Instead of tapioca pearls, go with popping pearls filled with strawberry, mango, or peach juice. Koko specializes in cupcakes, another sweet treat with widespread popularity. Mix and match from the extensive list of cake and icing flavors that includes salty caramel, cake batter, peppermint, and Hawaiian coconut. If you want a more classic tea experience, Koko's downtown location at 361 E. Broad St. is open exclusively as a tea house. Events include lunch hour teas, traditional high teas, mimosa teas, kids' teas, and themed teas. Reservations are required. Hours at Easton Square are 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.

Millions of Milk Tea

1990 N. High St., Columbus OH 43201

The name may not be literal, but it's close. Between bubble tea, fresh tea, slushes, espresso, and punch, Millions of Milk Tea has a seemingly endless number of beverage options. While beverages are the main event, Millions of Milk Tea also has a similarly impressive menu of Chinese appetizers, soups, and entrées. You could probably eat lunch AND dinner every day for a year without ever repeating a meal. Millions of Milk Tea is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
 

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February
14

10 Columbus Fine Dining Destinations You Have to Try

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Columbus is a remarkable city. The capital of Ohio is home to an engaging and entertaining cultural scene, perhaps best demonstrated by the diversity found in the city's many restaurants, bistros, cafés, and eateries. If you appreciate an exquisitely prepared meal featuring timeless cooking traditions, fresh ingredients, and burgeoning culinary trends, you will surely enjoy an evening at one of these fine dining destinations around the city.

 

Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse

89 E. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, OH

 
 
 
 
 
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Named the Best New Restaurant in Columbus, Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse delivers the Jeff Ruby Experience—a total dining experience that is recognized across the nation by celebrities, travelers, major media publications, and Ohio residents. Begin your Jeff Ruby Experience with a drink from their list of fine libations before ordering an appetizer from their raw bar. Order a Jeff Ruby Premium Handcrafted Filet Mignon cooked to perfection or sample their delicious rolls from the sushi menu. Finish the meal with a delectable dessert of Buckeye Cake or Lemon Torte, order an after-dinner drink, and relax with a Jeff Ruby Boss hand-rolled cigar.

 

Third & Hollywood

1433 W. 3rd St., Columbus, OH

 
 
 
 
 
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How do you define your fine dining experience? At Third & Hollywood, they believe that the highest quality meats, freshest seafood, and ingredients grown on local farms are three necessary elements for a truly fine dining experience. Peruse their menus and you'll discover a wealth of flavor enhanced by local farms and growers who commit to sustainable and ethical practices. Whole grilled artichokes make a wonderful starter before your fresh Hollywood Salad and Righteous Pork Chop are ready to be served. Their daily specials include House-Made Gnocchi on Sunday, Marinated Hanger Steak on Tuesdays, and a scrumptious Zin-Braised Short Rib plate on Thursdays. End your dinner with a sharable dessert of Chocolate Pot de Crème, Strawberry Shortcake, or a Pecan Pie Sunday.

 

Barcelona

263 E. Whittier St., Columbus, OH

 
 
 
 
 
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Discover Old World European charm fused with metropolitan chic at Barcelona. Immerse yourself in reflections of Spain within the amazing atmosphere inside and cozy secret garden on their patio. As one of the premier restaurants in Columbus, Barcelona's constantly rotating menu uses only the best ingredients available to present you with a meal you'll always remember. May we suggest the Chef's Tasting Menu, a delightful gathering of Chile Rellenos, Gazpacho de Pepino, Ala de Sakte, and Natilla? You could also order tapas or paellas from their dinner menu to transport yourself to a world of Spanish flavor.

 

M at Miranova

2 Miranova Place, Columbus, OH

 
 
 
 
 
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You can find legendary four-diamond dining at M at Miranova. Recently redesigned, their award-winning menu is loaded with innovative American dishes such as Colorado Lamb, Skuna Bay Salmon, Pork Belly, and Roasted Chicken. Regardless of which culinary delight you choose, their extensive wine list features bottles from Italy, New Zealand, Spain, France, Germany, California, and the Pacific Northwest. An additional list of signature and classic cocktails pair well with all of the rolls on their sushi menu. Make a reservation for dinner at M at Miranova and try their latest chef-driven creations!

 

Lindey's

169 E. Beck St., Columbus, OH

 
 
 
 
 
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Lindey's is a Columbus landmark that has been a favorite dining destination for nearly half of a century and continues to rank among the top 10 restaurants in the city. Though their dinner menu is tasty from top to bottom, their specialties include their Lamb, Rotisserie Half Chicken, and Duroc Pork dishes. Lindey's also has a gluten-free menu and gluten-dessert menu, both of which are filled with dozens of options for guests with dietary sensitivities. Their unmatched food experience even includes a kid's menu so the whole family can enjoy one of the best fine dining experiences in Columbus.

 

The Refectory Restaurant and Bistro

1092 Bethel Road, Columbus, OH

 
 
 
 
 
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A historic landmark, an elegant dining experience, and the only central Ohio restaurant designated as Animal Welfare Approved, The Refectory is exactly what you desire in a fine dining destination. With a world-class wine cellar, classic French cuisine, and exceptional contemporary American culinary plates, this restaurant has been a top choice for Columbus diners since 1976. In celebration of their 43rd year, the Tribute to 1976 three-course menu was created to thank the dining public of Columbus for decades of support. Featuring soups, French-style entrees, and fantastic desserts, this hand-picked selection is the perfect introduction to The Refectory's amazing offerings.

 

G. Michael's Bistro & Bar

595 S. 3rd St., Columbus, OH

 
 
 
 
 
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A unique dining experience unlike any other in Columbus, G. Michael's Bistro & Bar is a highlight of the German Village restaurant scene. With menus that change by the season, you can sample the freshest ingredients sourced from many local farms throughout Ohio. Visit them every Monday for a special Prix Fixe menu. This three-course meal features new creations from the chef every week, allowing you the opportunity to sample new and exciting plates that may become instant favorites!

 

Basi Italia

811 Highland St., Columbus, OH

 
 
 
 
 
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Classic Italian dishes are among the most popular choices at fine dining establishments and casual eateries alike. At Basi Italia in Victorian Village, they understand that clean, simple Italian meals with innovative twists can present diners with a meal that makes you feel as if you're sitting in a cozy kitchen in the Italian countryside. Baked Ricotta Gnocchi, Eggplant Parmesan, and Rigatoni Salumeria are classic choices that rival their Shrimp Pomodoro, Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops, and Grilled Chicken Pesto. Enjoy a glass of sangria during your meal and order a cannoli that will leave a lingering taste of Italia on your lips.

