A rotating list things we’re loving or obsessing over or that we think are worth exploring right now: favorite tastes, stand-out dishes, delightful libations, restaurants deserving a little love, new menus, anticipated openings, fun adventures. [Updated 8/19/17]
1. Silog at Bonifacio
One of the features of their Filipino brunch is a dish that combines garlic rice, a fried egg, pickled veggies, and choice of meat. You can’t go wrong with the chicken adobo, longanisa pork sausages, tocino pork, or bistek steak.
2. Beers on the new rooftop patio at Platform Beer
A lovely new view of downtown from their small patio.
3. Paletas at Diamonds Ice Cream
They’re the perfect summer treat, made with fresh fruit or house-made sweets.
4. Cocktails at The Bottle Shop
It’s always a cozy spot for libations, and they currently feature a drink called the Bartender’s Breakfast.
5. Also, cocktails at The Light of Seven Matchsticks
Grab a seat at the bar. Look for the secret menu. Try the duck fat popcorn and Singapore noodles. (Read my review in Columbus Monthly.)
6. Yellow Springs
We’ve been crushing on this little artsy town. Breakfast at Sunrise Cafe. Strolling through bookstores. Hiking the Clifton Gorge. Getting lost in the Glen Helen Nature Preserve (where you can drink from the yellow spring from which the town takes its name). Beers + food trucks at Yellow Springs Brewing. Chocolate ice cream at Young’s Dairy.
7. Dinner at The Worthington Inn
It’s easy to forget more seasoned eateries like the Worthington Inn, but the setting is hard to beat (especially out on the patio), the food is top-notch, and the service incredible.
8. The Terre du Sauvage sour series from Wolf’s Ridge Brewing
Head brewer Chris Davison is starting to roll out his sour, and everything we’ve tried so far has been tart and refreshing. Great summer sippers.
9. Brunch at Rockmill Tavern
We had such a stellar experience there: great coffee and beer, terrific brunch dishes like French toast, egg in a biscuit, chilaquiles, fried chicken sandwiches. Read my post!
10. Ropa Vieja at Plantain Cafe
I had the shredded beef dish a couple months ago and I’m still thinking about. Every time I go to Plantain Cafe, I wonder why we don’t get there more often.