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Mar 29, 2008 01:51 PM

Lunch near Columbus Ohio Airport?

We are flying into Columbus and driving to Cleveland (cheap skybus tickets). Looking for a non fast food place to grab lunch, probably closer to Columbus than to Cleveland. All cusines fine - pubs are good too as usually our whole family can find things they like.


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  1. Suggest you check out the large upscale shopping center that is probably right on your way from the airport to the highway to Cleveland - Easton Town Center - lots of places to eat there - great shopping also,

    1. If you're driving from the Columbus airport, it probably means you're either taking 670 to 71N, or taking 270 around to 71N. If you overshoot 71N a little bit on 670, you'll get to the 3rd/4th Street exits which will bring you to the Short North. Lots of independent places to eat there. If you want to bypass downtown Columbus altogether, take the Polaris exit off of 71N, there are tons of choices in both directions. If you go right, Carfagna's Kitchen has great casual Italian - pastas, subs, pizzas, etc. To the left, there's a bunch of chain places (Olive Garden, TGIFridays, etc, Claddaugh Irish Pub, Red Robin, etc) plus a few independents like Marcella's, Ha Long Bay (Vietnamese). We never have a problem finding somewhere to eat at Polaris - something always just ends up calling out to us, so to speak.

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      1. re: columbusfoodie

        When I was stuck at the airport in 20 and half inches of snow a couple weeks ago (actually, the Holiday Inn down the street) I was able to make it to the 94th Aero Squadron, located on airport grounds. Maybe it was because I was stuck at the airport in 20 and a half inches of snow, but I quote enjoyed my meal there.

      2. I second Easton towncenter. Also check out and search "Bon Vie" a restaurant in Easton and many other Columbus ohio restaurants!

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        1. re: nemis

          I checked out the Easton towncenter and there are several places that will work for us. Thanks very much! Without you guys I would have ended up at a chain or fast food place!

          1. re: Ally Cat

            While Easton does indeed offer some great choices, the great majority of them actually are chains.
            There used to be three Cafe Istanbul, but they sadly recently closed the one in Dayton.

            1. re: Ally Cat

              Be sure to let us know where you go and your experience. While there are "chains" in Easton some are of the regional type or very limeted in number. For example, Restaurant Hama is an outgrowth of one in Venice, CA. Most of the other chains are ones that you don't find on every corner.

          2. Yikes!! With the demise of Skybus, what now?

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            1. re: TMWeddlle

              I think we are doomed!!!

              If we can get some free frequent flyer tickets we will still come, but otherwise....

              Thanks again for all of your suggestions...

              1. re: TMWeddlle

                Yes, that's a very expensive route from Ca. I traveled the reverse last week and while the airfare was OK, the cost for the rental car that I drove from Cleveland to Columbus was brutal.

                My 1st stop in Columbus: Skyline Chili, 4 way sans beans.