 

Final Cut Steak and Seafood at Hollywood Casino

200 Georgesville Road, Columbus, OH

 
 
 
 
 
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Rated a 4-Star Award Winner by Forbes Travel Guide, Final Cut Steak and Seafood inside the Hollywood Casino strives to define fine dining in Columbus. Every cut of their Mid-Western Prime Beef is hand-selected and naturally aged in their restaurant. Their seafood selection is just as remarkable as their beef, with Fresh Wild Salmon and Cold-Water Lobster topping their list of entrees. Rich side dishes such as Truffle Mac and Cheese and White Cream Corn help to create a hearty plate that fills your stomach and widens your smile. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, Final Cut Steak and Seafood is the best place to end a long week of work and start the weekend off on the right foot.

 

Veritas

11 W. Gay St., Columbus, OH

 
 
 
 
 
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Veritas may be new to Columbus, but it developed an amazing reputation in Delaware, Ohio, before moving to the capital city in 2018. Known as the original tasting menu dining experience in the city, their dishes blend classic techniques with contemporary trends to produce plates that you won't find anywhere else. We implore you to try the phenomenal seven-course chef's tasting menu to taste everything Veritas has to offer. Reserve your table today and enlighten your palate like never before.

 

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Living in Columbus connects us to some of the best fine dining destinations in the state. What's your favorite restaurant around Columbus?

February
7

Go Vegan at These Restaurants Around Columbus

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Veganism isn't just a food preference — it's a lifestyle! For many people around the Columbus area, adhering to a diet of clean, sustainable foods is a way of life made possible through a variety of places offering vegan options.

Thankfully, gone are the days of salads being the only vegan items on popular restaurant menus. Today, there is an exceptional number of vegan and vegan-friendly eateries scattered throughout Columbus. Let's dig into these healthy habits and check out twelve awesome vegan restaurants around The Arch City.

 

Northstar Café

4241 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

 
 
 
 
 
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Salads, burgers, pizza, burritos, bowls — there's a vegan item to satisfy your hunger at Northstar Café. Come in early for a healthy breakfast featuring housemade granola and breakfast potatoes. Northstar Café even has vegan options on their kid's menu! Bring your little ones in for a Northstar Burger or Little Buddah Bowl so they can eat healthy just like their parents! When it comes to accessible clean eating, Northstar Café tops the list for many Columbus vegans.

Oddfellows Liquor Bar

1038 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201


While a liquor bar may not be your first thought for great vegan food, we encourage you to keep tabs on Oddfellows Liquor Bar. Every Monday, they feature a pop-up vegan restaurant with unbelievable pretzel bites, grilled cheeses, and chili. There's also an all-you-can-eat brunch complete with tofu scrambles and pancakes, among other vegan options.

Alchemy Café

1439 Grandview Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

 
 
 
 
 
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Wellness-inspired food in a fast-casual café, Alchemy Kitchen and their Alchemy Café mix up savory foods and sweet drinks for vegans and non-vegans alike. For brunch, enjoy breakfast tacos, Tumeric bagels, and avocado toasts. For lunch and dinner, barbeque jackfruit, basil portobello, salads, and toasts are among their great offerings. Stop by for a meal, or if you're pressed for time, hit up the Alchemy Café for a delicious smoothie.  

Strongwater Food & Spirits

401 W. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215

 
 
 
 
 
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One difficult challenge with clean eating is that, while many restaurants offer vegan items, they're usually quite limited to salads and such. Strongwater Food & Spirits offers upscale dining with fantastic vegan options that rival their non-vegan counterparts. The Black Bean Burger, Jackfruit Cake, Black and Blue Salad, Golden Beet Salad, Soba Noodle Salad, Pub Fries, and Sautéed Green Beans are available for lunch and dinner. This East Franklin gem provides you with a nice night out without having to worry about a limited vegan menu.

Portia's Café

4428 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43214

 
 
 
 
 
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Known as Columbus' best vegan restaurant, Portia's Café caters to a variety of dietary lifestyles. Absolutely no animal products are used in any of their food, and all foods are gluten-free, GMO-free, organic, and made with clean water. Portia's has one of the largest vegan menus we've ever seen — soups, salads, dips, starters, wraps, bowls, pizzadillas, quesadillas, desserts, and drinks offer you endless options. Say hello to your new favorite vegan destination!

Brassica

680 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

 
 
 
 
 
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The word 'brassica' is a genus of plants such as Brussels sprout and cabbage. The place Brassica in Columbus is a family-owned restaurant that knows the best way to prepare these healthy veggies for your vegan-friendly appetite. Pick a housemade pita and fill it with organic chickpeas, hummus, veggies, or even brassica fries. Simple food using fresh ingredients from local growers means clean eating at its finest.

Paulie Gee's in the Short North

1195 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201

 
 
 
 
 
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Pizza is life, but if you live a vegan lifestyle, a good vegan pizza can be hard to come by. Thankfully, Paulie Gee's Short North serves up four pies full of awesome-sauce. Order a slice of Red, White, & Greenpeace with pickled red onion and post-over cashew milk or In Ricotta Da Vegan with house vegan sausage. When you're hungry enough to eat a whole pie, ask for the Vegan Supreme. Looking for a simple slice? Simply & Red is a straight-forward classic.

Pierogi Mountain

2216 Summit St., Columbus, OH 43201

If you're craving comfort food,  invites you to scale to the summit for unpretentious food with a twist. Filling options include vegan samosa, vegan kraut, butternut squash, roasted garlic, and vegan sausage. New varieties are baked every Tuesday, but the only place to find them is inside Café Bourbon. Pierogi Mountain pierogis are on the menu six nights a week and they're also available in take-home packages so you can savor Pierogi Mountain's delicious and diverse vegan flavors right in your kitchen.

Condado

132 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

 
 
 
 
 
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What can be better than tacos, tequila, and margaritas? The convenience to build your own vegan tacos! While Condado's full menu isn't vegan, it highlights every item that is including tortillas, rice, veggies, sauces, and sides. If you don't want to build your own, you can confidently choose the Dutch Dragon, a double-decker with hard corn and soft flour shells, guacamole, grilled mushrooms, salsa verde, jicama, pickled jalapenos, tomatoes, and corn salsa. Rated the best tacos in Ohio by Thrillest, Condado is open late to fill your late-night vegan taco cravings.

