My Top Five …

… 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!

2 thoughts on “My Top Five …”

  1. Some of my personal favorites are Carfagna’s and Cardone’s (both amazing Italian). Cardone’s is a very romantic italian and carfagna’s is a casual italian. Also I love Winking Lizard Cafe – good American bar food. I’ll try to think of some more.

  2. Definitely try Tasi’s brunch! And if you love Betty’s, you have to try one of Liz Lessner’s other five or so restaurants.

    And Haiku is not Americanized. It has American-friendly items, but they are totally legit. 🙂

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