With so many restaurants popping up around Columbus, it can be hard to narrow in on one option when it comes to mealtime. But don’t limit yourself to the high traffic areas. One of the best parts of any city is stumbling across those hole-in-the-wall gems that you end up falling in love with. Columbus has many hidden treasures to choose from, but here are 6 restaurants you won’t want to miss.
Tucked away in adorable downtown Powell, Kraft House No. 5 offers restaurant goers a relaxed atmosphere with high class bites. The food is your ultimate gastropub; the menu ranges from elegant, sophisticated menu items, such as their scallops and rainbow trout, to their die-hard American food like burgers, garlic fries and sandwiches. One of the main focal points of this restaurant is the beer selection with various craft beers from Ohio on tap. With its colorful and relaxed atmosphere, everyone feels welcome at the Kraft House.
Tip: Can’t decide on just one beer? Get a flight of four mini-snifters for just $10.
In the midst of downtown Clintonville, The Crest is in a little cozy nook on Indianola Avenue. On the outside, the crest gives off this industrial-type feel, but on the inside, The Crest offers an ambience that reminds food goers of home. The menu offers a variety of tasty options that give everyone a step up from the simple stuff. Although the majority of their menu items stick to the basic choices of salads and sandwiches; the ingredients are grown and raised here at home, and it gives their food that little extra dash of yumminess. Besides their food, they also offer a slew of delicious beers made from around the country. The easy-going charm of this spot makes every Ohio foodie coming back for more!
Tip: Stay up-to-speed on the latest seasonal menu for a variety of new menu items!
A perfect date-night spot, Basi Italia is nestled away within Victorian Village. Specializing in Italian and Mediterranean-inspired food, the menu changes seasonally and features wonderfully fresh items from locally grown produce. Whether you prefer to dine in the cozy bistro or enjoy drinks and appetizers on the terrace, the atmosphere will momentarily make you feel as though you’ve traveled somewhere European. During the summer, Wednesday nights are the perfect time to enjoy the company of friends for “Vino on the Veranda,” a wine-tasting experience that is often accompanied by live music.
Tip: The quaintness of this neighborhood restaurant is part of its charm, so make reservations in advance to ensure your table!
This new player in town has already started gaining a steady crowd. Situated on the corner of Summit Street and Third Avenue in Italian Village, The Market is a lovely “all in one” experience in which you can find groceries, a deli, bakery, butcher shop and wine store all in one place— not to mention a tasty eatery carrying a menu of French and Italian-inspired fare. Food is prepared in a wood-fired oven and captures the freshness of local ingredients. A wide assortment of artisan cheeses and meats, as well as many specialty items like sauces and spices make this a great place to support local while gaining a global experience.
Tip: For a quick bite, build your own salad or grab a deli sandwich or pizza to go! And don’t forget brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
Located in the Harrison West neighborhood, Katalina’s characterizes itself as “the little café with lots of local goodness.” This street side café is open 7 days a week and draws a frequent crowd. Housed in a former gas station turned quirky hang-out, there’s no missing the unique vibe of this casual eatery. Food items are made with fresh, local ingredients and the inviting patio is the perfect place to grab a seat on a beautiful morning. While you can get brunch, lunch or dinner, make sure to order a tasty plate of their specialty pancake balls.
Tip: The neighborhood-atmosphere and delightful menu draw a heavy crowd, so go at off-times to avoid the difficulties of limited seating, and try to plan your visit in the spring, summer or fall when the patio is open.
A culinary treat, L’Appat Patisserie and Café brings true meaning to “flavor in every bite” and “fine dining.” An unexpected addition to the Olde Town East neighborhood in 1998, this restaurant located on the corner of Oak and Champion has helped to play a role in the revitalization of the area. Diners can expect white table cloths and fresh flowers to adorn the tables and a personal touch from chef Didier Alapini who puts careful preparation into every unique dish. The menu is a collection of inspiration from French and African cuisine, with an attention to flavor and natural ingredients, and for those of you with a sweet tooth, this is one place you’ll want to save room for dessert.
Tip: This restaurant is about enjoying the experience of dining, so plan to take your time and enjoy a meal prepared especially for you.
What restaurants off the beaten path do your recommend in Columbus?