Eden Burger

1437 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201

 
 
 
 
 
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Looking for the best vegan food in Columbus? Eden Burger may hold the title. Their menu is 100 percent vegan so you can bring your appetite and leave your worry at home. Organic, plant-based ingredients are crafted into fast food favorites like burgers, wings, wraps, and sides that are too good to resist. Try a burger made with lentils, mushrooms, and rice or a breaded tempeh patty. Gluten-free buns are available as well for those with additional dietary restrictions. Be sure to swing by for brunch and enjoy breakfast burritos, loaded home fries, and donuts — all vegan and all delicious.

Comune

677 Parsons Ave., Columbus, OH 43206

 
 
 
 
 
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What is plant-forward cuisine? Find out at Comune. They strive to create sharable dishes that are locally sourced and showcase satisfying flavors. Comune builds its menu from in-season ingredients, offering a taste of Ohio for a vegan diet. Chongqing Noodles, Banh Mi, and a Roasted Fennel Sandwich are fantastic lunch items, while the Pumpkin Sabzi, Grilled Stone Fruit, and Magic Chili Peanuts are on the menu for dinner. You'll also be pleased to know that they offer a selection of vegan wines to pair with your entrée.

Lalibela Restaurant

1111 S. Hamilton Road, Whitehall, OH 43213

Discover authentic Ethiopian cuisine in the heart of Ohio at Lalibela Restaurant. Although most Ethiopian dishes include meat, Lalibela's menu has special vegan breakfast, lunch, and dinner options for every day of the week. The classic Gomen dish of collard greens with cottage cheese and Bamia with okra and berbere spice are local favorites, and the Ye Kik Alicha Wot split chickpea dinner is equally filling. They also have a full bar and billiards room if you're searching for a delicious vegan spot to spend the evening.

 

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Where is your favorite Columbus spot for vegan food? Let us know in the comments!

October
24

The Best Restaurants in Columbus, Ohio According to Yelp

Ah, Yelp. It's the review website we often go to when we want to share our experiences. And it conveniently tells us the top destinations in every city on the globe—whether we're looking for food, drink or service. Based on the number of reviews and the ratings themselves, Yelp creates lists of nearly every restaurant in a given city so you know minute-by-minute where you should go for your next meal. Using that information, we compiled a list of the Columbus hotspots that are most consistently ranked in the top ten. Next time hunger strikes, take a tour through Columbus via its top dining spots. There are casual eateries, upscale restaurants and even a few bakeries, so no matter the occasion, there's something on this list to match it.  

1. Scotty's Cafe

This unassuming cafe in northeast Columbus has been a staple in the city's dining scene since 1989 and one of the area's best-kept secret for more than 20 years! Their extensive menu offers a little something for everyone. And the best part? For every entree purchased you get a completely free dessert!  While almost every Yelp review highlights the fantastic food, they also happen to mention the spectacular service. "All the reviews of this place are TRUE! The food is SO good, the price is right and the service is top-notch."  

2. Brassica

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With four bustling locations all over the Columbus area, it's safe to assume that Brassica is something special. They serve healthy (and delicious) sandwiches and salads crafted from organic, local and sustainably sourced ingredients.  One Yelp review begins, "It's like they crawled into my head and said, 'Give me a list of your favorite foods,' and I said, 'Okay, but what are you going to do, build your menu around my preferences?' 'No man, we're going to put all of these ingredients into one sandwich,'" and if that isn't a rave review, we don't know what is!   

3. Tyler's Pizzeria & Bakery

Pizza, cakes, pastries and pies—count us obsessed! Opened in 2004, Tyler's is an adorable eatery in the heart of Reynoldsburg that only uses the best, local and organic ingredients. They specialize in hearty, wood-fired pizzas along with freshly baked pastries—including a Yelp-famous chocolate croissant that "just melts in your mouth." Head there this week, Tuesday-Saturday, and see what all the (well-placed) hype is all about.  

4. 3 Brothers Diner

Clifton Cincinnati, OH 3 Brothers Diner is a Mexican-American fusion restaurant, born out of three brothers' dream to share their unique style of cooking with the Grove City area. They provide a contemporary twist on authentic regional Mexican fare and plenty of American breakfast staples to complete your perfect weekend brunch. Their bright and refreshing interior makes this the perfect setting for enjoying an exceptional meal with family and friends. Yelp reviewer Eve R. summed up her feelings about 3 Brothers in just a few words, "OK people, you want a delicious meal and outstanding service? This is the place for you!"  

5. Flavor 91 Bistro

Located in Whitehall, this family-owned bistro is an unexpected gem in Columbus' culinary scene! Their menu features a variety of healthy and organic dishes, from hormone-free burgers to fresh salads. As for food selections, Yelp reviewers almost always mention their Ethiopian dry rub wings, one of the restaurant's signature dishes, for good reason.   

6. Momo Ghar

While there are plenty of reasons you should visit Columbus' Saraga International Grocery Store, Momo Ghar is a reason to stop by all on its own. Named time and time again as one of the best restaurants in the city, Momo Ghar is known for their MOMOs, Himalayan dumplings filled with meat and/or vegetables. Every item on their menu is fresh and handmade from scratch—including their renowned spicy sauces.  The most adoring review we found on Yelp begins, "I intentionally stop by Saraga International Market mainly because I want my hands on the deliciousness that is Momo Ghar!! These dumplings are so tasty and their spicy sauces take them to the next level."  

7. Cherbourg Bakery

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At last! Columbus has a completely nut-and-gluten-free bakery in its midst. This Bexley institution offers an array of sweet and savory treats, including quiches, shakshuka, scones, muffins, donuts, bars, brownies, cookies, cake and more. Accompany your morsel of sweetness with a pour-over coffee, a cup of tea or orange juice! On Yelp, you'll find gluten-free individuals singing praises: "As someone who has been eating gluten-free most of my life due to Celiac Disease, this place is my dream come true. EVERYTHING here is gluten-free! It's also all not just gluten-free, but it's actually GOOD."  

8. Tula Taqueria

Every taco connoisseur in Columbus knows about Tula Taqueria. This small, family-owned restaurant has been serving their Yelp-famous fare since 2018—and we can't get enough! Reminiscent of dishes you could get from street carts in Tijuana and Jalisco, their tacos are simple, delicious and so good you won't be able to just stop at one.  And don't skip dessert either. One reviewer said, "Make sure to save room for dessert. They have really good churros - super fresh and tasty. You have a choice of either Cajeta (Mexican caramel) or chocolate sauce—definitely try the Cajeta!"  

