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10 Restaurants Anyone New To Columbus Should Know About

These 10 restaurants practically define food in Columbus

Columbus has its fair share of restaurant favorites. Certain diners are just a staple for anyone who’s actually lived here for any extended period of time. They’re the places you take anyone for an authentic taste of the city and the places you keep coming back to because they’re good, they’re cheap, and, hey, you don’t feel like cooking.

These ten restaurants are the foundation of food in this city and are a must try for anyone new in town. Trust me, there’s no way you can go wrong with these joints.

Johnnie’s Tavern

Home of the Super Burger and a darn good place for mozzarella cheese sticks.
Where: 3503 Trabue Rd, Columbus, OH 43204
What to try: The Super Burger, any way you want it.

Dirty Franks

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This place serves up some pretty righteous hot dogs and at a super great price. They even have a decent veggie dog if that’s what you’re into.
Where: 248 S 4th St, Columbus, OH 43215
What to try: The Ohioana.

Los Guachos

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The biggest draw to Los Guachos is the huge rotating, slow roasted, slab of pork and pineapple they use for the taco a pastor.
Where: 5221 Godown Rd. Columbus, OH 43235 and 1376 Cherry Bottom Rd. Gahanna, OH 43230
What to try: The Original Taco Al Pastor

Hound Dog’s Pizza


This place used to be open 24 hours a day, serving up pizza to the night owl crowd. Though they have limited hours now, they still make a phenomenal pizza.
Where: 2657 N High St, Columbus, OH 43202
What to try: Anything with Smoking Joes crust.

Tip Top Kitchen

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A divey sort of bar with some great traditional entrees. Great for lunch, dinner, or a late night drink.
Where: 73 E Gay St, Columbus, OH 43215
What to try: The Blue Ribbon Pot Roast

Blue Danube


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Better known as “The Dube”, this diner serves oldskool classics with a modern attitude.
Where:  2439 N High St, Columbus, OH 43202
What to try: The Dube Deg

Hot Chicken Takeover

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Everyone’s favorite chicken spot. Hot Chicken didn’t just take over Columbus, it thoroughly conquered us right in the old ticker.
Where: 59 Spruce Street Columbus, OH 43215 and 4203 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43214
What to try:  The Holy Hot Chicken Dark Meat


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An old bar and diner with a whole boxing motif going on. Not only are these burgers some of the best in town, they’re also a real knock out (terrible pun intended).
Where:  19 N Pearl St, Columbus, OH 43215
What to try: The ALI

Fish and Chicken Inn

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This place is one of the best fried chicken spots Columbus has to offer. For any true connoisseur of the deep fried poultry, it’s a must try.
Where: 1828 E Hudson St, Columbus, OH 43211
What to try: Try the Whole Wings Combo, with jumbo shrimp, 2 sides, and a can of pop.

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