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There’s always something new and delicious to try in Columbus.
The Columbus food scene is one of the best things about this city. We’ve got so many fantastic restaurants, bars, and breweries and it feels like there is always something new to try out.
From fried chicken to Hawaiian-style poke, you’re going to love getting to know these latest culinary additions to Columbus.
Dave’s Hot Chicken
About: Ready for something spicy? Owned by Drake, Dave’s Hot Chicken has opened its first central Ohio location on Dublin-Granville Rd. The fast-casual spot focuses on Nashville-style hot chicken, in the form of tenders and sliders. Two more locations around Columbus will be coming soon.
Location: 3590 W Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43235
Website: Dave’s Hot Chicken
Half Baked Brew
About: This skateboarding-themed brewery started as a member’s only spot in Merion Village. Now, they’ve expanded to a new location in the Short North and it’s open to the public. Stop in for a beer, some food truck food, and some fun.
Location: 765 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
Website: Half Baked Brew
Toraya Moroccan Cuisine
About: Looking for authentic Moroccan food? Plan a visit to Toraya Moroccan cuisine. From tagine to cous cous, you’ll feel like you’ve been whisked away from Columbus straight to Marrakesh.
Website: Toraya Moroccan Cuisine
About: It’s a fried chicken kind of month, and Just Chicken is showing everyone how it’s done. Located within East Market, the new chicken eatery offers, well, just chicken. Chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, and fries are all you find on the menu, but trust me, it’s all you need.
Location: 212 Kelton Ave, Columbus, OH 43205
Website: Just Chicken
About: Eating healthy is so delicious these days. This Hawaiian-inspired poké joint serves poke, noodle soup, bento boxes, and bubble tea. If this is what eating right looks like, I don’t wanna be wrong.
Location: 100 E Gay St Unit 1, Columbus, OH 43215
Website: Poke Bunny
About: Chef Avishar Barua’s highly-anticipated Joya’s Cafe is finally open. The former Top Chef contestant named the cafe after his mom and although the menu is limited right now, it includes some absolute bangers. There are some great drink options including a specialty chai and coffee. Joya’s is also serving up a new contender for best breakfast sandwich. Of course, the thing we should all be looking forward to is the Cheesy Double Crunch, a popular dish of Barua’s.
Location: 657 High St, Worthington, Ohio 43085
Website: Joya’s Cafe
About: 92 Chicken is serving up Korean fried chicken in Delaware. This crispy chicken is hand battered, double fried, and then coated in sauce. And don’t worry, they’ve got a variety of unique flavors to choose from.
Location: 12 S Sandusky St, Delaware, OH 43015
Website: 92 Chicken
Fattey Beer Co.
About: Fattey Beer Co. is a New York-based craft beer establishment with over 500 craft beers to choose from. You can purchase six-packs or stay and have a sip of something on draft. They also have a beer-fried chicken sandwich that people go wild for. It’s a crispy fried chicken breast topped with pickles, covered in sauce, and served on a potato bun.
Location: 79 S State St, Westerville, OH 43081
Website: Fattey Beer Company
About: Fans of Saddleberk can find them at North Market Downtown now. In addition to carrying Saddleberk’s own Berkshire Pork, the second location for the restaurant and butcher also carries high-quality cuts from other meat producers. Saddleberk offers a selection of hot sandwiches, brats, breakfast sandwiches, and their signature milkshakes.
Location: North Market, 59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215
About: This new German-style beer garden is officially open in Hilliard. With a menu full of traditional and German-inspired dishes and lots of local brews on tap, you can enjoy live music in the beer garden while you eat and drink.
Location: 4131 Main St, Hilliard, OH 43026
About: Junkyard Dogs opened back at the beginning of July. Serving a variety of Hot Dogs, bratwursts & sausages, sides, and milkshakes, Junkyard Dogs is the perfect place for a quick bite to eat.
What to try: The Junkyard Dog, aka an all beef Hot Dog topped with coney sauce, cheesy onions, bacon, jalapeño, coleslaw, garlic aioli, and spicy brown mustard.
Location: 2245 W Dublin Granville Rd Suite 108, Worthington, OH 43085
Website: Junkyard Dogs
Bar Cicchetti by Fabio Viviani
About: Bar Cicchetti by Fabio Viviani is serving up delicious Italian food from the ground floor of the historic Westin Hotel in downtown Columbus. The menu offers seasonally inspired dishes as well as craft beer and cocktails.
