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Columbus has an incredible food scene. There are several ways that you can sample what Columbus has to offer during your visit. My girls weekend visit was filled with the best combination of variety and delicious food. The hardest part was narrowing down all of the amazing options!
Columbus Food Adventures – Short North Tour
Food tours are one of my absolute favorite ways to explore a city. They provide you with insider intel about where and what to eat, along with the history of the area. I had previously tried the Taco Truck tour by Columbus Food Adventures and I knew that a food tour with them would once again be the perfect way to start off the weekend. Our tour started at North Market which is a foodie paradise of restaurants and everything you need to create your own culinary masterpiece at home.
Our first tasting was at Hot Chicken Takeover. Not only is their food amazing, but they are also committed to creating employment opportunities to people who were formerly incarcerated. Other stops in the market were Bavarian style pretzel samples from Brezel, samples of artisan chocolates from Le Chocohoique, Toast at The Guild House, a veggie dish and salad sampling at Basi Italia, and our final stop was at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. The sampling give you another reason to go back a visit, They also help take the pressure off for what to order,
Yes, we ate a LOT of food, but we also learned about the history of the neighborhood, learned about area parks and observed incredible street art while walking as well. The tour does a great job of spacing out the food over the course of a few hours. That said, you will still want to make sure that you don’t eat a lot before your tour. You also get to meet a lot of great people on your tour too. On our tour, we had a mix of locals and tourists. You really can’t go wrong with any of the tours offered by Columbus Food Adventures.
I pretty much find an excuse to stop at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream and Schmidtt’s every time that I visit Columbus. We already had ice cream from Jeni’s on the food tour, so I felt that it was my duty to introduce my friend to a giant cream puff at Schmidtt’s ….for research purposes of course. This is the perfect destination for all things German. You have German food in a German Village. There is a buffet and a polka band playing, depending on the time that you visit too.
Food Truck Lunch
Columbus has a large food truck scene in just about every style of food you could imagine. We discovered my new favorite food truck during a festival at a park downtown. You know it’s good when you make it a point to tell the owner several times how much you LOVE it. I LOVE spice and Cupzilla rose to the challenge of giving me an entree with a lot of heat with their Korean BBQ. You don’t have to get yours spicy, I just enjoy crazy, spicy. The favor and texture were magic in my mouth! The meal was so great that I would have no problem hunting down the food truck the next time that I’m in town so that I can have their food again.
Have you heard of mead before? I had not before the food tour. At first, I thought they were saying it was a “meatery” but it’s actually a “meadery.” Mead is a honey wine that reminds me of a fusion between beer and wine. We sampled several varieties before taking the tour and then sampling a few more at Brother’s Drake Meadery. After all of those samples, you will most likely be taking some home with you. I purchased the seasonal variety pack that included the popular flavor “peanut butter and jelly.” I realize that it sounds odd but there is a reason that is one of their most popular flavors. You need to try it.
Casual Food on the Go
After all of the mead tastings we decided to walk Short North (the section of downtown North of Columbus, short of campus that goes one block each way on High Street) Short North is a great collection of restaurants, bars, and shops.
Pizza by slice seemed like the perfect meal at the moment. The atmosphere at Mikey’s Pizza by the Slice is super casual at this outdoor venue with late night hours that are even better for late night crowds.
There are so many options for brunch in Columbus. We opted to eat brunch near The Scioto Mile at Milestone 229 located 229 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH so that we could take a scenic bike ride on the nearby trails afterward. My friend ordered the Belgian Waffle (seasonal fruit, pure maple syrup, and whipped cream) and I ordered the Beef Brisket Hash (slow roasted beef brisket, hash potatoes, white cheddar, peppers, onions, asparagus, two eggs over and bearnaise).
We arrived right as brunch was ending but the waitstaff was generous to serve us with carry out containers and let us sit on the patio.
It was an absolutely gorgeous day and very relaxing to sit outside and watch the kids play in the modern sprayground.
We loved all of our food adventures in Columbus. They is something for every price point and budget. I highly encourage you to try something local while you are in town that you can’t replicate anywhere else.
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