A big part of my explorations in Columbus involves visiting new restaurants and returning, frequently, to old stand-by’s. I am not what you would term a “foodie” by any means, but I am a picky eater, although this has improved tremendously since my pre-college years. Columbus has a plethora of amazing places to both dine and drink and I am by no means an expert in this area, just simply a forever tourist and fan of food in my city. While I enjoy sharing some of my pretty + delicious meals + drinks via Instagram, I realize I rarely go into some of my favorite places to grab a bite around the city here on the blog. Here goes… ^ One of my ultimate, favorite restaurants in Columbus is Lindey’s. Any meal on this patio is well worth the experience, especially weekend brunch. These lemon ricotta pancakes were truly outta this world good. Their Eggs Benedict is also outstanding. ^ Jeni’s Ice Cream in the Short North. Enough said. My go-to combo is two scoops in a cup: one of The Milkiest Chocolate in the World and the other, The Buckeye State. I’ve tried to branch out and yes, I adore the seasonal ice creams, but I just can’t beat that combo.
^ La Fogata in the Short North has a great patio and I always, always order the Chicken Fajita Quesadilla. I can’t branch out nor do I want to! Love their rice too.
^ For a guaranteed feel-good, delicious + healthy meal, I head to Whole World Natural Restaurant in Clintonville. It’s the perfect place to stop in on High Street for a well-priced lunch after a morning of thrift and antique shopping. Anything on the menu with avocado, cheese, and watermelon… consider me sold. ^ I just recently tasted Samba Fresh‘s organic cold-pressed juices and I definitely am a fan of anything this delicious, healthy, and easy. Yum. Their business is based out of Upper Arlington and I’ve yet to stop by the store but it’s on my to-do list. ^ I confessed my love for Sassafras Bakery in last year’s blog post and I’m still raving about this cute Worthington bakery. It’s just a happy lil’ place with really amazing desserts. ^ Speaking of dessert, you didn’t think I could go without mentioning Pistacia Vera, did you? I love everything about the original German Village staple – so bright and cheery… it just instantly brightens your mood stepping in that place. I’ve heard they have a great brunch although I’ve never been. I typically go straight for the sweets: preferably one Blackberry Violet and one Vanilla Bean macaron (or just an entire box) when I stop in. ^ Geez, I’m so glad Bakersfield in Cincinnati decided to expand to the Short North. When in the area, this place always delivers. The drinks are delicious (and surprisingly strong), the atmosphere is fun and relaxed, and the food is excellent. I’m a sucker for some chips and guacamole and mole and pollo rojo tacos. Get there early especially on the weekends. This is a hot spot right now and fills up fast.