Help with north Columbus picks please...
Wife and I will be in town for the Cal/Ohio State game weekend (9/15/12) from San Francisco by way of Cleveland. Although we have a car, we intend to catch the shuttle from the Crosswoods Park in ride and will likely be famished after the game. Would like to find a good place in the area to eat after the game. Coming from SF we are not too interested in Mexican, Asian, and Italian recs unless they are exceptional. A search on Yelp for spots in the Worthington & Polaris neighborhoods yielded the following interesting and highly rated (for what that's worth) picks:
-Cameron's American Bistro
-Noora's Persian Cuisine
-Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza
-Cosi All Day Cafe
As we will be staying through Monday, suggestions for breakfast in those areas or any other "don't miss" spots in the greater Columbus area would be appreciated as well.
Worthington Inn is close by and an independent restaurant that specializes in local food. They have a nice bar with live music on the weekends, and a pretty patio for outdoor dining. It's one of my favorites in town.
Hyde Park Grill at Crosswoods is a chain, but I love eating at the bar. It's a steakhouse. Cameron's is consistently good as well.
Bonefish Grill - while good, they are a chain. I liked Columbus Fish Market (40 Hutchinson Avenue) better.
Cameron's - He has a few restaurant in the city, so he's a local guy. You can't go wrong here.
Cosi All Day Cafe - Think Panera. It's just a chain so while okay, not really C-bus.
Here is a hometown favorites that is up by the Polaris area: City Barbeque (8491 Sancus Blvd)
But to be honest you are really limiting yourself up in that corner. Since there is a HUGE mall there, it's all chains and food court eatting really.
Thanks. I'm thinking Worthington Inn and Cameron's might be a little to upscale for chowing down after the game. City Barbecue sounds interesting, even though I don't think it is supposed to spelled that way! Would really like to hear from anyone that has tried Noora's Persian or Natalie's (there is only one coal fire pizza oven in SF, and that is because it was grandfathered in).
Also, we are will to expand our radius for Sunday or Monday. Columbus institutions would be ideal!
re: Civil Bear
Since you're expanding your radius beyond northern Columbus, I would definitely recommend Schmidt's (http://www.schmidthaus.com/), though there may be a bit of a wait, since it's quite popular and doesn't take reservations. Katzinger's (http://www.katzingers.com/) and Ohio Deli are both excellent local sandwich shops and Columbus institutions as well. For desert, try to make time to get some Jeni's Ice cream - they have a number of locations around the city, and are super-good. You might want to try the North Market - it has a wide variety of little food shops, and is just fun to wander around.
Also - it's divey, but the Blue Danube is an OSU institution, if not a Columbus institution.