… Restaurants in Columbus! I’ve been blogging for almost half a year now, so it’s about time I write a post on my top five restaurants in Columbus. I have been in Columbus for almost 10 years, so it’s only natural that a self-proclaimed “foodie” like me would come to rack up a nice list of restaurants. A handful of those restaurants have popped up over the years more than others – much more than other – and thus, make my list of Top 5 Restaurants (in no particular order – depends on my mood!):
Northstar Café: OK, I just said that these are in no particular order, but if I have to pick my favorite restaurant in Columbus, it’s Northstar Café. Call me a tree-loving hippie, this all-organic, slightly expensive order-at-the-counter restaurant is just SO good. And it’s consistent – you get the same great food, every.single.time. First timer? Order the Veggie Burger – you won’t miss the beef.
Haiku: Some people call this “Americanized” Sushi, but if that’s the case, then so be it. I’ve had sushi at a lot of places in a lot of cities, and this is the best I’ve had to date, for the best price. It’s also a fantastic place to celebrate a joyous occasion – sake bombs and loud tables are encouraged!
Betty’s: Before I moved to the Short North, I used to make the trek from the West side of Columbus to eat there all the time. And now, I live above it (a coincidence, I swear)! It’s cheap, and it’s comforting. The Betty’s Best Salad is to die for (can you say bacon and blue cheese?), and weekend brunch is also a favorite (probably because I can walk downstairs).
Basi: This tiny Italian restaurant is tucked in an alley off of Neil Ave – you wouldn’t know it was there unless you went looking for it. Inside, it’s romantic and cozy, and while I’ve not yet had the pleasure of enjoying it, I hear the back patio is even better. The chef is an NYC transplant who wanted to create his NYC atmosphere for a Midwest price – and that he did. The eggplant parm is to die for.
Barrio: Bacon Wrapped Dates. Need I say more?
Yes, I know that these are all in the Short North. What can I say…I like to support local businesses? That, and I like to be able to have wine with dinner and walk home:) I hope you check out these favorites and the wide variety of local restaurants Columbus has to offer! Enjoy!