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Unique eats in Columbus?

Boston_Otter Jul 30, 2013 03:46 PM

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.

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    Diane in Bexley RE: Boston_Otter Jul 31, 2013 10:22 AM

    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!

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      nc213 RE: Boston_Otter Aug 2, 2013 05:09 PM

      I'm not sure about unique. But when I have friends in from out of town I tend to bring them to Harvest for brick oven pizza with local ingredients and Dirty Franks for tasty hot dogs and local color.

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        cresyd RE: Boston_Otter Aug 5, 2013 04:44 AM

        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.

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          Boston_Otter RE: cresyd Aug 5, 2013 01:54 PM

          I forgot that I tried El Arepazo last time I was in town, and really enjoyed it. The Philco Diner sounds pretty neat!

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          Budser1228 RE: Boston_Otter Aug 5, 2013 01:14 PM

          There are so many to name: Explorers Club on South High Street, new would be Frezno in Brewery District on Front Street. Columbus Underground just had some postings about adventurous eating. Next weekend Fri/Sat is the food truck festival at the Columbus Commons.

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            Jim M RE: Boston_Otter Aug 12, 2013 05:56 PM

            How about Cincinnati Chili Rendang? You're not going to find THAT anywhere else!


            1. Boston_Otter RE: Boston_Otter Aug 14, 2013 08:11 AM

              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.

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