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Needs some recs near Columbus Ohio

FrankC Oct 25, 2009 05:47 AM

I will be in Colmbus/Pickerington Ohio for the next few days on business. Looking for some good food from spots enjoyed by locals. I am very adventurous with food so all ethic choices are on the board. I am not looking for fine dining just great food from small non chain places.

Thanks in advance.

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    Diane in Bexley Feb 2, 2010 03:38 PM

    North of Pickerington on Rt. 256 (juat south of Livingston) is Scali, a very good Italian restaurant with very family friendly prices and many homemade pasta, chicken and veal dishes.

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    1. re: Diane in Bexley
      wellbaked Aug 3, 2013 01:39 AM

      Good call, best meatball I ever had.

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      nemis Jan 30, 2010 08:30 AM

      Frank C,
      A great place to check out is the North Market -35 local vendors
      Third and Hollywood in Grandview: http://www.thirdandhollywood.com/
      Sage American Bistro : http://www.sageamericanbistro.com/
      Bono's Pizza: Literally in the back of a convenience store
      Indian Oven: http://www.indianoven.com/
      Cucos Mexican Taqueria :http://www.cucostaqueria.com/
      Cafe Brisos : http://www.cafebrioso.com/ -great coffee shop
      Pistacia Vera : http://www.pistaciavera.com/ -Best desserts and pastries in town

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      1. re: nemis
        uhockey Jan 30, 2010 10:36 AM

        He probably wanted these recs in October. ;-)

        1. re: uhockey
          The Chowhound Team Jan 30, 2010 12:37 PM

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        jondubus Oct 27, 2009 05:35 PM

        I would check out the Columbus Dispatch too, for their top 20 Columbus restaurants. I've been to Rigsby's often and vouch wholeheartedly. I've liked Barcelona and G. Michael's Bistro immensely in nearby German Village, very close to downtown. Both with great food and wines. Barcelona (now my go-to restaurant) has Tapas but the non-tapas Spanish is outstanding too- all is well executed+ live jazz on some nights. G. Michaels is cozy if you sit at the bar: a good light dinner is just two of their many appetizers. Stroll down the street from there to Hausfrau Haven, a funky, delightful gift and wine shop. For lunches try pricey but great deli stuff at Katzinger's on the same street (Fourth St.) as G. Michael's and Hausfrau. My wife gets to Columbus more often than me and loves the tuna at Mitchell's Steakhouse, downtown. I've been disapointed at Handke's Cuisine in the brewery district, especially given the expense. All the above have websites and are easily googled if you add Columbus, OH on the end.

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        1. re: jondubus
          jondubus Oct 27, 2009 06:08 PM

          Ohh, big oversight on my previous post: let me give a huge 2nd to Pistaccia Vera (also on 4th in GV) in uhockey's post. I happen to be diabetic, but if I ever wanted to do myself in, that's where I'd go. Fabulous desserts-only one bite for me, alas.

          1. re: jondubus
            uhockey Oct 28, 2009 02:45 AM

            Handke's closed its doors - the food was good, the service.....not.

          2. uhockey Oct 25, 2009 11:39 AM

            Great Vegetarian - Dragonfly and On the Fly, Pattycake Bakery
            Great Japanese - Kihachi
            Great Overall - Refectory, Rigsby's, Luce, Alana's
            Great Desserts - Pistaccia Vera, Piece of Cake
            Great Bakery - Omega
            Great Burger - Thurman's
            Great Locavore - See also Great Overall and add Black Creek Bistro
            Great Ice Cream - Denise's, Jeni's
            Great Pizza - Spagio, Luce
            Great Sushi - none, just go to Kihachi and order whatever they have that is raw.

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