Brussels sprouts have hit gourmet status in Columbus.
No longer just a vegetable, countless restaurants have added the mini cabbage to their menus, frying them and dressing them up with bacon, cheese, mustard, and mint.
Here’s a breakdown of the top local restaurants for sprouts.
Veritas | Downtown
Served with butter and spices, these stand out as the most unique brussels in the city. They are covered in brown sugar and curry then dusted with parmesan cheese. Melt-in-your-mouth good. At a restaurant known for its rotating menu, the brussels are one of the few items they never take off (or so I was told).
Barrel on High | Short North
Even if you’re a brussels fan, you may not have heard of these ones. Barrel’s Thai Chili Brussel Sprouts are hidden on the bottom of the menu as a $3 side piece. Huge plate of savory, sweet, crunchy leaves and full brussels. And I mean a GOOD amount of the crunchy leaves (aka: the best part).
Forno | Short North
These brussels stand apart from the rest as one of the only non-fried versions. They are roasted with butter then cooked down in an incredible broth/stock. Not the typical crispy variety. Quarter cut. Extra good with some sprinkled parmesan cheese.
Arch City | Short North
These are super crispy and extra flavorful. Served in a hot cast iron skillet, halved, fried, and served with truffle salt. REALLY yummy and good with anything, anytime.
Hubbard Grill | Short North
These are the signature Columbus brussels (IMO). They sit at the top of the menu and are what I order every time I come to Hubbard. Super crispy in a red wine reduction that coats every nook and cranny, almost like they were soaked. Surprisingly juicy! Huge half-cut Brussels. Nom nom nom.
Harvest Pizzeria | German Village
Prepared as comfort food, these brussels are presented in a piping hot iron skillet, thinly sliced, with lots of cheese and a dusting of bread crumbs. Full brussel sprout flavor and charred bits make these super delicious.
Watershed Distillery | Grandview
Unique, just like everything at Watershed. Served with black pepper, honey, lemon, and mint (yes, mint!) Super saucy and crispy. Quarter cut. Sometimes I order two sides… no judgment!
Palle by Moretti | Grandview
Your every-day brussel. Large serving size, halved, and roasted with sweet Balsamic Drizzle. Not incredibly crispy, but you can certainly request that they are served that way (I do).
Philco Bar + Diner | Short North
Caramelized brussels cut in quarters with super crispy leaves. Topped with pecans and Gorgonzola. The cheese makes these ones. Lightly sauced.
The Avenue Steak Tavern | Grandview
Cooked up with onions and bacon, these brussels are super savory. caramelized to perfection. Made specifically for pairing with steak, but I’d eat them anytime.
Get out there and flex your brussels, Columbus!
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