Steaks in Columbus OH or vicinity
Going in 2 weeks to visit son at college near Columbus and he wants to go out for steaks while we are there (claims to have a protein deficiency from the cafeteria - ha).
So, I'm looking for suggestions for northern Columbus, maybe Easton Center mall, or Newark OH (he's actually in Granville). Last year we went to L'Antibes and it was great, but now we're looking for something different.
Thanks in advance.
Thanks for the tip on Manna, my family is still living in the Granville area, and I'm always desperate for places to eat out there [usually make them come to Columbus!]
The Top is pretty old-fashioned [so is big hair]... if you visit a "newer" establishment, the atmosphere is likely to be more casual. I go to Hyde Park on the cap [Short North] wearing a skirt and flip flops, and they don't seem to mind.
I just realized that I never gave any feedback on this thread. (I always like to hear back from people on these forums.)
We went to The Top and had a very nice meal. It was a wicked night out (I seriously was looking out for tornadoes!) and I was a little worried the power was going to go out in the restaurant - but it didn't, and everyone carried on as usual.
We had very good service. Our waitress kept a close eye on the teenagers, refilling their drinks and bringing more bread (!) often. It was a very old fashioned steak house kind of meal. Three of us had steaks, the roommate had ribs. I had a really good sweet potato in there too. The college kids (my son brought his roommate) were thrilled.
People were pretty dressed up in there (is BIG hair a popular thing in Ohio?!), but we were in Dockers, black pants. The teens weren't dressed too great (not jeans - but flip flops!) and no one seemed to care.
We also had a great meal that weekend at La Manna in Newark (a recommendation from my son - he's such a foodie!). I wrote about that someplace else on here.
I'm going to keep all these suggestions as we go about 4 times a year.
Thanks again everyone!
Though it is a chain, I suggest Smith and Wollennsky at Easton. I am not a chain patron and I as a rule don't go out for steaks as I feel I can usually make my own better at home. Both of those being said, it is nice to go out for steak to a place where you know you will have a piece of meat that's at least as good if not better than what you can do at home and S&W has done well by me. My hubby and I went there through a flukey series of events a few months ago. Since I'm not a chain diner, I have never had an interest in S&W but that's wheere we wound up that day. There meat is dry aged (except for the filet) and is fabulous. The wine list is fab as well and not as insultingly high as at some chain places.
The Mitchell's I mentioned was the Mitchell's Steakhouse at 23 at the Crosswoods, Worthington area. The "new" Ocean Club at Easton got a good review in the Columbus Dispatch Weekender today, though:
There is also another steakhouse at Easton, a chain one called Smith and Wollensky, but it got so-so reviews. I haven't tried it.
The Top is one of the best steaks in Columbus. It has been there forever and is the real thing. It is an experience of stepping back in time, with no pretension. The steaks are the reason they exist. They do what they do very well, and have not had to try to update the decor to something trendy.
2981 E. Main St. Columbus
I really like the Hyde Park Grille on Old Henderson. They also have a place at the Crosswoods in Worthington, but I haven't been to that location. I think the service, food, and atmosphere are wonderful (http://www.hydeparkrestaurants.com/hydepark/index.htm).
Also, Mitchell's Steakhouse at 23 at the crosswoods in Worthington is very good. I don't like most Mitchell places, but the steaks there are great and it is really pretty (http://www.cameronmitchell.com/). I don't think you would go wrong with either place.