9. Smoked on High BBQ

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Originally known as Buckey Back Ribs and Papaya BBQ, Smoked on High BBQ has been bringing world-class barbeque experiences to the central Ohio region for half a decade. Their Southern-style barbeque is slow-smoked and promises to melt in your mouth. Do yourself a favor when you visit and order the brisket—you'll thank us later.   

10. Yappy Greek

Known for outstanding Greek cuisine, Yappy Greek is a restaurant and deli that offers a broad selection of Greek favorites, all made using healthy, natural ingredients. Around lunchtime, head to this laid-back deli in Worthington and order a tasty sandwich, salad, rice or anything else that catches your eye—we promise whatever it is, it'll be phenomenal. And it isn't just us who thinks so. Yelper Amber S. wrote: "YES YES and YES. Today was my 1st trip to Yappy Greek and I can't stop asking myself why I didn't try it sooner!"  

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October
9

Where to Take Your Parents When They Visit Columbus

Entertaining your parents in your hometown can be intimidating. Putting together a perfect schedule full of fun activities, incredible restaurants, tourist attractions and local hangouts is almost impossible. Thankfully, your parents probably just want to see what your life is like in Columbus—giving you the perfect excuse to mix in spots like your favorite cafe and craft brewery with the touristy stops like art museums and trendy neighborhoods.

We rounded up some of our must-visit stops to put on your parent-friendly itinerary. Have fun!

Buckeye Donuts

 
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You haven't had a donut until you've had a Buckeye donut. From Boston Cream to plain glazed, all of the donuts at Buckeye are made fresh daily using only quality ingredients. The shop is conveniently located on High Street in the heart of the campus neighborhood and is a favorite for college students looking for a late-night study snack. Looking for something savory? Buckeye Donuts also has a selection of delicious breakfast items, gyros, salads and more—but seriously, don't leave the shop without a donut.

 

Center of Science and Industry

One of the most famous, and impressive, attractions in Columbus is the Center of Science and Industry or COSI. Officially opened in 1964, COSI inspires interest in science, technology, engineering and math topics through a special "hands-on fun" brand of learning. All across their 320,000-square-foot facility, they bring science to life through 300+ interactive experiences and exhibits. Go stargazing in the Planetarium; interact with dinosaurs in the Dinosaur Gallery; or take a ride on the High Wire Unicycle—17 feet above the ground!

 

Ohio Statehouse

The Ohio Statehouse is our state capitol building and is truly a magnificent sight to behold! Unlike many of the other states' capitol buildings, the Ohio Statehouse didn't take inspiration from the United States Capitol, because it was actually designed and built before the glorious building in D.C. was ever erected. Instead, it was built in the Greek Revival Style, with many features drawing inspiration from the Tholos of Delphi and the Parthenon of Athens. You can tour the historic building for free—Monday through Friday every hour on the hour, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

 

The Park of Roses

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This public garden in the heart of Columbus has grown over the years to include over 12,000 roses or more than 400 varieties. While late May through mid-June is the best time to visit to find peak bloom, each season offers a unique and beautiful perspective. The park is free year-round and open to visitors from dawn to dusk.

 

Seventh Son Brewing

Since April of 2013, Seventh Son Brewing has been producing incredible beers at the intersection of 4th and 4th in Columbus' historic Italian Village. When you visit this top-rated Columbus brewery, you're guaranteed a good time thanks to the delicious food trucks outside, the creative brews, and the unique events they hold every week.

 

The Topiary Park

Inspired by Georges Seurat's famous painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte, this park is truly a local gem. Stroll through the garden and admire the artistry of the sculptures, each of which has a personality of its own. The iconic park is located downtown and is open 7 a.m.-11 p.m. daily.

 

North Market

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Since 1876, the centrally located North Market has served Columbus residents—which makes it the most seasoned market in the area. The vendors (be they candy makers, fishermen, bakers or farmers) strive to promote the diversity and vibrancy of our Ohio community, serving only the best in locally produced products. They are open year-round and feature everything from ethnic foods to gourmet groceries and unique gifts.

 

The Ohio Theater

While this stunning theater is one of the state's most beautiful buildings, featuring Spanish-Baroque architecture with breathtaking details (including the 21-foot high chandelier!), it was created as "a palace for the average man." Thomas W. Lamp, the Scottish architect in charge of the Ohio Theatre project in the 1920s, envisioned a place where anyone, regardless of wealth or status, could go and see a film or a live performance. Today, you can experience all of the history and majesty at one of the 100+ performances the theater puts on each year.

 

Northstar Cafe

When visiting Columbus for the first time, a meal at this popular vegetarian eatery is a must! While they do serve a few dishes for meat-lovers at Northstar Cafe, it's their vegetable-focused meals that truly stand out. All of their salads are excellent—our favorite is the Chopped Salad, crafted with avocado, almonds, blue cheese, apples and an optional turkey or bacon topping—but you can't go wrong with anything on their extensive menu.

 

German Village

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German Village is located in the heart of Columbus but still feels like it's worlds away. This is due to the German Village Society's efforts to maintain the historical feel of the neighborhood, the intricate architecture, and the idyllic urban garden parks throughout the area. In fact, German Village is one of the largest, privately funded historic districts in the country. Take a few hours to explore the charming streets and quaint shops and restaurants all around the neighborhood to give your parents a true taste of Columbus area history.

 

The Book Loft

While you're exploring German Village, don't miss the chance to stop into this bibliophile gem. The Book Loft offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It is one of the nation's largest independent bookstores and is made up of a grouping of pre-Civil War era buildings that were once general stores, a saloon and a nickelodeon cinema. The 32 rooms of bargain-priced books are bound to make you forget about the outside world for just a bit.

 

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Even most out-of-towners know about Jeni's. Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream creates some of the most famous ice creams around—they've even been named one of the best ice cream shops in the country by Food & Wine Magazine, Thrillist and US News. And it all started right here in Columbus when Jeni Britton Bauer decided to open a trendy ice cream shop in 2002. Stop by one of their many locations around the city for a cold treat; we highly recommend Brambleberry Crisp!

