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Nov 8, 2006 02:00 PM

Need Columbus Ohio Help

I will be spending considerable time in Columbus and need some recs. Already tried Handkes(stuffy but fabulous miso roasted sablefish)and Rigsbys (pretty good..great wine list).
Gimmie the scoop!
Thanks, Moe

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  1. G. Michael's in German VIllage is very good and dependable for upscale continental food with an Italian influence. I love Worthington Inn in Worthington - they have a creative chef who uses a lot of local ingredients, and they have some good happy hour specials in their bar ( Burgundy Room in the Short North has great tapas-style portions and a huge selection of wines by the glass ( Z Cucina in Grandview Heights on Grandview Avenue is a new favorite of mine for pasta and creative specials (husband had a rabbit dish there that was wonderful). Website is I'm looking forward to other people's recs - there are so many good places to eat in Columbus that sometimes really good ones get out of my heavy rotation!

    1. Are you focused on fine dining? Or interested in the cheaper but good places too? For happy hour, Burgandy Room, Rigsby's and Mojoe Lounge in the Short North do great appetizers. Surly Girl and Betty's have the best in the way of bar food, and both of their kitchens are open fairly late. Surly has about 2 dozen microbrews on tap as well. On the fine dining scale, try Dragonfly -- all vegan, and the best presentation in Columbus. For lunch, Bodega and Northstar in the Short North and Benevolence near the North Market are good bets.

      1. Alana's 2333 N. High St.
        L'Antibes 772 N High St

        Some good ethnic choices are:

        Chinese - Panda Inn (ask for the Chinese menu which is also in English) 1446 Bethel Rd
        Indian - Udipi Cafe 2001 E Dublin Granville Rd
        Vietnamese - Lac Viet in the North Market
        Indonesian - Taste of Bali 2548 Bethel Road
        Turkish - Anatolia Cafe 1097 Worthington Woods
        Thai - Nongs Hunan Express (don't let the name fool you) 1634 Northwest
        Greek - Taverna Opa 961 S High St
        Korean - Min Ga 800 Bethel
        Ethiopian - Blue Nile 2361 N High
        Venezuelan - El Arepazo 47 N. Pearl
        Somali / Italian - Marka Bistro 3322 Morse
        Cambodian / Mexican - Lindo's 3203 Sullivant
        Peruvian owned diner with great chorizo omlettes - Jack and Benny's 2563 N High
        all you can eat sausage buffet - Schmidts 240 E Kossuth
        deli - Katzinger’s 475 S. 3rd
        pastries - La Chatelaine 1550 W Lane Ave

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        1. re: kura kura

          Pasteries...Pistachio bakery!
          Amazing upscale updated French pasteries. You MUST try it! Check out their website: - it's in the short north...

          1. re: Lauren in OH

            Really? That sucks. What if I get a sudden craving for Saganaki?

            1. re: kura kura

              I liked Happy Greek on Hight Street last time I was there. Also, the Opa people own Dan's Drive-in on the South Side, and i think they are serving some Greek food there now.

          2. Moe, you don't state where you will be located or your price range, so I am giving suggestions for all kinds of stuff:

            The North Market - right off High St. across from the Convention Center has booths with all kinds of ethnic and organic food. Try Barry's Deli, Jeni's ice cream, the Mexican food, Bob the Fish Guy. The choclate place and Mozart's pastries are very good too.

            Short North - The Burgundy room is great for late night small dishes, Mac's has terrific burger, there is a Greek place (Happy Greek??), Rigsby's for fine dining, North Star (coffee bar), Zen Cha team room (bubble tea). Dessert places = A Piece of Cake and Pistaschio's. Try Abbracio's for steak or Lu Pon Chee (spelling may not be correct) for Asian.

            German Village - agree on G. Michael's, also try Barcelona, Lindy's for fine dining. The Mohawk is classic diner food and great burgers. The Thurman Cafe for sandiwches. The Clarmont is a Columbus institution for 50+ years.

            Bexley - The Top is also a Columbus institution for 50+ years specializing in steak, $$. Try the Bexley Monk which also has great music.

            I like the Cameron Mitchell restaurants (except for Molly Woo) and don't think you can go wrong at these. Have fun!