Unique eats in Columbus?
I'm in Columbus for a long weekend in August, and I'm always interested in anything new and interesting to try.
I always make sure to hit the North Market when I'm in town, and often hit Jeni's and sometimes get over to Schmidt's for my Bahama Mama fix. I'll be in the Gahanna area, but can easily get anywhere. Last time I was in town, I was taken to Cap City Diner, Mykonos, and City Barbecue.
As an update, I ended up getting to several fun places..
- Explorer's Club had some really interesting and tasty chow, though they seem to have a bad habit of being out of many things on the menu; I tried ordering the duck prosciutto reuben, and it was out, and I was told that it's nearly always out. Rib tips? Also out. But the Hungarian sausage was terrific, and so was their mac & cheese.
- Tried to get to Dirty Franks, but it was packed and I had a fussy 3-year-old in tow, so we went to Spaghetti Warehouse instead. I hadn't been since I was a kid, and that's still a terrific space.
- Time/travel constraints limited my choices one night, so we ended up at FM in Gahanna; food was nothing special (I had bacon-wrapped meatloaf) but wow, they've put some serious money and love into transforming that space. The "Ohio Room" bar is gorgeous, seriously.
- North Market is always a trip. Banh Mi, pretzel from Brezel, and a sundae from Jeni's.
- Got down to the Old Mohawk for the first time, and had to get their famous turtle soup (which tasted exactly like Campbell's vegetable-beef) and the Mother Mohawk. Also stopped by Pistachia Vera for a canelé and a macaron.
Recently driving through my parents and I ate at El Arepazo in Gahanna which was really delightful (http://elarepazolatingrill.com/). Personally I prefered the corn cakes to the fried plantain options - but my mom loved her fish tacos and overall the meal was excellent.
Also of late, I went to the Philco Diner with a friend (http://philcodiner.com/), which has amazing duck wings and excellent hush puppies. Though I prefered the savory to the sweet. The Philco Diner is basically across the street from Jeni's.
Have you been to Lola and Giuseppe's in Gahanna? Very cute place, homemade Italian food. Very small and quaint. Lola is front of house, her husband is chef. They take good care of customers. Tell them hello from me!
I have not been to Mezze, but lots of friends have recommended this place, also in Gahanna:
If you go, please post review
The Plate, in New Albany got a good write up in the Dispatch this week but mixed reviews on Yelp
Also, fine dining in New Albany - Ella on High St.
Report back and share what you think!