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Jan 27, 2005 04:26 PM

Columbus, OH Good eats -- No Chains!!!!

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There is a noticeable dearth of threads about Columbus OH. I come here 7-10 days every 4-6 weeks, and am still struggling to find good places. Here are my favorites: Starliner Diner and The Yard Club in Hilliard; La Plaia and a Middle Eastern Place in a biggish strip mall off of Cleveland Ave. (sorry to be vague here, its near one of my customers) and Figlio's. As my office is near Hilliard, West side recommendations will be especially appreciated. Also any recommendations for real Chinese food or other Asian. I'm from Seattle, and the Chinese food in Columbus (up to now, but I'm willing to be convinced....) falls far short. Thanks to all who respond!

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  1. I like Yoshi's for sushi on Frantz Road (Dublin), La Plaza Tapatia at Westland Mall for Mexican (but a little bit of a bad location in the dark), El Vaquero on Riverside Drive for Tex-Mex that's cheap with fast service, Sher-E-Punjab in Kenny Center for good Indian food, and Thai Taste in the same place for good Thai. Hilliard is the land of the chains, so you may need to venture towards downtown and Short North for more trendy places. In that area, I like Burgundy Room for wine and tapas-like plates, L'Antibes for great French food, Alana's on campus for creative fusion, and Japan Oriental on campus for good Korean. Also, The Refectory on Bethel ( has great French food and a bargain weekly bistro menu that has 3 courses for a really cheap price, like $25, I think. Good luck with your explorations - post if you find other good places!

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      Monique in OH

      My faves tend to be downtown or short north as well. Indian Oven on Broad and Main (?) is a favorite for indian. Kooma near the north market area has great sushi (better than Haiku with none of the attitude IMO) And Zen Cha is a cute place on High street in the short north that serves at least 40 different teas.

      I moved here from LA years ago, and I'm still looking for a "roscoes chicken n waffles" type place for brunch. If you discover one, let me know.

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      1. re: Monique in OH

        fyi---that chicken and waffles dish was invented by WELLS RESTAURANT in good old harlem. guess where roscoe used to work pre-la? ha!

        there was a very nice soul food place i used to like in columbus called MARBLE GANG, but i think its closed now. not sure if they had that dish anyway as i do not recall ordering it there. post if you find a place!

        1. re: mrnyc

          Linden Cafe--on the corner of 11th and Cleveland Ave has chicken and waffles on the menu. And yes, it is quite good!

        2. re: Monique in OH

          Good luck on the fried chicken on waffles -- just drive straight up to Detroit and go to the Detroit Breakfast House and Grill on Woodward in downtown Detroit.

        3. Sorry - Refectory's website is There is also another good Korean place on Bethel called Min-Ga and I like the Chinese food at Hunan Lion on Bethel, although it is not the best ever. The Grandview Heights area is not far from Hilliard and has some good places, like Trattoria Roma for good Italian food and Braddock's for low-country type fancied-up dishes. Spagio in the same area also has good "spa-type" and is a lot like Figlio. I like it too.

          1. Moy's, on High opposite OSU, has good Chinese. Katzinger's, 3 mi south of campus, is an excellent deli and gourmet market. Tony's is a good Italian resaturant. Handke's is a nice upscale place.

            1. It's been maybe 5 years or so since I've eaten at Linde's, but some folks I ran into from Columbus over the weekend tell me its still there and good. This place is in German Village. I imagine that part of town could be considered a bit touristy, but Linde's is a real nice restaurant. If you don't like Linde's you can find some other places, just strolling around that area.
              Good Luck