My good friend Rich Grunenwald and I pick a new restaurant each time we have lunch. Actually, I should say we pick a restaurant new to me. He has been to most of these and I, having led a sheltered life find most of them new. I thought I would share this list. These are all fun and uniquely local and they come with our recommendation.
Explorer’s Club – located on South High just beyond downtown, this restaurant provides a menu and décor sourced from around the globe. The menu changes so I can’t predict what you’ll see. I loved their chorizo sliders. Very tasty and a little spicy. But it was hard to choose. I also tried a duck entre on another (sorry Rich didn’t get to go on this one) trip and loved it.
Starliner Diner – I know, all you Hilliard types are saying; “WHAT!?!? that’s not new or unknown.” But to a nor’easter like me, it was new … and wonderful. The Starliner has a great mix of southern foods. And by southern, I mean deep south. New Orleans is the northern edge with Jambalaya, other influences include the Yucatan and Cuba. I like a lot of their dishes. There are some comfort (sleep in the afternoon) type dishes like mac & cheese and healthier choices like Cajun and southwestern salads. Try the Brisket burrito.
Little Palace – The downtown crowd will know this one. Walking in made me feel like I had stepped into 1960. But not in an old salvaged at a flea market way, in a fresh, just opened sort of way. The stromboli and turkey club we had were excellent, but I want to go back and try the cheese curds (no doubt health food).
Northstar Café – definitely a great lunch spot. You can feel good about eating well here. They have excellent salads and they pride themselves on sourcing locally and healthy. The Beechwold Salad and the Thai Salad are both excellent and not compromises to healthy eating. I should note the ambiance here is also great. You can eat inside or weather permitting enjoy dining alfresco. I’m going to try the sweet potato fries next time.
Polaris Grill – I know, this one isn’t out of the way at all. BUT I love this place. The Florbean menu they do sometimes, the Aztec chowder, Maryland crab cakes, chops seafood and steaks are all great. My favorite lunch item is the grilled chicken salad and Aztec chowder or if they still have it, the corn crab chowder.
I hope you enjoy [re]exploring Columbus like I do. I’ve been here so long it’s surprising the C-Bus can still surprise me!
Author’s note: This tag within my blog is a response to the fact that I don’t see enough about our great city and its many cool things. So ridicule if you will, this is just my idea of what’s cool in Columbus or “Coolumbus”.