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Toledo Fine Dining

I've come to realize that most of the places along the Docks are there solely for the atmosphere -- not so much the food. Real Seafood Company isn't all that great, but once again, it boasts quite the atmosphere. The same holds true for Tango's Mexican Cantina too.

I personally haven't been to Zia, but one gander at the menu, and I know it'll be a while before I go out of my way to try the dishes there.

Opinions please on McCormick and Schmidts in Columbus [moved from Midwest]

I can speak for the M&S in Columbus, which, by Columbus standards, is actually not too shabby! I will gladly take M&S over the Ocean Club any day. The seafood is as fresh as can be (again by Columbus standards); menu changes twice a day if that means anything. Ambiance is quite nice, although I'd advise NOT going during lunch time or peak dinner hours unless you want to scream across the table in order to be heard. Service is polite and unpretentious, but then again, who you get as your server makes all the difference.

Another good alternative to M&S is Columbus Fish Market.

Mar 23, 2009
CityGal in Chains

I need recommendations for restaurants in columbus..Please!

Do you have a specific cuisine in mind? Fine dining/casual dining?

Either way, you can't go wrong with the following:

Big Fat Greek Kuzina
Panda Inn
Northstar Cafe
Banana Bean Cafe
Joey Chang's

Toledo Fine Dining

There's been a string of closures, which is rather disappointing. Here's to the chain invasion, I s'pose.

Toledo Fine Dining

Haha, even their websites advertise their fine-diningism.

Toledo Fine Dining

31hundred was... interesting :). It's hotel food -- if that means anything.

Toledo Fine Dining

The Poco Piatti at Levis Commons was horrid, so I'm going to assume that it's just that location, since I've heard wonderful things about the Monroe one.

downtown Toledo restaurants?

Manos is good for Greek food although service may be a bit spotty. Good saganaki, nonetheless.

Cousino's Navy Bistro by the Docks is also a good option.

I've heard great things about The Budapest although I'd call ahead and make sure they're open since they have odd hours.

Also, Manhattan's is another place you can probably look into.

Toledo Fine Dining

I'm trying to come up with a list of fine dining places around Toledo that, to the best of my knowledge, are still open...

-Treo Sylvania
-Avenue Bistro
-Cousino's Navy Bistro
-Real Seafood Company
-Tea Tree Asian Bistro
-Rosie's Italian Grille
-Mancy's Bluewater Grille
-Mancy's Italian
-Mancy's Steaks
-Bistro Wasabi

I know I'm missing a few more. What other ones can you, Chowhounders, think of?

Hosting an important dinner meeting in Toledo

Seriously?! Rouge Bistro closed? When did that happen? First Mezzmerize, now Rouge Bistro.

I'd honestly make Real Seafood my last resort.

Toledo, OH restaurants

Nsxtasy, Mancy's Bluewater Grille is in Maumee :) It simply blows Real Seafood out of the water. For good seafood, go to Bluewater. For scenery (and only scenery!), go to "Real" Seafood.

Jim, I'll have to check out Shorty's sometime -- thanks for the heads-up!

Feb 11, 2009
CityGal in Great Lakes

Hosting an important dinner meeting in Toledo

Mancy's Steakhouse will cost you an arm and leg, btw :)

Other options include Cousino's Navy Bistro (at least it's overlooking the Maumee River), La Scola on Airport Hwy, and Mancy's Bluewater Grille on Dussel. I've heard Rouge Bistro is equally impressive -- by Toledo's standards, that is.

Columbus, OH and Delaware, OH

You can also have Jeni's shipped to your door:


Feb 09, 2009
CityGal in Great Lakes

Best Picks in Columbus, Ohio?

UHockey has nicely summed up some of the good eats in town -- and yes, I can vouch for his recs.

In addition, there's Kooma, which is one of the bettER places for sushi. You also can't go wrong with North Market, as it boasts a plethora of ethnic cuisines (not necessarily authentic, however. But delicious.) Jeni's inside market is a definite must try. Both Kooma and North Market are within walking distance.

Breakfast in Toledo?

Original Pancake House and Uncle John's? Yes.

Star Diner? Only if you are into greasy spoons. And let me emphasize GREASY.

Other options include Grandma's (on Glendale) and Reynolds Garden Cafe (or Glendale Garden Cafe -- both are owned by the same folks.) Nick's Cafe on Reynolds is good as well and breakfast is served all day long. (Just be sure to come with an empty stomach, because you'll be leaving stuffed.) I've also heard Schmucker's is good, but I haven't had the chance to try it.

