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Columbus: need good food and TVs for watching game

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I'm a relative newbie to Columbus -- friends are joining us for dinner this weekend from out of town, but my husband would like to be able to watch the NCAA basketball tournament while we eat. I'd rather that we not be relegated to sub-par food just for the sake of watching the games, but I don't yet know which restaurants have TVs in the dining area. We'll also have 1 child with us who has an adventurous palate. Anything immediately come to mind? My friend loves sushi, by the way. Thanks for your help!

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  1. Rigsby's has televisions in the bar area, as does Luce. Both are superb Italian and Rigsby was a semi-finalist for the Beard Award: Best Chef Great Lakes this year..

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

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    1. re: uhockey

      I can second Luce. Excellent food and wine list.

    2. What kind of food are you looking for?

      Typically you can go into any restaurant that has a bar and they will have TV's on with sports running. No Aki Hana does not have a TV in there but I would not want to hear it when I dine there. The closer you are to Campus, the more likely there will be a TV with sports on. I mean I see the games played at the Mexican and Chinese restaurant across the way. Area District is another good place for you to look.

      Not being a sports fan, I'm not one who will go to restaurants that I have to shout over a game to talk with friends.

      1. Mac's in the Short North has a bar and restaurant eating area and will more than likely have the NCAA game on. Their theme is Scottish food, but they have very good hamburgers, fries, other type bar food, the soups are homemade and the food in general is above average for bar-type food. I would feel comfortable taking a child in there as well.There is a for fee parking lot next door to the cafe.

        http://www.macscafe.com/

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        1. re: Diane in Bexley

          Lots of TVs at Eddie George's place.

          http://www.eddiegeorgesgrille-27.com/...

          Food is decent.

          1. re: Fibber McGee

            "I'd rather that we not be relegated to sub-par food just for the sake of watching the games" -- the original poster.

            1. re: uhockey

              YMMV.

        2. Another place that comes to mind is in Dublin. It's called Sushi.com (terrible name, I know). They are located in a strip mall, but the sushi is really pretty good; their soba noodles with tempura are my favorite in town. They have a couple TVs in this small restaurant. No one is ever really watching them; I don't know why they are there. I'm sure they would accommodate you.