Da Levee Is a Sweet Thang!
THE SHORT NORTH has so much to offer when it comes to dining – pretty much every genre of food to choose from, in just about every price range. When Da Levee popped into the mix a few years ago, The Taste Buds were excited with fiery curiosity in their Bayou-loving bellies.
As the King of Cajun/Creole Creations, Da Levee is just what you need after a long day or night. (They’re open until 1:00 a.m. on weekends!) Simply put: it’s amazing, fast, made-from-scratch food at – as you know to be The Taste Buds’ specialty – a very affordable price. (Yes, we’re foodies, but we’re cheap foodies.) You’ll find Da Levee at 765 N. High Street, just south of Hubbard and next to “the tunnel” to Axis. There are glowing neon green and purple signs welcoming you in.
We (and our highly-skilled taste buds – lower case) love many of their dishes, but still think their Jambalaya is one of the best. Owner & Chef Jason Boehme balances a flawless edge between enough spice to keep you reaching for your beer without leaving you scorched. Andouille sausage is plentiful in this dish, but not overwhelming. It’s a good-sized portion for the money, and enough to fill a tummy yet still leave one capable of walking home or strolling through the shops of the Short North.
You can wrap your mouth around one of their big burrito-style wraps stuffed with anything from the “Kikin Chikin” to spicy sausage, or our favorite, The Sweet Thang! This vegetarian wrap is spicy, delicious, and stuffed full of goodness. You’re going to want a to-go box, though you’ll probably finish the rest of it on the walk home. The menu varies, but if the Shrimp Etoufée is being offered, it’s a must!
The service is as amazing as the food. Everyone is knowledgeable and patient. Take some time to look over the chalk-scribed menu board and feel free to ask the staff for recommendations. They’re always willing to answer questions and make suggestions based on your tastes. You might even get a polite bow as your food is delivered.
They recently renovated and now have a full-service bar, more tables, and a warmer feel. They offer a good draft beer selection including a few tasty microbrews to compliment whatever you choose to stuff yourself with. Prefer your booze stronger than 6-8%? That’s where the well-stocked bar comes in. With the front and side of the place as windows facing High Street, there is plenty of people-watching to go along with your dinner.
Da Levee is a hidden gem in the realm of Short North dining. It is inexpensive and amazing.
The food is freshly prepared when you order, so it is always a great temperature. Food, booze, atmosphere, “value” (Mom taught us that word), and service – it’s a perfect Cajun combination to the foodie nation (or at least Columbus.) Since the #tastebuds have two hands each and four thumbs between us, we give Da Levee a “Kikin” Four Thumbs Up!
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About the Taste Buds
Craig & Mike have been a couple for over 11 years and were married in Washington DC in 2012.
They are the proud parents
of three kids.
Both appreciate great friends, reasonably-priced local eateries, good wine,
and a nice IPA beer.
They encourage you to
“eat local” to support