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Oct 12, 2010 01:01 PM

Columbus - Need dinner restaurant

Needs to be in very close walking distance to Hyatt Capitol Square. Prefer something casual like a bar with very good food, where you can wear jeans and get something relatively chow-ish. Need this in a couple of weeks when I will be staying at that Hyatt.

I'm completely unfamiliar with the area. Any suggestions?

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  1. Dirty Franks is within walking distance on 4th street. It's a small bar that serves hot dogs, fresh cut fries, etc. We absolutely love it!

    1. The Flatiron is close by and has a nice bar and the food is always good. It would also be a nice place ot eat if you're alone because a lot of people eat at the bar.

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      1. re: Lauren in OH

        Good choice to ask for places to walk to - taxi service in Columbus sucks. The Flatiron is close to the other Hyatt at the Convention Center 12+ blocks away (if you get that far you may as well explore the Short North area). Downtown does empty out after 6:00 p.m. depending on if anything is going on at the Ohio Theater, the Palace, etc. but it is still relatively safe to travel on foot.

        Dirty Franks and Little Palace are near each other just two blocks away (one block south on Third then one block east on Rich to Fourth). I prefer Little Palace over Dirty Franks but depending on what you consider chowish . . .

        If you want to have a few more choices then two blocks north on Third you come to Gay Street where there is Latitude 41, Tip Top, Due Amici, Plaintain Cafe, Mitchell's Steakhouse (bought by Ruth's Chris a couple of years ago). Columbus is relatively casual, even most upscale restaurants don't frown on nice jeans. If you want a little more upscale then 6-7 blocks south on Third is G. Michael's in German Village (you can still wear jeans) - you will pass Pistacia Vera on your way - a great idea for dessert but they close at 7 p.m. so you can get dessert boxed up.

        Due Amici
        67 E Gay Street, Columbus, OH 43215

        Little Palace
        240 S 4th St, Columbus, OH 43215

        Tip Top
        73 E Gay St, Columbus, OH 43215

        Latitude 41
        50 North Third Street, Columbus, OH 43205

        1. re: Budser1228

          Thank you! Tip Top looks perfect, exactly what I was looking for!

          Tip Top Restaurant
          814 W Maumee St, Adrian, MI 49221

      2. I'd go to Dirty Frank's maybe 10 minute walk or Barley's right across the street from the Convention Center.

        1. There are 2 Hyatts downtown. One is by the convention center. One is south of the statehouse. Everybody confuses them, including people who have responded here. Dirty Franks is close and has good dogs. It can be very crowded. Be sure to see what special dogs they are serving -- they once had a pear and brie dog that was outstanding and it is not on their menu. If you need a quick meal, Lee's which is right off the lobby of your hotel is decent.

          You could also walk to a place like Katzinger's -- some evenings they have special events.

          You could always hop on a #2 bus going north and have a lot of options in the Short North.

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          1. re: kura kura

            Whoops, wrong Hyatt. I'd also try the bar at The Clarmont. I love the place. It's a throwback and there is always a good crowd at the bar.


            684 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215