 

The Scioto Mile

 
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Stretching along downtown Columbus' riverfront, The Scioto Mile offers 145 acres of lush parkland, fountains and scenic overlooks, providing the perfect destination when entertaining out-of-town guests. Not only will you get a spectacular view of Columbus right on the river, but there are plenty of stops along the Mile that you can explore! Learn something new at COSI, get cultured at the Cultural Arts Center, or see a show at the Riverfront Amphitheater—there are endless opportunities for fun downtown.  

Short North Arts District

Due to its high concentration of art galleries, music venues, boutiques, restaurants and the like, the Short North Arts District is sometimes fondly referred to as the "art and soul" of Columbus. Vibrant urban attractions abound in this area, so there is never a shortage of fun things to do and see. In fact, it's one of the areas most recommended for visitors! Need some itinerary inspiration? Check out our guide to the neighborhood.

 

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April
9

The Top 14 Happy Hours in Columbus

Columbus' culinary scene is one of the most diverse and innovative in the country. In our artsy city, you can find everything from trendy cocktail bars to famous ice cream shops that guarantee to have some of the best fare for miles. So you can enjoy Columbus' constantly expanding culinary horizon without breaking the bank — we rounded up some of our favorite happy hour deals around the area! Ranging from half-priced cocktails to discounted pizza flights, you'll definitely find something on this list to enjoy!  

Arch City Tavern

862 Nort High Street | Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. Columbus Happy Hours

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Named after the famous arches sprinkled throughout Columbus' High Street at the turn of the century, Arch City Tavern is a neighborhood gastropub with a fine selection of burgers, sandwiches, craft beers and cocktails. Enjoy their classic atmosphere during their happy hour, where you can get half off of all drafts, wines by the glass and their delicious pizzas along with a plethora of other fantastic specials. For an even greater deal, stop by on Mondays for their five dollar burger special all day.

Bar 23

584 North High Street | Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m., Everyday, 4-9 p.m. Bar 23 is a bar and lounge centered on the east side of North High Street in the Short North District. While you can almost always find a game on one of their large flat screen TVs, they don't consider themselves to be exclusively a sports bar. On the weekends, enjoy a more lounge atmosphere, with larger crowds and a DJ. Their weekday happy hour consists of half-priced appetizers along with their daily special of half-priced martinis from four to nine p.m.

Bodega

1044 High Street | Monday-Friday, 4-8 p.m. Bodega encourages you to come for the beer and stay for the food — and we couldn't agree more. They offer over 200 beers, 47 of them on tap, along with a fresh and inventive American pub-style menu. In addition to their daily specials, they offer half-priced draughts during their weekly happy hour. Be sure to stop in for their "$1 Grilled Cheese Monday" or their "$3 Gourmet Taco Tuesday" — which just may be the best thing ever.

Cosecha Cocina

987 North 4th Street | Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m. Columbus Happy Hours

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Located in Italian Village, Cosecha Cocina is a local favorite for their refreshing margaritas and delicious Mexican-inspired street food. Their menu includes traditional bites like tamales, tostadas, tacos and enchiladas — all with an innovative twist. Visit them during their happy hour during the week for $5 margaritas and $3 tacos along with $2 chips and salsas, Pacifico, and Negro Modello!  

Due Amici

65 East Gay Street | Monday-Friday, 3-6:30 p.m. Dui Amici is located in a renovated, historic building in downtown Columbus and has been serving some of the best Italian fare in the area since opening in 2003. Their menu features classic Italian dishes along with some modern and creative twists on lunch, brunch and dinner items. During their happy hour, you can try their pizzas, appetizers, beers, wine and mules in the bar and cocktail area — all for half of their usual prices.

Harrison's on Third

335 West 3rd Avenue | Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. This neighborhood spot is nestled in Victorian Village. Whether you're looking for a spot to catch up with some friends or a place to catch the game, Harrison's on Third offers something for everyone. Stop by during their happy hour for a plethora of reasonably priced options, including discounted draft and craft beers, half-off all bottles of wine, $3 pizzas, $6.99 appetizers, and more!

G. Michael's Bistro and Bar

595 South 3rd Street | Monday-Friday, 4:30-7 p.m. G. Michael's Bistro and Bar offers a menu full of locally sourced, seasonal food to give their patrons a unique and high-quality dining experience. Every innovative dish is inspired by the South's "low-country" flair — the perfect compliment to their relaxed-upscale atmosphere. Visit them during happy hour for $6 craft cocktails, $3 select draught beers, $5 wine pours and $8 small plates! 

The Guild House

624 North High Street | Monday-Friday, 4:30-7 p.m. With one of the most artistic and delicious menus around, The Guild House may just be Columbus' best-kept secret. They offer creative American cuisine that is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and use as many locally grown ingredients as possible. The fantastic deals during their happy hour include half-price featured wines, cocktails and beers along with items from the "Raw", "Market" and "Appetizer" menu sections.

Lineage Brewing

2971 North High Street | Tuesday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. This sleek and chic neighborhood brewpub is located in an old car wash that has been transformed into a modern space with a friendly atmosphere. The brewers are constantly on a quest to create the perfect pint, so you're in for some innovative and creative brews when you visit. Plus, this brewery is dog-friendly so you can bring your pup along for the ride. Their happy hour includes deals like $1 off draft beers, wine, cider, cocktails and shareable appetizers.

Mac's Proper Pub

693 North High Street | Sunday-Friday, 3-8 p.m. Since 1988, Mac's has been a Short North Arts District favorite, where people love to gather and unwind after exploring the neighborhood. Their menu is full of tasty, Scottish-inspired dishes, from Scotch eggs and Cornish pastries to Guinness stew and bangers and mash. Head over after a long day and enjoy their happy hour menu that features $3.50 drafts and half off appetizers, bottles of wine and much more!

Paulie Gees

1195 North High Street | Tuesday-Friday, 5-7 p.m. With locations in Brooklyn, Chicago, Baltimore and Columbus — Paulie Gees taking the country by storm. This critically acclaimed pizzeria offers Neapolitan-style pies made in a wood-burning oven, along with local beers and wine. During happy hour, you can get their signature and vegan pizzas for $10 and their famous pizza flights for only $20. After you've had your pizza fix, wash it down with discounted specialty cocktails and select wine pours.

R Bar

413 North Front Street | Monday-Friday, 2-8 p.m. on non-nationwide arena evet days R Bar is located in the Arena District of downtown Columbus and is the best place in the city to watch a game thanks to their more than 30 flat screen TVs. They offer a rotating, seasonal tap full of local craft beers, as well as an extensive menu full of your sports bar favorites. Visit during happy hour for a plethora of discounted drinks and their famous appetizers at half the usual price.

