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Best Pizza Joints in Columbus

Plank's on Parsons. Really not much else in Columbus that you can label as "good".

Mar 20, 2009
jmargaret in Great Lakes

Thoughts on new-ish Cleveland restaurants

Tartine is "OK." It's cute but a little bit overrated--not bad, though. L'Albatross is very good. Very hard to get reservations, too. Luxe is decent for a bar-like setting--I was more happy to see something flourishing in that area than I was with anything else.

restaurants in columbus german village?

Neither of those would work for you. The Mohawk is more of a bar with food and Katzinger's is just a deli.

Lola Cleveland. Iron Chef? (long review)

I don't know what Rosendale's is trying to be--maybe it's trying to be creative by putting together strange ingredients that really don't taste good together, and then cover it all up under the umbrella of a really high priced dish that shouldn't even exist in Cowtown, OH. (The psychological premise that "something expensive is good"). Ick, ick, ick.

Columbus vs Cleveland, a stomach's point of view

OK, OK--after having lived in Columbus for 22 LONG years, I am happy to say that both my husband and I found gainful employment (and a 30% pay increase) in big, bad Cleveland.......And I have also gained 10 pounds after my first 2 years in Cleveland, because it has lots of good restaurants. I must admit that I NEVER found decent pizza, or a deli, in Cowtown. It's really like Disneyland, in terms of food--lots of chain restaurants and everything else theme-based owned by Cameron Mitchell. The two cities are very different--Columbus is very suburban and loaded with college-aged kids and openly gay residents, and Cleveland is gritty and old and has really cold winters, but really good ethnic food. Cleveland is very much an industrial-type sports-town.

So, Columbusfoodie, do not fear The Cleve. And as long as you are not working in the auto industry, there are probably plenty of jobs here for you in Cleveland, as well.

Lola Cleveland. Iron Chef? (long review)

The Michael Symon restaurants are very creative, and the food is often very good. His pork dishes are always very good, and he likes to create new versions of the "local favorites" (i.e. pierogies, etc.) The prices are high, I agree, for any city. The couple of times that I have been to his restaurants there is always a long wait between courses.

I'd have to disagree with your "reviews" of the Cowtown restaurants, however. Other than Rigsby's, there is little creativity in any Columbus restaurant, and certainly not much quality. The Cameron Mitchell restaurants are practically a chain in themselves, and each has a Disney-like theme to them. Rosendale's tries too hard to be something that it is not. It benefits from its prime Short North location.

All in all, Ohio sure isn't New York, so we really shouldn't compare anything here to anything there! But I have found a few Cleveland restaurants that I think stack up to anything in Chicago, and it's nice to see a chef like Michael Symon settle into this city to try to spark things up.

Columbus vs Cleveland, a stomach's point of view

Oh, no....I lived in Columbus for 22 years and could never find good "ethnic" food. It is very much a chain restaurant city. The majority of the restaurants are owned by one person (Cameron Mitchell)--and each one has a Disney-like theme to it. Cleveland does not have one area with "everything" in it, like Columbus' Short North or the god-awful Easton, but overall I'd have to give the foodie award to The Cleve. I like Fat Cats in Tremont, Fire at Shaker Square, Maxi's in Little Italy, and some of the downtown restaurants. Sokolowski's is Total Cleveland--homemade pierogies, cabbage rolls, etc. served cafeteria-style. Can't find that kind of stuff in Cowtown.

Farm-to-table in Cleveland or Cleveland area

Try Crop (on W. 6th St. in downtown) or Fire (Shaker Square). Both are very good farm to table restaurants in Cleveland. A new one will be opening up by the end of the summer on E. 4th St. downtown.