All you Columbus chowhounds have come through for me before...I just re-read the advice I got in 2005! I'll be traveling to Columbus multiple times again this year...fill me in on what's new in the everyday affordable scene...not the spendy Alana's (although it was good) etc. My favorite Columbus place is the Starliner Diner. Great food, made from scratch on site, comfy to go solo. Asian, Indian and/or Italian finds especially welcome. Thanks fellow chowhounds. If you ever get to Seattle, the best Sichuan food in PNW and maybe US is Sichuanese Cuisine near the Sears in Redmond WA...right near Microsoft.