Supporting Local Food-Makers: What’s Open, Carryout & Delivery, Free Meals for Kids, & More

March 14, 2020

[Updated May 2 at 8:15 a.m.]

With restaurants and bars ordered closed for dine-in services, these days we’re all wondering what we can do. We’re compiling restaurants, farmers markets, food trucks, coffee shops, breweries, etc. Got more? Contact me here, message me through Facebook or Instagram.

First and foremost: if you’re sick, stay home. Wash your hands for 20 seconds. Cover your cough. Don’t touch your face. Consult professionals like the CDC, WHO, or Dr. Amy Acton and Ohio Public Health.

Columbus Alive asked me to put together a piece about how to support the Columbus restaurant industry during the shutdown.


Restaurants that are open

This is a completely non-exhaustive list of places that are open (I’ll keep updating this):

Pizza shops

  • Borgata Pizza Cafe (Linworth and Northside)
  • Carsonie’s
  • Dewey’s Pizza (Grandview and Worthington)
  • Fibonacci’s Pizzeria (inside Studio 35)
  • Gatto’s Pizza
  • JT’s Pizza & Pub
  • Pizza House
  • Mama Mimi’s (take and bake)
  • Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza
  • OH Pizza and Brew
  • Terita’s Pizza
  • Tommy’s Pizza
  • Yellow Brick Pizza (Olde Towne East and King Ave.)
  • Read about more suggestions in Where to Find the Style of Pizza You Love in Columbus (for Experience Columbus)
  • Even though Slice of Worthington was canceled this year, you can take A Virtual Slice of Worthington (for Experience Worthington)
  • Jim from CMH Gourmand (our leading authority on pizza in Columbus) shares his top 13 independent pizza shops in Columbus.

Food trucks

Most food trucks are ideally suited to carryout anyway, so many are still going. Use the to track your favorite trucks.

Read my post on Experience Columbus about Food Trucks Making the Rounds in Columbus Neighborhoods. It highlights certain trucks and gives you more resources for finding them.

Farmers markets and vendors

Coffee shops

Some shops have closed, but many offer carryout and ship beans. Read a full list of coffee shops that are open in Columbus Coffee Shops and Roasters That Are Open and Serving You (for Experience Columbus).

Highlights of who’s open:

You can also find 12 Columbus Roasters Without Storefronts!

Beer, breweries, & bars

Restaurants serving medical professionals and first responders

Several restaurants have begun fundraising to provide meals to first responders, nurses, physicians, and other medical staff.

  • Bonifacio and Mazah are part of WeFeedCbus, an initiative that partners with local restaurants to provide meals to frontline workers and community organizations in need
  • Chicken Salad Chick
  • City Barbecue
  • Huong Vietnamese Restaurant
  • Zaftig Brewing (purchase a 32 oz. howler for frontline workers)

Columbus distilleries making hand sanitizer

Take-home projects, kits, classes

Grocery services

For those in need/food insecure kids

  • Columbus City Schools is offering free breakfast (8-9a) and lunch (11a-1p) Mon-Fri at select locations for students:
  • Worthington Schools are offering free breakfast/lunch pick up on weekdays. Families can pick up meals between 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Thomas Worthington High School, Worthington Kilbourne High School, and Slate Hill Elementary
  • Piada is offering free lunch, Mon-Fri, through April 30, from 10:45a-1p to any students affected by school closures and in need of a meal:
  • Fusian is offering $1 peanut butter and jelly rolls in-store and through their app
  • Smoked on High is offering a free order of drummies or pulled chicken for kids over the next three weeks at their Brewery District location only. More info here.
  • Legacy Smokehouse is offering free kids meals at their Hilliard location, Tues-Fri, 11a-2p

Fundraisers, petitions, job openings

Arts and culture happenings

For my day job at the Greater Columbus Arts Council, we’re tracking virtual experiences, postponed dates, and other info in real time:

And some other fun recipes or ideas while you’re stuck at home:

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