Hey, folks. My wife and I (two Floridians) will be in Columbus for a few days in early March. We'll probably be staying at or near the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, but we won't have a car, and my wife has some mobility issues that keep her from doing too much walking. However, we love taking cabs to get around a strange city in search of a good meal, and I'm a huge fan of public transportation and walking when I'm out on my own.
So we're always on the lookout for funky little gastropubs or pubs with great food (although we don't drink), excellent burgers and Mexican food, NY/Jewish-style delis, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern, and local specialties we couldn't get back home. And when she's busy and I'm on my own, I'm always on the lookout for cured meats, sausages, Italian delis and sub shops, etc.
So what are some people's favorites? I love "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" sort of restaurants, but a slightly more "special occasiony" place would be nice too. Good desserts are always a plus, no matter the price level.
The North Market sounds like a definite destination for us, especially with Jeni's for ice cream, but what are the best places there? That sounds like a place I'll enjoy visiting on my own while my wife is busy at her conference. The online menus for the Explorers Club, Katzinger's Deli, and Rigsby's Kitchen look great, but what do people say about them? Would they be worthwhile choices? What are some other local favorites?
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