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First-time visitors have more than enough options for a great meal, but a special few restaurants have managed to shape the town’s flavor. Here are five Columbus restaurants that Forbes Travel Guide recommends:
1. Alana’s Food and Wine. Located just north of the Ohio State University campus, Alana’s is a favorite of food critics and a true Columbus treasure. Head chef Alana Shock uses an abundance of locally sourced and seasonal ingredients to create traditional and exotic dishes that reflect a world of tastes. The menu changes daily, but the quality is consistent.
2. G. Michael’s Bistro and Bar. Most travelers head to German Village for the schnitzel, but this neighborhood restaurant is hailed for its fine-dining fare. Executive chef and co-owner David Tetzloff offers a seasonally inspired menu with a diverse selection of seafood, rustic and haute French cuisine, as well as a few Italian favorites.
3. Kihachi Japanese Restaurant. Located on the northwest side of Columbus, this hotspot is a bit out of the way, but it’s worth the drive for the authentic Japanese cuisine. If you are truly adventurous, we recommend the multicourse omakase dinner.
4. Rigsby’s Kitchen. For decades, executive chef Kent Rigsby has raised the bar for fine dining in Columbus. While the classic Italian-Mediterranean cuisine is rooted in tradition, it never lacks in inventiveness. Guests that are looking for something more casual than a multicourse meal are encouraged to try the bar menu, which also features smaller plates of the celebrated chef’s cuisine.
5. Lindey’s Restaurant and Bar. Long recognized as one of the best dining experiences in Columbus, what truly sets Lindey’s apart from the rest is its weekend brunch. Regular patrons prefer the lobster bisque, but also well-loved are classic brunch favorites like eggs Benedict and Croque Madame, as well as fresh pasta entrees and sandwiches. The past-meets-present décor is fitting of the restaurant’s historic building.