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Restaurants in Columbus, Ohio

Live here but haven't gone out a lot lately. Will be taking niece (25) and DD (21) out for Saturday night dinner in a couple weeks. Looking for someplace new, not the same-old, same-old. Very familiar with Barcelona, G. Michael's, Lindey's, Worthington Inn, etc. Something on the order of Third & Hollywood or Matt he Miller. Could be ethnic as well. Somewhere within 30 min drive of metro Columbus, could be rural (farm to table). Please share suggestions, thanks!

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  1. Skillet. Rustic Urban Food (get a reservation if possible always packed!)
    410 E Whittier Street
    Columbus, OH 43206
    614.443.2266

    Knead - locally sourced modern diner food
    505 N High St.
    Columbus, Oh. 2009
    Phone: 614-228-6323

    North Market on Vine St
    North Star - there are a few around

    Just off the top of my head. We have a really nice ethnic selection as well. But would need to know what kind of things you all like.

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    1. re: Crockett67

      Thanks for the suggestions. This is a Saturday night dinner, want to do a little nicer than North Market (lots of interesting places) or North Star.

      Haven't yet been to Knead. Have been to Skillet, it's OK for breakfast or brunch, but they have a very limited selection, usually 5 or 6 items, and if you don't care for what's on their menu, you're SOL.

      As for ethnic - Chinese, Thai, Italian, BBQ, French, soul food.

      Looking for "nicer" dining experience, not necessairyly white tablecloth, but it's planned as a treat for the girls. Thanks!

      1. re: Diane in Bexley

        I have been to knead, not for dinner though but a look at the menu show they have a LOT more to offer than Skillet for dinner. Thing is no free parking. So I park by the North Market on Vine and walk the block over to it.
        http://www.kneadonhigh.com/food/

        Italian nice, I like Tony's italian restaurant in German Village. But, if I'm not putting up apperances, I like Carfagna kitchen up by Polaris the best. I was not much for La Scala's in Dublin.

        If you want to impress them with Japanese sushi and much more (without flying knives) I like Aki Hana by Kenny Rd.

        I must admit, I don't really seek out Chiniese but for Dim Sum Sunday morning at Sunflower up on Sawmill.

        We have a thriving Thai, Korean, Vietamese, Malaysian cluster up in the Northwest side. They aren't the most impressive looks wise, but I really like the food. Example Merlion way up north on High.

        BBQ, it's City BBQ. While not fancy, I've never had an out-of-towner not rave about it. Never been to the New Gallo's BBQ up where the old Hoggy's was on Dublin-Granville.

        1. re: Crockett67

          Wow, can you mention more of the restaurants in the cluster? Its hard to believe that there is a Singapore-Malaysian Place (Merlion) just a few blocks from where I grew up, in Worthington. Note for those who look this up on Yelp, this place is NOT in Clintonville, it it in a little strip just S of the Worthington/Cols line. I was also impressed at the quality of the Chinese food at MIng Flower up by Polaris, and it seems like there are others. Id say definitely things are looking up for Asian eating in the Cols. area

          1. re: jen kalb

            Some of the places I like are:
            Akai Hana - sushi
            Bahn Thai Bistro - Thai
            Golden Delight Bakery - Asian bakery
            Lac Viet/Buckeye Pho - Pho and Bahn Mi's
            Min-Ga Korean - Korean
            Sunflower Chinese Restaurant & Lounge

            Thing is, I keep tripping over new ones. NW is where it's at.

            1. re: jen kalb

              went to Merlion last week - a simple noodle shop. liked the char kuey teow ok , the hainan chicken rice was correct ,but h laksa was watery, the noodles soggy and there were no garnishes, meat or seafood in it - seemed like it was sitting around for a long time rather than being assembled to order. Its amazing Merlion's around at all(and they may have some other good dishes we did not sample) and are offering these dishes in Cols,and young folks are nice, but its not worth travelling across town for if you can get good chow fun closer to home.

              1. re: jen kalb

                Sorry to hear, but I go for the hainan chicken rice. I don't know anyone else that does it around here.

                1. re: Crockett67

                  yeah, its fine chicken rice, and Cols is lucky for that . but i was really hoping for some good laksa, and this was not.

      2. When I come through Columbus I've always got to stop at Harvest Pizzeria in German Village. I eat a ton of wood-fired pizza, and I have to say that Harvest is one of the top two in the state (the other being Biga up in Kirtland near Cleveland). Local ingredients when possible, nice little bar next door to wait for your table.

        1. Have you been to Explorers Club? I like it. It would remind you some of Ricky's Galaxy. Lots of interesting menu options and funky, casual decor. www.explorersclubmv.com