What's new, ethnic, (or not) and reasonable in Columbus, especially Westside

I spend a good chunk of my time searching for good Asian dining when I'm back at home (i.e. Columbus) so I can suggest a few places:

Joey Chang's -- Mill Run in Hilliard: Tasty Chinese dishes as well as Thai options.

Panda Inn -- Bethel Rd: authentic Chinese food, focused on the Taiwanese cuisine somewhat. Weekend dim sum buffet too.

Taste of Bali -- Bethel Rd: One of the two Indonesian restaurants in Ohio and a good place to check out if you're feeling adventurous and have a high tolerance for spicy foods.

Lee Garden -- Sawmill Rd: Traditional dim sum on weekends

Mi Li Cafe -- Columbus Square: Limited, yet delicious Vietnamese restaurant. Best place for banh mi.

Sakura -- Easton area: New Japanese steakhouse and one of the better ones in the city. Great interior design too, I should add.

Hope that helps!

Dim Sum in Columbus, OH

The new owners have tried to keep things more consistent these days, from the Chinese menu to the dim sum offerings. I think Lee Garden is as authentic as you can get when it comes to dim sum in Columbus, and it's not as pricey as Sunflower.

Dec 27, 2008
CityGal in Great Lakes

Dim Sum in Columbus, OH

Currently, I know 4 places off the top of my head that serves dim sum -- that are still in business -- on the weekends.

Lee Garden and Sunflower Restaurant (both on Sawmill, btw) offer the traditional cart-pushing style. I'll take Lee Garden over Sunflower on any given day.

Panda Inn and Imperial Garden (both on Bethel) boast dim sum buffets and one could easily eat his/her money's worth at either location. Both are equally authentic and delicious.

Dec 19, 2008
CityGal in Great Lakes

Chi Thai Restaurant - Columbus OH (new albany)

As an aside, it is Joey Chang's (located in Mill Run in Hilliard) sister restaurant.

Restaurants in the Short North (Columbus, OH)

Definitely check out Zen-Cha for weekend brunches (but I'd stay away from the bubble teas.)

Northstar Cafe is worth checking out, as is Marcellas. Martini Italian Bistro revamped its menu (and is now called Martini Modern Italian) and I have friends who rave about this restaurant.

Sushi-wise, the Short North joints are simply a-okay. Kooma is most likely your best bet, but if you are willing to drive an extra 10 mins or so, I'd recommend Sushi Ting over on Olentangy. (Overall, Columbus lacks spectacularly good sushi spots.)

And let's not forget swinging by Jeni's ice cream after your meal.

Blue Ginger - Columbus

Small gripe: Did they seriously refer to siu mai as... dim sum?!

Aside from that, creative menu. I may just have to check it out.

Dec 14, 2008
CityGal in Great Lakes

Columbus--M, Rosendale's, G. Michael's, or other?

I would have to add The Refectory to your list, and I'm sure fellow Chowhounders will chime in and attest to it as well.

Dec 12, 2008
CityGal in Great Lakes

least terrible chains?

Elephant Bar -- I'm pretty satisfied with having one in the entire state of Ohio :)

Nov 21, 2008
CityGal in Chains

Damon's or Outback?

Outback's is usually open for dinner. It's pricier, but at the same time, it's much tastier than Damon's.

Nov 21, 2008
CityGal in Chains

Columbus Happy Hour deals

The Refectory on Bethel Rd has 1/2 off appetizer deals on weekdays from 4:30 - 6:30...

Definitely upscale and certainly not in the downtown area -- thank goodness! :)

CMH - Deepwood, anyone been there yet?

A couple of people reviewed Deepwood over on Yelp:

RJ Snappers (Short North) and Lindey's (German Village) are two of my fave dining spots, and I think some will concur with Lindey's as well.

Lemongrass Asian Bistro in Columbus

Thanks for the heads-up on Tea Tree; I'll have to check it out the next time I make it out to Levis Commons.

Lemongrass Asian Bistro in Columbus

HA, are you implying something, Uhockey? :D

And J in Toledo, if you do end up giving Lemongrass a try, watch out for those plastic chairs!

Sylvania/Toledo Ohio & Ann Arbor Mich Chinese food best places

Yang's Gourmet House in Toledo is--apparently--known for its chop suey. Personally, I'd go for more daring dishes since it's one of the few authentic places in town.

Lemongrass Asian Bistro in Columbus

One of the most overrated places in Columbus, IMHO. I highly recommend checking out other dining options in the Short North area instead (like Haiku, Northstar Cafe, and RJ Snappers) instead.

That said, any good recs for Pan-Asian places in the 419??