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Intermediately priced B-day rec in Columbus, Ohio?

Long story short, the whole family is not available for my birthday celebration this weekend. We are postponing the big event to later in the month. HOWEVER, I share this birthday with my mother and the 2 of us will be going out for an Intermediately expensive, celebratory dinner this Saturday. Mother is 81, of European culture & native, not into Indian/Thai/Mexican very spicy or very adventerous eating. We prefer small, owner operated restaurants where local food ingredients are carefully prepared. Would like to stay under $25/entree and do something different.

The "usual suspects" are Barcelona, G. Michael, Lindey's, Lola's, Hunan House, Trattorria Roma, The Top, so we are looking for something else. No Clarmont, please, for reasons I have discussed elsewhere. We have driven to Shaw's in Lancaster and Pine Supper Club in Dayton, so distance is not as important as good food. Thanks in advance!

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Clarmont
684 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215

Lindey's
169 E. Beck Street, Columbus, OH 43206

Hunan House
2157 S Mission St Ste C, Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

Hacienda Santa Rosa
3535 Calumet Ave, Manitowoc, WI 54220

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  1. A few thoughts off the top of my head - Knead, Skillet, Park Street Cafe, Rigsby's, or Basi.

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

    1. If the Pine Club wasn't too far, you may like The Winds in Yellow Springs.

      http://www.windscafe.com/

      1. Diane - what about Camerons on 161? I took my parents there (they are in their 80s) and they loved it. I find the food is consistently quite good.

        1. Hands down - make the drive to Luce Enoteca. The owner/chef is the former chef at M @ Miranova and The Loft at BoMA. Fantastic and well priced Italian food - cheaper than Rigsby's and on the same level.

          http://uhockey.blogspot.com

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

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          1. What about the Refectory's Bistro Menu?

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            1. re: quirkydeb

              Best food in the city is at Refectory - and that menu is a STEAL.

              http://uhockey.blogspot.com