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Aug 31, 2006 09:17 PM

Foodie traveling to Columbus, OH; Looks for recommendations

Hello Chowhounds. I will be working in Columbus, OH for a couple of days. My co-workers and I are foodies and have a pretty good expense budget, so we are looking for restaurant & beer bar recommendations. We will be staying near the Crossroads Business Park off I-270. Any suggestions (casual to white table cloth) gladly accepted and places to get a good beer (like Winking Lizard) would be great!

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  1. Two nice places I'd recommend are Alana's (2333 N. High) and Handke's (520 S Front). Alana's is my favorite restaurant in Columbus. Helmut Handke wins international competitions.

    Schmidt's (240 E Kossuth) is a Columbus institution. You pig out at the all you can eat sausage buffet and then get a cream puff for dessert.

    Barley's (467 N High) is a good place for a beer. It was a brew pub back before brew pubs were cool. And try their sauerkraut balls.

    1. Barcelona. You won't be disappointed.

      1. I would recommend the Worthington Inn. It is in a historic location near where you're staying, and the menu is creative and uses a lot of locally grown produce. It sometimes has an older crowd, but the food is wonderful and they have nice happy hour specials and a great bar menu if you're looking for something more casual. The website is If you specifically want a Winking Lizard, also, there is one on Bethel Road. Also in Worthington (this suburb is very near to Crosswoods), there is a nice bar called Old Bag of Nails. It has a few locations in Columbus. They have a good beer menu and tasty fish and chips.

        1. If you're going to Columbus, it's not a complete trip without a stop at CAP CITY FINE DINER ( Order their Maytag Bleu Cheese Potato Chips. Holy smoke.

          Save room for dessert.

          1. Sarabeth, the Crossroads area has a lot of restaurants, nearly all of them chain outlets, but that doesn't mean they are bad. J. Alexander's, Columbus Fish Market, J. Gilbert's are pretty good. The Short North area on N. High St. is where you will find more unique, Chowish kind of fare. Haiku, Burgundy Room, R. J. Snapper's, Mac's (Scottish bar with great pub food, very cheap), Abrazzi for Italian/steaks. In German Village area I second Barcelona, if weather is nice they have a great patio, also try G. Michael, definitely a white table cloth place. The Mohawk is a great place for a beer and sandwich or blue plate special, very inexpensive. Hope this gives you some choices and diversity. Write back and share where you went and your reviews.