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Feb 4, 2011 10:54 PM

Saturday-night dinner in Columbus OH? (vegetarian friendly)

Looking for a great place (veg friendly) for next Saturday night. We aren't really big seafood people except for sushi. We also appreciate great pizza and Italian food and would kill for some decent Mexican and Thai (which we can't really get easily where we currently live).

Also , if Cleveland is superior enough in terms of its foodie offerings to warrant adding two hours to our road trip, we're open to that as well. But Columbus is on our way...

Anyway--opinions please!

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  1. Have you ever been to Rigsby's? We always try to stop when we drive through Columbus.
    They have a number of vegetarian options (some actually listed that way). I love the space, the service, and the food.

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

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    1. re: David W

      Hi David,
      No- never been there! It looks great except maybe a bit expensive. Is it worth it?

      Also, we would love some breakfast options in the area for Sunday am.

      1. re: IndyGirl

        Is it worth it? I'm afraid I've been living in New York for the past 30 years, and as such have a highly distorted sense of value-to me, the prices are quite fair for the quality and attention to detail. I'd also note that the wine by the glass is for a quartino, which also seems a good value to me. We either drive through or stop 3 or 4 times a year, and we always try to eat at Rigsby's in Columbus and Tallent in Bloomington. I've also recently become a fan of Recess in Indy, just to give you a sense of what I especially like. Rigsby's isn't quite at the level of Tallent, but I've never had a bad dish there. The bread is good, and we usually get dessert, too. It's hard to say what makes a person really love a restaurant, but Rigsby's has all the things I look for-solid, seasonal food, interesting flavors, relaxed but professional service and a room that has a nice buzz but allows for conversation.

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

        1. re: David W

          Thank you for this David. I have been to Tallent and loved it.

    2. Dragonfly Neo V is a very good vegetarian restaurant.

      Taste of Bali is a good choice for dinner. It is an Indonesian restaurant. Vegetarians could get a jackfruit dish.

      It is hard to beat Starliner Diner for breakfast.

      Starliner Diner
      5240 Cemetery Rd, Hilliard, OH 43026

      Taste of Bali
      2548 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220

      1. Thai Orchid on Sawmill Road is pretty good locally for Thai. As far as Mexican, I love El Vaquero on Riverside Drive. It is a local chain and more Tex-Mex, but it's fast and good and the prices are great. Also, Cuco's Mexican on Henderson Road is really good. There are some other very authentic places on the West Side, but for having a Saturday dinner out, these would be my choices.

        Cuco Restaurant
        23633 US Highway 23 S, Circleville, OH 43113

        1. Wow, thanks to you all for your suggestions. I have a lot of great ideas and probably won't decide until that day, unless some plces really require reservations--in that case, please warn me!

          What about the Banana Leaf?I kept seeing it pop up in various threads, but no really recent reviews. Is it still great?

          We're not necessarily looking for fancy (though I love that, too)--just good and unique to the area. I am very interested in Rigsby's and Dragonfly as well, but want to make sure I explore all of the options.

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          1. re: IndyGirl

            Udipi, Dosa Hut and Banana Leaf are great options for a full vegetarian Indian dinner. Udipi is my favorite out of the 3. For non Indian, there is Northstar, Basi Italia (one of the best eggplant parm in town) and Alana's. Best Thai (IMHO) would be Bangkok on Refugee Rd - it's a hole in the wall. Old school American Italian - Villa Nova in Worthington.

            Basi Italia
            811 Highland St., Columbus, OH 43215

            Udipi Cafe
            2001 E Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43229

            Northstar Cafe
            951 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201

            Banana Leaf Restaurant
            816 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43214