Whether you’re hosting the big game-watch party, joining up with friends to watch on a big screen or looking for good eats before or after the game, Columbus has something for everyone. Buckeye Sports Bulletin once again offers its suggestions as to where fans can eat on game day or any day.
• An all-occasion steak tavern that glows with sizzle and warmth, The Avenue serves fine steaks and tavern fare in Grandview’s historic Bank Block neighborhood and in Historic Dublin. The Avenue – a Cameron Mitchell restaurant – features incomparable appetizers such as shrimp dejonghe and oysters Rockefeller followed by mouth-watering entrées including veal Milanese with mozzarella, arugula and linguine; Atlantic salmon with spinach, fennel and chardonnay butter sauce; or a selection or USDA prime steaks and chops. The Avenue also features a wide array of beverages, including local favorites such as classically inspired cocktails and a carefully selected collection of Old and New World wines.
Visit the Grandview location at 1307 Grandview Ave. (614-485-9447) or The Avenue in Dublin at 94 N. High St. (614-591-9000). For reservations, call or go online at theavenuesteaktavern.com.
• Can’t decide if you’re in the mood for breakfast or lunch? Then check out BLunch – An Urban Café and sample some of the house specialties which include Huevos Rancheros, blueberry lemon-ricotta pancakes, house-smoked Benedicts and much more. Dine in a bright, casual and inviting atmosphere and enjoy a mimosa, BLunch Bloody or cherry Bellini. Whatever strikes your fancy will be found here. Ask about their takeout menu also. Open Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 7:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. Visit them at 2973 N High St. or online at www.blunchcolumbus.com. Call (614) 641-7501.
• Callahan’s at 520 Park St. in the Arena District is a laid-back Irish pub offering good food, a friendly atmosphere and enjoyable music. Have fun in the downstairs pub, enjoy the rooftop patio or dance the night away upstairs. Callahan’s features a variety of appetizers, salads, pizza and sandwiches including the meatball hoagie, grilled chicken and mushroom sandwich with Swiss cheese, sautéed mushrooms and BBQ sauce and the classic hamburger on a soft Kaiser roll. Or try one of Callahan’s favorites – the Callahan’s Club loaded with bacon, ham, turkey, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise and The Irish – marbled rye bread stuffed with corned beef, melted Swiss, sauerkraut and homemade 1000 Island dressing.
Callahan’s is open Tuesday-Friday 4 p.m.-close and Saturday 2 p.m.-close. Call (614) 223-1200 or go online to www.callahanscolumbus.com.
• Cap City Fine Diner & Bar, created by Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, offers a dining experience you won’t soon forget. You can expect a menu that will satisfy the most discriminating palate. Try the weekend brunch from 11 a.m-3 p.m. for classic eggs Benedict, French toast, torta, eggs on hash, spinach quiche, smoked salmon and bagel, four-egg omelet, breakfast burrito or the “diner” steak and eggs special with your favorite drink. Or meet up with friends for happy hour Monday through Friday from 4-6:30 p.m. for specially priced appetizers and drink specials in the bar. Choose from a variety of fresh salads and selections such as balsamic chicken or pecan-crusted pork chops, or try one of the delicious diner sandwiches or desserts. There are three locations at 1299 Olentangy River Road (614-291-3663), minutes from Ohio Stadium; 1301 Stoneridge Drive in Gahanna (614-478-9999) or 6644 Riverside Drive in Dublin (614-889-7865).
• When the mood for Mexican food strikes, head to Cazuela’s Grill for a taste of south-of-the-border. Stop in for lunch or dinner and savor a cool margarita while selecting from an array of tempting Mexican favorites including chimichangas, Chilaquiles Verdes o Rojos and Enchiladas Blancas among many other specialties. Catering is also available, and watch for their food truck around town. Stop by for happy hour every day from 2-6 p.m. and 10-11 p.m. with half off appetizers and $1 draft beers. Choose from three locations including 2321 N High St. (614-884-0755) near campus, 8134 E. Broad St. (614-868-3538) and 1260 Southgate Parkway in Cambridge (740-435-3251). Visit them at www.cazuelasmexicancantina.com.
