The Olde Mohawk: The Olde Mohawk
People who find themselves hungry in Columbus after 10:00 p.m. on weeknights typically order a pizza. With the exception of trashy 24 hour chain restuarants (Tee-Jay's, Steak and Shake) Columbus pretty much rolls up the sidewalks at around 10:00 p.m Monday-Thursday. The Olde Mohawk is one of the happy exceptions to this, staying open past midnight on weekdays, and past 1:00 a.m. A 'Pub with Grub' with low key lighting and a laid back atmosphere, the Mohawk sits in the heart of beautiful German Village. The food is by no means expeptional, but its pretty good. The burgers are large, and the various single portion pizzas are quite good. The favorites amougnst regulars seem to be the pastas. The best menu item tends to be the ever changing special- which is what I almost always order. Tuesdays are all-you-can-eat-quesadilla nights. The deserts are outstanding. A suprising menu item: real turtle soup (tastes like chicken.)
Favorite Dish: Chocolate Suicide Cake
Katzinger's Deli: Katzinger's Deli
Katzinger's is Columbus's best deli. It's a cheerful, funky place with sausages hanging from the ceiling, a tall counter, loads of imported foodstuffs ranging from olive oils, to gourmet chips, to pesto, to cheeses. Dozens of unique menu items ranging from traditional deli sandwiches (rubens, corned beef, chicken salad) to more eclectic fare (calamari and lox on wheat). Pick from one of their creations, or construct your own. Anyone purchasing a sandwhich can pull a garlic or dill from the homemade pickle barrels.
Favorite Dish: 'Fred's Finally Arrived' - spicy sausage with thai peanut sauce with lettuce, tomato and pepperjack chese on challa- lightly grilled.
Thai Orchid: Thai Orchid
A diamond in the rough, this tiny restaurant sits in a non-descript strip mall. Rich, authentic and flavorful food. If taste runs toward spicy, you'll definitely want to check this out. The restaurant is family owned, and the staff is extraordinarily friendly and fun.
Favorite Dish: Pa Nan Gai- Coconut milk, peanuts, chicken and lemon grass with as much spiciness as you can stand.
Any soup on the menu is delightful.
Thai 'Iced Tea'- a unique sweet and nutty drink- almost a desert in a glass.
Picking one favorite...
Picking one favorite restaurant is just not feasible... For German quisine, obviously head to German Village and do not miss Schmidt's Sausage Haus. The decor is bit overdone for the tourists, but the food is outstanding. While you're in German Village, grab some Irish fare at Clannadaugh and drink a Guiness for me.
For Indian/Pakistani, believe it or not, try the Taj Mahal. Just north of the OSU campus, traffic and parking are a nightmare, but the food is worth the effort. Don't be thrown off by the looks of the place from the outside, and go at lunch for the incredible buffet.
Italian food will take you to the Tuttle area, to Macaroni's Grill. Try somehow to leave room for dessert.
However, for straight American food, Chef Michael is working his magic at Braddock's Grandview, the finest quisine I've found anywhere. Dress/price are both upscale, with valet parking and a nice patio for those rare times when Ohio lets you dine outside.
There are soooo many good...
There are soooo many good restaurants in Columbus! Quite honestly I think Columbus has one of the largest number of restaurants per capita, if that makes sense, of any city. While it's not a huge city, there are TONS of GOOD restaurants with many and varied types of cuisine. Just to name a few that I like: Schmidt's Sausage Haus in German Village, Skyline Chili, Barcelona, Tapatio, Donato's Pizza, Panda Inn, Mac's in the Short North, Chipotle
Dick Clark's American...
Dick Clark's American Bandstand Restaurant, Butch's Italian Restaurant, and TAT Restaurant
Prices are reasonable at all three restaurants. All are family-oriented, too.
Favorite Dish: Lasagna or nearly any pasta dish is good at Butch's and TAT. TAT uses homemade noodles in its spaghetti. Also, the Maryland crabcakes special at TAT is delicious. Best I've found around town.
Lemongrass Asian Bistro: Lemongrass Asian Bistro
Lemongrass atmosphere is very trendy. The restaurant itself looks like a piece of modern art. Yet you still have the feeling of being comfortable.
The prices aren't the lowest(average cost of a meal is about $18.00 USD); but the food and service and experience is worth it!
Favorite Dish: I was really enjoyed the Pad Thai noodles in lime sauce. The meal was great...not too heavy. If you're in the Columbus area, I highly recommend it.
Engine House No. 5: Engine House No. 5
The resteraunt is located in an old firehouse in historic German Village. When it's a special occasion, the waiter brings you a cake by sliding down the old engine house pole.
Be sure to let them know if you're having a birthday or something.
(PS Dress nice)
Favorite Dish: menu varies- lots of EXCELLENT seafood and steaks. Very pricy, but well worth it.
The Spaghetti Warehouse for a...
The Spaghetti Warehouse for a nice family meal with an atmosphere that children will love. Charlies Steakery is good for a quick & good lunch. They serve Steak or Chicken subs which are grilled to order & taste fresh. Tim Hortons has good coffee & patries for breakfast.
La Casita: Food was delicious
Favorite Dish: We had chips and salsa, shrimp tacos with rice and beans, carnitas torta as well as margaritas. Great food for an excellent price!!!
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Gordon Biersch restaurant and brewery: Great beers... and very good food!
If you like German Style beers, new modern ambience, and very tasty food this is a great place. I went because I love their beers but the food was worth going back!
Martini Italian Bistro: Italian Cuisine in Short North
This is a nice, average-price Italian restaurant in the Short North area. There's another one in Louisville.
Favorite Dish: I had a vegetarian dish, which was delicious.
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Pizzeria Uno: Chicago style deep-dish pizza
Pizzeria Uno is a fine restaurant specializing in Deep Dish Pizza.
Favorite Dish: The pizza and cheesecake, delicious!
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