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Table Talk

January 21, 2013
Table Talk

Find out where in-the-know locals go for their favorite cheap ($10), rich ($100) or sweet bites in the capital city


Derek Grosso
Columbus Young Professionals Club

Cheap: I’ll offer my list of top five local burgers that would each certainly fit the bill for under $10. All are cooked to perfection here in the capital city by locally owned restaurants! If you have never been, you’ve got to visit Johnnie’s Tavern (#5), home of the Superburger. The good folks at O’Reilly’s Pub (#4) in Clintonville serve their burgers with love, as does newcomer (and food truck) Street Thyme (#3). Coming in at #2 is the world-renowned, Adam-Richman-conquered Thurman Cafe in German Village. I recently wowed family and Facebook friends alike when I polished off the Thurmanator * (more than 2 lbs. of sandwich when all is said and done) - and in just under an hour! [*It’ll cost you $17.49, but most other burgers at Thurman’s are under $10.] And finally, the #1 local burger I’d recommend is the 10 oz. Max Burger at Max & Erma’s. Consistently delicious every time! For non-burger choices, the pretzel-crusted chicken sandwich at the newly opened 101 Beer Kitchen (Dublin) can’t be beat, nor can the homemade pot roast sandwich at Tip Top Kitchen (Downtown).

Rich: Again, the choices for great meals in Columbus are limitless, especially with a Benjamin to spend. The Refectory, Rigsby’s, M at Miranova, Hyde Park, Ocean Club, and Lindey’s are all aces in my book. However, I’m going to go with Guiseppe’s Ristrovo in Bexley. I am 100-percent Italian, after all. Not only is the food there superb and the atmosphere cozy and warm, but the service is always amazing. My mother would definitely approve.

Sweet: Tasi Cafe in Short North is a favorite, especially if you’re in the mood for a sweet and delicious way to start your day. I haven’t met a dessert at Spagio (Grandview) that I didn’t like and the ricotta-filled Cloud 9 pancakes at Northstar Cafe (Short North, Clintonville, Easton) are truly out of this world. You’ll find the original Jeni’s at The North Market, in addition to Taste of Belgium and Pure Imagination Chocolatier. Then head up the road to Upper Arlington and locate The Chocolate Cafe and Schakolad. And who could forget Sugardaddy’s Sumptuous Sweeties in downtown Columbus. Did I cover all of my neighborhoods? Great!


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