Sidebar 122

122 East Main Street | Monday, Wednesday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. Nestled downtown, Sidebar 122 is a go-to spot for live jazz, upscale cuisine and high-quality service. Their menu features dishes with Mediterranean flare intermingled with South American inspired small-plates. During their happy hour, you can enjoy $2-$4 bottled beer, $6 wine, $10 pizzas, and much more! Plus, don't forget to stop by on Tuesdays for their "Tapas Tuesday" special.

Tip Top Kitchen and Cocktails

73 East Gay Street | Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. Enjoy Ohio comfort foods, fantastic whiskey concoctions, live music and pinball — all in this artsy neighborhood bar. You can enjoy their happy hour during the week, which offers $2 off Ohio draft beers, $3 Watershed Liquors and half-off select appetizers. Also, make sure to visit during the weekend whenever you can and grab brunch (our favorite meal of the day) from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.  

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January
29

No Reservations Required: 10 Incredible Walk-In Only Restaurants in Columbus

Forgot to make a reservation for your date this weekend? Or maybe your friends called and want to go out last minute tonight but now everything is booked? Don't worry — we've got you covered. Columbus is home to many restaurants that don't take reservations. Provided you're willing to wait just a couple extra minutes — you can enjoy a fantastic meal without all of the fuss. Plus, while you wait you can grab a drink nearby and soak in the sights of our amazing city. We've rounded up our favorite restaurants in Columbus that don't take reservations. Whether you're looking for an incredible poké bowl or maybe a mouth-watering slice of pizza — this list has a spot everyone will enjoy!

Portia's Cafe

4428 Indianola Avenue This vegan eatery is both casual and classy, offering dishes made from gluten-free, GMO-free, organic and locally sourced ingredients. Here you can grab a wrap, a bowl, a plethora of salads and soups along with delicious smoothies and vegan desserts.

Bodega

1044 North High Street   Bodega encourages you to come for the beer and stay for the food, and we couldn't agree more. They offer over 200 beers, 47 of them on tap, along with a fresh and inventive American pub-style menu. On Monday, be sure to stop in for their "$1 Grilled Cheese Monday" special which may be the best thing ever.

Arepazo Tapas and Wine

92 North High Street Arepazo is a cozy restaurant settled in Gahanna, perfect for a business lunch, family gathering or a romantic date night. They serve incredible, authentic South American cuisine paired with great wine and cocktail selections. While you're there, be sure to grab a bottle of their famous Cilantro sauce to take home because we promise, once you get a taste, you'll want to put it on every meal you ever have.

Hai Poké

647 North High Street Even though their menu is constantly expanding, it's Hai Poké's incredible poké bowl that has been featured on NPR, 1870 Magazine, The Columbus Dispatch (and Cutler Real Estate's Blog) and many other publications. What with fresh fish, tofu, veggies and rice along with homemade sauces — you can't go wrong!

Northstar Café

4241 North High Street | 951 North High Street | 4015 Townsfair Way | 109 South State Street

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At Northstar, you'll find locally and sustainably sourced food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. From delicious sandwiches and burgers to handcrafted pizzas and salads — they've got a little something for everyone!  

Mickey's Late Night Slice

268 South Fourth Street | 457 North High Street Have you ever wandered around the city late at night, trying to find a good meal but keep coming up short? Mickey's is open until 3 a.m. on weeknights and 4 a.m. on the weekends and offer delivery throughout the night as well! Not only do they offer delicious pizza at great prices, but their beer and cocktail selection is unbeatable.

Bibibop Asian Grill

Several Locations In 2013, Bibibop opened up their first location in Columbus, bringing the bold flavors and healthy ingredients of South Korea to our incredible city. Since then, they've opened up dozens of locations around the nation, but they remain a Columbus staple with their fast, casual food and incredible atmosphere.

Brassica

680 North High Street | 2212 East Main Street

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With two spectacular Columbus locations and two more coming soon, it's safe to assume that Brassica is something special. They serve healthy (and delicious) sandwiches and salads crafted from organic, local and sustainably sourced ingredients.

Nida's Thai on High

976 North High Street For some of the best Thai cuisine in Columbus, visit Nida's Thai on High. Their authentic, carefully crafted dishes never disappoint and are served along with innovative cocktails in a modern atmosphere.

The Brown Bag Deli

898 Mohawk Street This German Village eatery offers an extensive menu of seasonal dishes along with all of your favorite deli classics. Their sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts are all sensational and the ambiance is perfect for both work lunches or date nights.  

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September
27

The 11 Best Columbus Sports Bars to Cheer on the Buckeyes

Football season is officially underway! If anyone knows how to experience football season to the fullest, it's Ohio State fans. While there's nothing quite like seeing the game in front of your eyes at the Shoe, there's something exciting about cheering on the Buckeyes during away games with fellow fans — and plenty of beer and bar bites to go around. From suburban sports bars to lively pubs nestled in the heart of the city, there are so many places to watch the game. Be a part of the excitement and camaraderie by cheering on the Buckeyes at these exceptional sports bars in Columbus.  

King Avenue Five

Location: 945 King Avenue Located just south of the Ohio State campus, King Avenue Five is a popular destination for lunch, dinner or drinks, including 10 beers on tap. The setup is designed for the ultimate sports experience, including six HDTV projection screens and 22 high-def flat screens around the bar!  

Old Skool

Location: 2941 North High Street It's always a party at Old Skool, a vibrant bar just north of the University District. The industrial interior features plenty of high-res TVs and garage doors opening to a covered outdoor patio. All season long, enjoy drink specials, including $3 drafts and $2 sliders on Saturdays and $4 Great Lakes Brewing Company Pils and $2 sliders on Sundays.  

Olivers

Location: 26 North High Street Olivers Columbus, OH

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Nestled in the heart of downtown, Olivers is a hip industrial eatery with an exceptional menu and a full bar. This central hotspot is known for their live blues shows every Friday and Saturday night and weekday happy hour from 3–7 p.m. With its full bar and delicious pub grub, Olivers is a great place to be during Buckeyes games.  

Eddie George's Grille 27

Location: 775 Yard Street This modern restaurant was founded by the Heisman Trophy-winning Ohio State football star Eddie George, so it is naturally an exceptional place to watch the Buckeyes. The award-winning menu and beverage program completes the experience at this hotspot not far from the South Campus Gateway.  

