Columbus, Ohio, is known for its historic German population, and this influence is evident in the number of pubs and breweries found in the area, though a variety of dining choices are waiting for tourists in this unassuming Midwestern city.
The Elevator Brewery provides its patrons a casual atmosphere and classic fare that they may find in an everyday pub, but with an upscale twist to make the experience unique. Some of the items customers can choose from include club sandwiches featuring ham and turkey or blackened beef, vegetable strudel, burgers, fish and chips, crab cakes, and pot roast. There are also plenty of unique beers on tap. The Elevator Brewery is located downtown on High Street, three blocks from the city’s Nationwide Arena and is open Monday through Thursday from 11am to midnight, Friday from 11am to 2am, and Saturday from 5pm to 2am.
Wurst und Bier is a unique restaurant offering what few tourists can get outside of Germany or the Midwest; namely, authentic German cuisine. On the menu are appetizers made with Bavarian cheese, sauerkraut and ham, soft pretzels with German mustard, potato salad, meatloaf sandwiches, breaded chicken and pork cutlets, and bratwurst sausages that can be ordered flavored with jalapenos, cheese, or Cajun seasoning. Children are welcome at this establishment, which has the atmosphere of a traditional German beer hall and features live German entertainment. It is found on Hutchinson Avenue and is open Sunday through Wednesday from 11am to 1am, and Thursday through Saturday from 11am to 2:15am.
Tourists who are in for a taste of fine dining in Columbus might want to step into Mitchell’s Ocean Club at Easton Town Center on Easton Station. A high-end appetizer bar awaits patrons, offering dishes like lobster fritters, short rib sliders, and raw tuna tacos. Appetizers offered with dinner include goat cheese ravioli and Wisconsin cheese fondue. Customers can choose from steak cuts such as New York strip and ribeye and can also order their choice of toppings and accompaniments, which include green peppercorn sauce or a bleu cheese crust. Vegetables and potatoes are prepared in unique ways as well and add to the creative, modern dining experience. A gluten free menu is also offered. The establishment is open for dinner from 5pm to 10pm Monday through Thursday, 5pm to 11pm on Friday, 4pm to 11pm on Saturday, and 4pm to 9pm on Sunday.
Jack & Benny’s on High Street in the University District near the Ohio State University Campus is known for their breakfast and brunch selections, served all day. These selections include classics like pancakes, French toast, and hash browns. They also offer a sausage and cheese dish with sausage gravy and omelets with unusual fillings like apple and Swiss cheese. The restaurant is open from 7am to 3pm Monday through Friday and from 8am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday.