Want to support local restaurants this November? Curious about new openings or under-the-radar finds? Here are five restaurants I’m suggesting you try this month!
Bonifacio was one of the city’s first dedicated Filipino eateries, and over the past five years they’ve helped introduce Columbus diners to the delights of the cuisine. Just last week they brought back their popular Boodle Nights on Thursdays and Sundays: a communal meal called a kamayan in which rice, shrimp, chicken, veggies, spring rolls, and more are laid out on banana leaves so you can eat with your hands. Read all about kamayan nights here!
1577 King Ave.
Columbus, OH 43212
2. Icarus Sandwich Shop
I don’t really need to suggest this place, because it’ll be mobbed from the moment they open, but that’s not a bad thing. Lauren Culley and Jeff Excell, owners of the beloved Fox in the Snow Cafe, opened this new sandwich shop in Short North at the end of last month, featuring a tight menu of eight sandwiches (reubens, turkey club, meatball), chips and dip, lemonade, and soft serve.
15 E. Second Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215
3. Winston’s Coffee & Waffles
Winston’s established itself as a trailer in Clintonville serving terrific coffee and interesting sweet and savory waffles last year, and they’re poised to open a second location inside the forthcoming East Market. Try the Northampton stuffed with buffalo chicken and bleu cheese, the Mod with ground beef from Weiland’s, cheddar, romaine (it tastes like a cheeseburger in waffle form), or the caramely sweet Duchess topped with whipped cream.
3589 Indianola Ave.
Columbus, OH 43214
Read my blog post about Winston’s: breakfastwithnick.com/2020/10/27/winstons-coffee-waffles-columbus-oh/
4. Slurping Turtle
Slurping Turtle is one of the newer additions to the north development at Easton, a small regional chain with a location in Ann Arbor, too. We tried them for dinner last month and really enjoyed the experience, from the spicy tonkotsu ramen, classic shoyu ramen, and mix of bao buns.
4049 Worth Ave.
Columbus, OH 43219
5. Chapman’s Eat Market
Chapman’s has rightfully been in the news lately for its expert guest chef dinners but mainly for its nod as one of the New York Times‘ 50 Favorite Restaurants for the year. At its German Village digs, Chapman’s owner B.J. Lieberman and his team craft a focused menu that touches on a variety of international influences. And don’t miss their house-made ice creams!
739 S. Third Ave.
Columbus, OH 43206