WE WALKED INTO The Chintz Room on High Street with much anticipation. The revolving doors spun and we escaped the rainy, wintry mess to find the illustrious Beverly Ford sacheting from behind the bar. (If you don’t know who Beverly Ford is then shame on you, new gay. Read the history books. She’s in there.) And she started our evening flawlessly. Simply being at The Chintz Room is delving into Columbus history with its décor collected from the The Ohio Theatre, Southern Theater and The Neil House Hotel. (Google that last one if you are not familiar...now that’s history!) There are, of course, also items from the old Lazarus Department Store in which The Chintz Room is located.
The Lazarus theme carries into some of the signature drinks. What? You’re surprised we jumped right into discussing booze? Themed cocktails include:The Ladies Luncheon Lemonade (vodka martini with lemon, basil and blueberry puree), The Escalator (Lemon-infused gin, St Germain and lime), and The 5th Floor (rye whiskey, muddled blueberry, lime and ginger ale). Not into cocktails? Check out their great microbrew selection!
Going straight from drinks to desserts – hey, who among us has never done that – there are more carry-overs from the original 5th Floor Lazarus Chintz Room. If you’re over 30 you may recall the trademark Blueberry Cheesecake with sour cream topping and blueberry compote. Now back then we didn’t know what in the heck “compote” was, but they’ve got the recipe. There is also the original-recipe Bourbon Bread Pudding. If you’re there with the one you love it’s time for splitskies!
The menu overall is middle to upscale and definitely full of variety. From a Double-Decker Club Sandwich, to Alfredo Bacon Chicken Sausage Pizza, to an Open-Faced Eggplant Sandwich, to Filet Mignon, there is something for every sized appetite and every type of palate. Taste Bud Mike opted for the house specialty Chintz Burger, which is topped with a fried egg, grilled capicola, sautéed onions and spicy aioli. There were moans and “mmmm’s” abound and the portion was a little too much to finish. Perfection! Craig opted for the Grilled Keta Salmon with capers and housemade lemon dill sauce. As one would expect from the upscale-casual feel of the entire place, The Chintz Room is not above calling the salmon’s side dish simply “grilled veggies.”
The Chintz Room truly is an impressive stroll into Columbus history in a very nouveau chic environment. The service, drinks and food were all perfectly in line with what we had hoped for: Something casual upscale with reasonable pricing in a great setting. So as you might expect, The Taste Buds quite tastefully give four thumbs up to our tastings at The Chintz Room.