• Count on Champps at 1827 Olentangy River Road for a delicious menu in a fun atmosphere just a long punt from Ohio Stadium. Whether you are in the mood for soup, salad or burgers, you can find it here. Try an appetizer like the mile-high nachos or four-pepper seared Ahi tuna. Or enjoy an entrée like the Nashville hot chicken or beer-battered fish ’n’ chips. Don’t miss the blackened chicken alfredo or bourbon salmon. Want a burger? Order a traditional cheeseburger or try the Carolina or Truffle Mushroom Wagyu Burger. Enjoy a mojito or margarita or a domestic or craft beer with your meal. Also available are turkey and Southwest black bean burgers and great desserts too. Champps is also perfect for your next event for 10 to 100 people. Their experienced event coordinator can help you plan your event. Stop by online at www.champps.com or call them at (614) 298-0833.
• The Chocolate Café at 1855 Northwest Blvd. has the cure for your cravings with a delicious menu of treats. Their lobster bisque is served daily along with an amazing array of specialty sandiches including their BMT flatbreads, Greek pitas and Cajun chicken paninis. Grilled cheeses are a specialty, and be sure to order a soup and salad too. Choose from an extensive dessert menu including real hot chocolate, chocolate dipped strawberries, hand-dipped Buckeyes, assorted ice cream flavors, fondue and over 50 assorted candies. Visit them online for details at www.chocolatecafecolumbus.com or call (614) 485-2233.
• Hometown favorite City Barbeque has been feeding Buckeye fans since 1999. Load up your tailgate party with their award-winning brisket, competition-quality St. Louis-cut ribs, Texas smoked sausage and classic pulled pork. There’s a full roster of made-from-scratch classic sides, from collards and corn pudding to mac & cheese and potato salad. City Barbeque makes game day simple for groups of all sizes – just pick the Party Pack that fits your crowd. Check out citybbq.com or download the city bbq app for $5 off your first order.
Of the eight City Barbeque joints in Columbus, the original Upper Arlington location is closest to Ohio Stadium: 2111 W. Henderson Road, (614) 538-8890. Visit their website for other convenient locations.
• Cancel those airline tickets to Mexico and head for Cuco’s Taqueria at 2162 W. Henderson Road instead. If you are in the mood for some authentic Mexican cuisine, you will love their extensive menu, from starters such as fresh ceviche or queso fundido with melted Chihuahua cheese and chorizo to main entrées like carnitas and steak ranchero. Try their signature tacos, and choose from a variety of soups and salads. Don’t miss the fajitas platter, the enchiladas or tamales either. Stop by for breakfast too. You will leave happy when you stop by. Visit them online at www.cucostaqueria.com or call (614) 538-8701.
• Make Der Dutchman Restaurant your headquarters for comfort food and Amish-style cooking. Der Dutchman has locations at 445 S. Jefferson Ave. in Plain City, only 30 minutes from the ’Shoe, and in Bellville, at exit 165 off I-71 if you’re coming down to Columbus for the game, as well as locations in Berlin, Walnut Creek, Sugarcreek and Sarasota, Fla. Enjoy the food your grandma made such as broasted chicken, roast beef, real mashed potatoes, dressing, noodles and homemade dinner rolls. Relax in the large dining rooms where families and friends can gather around the table. Enjoy great company and food before and after the games, and don’t forget to check out the extensive bakeries for cookies, pies and pastries to take home. Call (614) 873-3414 (Plain City) or (419) 886-7070 (Bellville) or visit www.derdutchman.com.
• Donatos features an elaborate array of pizzas, subs, calzones and salads. In addition to everybody’s favorite pepperoni or lavish cheese pizzas, you can create your own, go for one of the many recommended specialty pizzas, or opt for hot chicken pizza, mariachi chicken, mariachi beef, serious meat, Hawaiian, margherita or spinach chicken mozzarella pizza. As if that weren’t enough, available are special orders of meatballs, boneless wings, traditional wings and cheese bread. And don’t forget dessert: apple pie, cinnamon bread, and Cheryl’s cookies and brownies. All dishes can be ordered in party sizes. This business is founded and based in Columbus, with many locations. No artificial colors or flavors or MSG or high-fructose corn syrup is permitted in any of this flavorful array. Go to www.donatos.com for the location nearest you, menus and coupon offerings.
