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Recommendations for a Foodie Grandma in Columbus, OH?

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Hi everyone!

My wonderful Grandmother lives in Columbus so I follow the boards for the area to find us places to try when I come visit. She loves to try all different kinds of food and always used to clip reviews from the paper and save them up for my visits. We would make a reservation, trundle into the car, and go! Unfortunately, my grandma has finally gotten old and our ritual is harder now than ever... The places in Columbus we used to love are hard for her to get into - Lindey's or other places in German Village where I can't push her chair, Alana's with the steps, nice places in Short North where it is hard to pull to the side and get her out in front of the restaurant.

I was hoping you all might have some ideas for an adventurous older woman who loves to eat. She lives in assisted living now and gets so terribly bored! I would especially LOVE any recommendations for foodie excursions to nearby towns where I could take her away for a drive in the country.

Thanks in advance!

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

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  1. Have you been to Spagio in Grandview? They have valet parking and it is easy to enter. The food's great, too. (www.spagio.com). A lot of the Grandview places might be easy because they're right on the sidewalk. Trattoria Roma was good the last time I went there, too.

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    Spagio
    1295 Grandview Ave, Columbus, OH 43212

    Trattoria Roma
    1447 Grandview Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212

    Grandview Restaurant
    2221 Grand Ave, Galesburg, IL 61401

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    1. re: Lauren in OH

      Thanks very much for the recommendation. I always forget about all the places in Grandview, and it is such a beautiful neighborhood! I used to go down to the Drexel there when I was younger and visit that fantastic coffee house, Stauf's (has it always been called that?). Never tried Spagio, but I will now that you recommend it. It has a commercial look to the outside and they have so many things on their menu that I thought they probably didn't pay much attention to the dishes, but the thing is you never can tell until you eat there! And the best part is, it looks like it would be very easy to get into. :)

      Trattoria Roma is one I've been wanting to go to anyway, but haven't been making it to. Thanks for reminding me of these places!

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      Spagio
      1295 Grandview Ave, Columbus, OH 43212

      Trattoria Roma
      1447 Grandview Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212

      Grandview Restaurant
      2221 Grand Ave, Galesburg, IL 61401

    2. The college town (Denivson Univ) of Granville, OH is just as cute as a button. It appears very New England and lots of cute places. It is about 30-45 min drive east of the city on Rt. 161 or Rt. 16. For formal dining, the Granville Inn is adorable, it was featured years ago as a setting for a James Thurber novel. There is also the Buxton Inn, over 200 years old and lots of history and pretty good food. For more casual dining, along the main street, there is a cute little diner, Whit's Frozen custard stand and a pub. These are all good as well. Would be a great drive on a nice day.

      Another place to visit in Pataskala, also about 20-30 min east of Columbus off Rt. 16, is a cute diner Nutcracker Sweets with lots of homemade pies, sandwiches, etc.

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      Granville Inn
      314 Broadway E, Granville, OH 43023

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      1. re: Diane in Bexley

        Thank you SO much for this. What a great suggestion! I've been checking out the town on Google maps, and it looks like we could make a weekend of it that she would love if the weather is good. I thought, pick her up in Columbus, head to Granville, have dinner at the Granville Inn, stroll about town and have frozen custard, then stay the night. Next day pick up some pastries from the bakery and head to some of the Hopewell Indian mounds there in Granville and Newark! It turns out some of the parks and the moundbuilders' museum are wheelchair accessible, so I could push her about the mounds and we could have lunch in Newark (any suggestions??). Then it's back to Granville, rest, manicures at the Inn's Spa, dinner at The Short Story (if you think it is any good?), a good nights sleep and return to Columbus.

        I have been dying to find something like this so that she could have a little time out and about without having to be too overtaxed.

        If you have spent much time there or in the area, let me know if there are other places to try or things to do! The Soup Loft sounds fantastic. I was sad to hear it is up a bunch of stairs because she LOVES soup. We used to go to this wonderful soup place next to North Market when I was in town, Bountiful maybe? They did nothing but soup and baked bread that they sold at the market... SO good.

        Thanks for your help!

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        The Short Story Restaurant
        923 River Road, Granville, OH 43025

        Granville Inn
        314 Broadway E, Granville, OH 43023

        North Market
        59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215

        Soup Loft
        138 Broadway E, Granville, OH 43023

        1. re: LifeB

          LB, if you are heading to Newark, just south on Rt 13 is the Dawes Arboretum, which should be very lovely in the spring. You could pick up a picnic lunch and I know you could wheel her around there. The Oriental garden has a lovely area with a koi pond. We used to go to Natoma restaurant in Newark around the square, but I believe that is closed. Don't remember the name, but there is one of those Amish fried chicken dinner places near the Longaberger HQ.

          Speaking of which, you could spend an afternoon at their place just east of Newark along Rt. 16. Haven't been there in a while, but there are shops with handicrafts, ice cream, and lunch. They also have specialty foods and other neat stuff. Check their web site for more info.

          http://www.longaberger.com/homesteadH...

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          Natoma Restaurant
          10 N Park Pl, Newark, OH 43055

      2. Just thought of another place in Lancaster, OH near the town square - Shaw's. Lancaster is about 30 min SE of Columbus off Rt. 33 and has a Saturday farmer's market. You could combine it with a drive to the Hocking Hills and stop on your way home. Shaw's is not cheap, it is fine dining. IIRC, the wheel chair shouldn't be an issue but you might want to call.