Three-Legged Mare

Location: 401 North Front Street #150 This Irish-American tavern always has something going on — including live music, darts, pub trivia, rugby, soccer and just about any sporting event. With over 15 televisions and two giant projection screens, you won't miss a single play of the Buckeyes game at Three-Legged Mare!  

Short North Pint House

Location: 780 North High Street Short North Pint House Columbus, OH

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This trendy and vibrant pint house is situated in the heart of the action in the Short North Arts District. The modern industrial interior (with an open roof!) provides the ideal environment for a relaxed brunch or an exciting Buckeyes game. Short North Pint House offers tasty bar bites and an impressive selection of craft beers.  

Coaches Bar & Grill

Location: 1480 Bethel Road Coaches is the place to be during any major sporting event, especially Buckeyes games. This neighborhood hotspot has over 50 TVs, good pub food and a spacious patio. Coaches offers a number of specials throughout the week, including $4 long islands, $5 craft beers, $3 Fireball shots and more.  

Out-R-Inn

Location: 20 Frambes Avenue Out-R-Inn is undeniably one of the most beloved bars for Ohio State fans. In fact, this mainstay has been voted one of the college bars in the country for its pre-game festivities and abundance of drink specials. The distinguishing factor of Out-R-Inn is its unbeatable atmosphere and energy, which keeps patrons (and alumni!) coming back again and again. When the weather is nice, relax on the spacious outdoor patio with picnic tables, TVs and cornhole, or retreat inside to play pool and darts when the weather cools. During big games in the fall and winter, the patio will often be open and equipped with space heaters.    

Varsity Club

Location: 278 West Lane Avenue Varsity Club Columbus, OH

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Located just steps from the Horseshoe, the Varsity Club is a staple for Ohio State fans. This old school pub dates back to 1959 and still offers one of the best game day atmospheres for fans, plus one of the largest tailgate parties in the city. The cozy, wood-clad interior is accompanied by a large outdoor space in the back, where all the tailgating fun takes place!  

Chumley's

Location: 1516 North High Street Chumley's is another popular destination for Ohio State students for its proximity to campus, abundance of drink specials and lively atmosphere. This relatively new addition to the local sports bar scene has plenty of room to roam and large high-res TV screens in every direction. On game day, Chumley's will typically open early in the morning (sometimes as early as 7 a.m.!) for the ultimate pre-game experience.  

The Little Bar

Location: 2195 North High Street The Little Bar is another favorite amongst Ohio State students, but on game day, you'll find a mix of all ages. As can be implied from the name, the inside of The Little Bar is pretty small, but there is a spacious outdoor area with a giant projector playing the game. Plus, you'll find 16 flat-screen TVs throughout The Little Bar, which means you won't miss a play! Don't miss Tiny Gate, considered one of the best tailgate parties in the city.  

Go Buckeyes!

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September
12

The Best Columbus Area Brunch Spots That Should Be On Your List

Nothing soothes the soul quite like brunch. This half-breakfast, half-lunch feast allows you to enjoy perfectly poached eggs, avocado toast, savory hashes, mimosas and more — all at the lazy hour of 11 a.m. (or later). Plus, it's the perfect excuse to catch up with friends and loved ones! We are surrounded by a number of top-notch restaurants in the Columbus area, so when the weekend comes around, there is no shortage of options! We rounded up 11 brunch destinations that should be on your Columbus bucket list. So dig in, because in our opinion, brunch is the most important meal of the week.  

Copious

Facebook | 520 South High Street, Columbus Brunch hours: Weekends | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. In case the name didn't give it away already, you can expect large portions at this Brewery District staple! Copious serves up dishes to feed the soul as well as the body — with options like hearty chicken and waffles with Fresno chili maple syrup, steak and eggs with béarnaise sauce, and hash with short rib, peppers and veggies. Get your dish with a side of white cheddar grits — you won't regret it.  

The Guild House

Facebook | Instagram | 624 North High Street, Columbus Brunch hours: Weekends | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. If atmosphere is high on your priority list when selecting a brunch place, you won't want to overlook The Guild House. With wooden beams, colorful chandeliers, high ceilings and white leather booths, the space is nothing short of breathtaking. Of course, the food is the real star of the show. Come dig into flavorful brunch classics crafted with seasonal ingredients and served up with an inventive twist. If you're looking to indulge a bit, the lobster and eggs is spot on!  

Katalina's

Facebook | Instagram | 1105 Pennsylvania Avenue, Columbus Brunch hours: Daily | 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Situated in Columbus' Short North neighborhood, Katalina's serves up inventive comfort food in colorful digs. The menu is "Latin-leaning and Southern-slanted," and each dish comes packed with flavor! Everything is fantastic, but make sure to grab an order of pancake balls to share with the table — they're worth the hype.  

Lindey's

Facebook | Instagram | 169 East Beck Street, Columbus Brunch hours: Weekends | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Lindey's isn't just a favorite among Columbus residents, it's an institution. The iconic restaurant has served the German Village neighborhood for decades and features an idyllic patio alongside an epic menu. For brunch, you can taste dishes like crab cakes and hash browns topped with a fried egg and hollandaise, or the lemon ricotta pancakes with Ohio maple syrup.  

Milestone 229

Facebook | 229 Civic Center Drive, Columbus Brunch hours: Sunday | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy a flavorful brunch (and maybe a mimosa or two) while overlooking the fountain on the Scioto Mile. There's a reason that Milestone 229 snagged a spot on our list of Columbus' best restaurant patios, but there isn't a bad seat in the house. The brunch menu features mouthwatering options like breakfast nachos, beef brisket hash, bacon and egg pizza, and blueberry pound cake French toast.  

Nada

Facebook | Instagram | 220 West Nationwide Boulevard Brunch hours: Weekends | 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

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Tacos for breakfast? Why not? Nada serves up authentic Mexican street food in a bright, colorful and vibrant space. Stepping into the restaurant for brunch on the weekend is a wonderful way to start the day. Once you're settled at a table, you can order a sparkling breakfast cocktail and peruse the menu — featuring Mexican poutine, chorizo and egg enchiladas, scrumptious eggs Benedict and an impressive selection of street tacos!  

Standard Hall

Facebook | Instagram | 1100 North High Street, Columbus Brunch hours: Weekends | 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Bloody Mary aficionados shouldn't miss the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar at Standard Hall — the offerings are nothing short of epic! Pick your alcohol of choice and spice it up with your desired mix of traditional, spicy or signature tomatillo, a selection of house-blended rims, and a delicious spread of toppings. If you try hard enough, you might be able to make a meal of it! Of course, if your brunch bevvy doesn't fill you up, there are plenty of delicious menu offerings to satisfy a wide range of taste buds.  