• Stop in and try the tasty Mexican menu items at El Vaquero, within walking distance of Ohio Stadium and the hotels on Olentangy River Road north of OSU. Choose from a variety of fresh, authentic cuisine selections such as the queso fundido with grilled shrimp, onions, mushrooms and melted cheese. Try one of the many salads or order a bowl of Sopa Azteca and have a frosty, crafted margarita from the bar. El Vaquero offers happy hour from 4-8 p.m. daily. Sample the fresh guacamole and bring the family for a great time. A kids menu is available too. No game tickets, no problem. Watch on the big-screen projector. Come celebrate another Buckeye victory at 3230 Olentangy River Road or call (614) 261-0900 for information.
• Grandad’s Pizza is a family-owned and -operated pizzeria located in Grandview Heights. They offer pizzas, old-school subs, sandwiches and more at affordable prices. Whether you’re in the mood for a traditional pizza with fresh toppings or a specialty pizza like the chicken bacon ranch pizza, you’re sure to find something to please everyone. Complete your meal with a fresh Italian or Caesar salad or boneless or traditional wings with your choice of seven different sauces. Located at 1254 West 3rd Ave., Grandad’s also offers discounts to businesses with advance ordering and features daily lunch specials. Call (614) 488-9700 or visit www.grandadspizza.com. Visit their new location at 4093 Trueman Blvd. in Hilliard (614-767-3020).
• The Guild House is an artisan eatery featuring creative American cuisine available for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and weekend brunch. Brunch items include steak and eggs, smoked chicken hash, pancakes and truffle eggs. The chefs at The Guild House collaborate to create seasonal offerings that are regionally and globally inspired, all with artistic technique in an energetic and inviting space. Located in the Short North Arts District (624 North High St., 614-280-9780), The Guild House offers happy hour seven days a week from 3-6 p.m. in the bar with half-price featured wines, cocktails, beers and selected items from their chef-inspired menu.
• Harvey & Ed’s is a Modern American restaurant where traditional noshes are honored with an upscale contemporary twist – focusing on fresh ingredients, simple preparations and familial hospitality. Irresistible lunch and dinner menu favorites include homemade matzo ball soup, popular deli-style sandwiches, fish towers and a broad range of nostalgic, chef-driven entrées. Throwback desserts such as cheesecake, chocolate babka and black & white cookies are baked fresh daily.
Harvey & Ed’s serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and is open for lunch and dinner daily with happy hour seven days a week from 3-6 p.m. Harvey & Ed’s features counter service for carryout orders, catering and delivery and is located in the Short North Arts District just a short distance from campus at 698 N. High St. (614-641-4040).
• The menu at Hudson 29 is nothing short of an expansion and redefinition of American cuisine, taking it to new heights through simple preparations that allow the flavors of the expertly sourced ingredients to shine through. You’ll savor this simplicity throughout the menu, a familiar and hearty collection of starters, prime steaks, roasted chicken and knife-and-fork sandwiches.
The bar has been raised in similar fashion. The focus is on wine, with an artfully composed list of 100 bottles. Cocktails crafted with house-made mixers and fresh-squeezed juices and an ever-changing list of craft beers round out the selection. Hudson 29 serves lunch and dinner daily with weekend brunch. Enjoy happy hour at Hudson 29 Monday through Saturday featuring special prices on appetizers, handcrafted cocktails, wines by the glass, draft beers and ales. There are two locations at 1600 W. Lane Ave. (614-487-0622) minutes from Ohio Stadium, and 260 Market St. in New Albany (614-859-2900).
• Los Guachos is the place to head when in the mood for authentic Mexican food. And they just opened their third brick-and-mortar restaurant in Dublin, located at 7370 Sawmill Road, in addition to their other two locations: 5221 Godown Road and 1376 Cherry Bottom Road. Los Guachos has been named one of America’s best taco spots by Yahoo and voted one of the best taco spots by the Food Network. Also, it was recognized by Every Day with Rachel Ray and Maxim Magazine as having some of the best tacos in the country, among other mentions within the Columbus press.
Visit them for tasty Mexican dishes including their famous Gringas, Juanas and original Tacos al Pastor. Open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-midnight and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. -1 a.m. at their Columbus locations and every day from 11a.m. -11 p.m. in Gahanna. Call ahead for carry-out at (614) 538-0211 (Godown Road), (614) 471-4717 (Gahanna) or (614) 726-9185 (Sawmill Road). Stop by online at los-guachos.com.
