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North Market for lunch? (Columbus, OH)

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I'm on the hunt for a casual lunch spot in Columbus, preferably something near a Jeni's ice cream location!

I'm meeting up with my parents the day after Thanksgiving and the North Market seems like it would be a fun place to hang out and grab lunch. Are there places to sit and enjoy a leisurely lunch? Or is it a pretty bustling atmosphere like the West Side Market in Cleveland?

The other options I'm looking at are Barley's and Northstar Cafe. Thoughts for or against? Thanks!

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  1. I just realized I asked a similar question last year and had forgotten. Sorry about that!

    1. There is limited seating on the main floor and ample space upstairs. Apart from Saturdays, the North Market is easily manageable. Less cramped than the West Side Market in Cleveland. In addition to Jeni's (!) be sure to check out Omega Baking. Also Lac Viet for some strong, sweet Vietnamese ice coffee.

      Don't know Barley's, but I can vouch for Northstar in the Short North. Food is mostly very good and the place is bustling, friendly and fun. Very informal. Check out their menu online. Another worthwhile option to consider is Katzinger's Deli in German Village (but prepare to stand in line for 15-20 mins at peak lunch hour).

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      North Market
      59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215

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      1. re: burton

        I really appreciate the tips.

        Flatiron Bar and Diner looks good too. I'll have to make note of all these suggestions for future visits.

      2. I don't think there is any "non-casual" lunch here in Cbus, honestly. Its not in the North Market - but perhaps Rigsby's for lunch followed by some Jeni's?

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        Rigsby's Restaurant
        698 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43215

        North Market
        59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215