Since we’re giving away a trip to Columbus we thought it would be fun to ask our friend Tricia Wheeler, Publisher of Edible Columbus and Owner The Seasoned Farmhouse, to share a list of her favorite hometown spots. Makes for a very tasty itinerary indeed.
1. Thurns Meats – a Columbus Institution since 1886, Alois Grospop started Thurns when he immigrated to Columbus from Germany – Today Thurn’s is run by Albert Thurn who keeps the traditional recipes alive for smoked meats and cheeses. Thurns is still operating in the same location since 1965. Thurnsmeats.com – 614-443-1449
2. Lindey’s – consistently one of my favorite places for lunch, brunch and dinner. Lindey’s is a Columbus institution with the prettiest patio in town. This classic and timeless bistro has seen its share of drama – check out the book by owner Sue Doody, As The Tables Turn to get a taste of all that has transpired in this German Village corner restaurant throughout the years. Lindeys.com – 169 East Beck Street
3. Kihachi– a traditional Japanese restaurant with an inventive menu and wonderfully fresh fish. Check out the No Reservations episode to get a glimpse of what Bourdain loved about this Columbus restaurant in a strip center. 2667 Federated Blvd. 614-764-9040
4. Northstar Cafe – This is a favorite lunch spot, the team behind Northstar care about local and organic sourcing, their ingredients are top notch and their food is always well done. Three locations, Short North, Clintonville, and Easton. They also have a great restaurant in Grandview – Third and Hollywood. Thenorthstarcafe.com
5. Skillet – Chef Kevin Caskey really cooks with heart – his restaurant Skillet in German Village is a favorite, breakfast, lunch and dinner are all good bets. Skilletruf.com, 410 East Whittier Street
7. Pistacia Vera – If you put this pastry shop any where in the world it would compete for the best in town. In Columbus they are definitely the best – a great place to grab coffee and a delectable pastry. Pistaciavera.com, 541 South 3rd Street.
8. Curio at Harvest – A romantic little bar in German Village serving the best cocktails in town. Harvest Pizzaria next door is a great spot for inventive pizza’s. curioatharvest.com, 491 South 4th Street
9. North Market – Our public market is very different than The Westside Market, but it is representative of some the best of Columbus – good for lunch and shopping for artisan goods. Northmarket.com, 59 Spruce Street
10. Basi Italia – A jewel box of a restaurant set in Victorian Village. Basi is a favorite spot for a cozy intimate dinner. Chef Johnny Dornback & his wife Trish are wonderful hosts, the menu changes seasonally – make reservations ahead. Basi-italia.com, 811 Highland Avenue
Want to visit a few of these spots for yourself? On Valentine’s Day we’re giving away an overnight culinary getaway valued at over $400. Click here to enter to win!