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May 16, 2010 09:06 AM

Ohio Adventures

Hello all. I'm a NY hounder and food blogger who will be driving from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati and then down into Kentucky.

I'm looking for any unusual and authentic food adventures for my journey. I've spent some time in both Pittsburgh and Cincinnati and will probably hit the usual spots (Skyline, Primanti, etc.). I know I will be going to Jeni's in Columbus for some amazing ice cream.

I'm looking for any other recommendations for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I am open to all food. Thankfully, no allergies.

Thanks in advance. Looking forward to the trip.

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  1. If you're going to Columbus you've got to try 62 Barbecue in Johnstown, OH.

    1. Sweeney, if you are planning to visit Jeni's in C-bus, strongly suggest you try it at the North Market location. If you are not familiar, the North Market is Columbus' version of Pike's Place or Reading Terminal, a large enclosed market area with a variety of food and specialty booths. Plan a meal around it. There are lots of great places there - the Thai pho is great, the corned beef about the best in town, the chocolate booth has won numerous awards. Here is a link to information:

      North Market
      59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215

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      1. re: Diane in Bexley

        Thanks Diane. That's the location I've been to before and my plan is to return there. I didn't explore much more of the market last time. I just may have to put some time aside to walk around. Thanks!

      2. When I was living close to Columbus one of our favorites was Schmidt's Sausage Haus. I am not normally a fan of All you can eat buffets, but I make an exception for the Autobahn Buffet at Schmidts. It's the best way to try all of the sausages and delicious sides. Also the cream puffs are gigantic and delicious. Just writing about it makes me want to take a day trip back down there.

        Columbus, Columbus, OH

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        1. re: justlauralibrarian

          I've been to Schmidt's once before and i enjoyed it quite a bit, although i missed the buffet. I might have to return. Thanks!

        2. We've been stopping at Mehlman's for lunch on our road trips-amazing value for the quality of the food-

          1. My Columbus suggestion would be the Thurman Cafe.


            I have been going for about 20 years and I hop to have another 20 years to go....

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            1. re: JanPrimus

              This weekend we saw a tourism commerical promoting all things Ohio, and in one part they showed people talking about this huge burger. I'm thinking it was the Thurman Cafe.

              1. re: Fibber McGee

                The Thurman Cafe is great. It is also very popular and has very, very limited seating. It is even more crowded now that it has been featured on things like Man v Food. It is the kind of place where the wait can be well over an hour. So it might not be the best place for a quick stop while coming through Columbus. That said, you could swing by and if the wait is too long, you could go to Schmidt's or Barcelona or Katzinger's which are all fairly close to the Thurman Cafe.