• Try a longtime Buckeye fan favorite at Minelli’s Pizza and Next Door Tavern at 1189 N. Wilson Road. Enjoy Minelli’s thin-crust pizza, Italian specialties from manicotti to chicken parmesan, subs, sandwiches and salads while catching the Buckeye action on one of 14 large-screen TVs at the Next Door Tavern. Test your Buckeye knowledge with the collection of Ohio State photos, and don’t miss any of the game with the Big Ten Network and NFL Sunday Ticket.
Take the family to dine at the old-fashioned pizzeria or meet your friends next door at the Tavern and enjoy your favorite beverages with great food from Minelli’s. Quench your Buckeye fever at the Tavern’s seven-hour happy hour. Too good to be true? Call them at (614) 279-3344 and find out.
• You’re sure to find something for everyone at Paul’s Fifth Avenue, a Grandview tradition for over 50 years. Open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week, Paul’s features an eclectic mix of cuisine. Enjoy all your favorites at breakfast, including eggs made-to-order, omelets, waffles, pancakes and home fries. Be sure to try Paul’s famous Callahans, your choice of toppings on a bed of home fries.
At lunch, try one of the traditional sandwiches such as the Reuben or a burger made from fresh-ground short rib and beef round paired with Paul’s famous Italian wedding soup. Or treat yourself to one of the traditional Italian favorites including Mama Panzera’s lasagna and chicken or veal parmesan. With ample parking and located at 1565 W. Fifth Ave. in Grandview just five minutes from campus, Paul’s is a convenient option for dining before the game. Phone (614) 481-8848 or visit www.paulsonline.com.
• There are days when nothing will do but a donut. Or two. Visit Peace Love & Little Donuts at 656 High St. in Worthington for a taste treat and bask in their ’70s themed atmosphere. Relax in a colorful setting with tie-dye and music and grab a coffee with your selected donut(s). Choose from dozens of flavors for your donut cravings for an experience you won’t soon forget. Open Monday-Friday 7 a.m-6pm., Saturday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit them online at www.peaceloveandlittledonuts.com or call (614) 396-6503.
• The Pearl is an urban and cozy tavern that showcases made-from-scratch food, classically inspired cocktails and an exclusive selection of ales, lagers and stouts. Start off with the creamy clam chowder with chorizo dust. For raw bar aficionados, The Pearl offers oysters and clams on the half shell, or try the N’Awlins baked oysters or the Shellfish Tower featuring oysters, clams, peel ’n’ eat shrimp and Louie dressed colossal crab. Entrées include classics such as Southern fried chicken with a cinnamon sticky bun and cider-braised greens, Great Lakes fish ’n’ chips or the braised short rib with horseradish mashed potatoes.
The Pearl’s brunch stands out from the bunch and is served every Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. Or hook up with friends for happy hour weekdays from 4-6 p.m. The Pearl is located at 641 N. High St. in the Short North Arts District, just a short distance from campus, and is open daily at 4 p.m. Call (614) 227-0151.
• One great option for affordable family dining in Grove City, just south of Columbus, is Plank’s On Broadway, which features a wide variety of sandwiches and entrées in addition to the ever-popular pizza. Favorites include burgers, grilled chicken salad and, of course, good cold beer. Patrons can enjoy a large all-the-way pizza for four for about $18 or a burger, fries and a beer for about $9.
Plank’s is located at 4022 Broadway, off I-270 west of I-71. For more information, call (614) 875-7800.
• For great food and atmosphere, try Press Grill at 741 N. High St. in the Short North (614-298-1014) and Press Pub on 5th (614-817-1198) in Grandview at 1505 W. 5th Ave. Their menu features a variety of selections including shrimp Po Boys, pesto chicken sandwiches and their famous Press Grill burger (burger with egg). Choose from a well-stocked bar and sample the daily specials. Monday night is Nathan’s hot dog night, two for $5. Tuesday, try the 85-cent wings and don’t miss the $1.50 tacos on Wednesdays. Every Thursday is Thanksgiving Dinner night for only $12. Visit www.pressgrill.net to find out more.
• Quaker Steak and Lube is located at 8500 Lyra Drive and is dedicated to making sure you don’t leave hungry. The half-pound steak burgers come in a variety of styles including Arizona El Camino, mac & cheese or Kentucky bourbon. Try the baby back ribs or one of the many varieties of sandwiches including house pulled pork, Mustang chicken or blackened cod to name a few. And of course sample their famous wings which are served with your choice of special sauces. If you are craving something green, try the garage, Caesar or biker chicken salads to complement your meal. You won’t resist the Magna-Fries or mozzarella sticks. Seafood is also available. For more information visit www.thelube.com or call (614) 430-9464.