What to try: Cicchetti means to share, so why not go for some dishes off of the shareable menu? Your order should definitely include the focaccia, which is basically heaven in the form of bread.
Location: 310 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215
Website: Bar Cicchetti by Fabio Viviani
About: Mark Wahlberg is no stranger to Columbus, and although the Wahlburgers food truck has been around town before, the first physical location has finally opened at Hollywood Casino.
What to try: Is Wahlburgers where I expected to find a delicious vegan burger? No. But it happened so now I’ve got to tell you all about it. It’s an impossible burger patty, but what takes it over the top is the house-made sauce.
Location: Hollywood Casino, 200 Georgesville Rd, Columbus, OH 43228
About: The Brewery District is now home to Marvin’s Restaurant and Lounge. Serving up craft American cuisine, the restaurant offers brunch, Happy Hour, and dinner.
What to try: Visit for brunch and order a mimosa and the Chef’s French Toast. You can thank me later.
Location: 460 S Front St, Columbus, OH 43215
Website: Marvin’s Columbus (Instagram)
Ohio Brewing Company
About: Ohio Brewing Company is an award-winning microbrewery offering a variety of beers including Mexican Lager, Pilsner, IPA, DIPA, Session IPA, Fruit Sour, Nitro Irish Stout, and more. They’ve also got a fantastic menu full of pub-style food to accompany their brews.
What to try: Get the Cleveland Cuban, pair it with a Lil Vata (Mexican lager) and enjoy a fantastic evening.
Location: 421 E 2nd Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Website: Ohio Brewing Company
Cove, A Seafood Joint
About: Cove is the latest endeavor from Chef Josh Dalton. The menu offers a variety of seafood options including lobster rolls, a seafood boil, clams, and more. There are also non-seafood options.
What to try: The lobster roll, unless you’re feeling fancy, in which case you should definitely give the Caviar a whirl.
Location: 15 E Winter St, Delaware, OH 43015
Website: Cove, A Seafood Joint
Why we love them: From the Anime decor to the delicious, Carribbean food, Chef Hiro really has it all. Well known for their food truck, Chef Hiro has just opened a brick-and-mortar spot on Parsons Ave, and it’s delightful.
What to try: The Carribbean Jerk Chicken Tacos are the way to go. They come with a mild sauce on them, but if you’re looking for something a little spicier, you only have to ask!
Location: 1297 Parsons Ave, Columbus, OH 43206
Why we love them: Popping onto the scene just in time for summer, Strawser’s Ice Cream, Pop & Candy Shop will open to the public in July 1. The new spot will feature some favorites from the What The Float? Food Truck plus tons of delicious candy.
What to try: You can’t go wrong with a full on day of sugar. Go nuts and order whatever you’re like, just make sure that includes a float.
Location: 4026 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123
Why we love them: Torchy’s Tacos has finally arrived in Columbus. It’s been much anticipated but now we can all eat as many delightful little tacos as we want.
What to try: The Baja Shrimp taco is the way to go, without a doubt.
Location: 1478 Gemini Pl, 1478 Gemini Pl, Columbus, OH 43240
Why we love them: Looking for a chef-inspired take on a traditional taco? Then. avisit to Agave & Rye is exactly what you need. The vibes are glamarous and the food is delicious, so what more could you really need?
What to try: The Bomb taco, made with Carne Asada steak, chopped bourbon poached shrimp, mac n’ cheese, and spicy chili and bbq jam.
Location: 1295 Grandview Ave Columbus, OH 43212
Why we love them: From the owners of Alqueria Farmhouse Kitchen, Subourbon Southern Kitchen and Spirits specializes in elevating comfort food. The menu is full of perfectly crafted items, from cornbread to blackened redfish.
What to try: The Miso Glazed Ribeye will be one of those meals that you think about for a long time after you’re finished. I promise you’ll love it.
Location: 2234 W. Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43085
Why we love them: The Statehouse may seem like a weird place to swing in for lunch, but HouseTaco makes it worth it. The tacos at HouseTaco are traditional street taco style and they frequently run a variety of specials. You can order for pick-up right here.
What to try: The mojo carnitas tacos are my favorite, but genuinely, you can’t go wrong on this menu.
Location: Ohio Statehouse
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