We are from the midwest and will always be midwest girls. We moved from a small town to Columbus when we attended The Ohio State University for college and we never left. We have called Columbus home for 10 years now!! (Wow, time flies!) We have witnessed the university and the city rebuild and change over the last decade right in front of our eyes. It is no secret we love good food and drinks so we have our favorite spots that will forever stay that way and then some new places we have added to our list. These restaurants are places that are definitely worth checking out if you are visiting the buckeye city. We outlined our favorites below with some insights about each place and included links to their websites! (Disclaimer- there is sooo many places in CBUS so chances are we have missed some great places).
Katalinas– this is where the famous pancake balls came about! (note- get the nutella kind). If you are looking for a trendy cute place to eat breakfast it is worth checking out, although a little pricey. The restaurant itself is small so plan on waiting for a table. It is best to go when the weather is warm out and when the patio is open.
The Social @ Whole Foods– ok, I know you are thinking this is a grocery store and this sounds strange but they do have a cafe on-site. Their breakfast is really good and for $7 you get 2 eggs, 2 pieces of toast, side of potatoes and bacon or sausage. The best part is its made with fresh quality ingredients. We love to do this as a quicker cheaper option for breakfast and it never disappoints us.
Forno– a newer place in the Short North but man it has become the place to be for brunch overnight. Every time we go it is packed, you will want to make reservations in advance. The chicken and waffles are to die for and the nutella (are you seeing a theme here?) banana pancakes are literally heaven on earth. Add the unlimited mimosas and you are in for a real treat.
Knotty Pine– this is a cute local brewery that has a great brunch. They also have a nice patio you can sit outside and enjoy when the weather is nice. This is a more casual spot you can hang out at and not be rushed.
Northstar– a Columbus staple, they have added quite a few locations throughout the city so find one nearest you. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and seriously every menu item is unbelievable. The quality and freshness of food is topnotch. Our personal favorite items on the menu are; Northstar Burger (this is a black bean veggie burger) and Chopped Salad.
Harvest Pizza– Our favorite wood fired pizza spot in CBUS! Their lunch special CAN’T be beat! They offer; 9″ pizzas, all $7.50 and add 1/2 size salad for only $2.50. Did we mention it’s the best pizza ever? The crust is thin and the sauce is just perfect. Harvest has 3 locations in Columbus (German Village, Clintonville, and Dublin). The German Village one is the smallest and tends to be busy so be prepared to wait for a table if you are going to that location. We love to sit on the patio when it is open!
Third & Hollywood– the ambiance and service is worth a visit alone but the food is also amazing. This is why it is at the very top of our list of favorites spots in Columbus for dinner… or any meal really. I can say we have tried almost everything on the menu and it is all delicious. Order what you prefer and it is bound to satisfy you. All the food is made fresh to order with the highest quality ingredients.
Marcellas– there are sooo many good Italian restaurants in Columbus but we are partial to Marcellas. We have celebrated many special events here and it really is one of the best restaurants for good Italian food and drinks. It is owned by the Cameron Mitchell Restaurants and basically that means it is bound to be good! We typically order the Veal Braised Meatball and Melted Pecorino Cheese to start and then always go for the Gnocchi Con Bolognese. It is the BEST gnocchi ever and cooked to perfection.
Kooma– this is our go to sushi spot in Columbus for dinner. It is downtown tucked away in an alley by North Market. The restaurant itself is not that big but the food speaks for itself. The sushi is always fresh and the drinks are great as well. We normally order a few speciality rolls and an appetizer and we are stuffed!
Drinks/ Happy Hour
Zauber Brewing– recently Columbus has become filled with breweries and let’s just say our husbands are not mad about it! We love Zauber because happy hour is from 4-7 and beers cost $4. Our men can drink so that is a cost savings in our minds! We usually order the Vertigo beer which is lighter and a hefeweizen beer. We love the big patio and there is plenty of seating (something that is not always the case at many of the breweries). Parking is also a non issue, something we are thankful for! They also do serve food if you find yourself wanting to eat!
The Standard Hall– this just opened last Spring and it is a trendy place in the short north with an industrial feel. They have some of the best fresh craft cocktails we have seen, one of our favorite items on the menu is the boozy popsicles 🙂 make sure to try the Bellini one! Once Summer is here we will be sure to be out on the patio!
The Pearl– a very trendy tavern in short north with amazing food their food but the real reason we go to The Pearl is for their Moscow Mules. They are the best in the city. The bartenders carefully craft them perfectly every time and they are served in a copper mug (I hate when they aren’t!) They are $10/piece and veryyyy easy to drink so be careful! If you are not a fan of Moscow Mules thats ok, they have TONS of other crafted cocktails, beers, wines and bourbon on the menu!
Pistacia Vera – one of our all time favorites, we are suckers for a good Parisian Macaron. Our personal favorite is the toasted coconut one! This cute little pastry kitchen + cafe is just so cute and quaint. We love that this little gem is in our new neighborhood- German Village!
Flowers & Bread Co– brand new coffee and pastry cafe in Clintonville. It is decorated to perfection and so warm and inviting inside. They have a dining space and also a space where they teach classes on how to make bread! They feature signature breads, homemade butters and jams, soups, and locally-roasted coffee and flowers!! Perfect morning stop and worth checking out!
*disclaimer- these are not our photos
We hope you enjoy and if you have any of you favorite spots, please share with us! We love trying new places!