Best Places to Eat: Columbus

Happy Wednesday! We’ve made it halfway through the week, congratulations! I had a wonderful morning enjoying coffee with Mike before he left for work and a fabulous time at the pool.

Anyways, I’ve decided to provide you with the Best Places to Eat in Columbus. Mike and I enjoy going to new restaurants and here is a list of our favorites. These places can only be found in Columbus and I highly recommend trying them out if you ever visit! There are some on the list that I will most certainly miss after we move to Milwaukee but I can’t wait to find the best places to eat in Milwaukee in the next couple of months. It’ll be a new adventure for us!

I’ve compiled a great variety for you from American to Italian to Asian Fusion to German and Polish.  I’m sure there are other hole in the wall places Mike and I don’t know about but I hope you enjoy my list!


Columbus Fish Market– This is one of the few chain restaurants I’ve made the exception for and included on my list. The Fish Market is in Pittsburgh and Detroit and other locations as well. But I have never had better lobster than here and they have an epic 7 layer carrot cake. You will need a couple friends to help you eat dessert!


Marcella’s Italian Kitchen: A wonderful Cameron Mitchell restaurant that I love and it’s where Mike and I had our first date. Everything on their menu is delicious and they have one of the best happy hours in town.

Martini Modern Italian: Martini is another Cameron Mitchell restaurant but a little more expensive than Marcella’s. I’ve been here twice and enjoyed it both times but don’t remember what I ate. When Mike and I went, he had the veal and it was delicious.

Rigsby’s Kitchen: I wrote about our experience at Rigsby’s when we went last month here. I would definitely go back if I get the chance to visit Columbus, the ravioli was so good!

Wine Bistro: This a nice inexpensive place to have wine and good food. I love their tomato soup and mozzarella fresco flat bread and refuse to try anything else when we go.  I’m happy to see they’re doing so well that they’ve opened a third location in Columbus.

Asian Fusion:

Lemongrass: I have never had anything like this before and this is another restaurant I will certainly miss. The Lemongrass martinis are great and Mike enjoyed the sushi. This is also one of our favorite places to have dessert, the almond cream cake is perfect for two, and a favorite of ours.


Schmidt’s: You can get authentic German food and beer at Schmidt’s. Schmidt’s is located in German Village and has giant creme puffs. I’ve ran the Oktoberfest Mieler Vier two times and my favorite part is the free beer, sausage, and creme puff at the end of the race. What a way to celebrate after a four mile run!


Easy Street Cafe: Easy Street has the best gyros I’ve tasted in Columbus. And for brunch they have pig sticks, cinnamon battered, deep fried sausage links. These are no way healthy but absolutely delicious when dipped in syrup!


La Chatelaine: This a cute little French bistro just down the road from our apartment. They have delicious pastries and French toast which I love!

Tasi Cafe: The French toast at Tasi kicks La Chatelaine’s butt! It’s like crack, it’s cinnamon raisin Challah bread with sliced bananas. Yum! AND they serve breakfast all day! (PS- Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day)

North Star Cafe: I know I’ve mentioned North Star Cafe before and my favorite food here is the Cloud Nine ricotta pancakes. If only I could make my pancakes as fluffy as theirs!


Jeni’s Ice Cream: Jeni’s Ice Cream is a great, local, homemade ice cream shop in Columbus but ships pints all over the U.S. When in Columbus you’ll hear of a place called Jeni Grater’s ice cream but ignore it. Jeni’s with the orange circular sign is the one to go to. They have seasonal flavors but my favorite is the salted caramel and dark chocolate. Jeni’s is more expensive than your regular ice cream shop but I assure you it’s worth every penny!

Lemongrass: As mentioned above, their almond cream cake is delicious!

Fish Market: I recommend their carrot cake or Mitchell’s chocolate cake. The chocolate cake is not too rich when shared with someone. :)


Hubert’s at North Market: I love the pierogies at Hubert’s Polish stand at the North Market. They are great with the cucumber dill salad.


Gresso’s: Gresso’s is the best (and only as far as I’m concerned) Steelers’ bar in Columbus. They have a variety of burgers from the Mountaineer which has a piergi on it to the Buckeye Burger which has a couple onion rings on it. Their pierogies are delicious as well, they are deep fried real quick to get a nice crunch. Gresso’s is our home away from Pittsburgh for all football games and it will be greatly missed!

Press Grill: This is a little hole in the wall restaurant and bar in Columbus that Mike and I did not discover until a couple weeks ago. The prices are very cheap for being in Short North and the food is great! I had the grilled cheese and tomato soup (go figure!).


Grandview Grind: I haven’t actually been to Grandview Grind but my coworker has and vouched for the fantastic coffee. The story behind Grandview Grind is a chain coffee shop was closing and the customers loved one of the baristas so much they convinced her to open her on coffee shop and there you have the Grandview Grind!

I hope you visit Columbus sometime and visit a couple of these great restaurants! Have a great week!

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