Skillet

Facebook | 410 Whittier Street, Columbus Brunch hours: Wednesday-Sunday | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. This brunch-centric eatery serves up seasonal, farm-to-table comfort food with inventive twists. The menu is ingredient-driven, which means that it changes from time to time to incorporate the best in-season flavors, but you'll always find a varied selection of pastries, egg dishes, grits, biscuits and hashes that will satisfy the soul.  

The Table

Facebook | Instagram | 21 East Fifth Avenue, Columbus Brunch hours: Weekends | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Step into this cozy yet modern space to enjoy some of the best, locally sourced fare in the 614! The Table offers a wide variety of globally inspired dishes, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. We are particularly fond of the shakshuka, a North African-style dish with poached eggs in a spicy tomato sauce with charred veggies, feta, black olives and pita. And the Dutch Baby — a gigantic, fluffy, egg-based pancake dish — shouldn't be overlooked either!  

The Whitney House

Facebook | Instagram | 666 High Street, Worthington Brunch hours: Weekends | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The boozy breakfast cereals at The Whitney House are reason enough to make the short trek to Worthington for brunch. Fruit Loops, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cookie Crisp and Cocoa Puffs are all served alongside milk and a careful selection of complementary liqueurs that take your meal to the next level. Order one of these as an appetizer and explore the rest of the menu offerings, which include rustic and soul-warming dishes crafted from fresh and local ingredients.  

Wolf's Ridge Brewing

Facebook | Instagram | 215 North 4th Street, Columbus Brunch hours: Weekends | 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Wolf's Ridge Brewing made our list of the best breweries in Columbus, but flavorful craft beer isn't the only thing this place does right. The brunch menu, featuring items like confetti doughnuts, beef tartare, poutine, tartines and Benedicts, is on point as well. We are fans of the Toad in the Hole, which boasts eggs from Copia Farm, Applewood smoked bacon, fingerling potatoes, stout cheese sauce and brioche. It's perfection — and it pairs very well with a beermosa!  

Enjoy your meal!

What are your favorite brunch spots in the Columbus area? Share your recommendations with us in the comments below.
November
10

9 Columbus Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner

This post was updated on October 22, 2019 to reflect the most current information.

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite days of the year, not only because it gives us an excuse to eat everything in sight, but also because it provides an incredible opportunity to relax and spend time with loved ones. Of course, sometimes the chore of preparing a full-blown feast can cut into your relaxation time. If you prefer to leave the cooking to someone else this year, consider making a reservation at a local restaurant instead. These Columbus hot spots are hosting Turkey Day celebrations with seasonal fare and plenty of good cheer, so you can spend that extra time considering what you are thankful for—primarily, no dishes.

All of these restaurants will be serving a meal on Thanksgiving day, November 28th, 2019, unless otherwise noted.

The Boat House

679 W Spring Street, Columbus | 10:30 am-3 pm At the confluence of the Olentangy and Scioto rivers sits the Boat House, one of our city's most special dining experiences. On Thanksgiving, come enjoy the views and an elegant champagne buffet with brunch items and some Thanksgiving favorites! You'll also have access to bottomless mimosas all day, snow crab legs, amazing views and live entertainment.  Call 614-469-0000 or click here to make a reservation.  

The Berwick

3250 Refugee Road, Columbus | 11 am-5 pm The Berwick, a family-owned event venue, is known for its mouthwatering Italian cuisine. The restaurant hosts an annual Thanksgiving buffet, and this year's is expected to be the best yet! Indulge in all of your holiday favorites for just $27.50 ($14 for kids). If you'd prefer a take out option, the Berwick has you covered! Order for the family and enjoy your meal at home. Call 614-235-7100 to book your spot.  

Coopers Hawk Winery

4230 The Strand, Columbus | November 19th, 11 am-9 pm Butternut squash soup, slow-roasted turkey, and cranberry sauce—oh my! Coopers Hawk Winery will host a special Thanksgiving dinner on November 19th to celebrate the occasion. Accompany your meal with the suggested Riesling Chenin Blanc or a cranberry sangria from the winery. For reservations, click here or call  614-428-6999.  

J Liu Restaurant and Bar

6880 N High Street, Worthington50 W. Bridge Street, Dublin10 am-5 pm J Liu, recognized for its fresh ingredients and modern fare, will host a special Thanksgiving buffet in celebration of the holiday. Expect all of your seasonal favorites with a bit of a contemporary twist! Call 614-888-1818 to reach the Worthington location, or 614-718-1818 to reach Dublin.    

Lindey's

169 East Beck Street, Columbus11 am-6 pm Nestled in the heart of German Village, Lindey's is a long-time favorite for locals and visitors alike. The establishment is known for its thoughtful and inventive cuisine, and the menu will not disappoint on Thanksgiving! Expect artisan farm boards, rotisserie pork belly, maple brined turkey, aged duck, roasted Brussels sprouts and so much more. For reservations, click here or call 614-228-4343.  

Tucci's

35 North High Street, Dublin11 am-5 pm

Photo courtesy of Tucci's 

Known for its gorgeous outdoor patio and high-quality steaks, Tucci's is an elegant option for anyone looking to get out of the house on Thanksgiving. The three-course dinner is just $50 per person, and will not disappoint. For reservations, call 614-792-3466.  

The Guild House

624 North High Street, Columbus6:30 am-Close This artisan eatery features creative new American cuisine in the Short North Arts District. Come experience it during Thanksgiving! The restaurant will serve its normal breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, as well as a prix-fixe dinner with optional wine pairings. Call 614-280-9780 to make a reservation.  

Nicola Restaurant + Bar 

4740 Reed Road, Columbus | 11:30 am-6:30pm This cozy Italian eatery is serving a Thanksgiving meal with specials, including their traditional Thanksgiving plate with all the fixings. Make a reservation and enjoy their offerings with all of your friends and family! Click here to make a reservation.  

Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills

21190 State Route 374, Logan12-5 pm  Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and head into Hocking Hills for a quick getaway! On Thanksgiving Day, the inn will host a multi-course dinner with traditional fare. Think: savory turkey, decadent sides and homemade pies. Reservations are required. Call 740-385-7489 for reservations.      

Happy Thanksgiving!

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