Holiday Tips From The Foodies:
“These Are A Few Of Our Favorite Places”
| CRAIG CHADWELL & MIKE MOFFO
For Italian (we’ll start here because this is Taste Bud Mike’s addicti...um passion. Yeah, passion), there’s Bruno’s amazing, golden-colored, homemade pasta on 161/East Dublin Granville Road. Closer to downtown, The Florentine, West Broad Street, and TAT Ristorante Di Famiglia, South James Road, are two Columbus classics worthy of a visit! If you’re thinking only a stromboli will satisfy, few if any surpass Carsonie’s, either on Lane Avenue in Upper Arlington or up on Westerville Road near 270. You’ll need extra sauce...and a spare stomach.
Mmmmmm, Pizza. Sometimes, there’s nothing like that greasy pie of cheesy goodness. Ah, the places we can list: Mikey’s Late Night Slice at any location, either of Tommy’s location on Lane Avenue, or Sparano’s Pizza (Northwest Boulevard or Trabue Road). Given his Italian heritage, Taste Bud Mike, when prompted for his favorite, quickly announces, “Cardo’s is my hands-down favorite,” referring to the Pickerington pizza legend on Refugee Road. Heading out near the casino, Emelio’s on Georgesville Road is another close runner-up.
For Asian, our hands-down favorite is still Thai Basil’s at North Star and King Avenue in Grandview. But Lemon Grass in the Short North and Chai Thai, North Hamilton Road in Gahanna, are impressive options if you’re debating chowing down with chopsticks.
For random genres, we’ll easily add AAB India in Grandview, Pig Iron on North High Street for barbecue, and Thurman Cafe for burgers, Dan’s Drive In on South High Street for breakfast food (Grits. Yum!), Bossy Grrl’s Pinup Joint in Old North for samiches. For great all-around dining experiences, head up to Level Dining Lounge on North High Street or Explorers Club down on South High Street.
So whether you just don’t feel like cooking or you’re sending the family away to get a few moments of silence without Aunt Norma babbling on about her corns, take advantage of any of these or other locally-owned Columbus restaurants. We’re all likely going to put on a few holiday pounds anyway, so The Taste Buds remind you earn those pounds proudly by “eating local!”