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Feb 27, 2007 01:57 PM

Good eats in Columbus

Atlanta hound heading to Columbus for a conference--staying at the Crown Plaza near the Convention Center, will have a car. Looking for suggestions for a few dinners--any must haves, etc.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. I'd head a few blocks north into the Short North district on High Street and try Rigsby's or the Burgundy Room, or if you want something casual, Betty's or Surly Girl Saloon. Or a bit further into Victorian Village, Basi Italia.

    And your hotel is right by the North Market which I recommend visiting at lunchtime - great vietnamese sandwiches, ice cream and other treats from a wide range of vendors.

    1. I really love Burgundy Room in the Short North, too ( They have a great wine selection and very creative tapas-sized plates. The Flatiron near the convention center on Nationwide Blvd. is owned by the Rigsby's people and has really goos upscale bar food. Also, G. Michael's in German Village is one of my favorites ( It is owned by the same people that own Burgundy Room. Lindey's in German Village is a local favorite and the food is always dependable. It's good for people-watching, too - the bar is always crowded. They have upscale continental-style food. I agree with North Market for lunches - it's a fun place to look around and there are a lot of good vendors.

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      1. re: Lauren in OH

        I work in the area and second Lauren's suggestions for the Flatiron and Burgundy Room. For lunch within walking distance, try Mac's on N. High St., very good Scottish pub food (hambergers, salads, soups). If you have access to a car, try Trattoria Roma in Grandview, they have a weekly special M-F until 6 p.m. for 2 pasta entrees for $20. Martini's is a Cameron Mitchell restaurant, a lot of Chowhounds will object, but I think they do a good job.

      2. The Dispatch recently named the top 10 and top 20 restaurants here:

        I've been to the Worthington Inn (several times) and L'Antibes, and both were excellent.

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        1. One more comment - your question is pretty broad. It might help if you note whether you're looking for fine dining, specific kind of ethnic food, whatever else you enjoy in food.

          1. You will be near a good brewpub -- Barley's. It was a brewpub before those things popped up on every corner. Try the sauerkraut balls.

            You will be by High Street, the main North/South artery of Columbus. Slightly to your south is downtown. Then south of downtown is German Village and the Brewery District. Around your hotel is now called the Arena District. The restaurants in the Arena District are mostly chains (Buca di Beppo, etc.) Go north and you will be in the Short North which has several independent restaurants and some art galleries. Keep going north and you will hit the OSU campus. German Village and the Short North are your best bets. You'd probably want to drive to German Village, but you can easily walk to the Short North. North of campus is a really good restaurant called Alana's.

            Because of the university, there are a lot of good ethnic places. Anything that particularly interests you?

            A Columbus institution is Schmidt's in German Village. They have an all you can eat sausage buffet. You shouldn't miss it.

            Skip any of the Cameron Mitchell restaurants.