• Bring your appetite to The Red Brick Tap and Grill located at 292 East Gates St. in Columbus. Whatever your mood they have it with a variety of burgers, dogs, gyros, pizza, calzones and salads. Peruse the amazing list of bottled and draft beers (more than two dozen rotating taps) and wine selections. Happy hour is weekdays from 3-7 p.m, and The Red Brick serves brunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Ask about the daily specials, and visit their site for special events at ww.theredbricktapandgrill.com. Call today at (614) 444-2742.
• The Red Door Tavern has been a Columbus favorite since 1964 and is easy to find at 1736 W. Fifth Ave. in the Grandview area. Treat yourself to some comfort today with a range of menu items guaranteed to satisfy. Start with one of their delicious appetizers such as the fried cheese ravioli or fried calamari or one of their many hearty soups. Signature sandwiches include the Red Door Famous Reuben, the best in town Red Door Club and the famous Twisted Pelican, voted one of the top sandwiches in Columbus. Or try one of their delicious entrées, including the shrimp and chicken linguine, chicken and broccoli fettuccine alfredo or fried shrimp. The Red Door also features pork sliders and delicious veggie wraps with fresh cucumber, tomato, red onion, banana peppers, mixed greens, provolone cheese and Italian dressing wrapped in a sun-dried tomato basil tortilla.
The Red Door Tavern is open Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-midnight, Thursday 11 a.m.-1 a.m., and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-2:30 am. Visit them at www.reddoortavern.com or call 614-488-5433.
• Make Roosters your headquarters to watch the Buckeyes while enjoying great wings and good times – before, during and after the games. Locally owned and operated, Roosters is open seven days a week with multiple area locations. Voted best wings by Columbus Monthly, Columbus Alive and 614 Magazine, Roosters invites you to come watch the game in a casual atmosphere while enjoying the selection of wings, burgers, pizza, salads and a ton of appetizers. Roosters has a great variety of sandwiches and subs too.
Look for the Roosters Road Show at Ohio State home games in the Fanfest area between St. John Arena and the Ice Rink. Roosters is the Official Wing Sponsor of Ohio State Athletics. Visit www.roosterswings.com for locations and hours.
• Don’t bark up the wrong tree when it comes to great food and good times – stop by Rude Dog at their Polaris location at 8711 Sancus Blvd. From burgers and dogs to salads and pizza, you won’t go home hungry. Specials include tasty items such as Caesar salads, sweet potato gnocchi, soups of the day, hummus plates and much more. Don’t forget to try the Rude Dog Deluxe pizza with pepperoni, sausage, pepper medley, shaved onions and a blend of cheeses. Or try the hand-battered fish and chips or blackened salmon. The kitchen is open until midnight every day and 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday with a full menu. Or get delivery through Uber Eats and Door Dash.
Rude Dog is also a great spot to host a party. Their outside patio offers a covered portion with an awning, giant Jenga, cornhole, firepit, entertainment stage for acoustic music and 4 TVs. They are open every day from 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Visit online at www.rudedogbarcolumbus.com or call (614) 847-7364.
• Rusty Bucket is a casual American restaurant and tavern, a gathering place where people come to share laughter, smiles and great conversation over food that makes everyone happy. Satisfying and familiar, the menu is classic American fare, thoughtfully prepared from scratch by their executive chef. Cocktails are considered a craft, made-to-order by highly-skilled bartenders. From barrel to glass, no shortcuts are taken with the carefully selected beer list. The perfect draft is guaranteed. Stop by for lunch, meet family and friends for dinner, or stop in before or after the game. Rusty Bucket’s motto is great food, great drinks, great people – the Bucket Life.
Large party reservations, online waitlist and private dining are available. Visit one of their 10 Columbus locations today, available at www.MyRustyBucket.com.
• A longtime central Ohio destination restaurant remains the anchor of historic downtown Canal Winchester as Shade on the Canal (19 S. High St.) continues to be a gathering place for locals and visitors alike. And now the Shade brand has expanded with Shade on State Street in Athens (994 E. State St.) and Shade on 30th Street (850 S. 30th St.) in Heath.
Shade’s, as it is popularly known, offers the best in casual dining and sports pub atmosphere with a friendly staff, flat-screen TVs, upbeat music and walls lined with local black and white photos. You’ll find great food including award-winning pizza, great wings, fresh cut salads, sandwiches, tasty appetizers, homemade soups and more. Are you planning a special event? Check out Shade’s historic Pine Room at the Canal Winchester location. For information or carry-out orders call the Canal Winchester location at (614) 837-9873, the Athens location at (740) 566-1009 or the Heath location at (740) 788-9287.
• Smoked on High is your headquarters for great ribs, brisket and good times. Located at 755 S. High St., you can visit them and dine in or call for takeout. Choose from a variety of delicious fares including smoked brisket, spare ribs and chicken drummies. Add to your selection from a delicious list of sides including mac ’n’ cheese, coleslaw, cornbread and collard greens. Coke products are available. It’s fast and casual food in a Victorian-era house – don’t miss out. Open 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Call (614) 754-9711 or visit online at www.smokedonhigh.com.
• Since opening in 1995, Starliner Diner in Hilliard has been a local favorite with its eclectic menu and kitschy décor. The Cuban inspired menu also includes American and Southwestern influences and features popular dishes such as Creole Macaroni and Huevos Rancheros. Starliner Diner is frequently recognized as one of the best breakfasts in town, and it’s no wonder why. Starliner offers a wide selection of omelets, from the traditional ham and cheese to the Mexican chorizo with peppers, onions, garlic, jack cheese and cilantro. Or try the enormous breakfast burrito or chiliquiles Southwestern scramble. For lunch, check out the fish Po’ Boy or Cuban sandwich, or choose from a wide variety of dinner entrées.
Starliner Diner is open seven days a week and features a full bar with Sunday alcohol sales. It is located at 4121 Main St. in historic old Hilliard. Call (614) 529-1198 or visit starlinerdiner.com.
• Tio’s Tacos and Tequila is located in downtown Columbus at 201 S. High St. for your dining convenience. Relax with a margarita along with some of the tastiest Mexican cuisine this side of the border. Try a house specialty such as the Enchiladas de Lechuga – lettuce wraps filled with grilled chicken, peppers, onions and tomatoes, covered with their Special Tio’s Sauce, queso fresco and avocado slices – or the wonderful Pollo a la Crema with poblano peppers, onions and their special cream sauce. Also choose from a selection of wraps and tortillas, or try the Burrito Mexicano filled with grilled chicken, steak, rice, beans, chorizo and sour cream topped with melted cheese, green sauce and burrito sauce. Happy hour specials are available. Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Check them out online at www.tiostacostequila.com or call (614) 914-8818.
• The Whitney House at 666 High St. in downtown Worthington north of campus serves made-from-scratch, rustic-yet-refined, American comfort food. Step back in time for delicious and old-fashioned fare in the style of family Sunday dinners.
The Whitney House is open for lunch, dinner and brunch with fresh, locally sourced ingredients everyone will enjoy. Appetizers include roasted beets or avocado toast as well as cast-iron sticky buns and Mimi’s Matzah Ball Soup. Proceed to the main dishes and try the seared Ruby Red trout with purple-potato hash, bacon, wilted greens and Tabasco butter sauce or the Manchester Farms quail with pork belly and plum stuffing, roasted parsnips and asparagus, whole grain mustard and tarragon glacé.
For brunch, you’ll be tempted by the short rib scramble with caramelized onions, potatoes, tomatoes, peppadews, scrambled eggs or the Chilaquile Verdes, a delicious blend of tomatillo-braised pork shoulder, crunchy tostados, fresh avocado, black bean relish, queso Chihuahua and fried eggs. The Whitney House serves brunch Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., lunch Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and dinner seven days a week starting at 3 p.m. Call (614) 396-7846 or visit www.thewhitneyhouserestaurant.com.
• Z Cucina, in the heart of the popular Grandview area at 1368 Grandview Ave., offers modern and traditional Italian fare in a warm and inviting atmosphere. The menu offers flavorful and well-seasoned small plates, salads and main courses. Among the items made in-house from scratch are the ricotta and mozzarella cheeses, sausage, breads and desserts, and the menu includes handmade ravioli and tortelli, as well as other pastas. Z Cucina is known for its well-crafted, artisan wine list, and there is a full bar for your enjoyment. Z Cucina also offers full-service catering for functions both on and off site. Z Cucina is open Monday-Saturday at 5 p.m., with happy hour weekdays from 5-7 p.m. For reservations or more information call (614) 486-9200.