Columbus, you have my heart! I’ve lived in C-bus my whole life, except for a 4 year stint in Dayton for college (Go Flyers!). My appreciation for this city has exploded since moving back after college. I know few cities that foster diversity, inclusion, beauty, art, the entrepreneurial spirit, ingenuity and education like Columbus, Ohio. I’m excited to share some of my favorites from the city that I call home!
Here are some of my favorite 614 eats:
Planks Bier Garten (not to be confused with Planks Cafe on Parsons Ave. or Planks in Grove City owned by other members of the same family) is a second home for my family and I. Growing up, this German Village gem was where my family gathered for events big and small. Game watches, family reunions, birthday celebrations and yes, even wedding showers were celebrated here. Heck, Ryan and I even made the limo driver make a pit-stop between our wedding ceremony and reception in order to grab a drink with our entire wedding party. Their pizza and subs are unrivaled. Sadly late in December 2016 it was damaged in a kitchen fire and has been closed for renovations since then. Stay tuned though because they will be opened again shortly and there is nothing quite like their patio in the Summer!
After changing ownership and undergoing over a year’s worth of renovations, the new and improvement (yet still historical) Grandview Cafe is now open. Ryan and I went to the soft open and were pleasantly surprised with the updates, the delicious food and the tasty new spirits. There outdoor patio space is bigger than ever and is the perfect spot to spend a Summer evening.
Mikey’s has 3 locations: Short North, Clintonville and their newest downtown location off of 4th Street. They now have delivery in addition to their several food trucks, one of which we rented and had at our wedding reception for a “Late Night” snack. Their pizzas are as mouthwatering as they are huge but be warned- their spicy pepperoni is not for the faint of heart. Look for them this Summer at events and festivals such as NightLight614.
South Side Roots epitomizes what I love about Columbus. They are a cafe, market and kitchen. I found out about them this past year when one of my students interned here. Not only did they embrace his disability, but his coworkers welcomed him in as their own and truly exemplified what community is all about. The cafe boasts delicious fresh food and they don’t disappoint. There are 3 options for payment:
- Pay the full suggested menu price
- Pay the full price as well as “pay it forward” and pay for someone else’s meal who might not otherwise be able to do pay
- Give your time/ service in order to pay for your meal
Every Tuesday they host a FREE meal from 5:30-7:30PM in hopes of simply bringing people together. In addition Roots has a market that partners with the Mid-Ohio Foodbank in order to provide low cost quality produce. This is what it is all about: community, accessibility and of course delicious food.
It’s easy to miss this hole-in-the-wall as it its a shared space for several small restaurants, but you’ll be glad you didn’t. Trust me. This placed served up one of the best breakfast sandwiches I’ve had in a long time. The waffles that serve as the breading are AMAZING, and all for about as much as you’d spend at a fast food joint.
Exploring the 614
I love that exploring Columbus will never get old because there will always be something new. This is just the beginning, so stay tuned as I share more about places that I love around the 614. In the mean time, comment below with some of your favorite 614 eats!