Columbus

Hmm… what to say about Columbus?  It’s flat.  The cost of living is reasonable.  It’s isn’t as backward as it used to be.  It’s the worlds largest cow town and a good place to live but a so/so place to visit.  I lived in Columbus for thirty years.  What I miss the most about Columbus are my friends and family who still live there.

General References

Things To Do

  • COSI: Good science and technology museum
  • Columbus Zoo: Even growing with a number of good exhibits.  They have a very good breeding program.
  • Wexner Center: Small but interesting cutting edge art exhibits.
  • Ohio Historical Center & Ohio Village
  • Ohio State Fair in August
  • Franklin Park Conservatory
  • Drive down to the Hocking Hills (Old Man’s Cave) in the fall to see the foliage turn colors.
  • Walk around German Village and the Short North for food and small galleries
  • Go to church.  Seriously. There are two remarkable Biblically based churches in Columbus.  Both have extensive home fellowship, superior teaching, great educational programs, opportunities to service in a variety of capacities, and excellent children programs. Xenos Christian Fellowship  and Vineyard Church of Columbus

Food

Not a food mecca… but am back every year so I try to pay attention to food options. Over the year restaurants have gotten better.  In the 1980s there were only a handful of restaurants I considered good. 

  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, Columbus, OH. The best ice cream I have had. Interesting flavors. They have has some issues with their production. 
  • Grater’s Ice Cream, Various, Ohio
  • The Light of Seven Matchsticks, Worthington, OH.
  • Lindey’s: Well executed traditional American cuisine.
  • The Refectory: The best French restaurant in Columbus… but it doesn’t compare to great restaurants in Paris, NYC, SF Bay areas, DC, etc.  Has a pretty good wine list.  Sometimes great service, but sometimes they are way to pretentious.  
  • Bexley’s Monk: Constantly well executed Eclectic/American cuisine.
  • Cameron Mitchell’s empire. Ok food. Honestly, I don’t think their food is better that the high end chains like Cheesecake factory.
  • Mozart’s: nice European bakery.
  • My Big Fat Greek Cuisine: The best Greek restaurant in columbus which is saying something given that many of the restaurants are owned by greek families.
  • Schmidt’s Sausage Haus: German sausage. The spicy Bahamas Mamas are a local speciality.
  • Donatos: thin, basic, but tasty pizza
  • Tommy’s Pizza: good sub
  • Handke’s:  Suppose to be excellent. Haven’t had a chance to eat there yet.
  • Spagio, Columbus, OH. California spa food. In the mid 90s has some of the best food in Columbus.  It’s quality has fallen a bit, there are likely better places these days.  Originally was called the Gourmet Market.

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