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Nov 23, 2010 10:51 AM

Columbus, OH: something fun and/or new?

I will be staying downtown for a few days next week. I will have a car, and don't mind driving a short ways (Grandview Hts., German Village, Short North, etc.). I've been to Columbus quite a few times and certainly have my favorites (Burgundy Room, G. Michael's, Rigsby's, Basi Italia, Alana's), but wondered if local chowhounds can recommend something new that I might not have tried. Especially need one for a Monday night.

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

Basi Italia
811 Highland St., Columbus, OH 43215

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  1. It's a little further than "a short ways" - approximately 10-15 miles - but I'd absolutely recommend Kihachi.

    Dragonfly Neo V is another (closer) option.


    1. Black Creek Bistro on Parson's Ave. is excellent .... I would also check out Skillet on Whittier, it is a very small place, limited dinner hours, so go early!

      Black Creek Bistro
      692 Oak St, Columbus, OH 43215

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      1. re: dreamers50

        Just returned home from Columbus. The only suggestion that I was able to try was Black Creek Bistro, and it was a real winner. I had the spicy shrimp appetizer and the gnocchi with duck in a mushroom cream sauce. Both were outstanding. My dining companions had the "Flintstone Pork and Beans" and the Salmon Three Ways, and both seemed to enjoy everything. The dining room was very quiet -- but it was 8:30 or 9 on a Monday night. Kind of a no-frills atmosphere, but pleasant and comfortable and the service was smooth and knowledgeable. Thanks for the suggestions -- will definitely put the others on my list for future Columbus visits.

        Black Creek Bistro
        692 Oak St, Columbus, OH 43215

      2. Can only recommend with reservations, as I have not yet been. A resaurant on my list is Knead on N. High St. just south of the Short North, across from the Convention Center. They are supposed to have very fresh, local ingredients and are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The local paper reviewed them favorably in Sep 2010. If you go, please post a review:


        1. Almost embarrassed to admit that when we came up for the OSU - UM game a couple of weeks ago, it was so cold and windy that we stayed wholly within the confines of the Easton center area for meals, where we had pretty good but generally unremarkable food at Brio, Smith & Wollensky and a "french bistro" concept on one of the circles.

          Smith & Wollensky Restaurant
          4145 The Strand, Columbus, OH 43219

          Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Columbus
          4145 The Strand West,, Columbus, OH 43219