ONE OF THE TRUE GEMS of Columbus’ Old North is a long-standing legend of Columbus’ locally-owned restaurants, Garcia’s Internazionale Restaurant. Located at 2573 N. High St., Garcia’s is a Peruvian-Mexican Fusion restaurant that is coming up on four decades of producing amazing food and drinks. Though Taste Bud Craig used to be a regular back in college days (we won’t mention what years...talk about “retro”), it had fallen off the “food radar” until a happenstance visit with two of our kids reminded us why this place was deserving of a Quorum Columbus mention.
Garcia’s was started by the parents of the current owner (who also founded Jack & Benny’s, located right next door.) We discovered during the recent visit that the current owner’s daughter is not only the executive chef, but graduated high school with our oldest daughter. Even before the connection to our daughter was discovered, we had already been happily impressed by the gleeful greeting. It is a true family-owned business, locally run and locally supplied. This is exactly the kind of place that we enjoy. Our dollar stays local; yours should too.
This place is incredibly clean. The décor is unique and eclectic and has been that way for a while. We’ll call it “authentically retro.” As it goes with many ethnic family-owned establishments, the owner, Iggy, will likely swing by for a chat while you are there. Take a minute to listen to his passion about his restaurant.
That all said, let’s discuss their food. It is very fairly priced and delicious. We suggest you start with Fish Ceviche. As their menu boasts, it is a Peruvian specialty: mild white fish macerated in lemon and lime juice with a hint of aji amarillo and rocoto, hot pepper, cilantro, and celery. Sounds delicious, right? That’s because it IS delicious. The Fried Sweet Potato was amazing as well. No description needed; it is a perfectly fried sweet potato. Tuesdays and Thursdays are must-visit days: beef or bean corn-shell tacos for 75-cents until they’re gone. To compliment those, you’ll want an ice-cold Iggy Margarita, full of flavor and fun, for a mere $2.99.
For your main entrée, it is difficult to suggest one thing over another. It is all THAT good! A few of our favorites are Rosita’s Cilantro Pulled Pork (Peruvian Style), Peruvian Andean Grilled Pesto Chicken, and the Garcia’s Chimichanga.
Though we haven’t tried everything (yet!), we have been remarkably happy with every dish that has come from the kitchen. And it doesn’t hurt that you are greeted with a Zantigo sign when you walk in the door! (Some of you hopefully are old enough to remember Zantigo, right?)
You know the line – two hands each and four thumbs between us allows us to throw four thumbs up. And since two of the kids were with us, EIGHT thumbs up to Garcia’s Internazionale Restaurant!
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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