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


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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