Located within walking distance of the University, Taj Mahal is a quick and easy place for students and visitors to get a spicy taste of the Indian subcontinent. It claims to have been the first Indian restaurant in Columbus, and as such it's become expert at churning out traditional meals with all the fixings. Curries of chicken, lamb and goat will make your mouth water, while specialties from the tandoori oven will bowl you over with smoky perfection. A variety of vegetarian dishes are on offer as well, and whatever you order, it can all be mopped up with one of several naans and other authentic Indian breads. Additionally, there's a menu of proper cocktails, as well as a spacious patio on which to enjoy them. See website for menus, history and more.
Just north of the Ohio State University, there's a strip of ethnic eateries where students or budget-savvy travelers can dine pretty finely on the cheap. Cazuelas is the southernmost, which is fitting because it specializes in grilled lunches and dinners from just a ways south of the border. Burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, tortas, fish entrees, meat entrees, tacos and tamales are the draw, and there're mucho margaritas to wash it all down. See website for menu and more.
The true German Village experience is nothing without a meal at Schmidt's. Located at the intersection of one tiny cobblestone alleyway and another, this is neighborhood dining at its most charming. Inside, neighbors are laughing and imbibing, to the sounds of clinking steins and an upbeat oompah band. For dinner, you can't go wrong with a sausage platter -- a big, piping-hot link surrounded by kraut and potatoes and apple sauce. To drink, choose from a wide variety of authentic German imports as well as a couple of locally produced German-style lagers. See website for menu, gift shop items and more.
Located on a humble street corner in the heart of German Village, Juergen's is a perfect little slice of the old country. They're famous for their breads and pastries (the broetchen is divine), but they've got a serious menu of fuller meals as well. There are omelettes for breakfast, traditional German-style sandwiches for lunch, goulash for dinner, and a variety of strudels and schnitzels. Call for hours.
Lindey's offers brunch, lunch, dinner, and is also available for banquets. This upscale restaurant has been voted as one of the top ten restaurants in Columbus. Stop in to marvel at the New York style decor and try one of the appetizing entrees.
Not only does Katzinger's come out on top every year for it's delicious sandwiches, but they believe in the best customer service possible to go along with your meal. Some featured items include corned beef, pastrami, and specialty foods such as the world's finest extra virgin olive oils, aged vinegars, raw milk cheeses, and artisan breads.
If you are in the mood for a more relaxed-upscale restaurant, then G. Michael's is the place. Yet, do not let the casual atmosphere mislead you, as the talented staff will leave you in awe with their Sautéed Lobster Tail or Honey-Glazed Wild Salmon. To top it off, G. Michael's has an impressive wine list, in addition to a full bar.
Located on the far edge of German Village, Plank's serves up hot pizza pies and cold drinks to a platoon of locals every day. They do a fair amount of delivery business as well, but the neighborhood atmosphere makes for a nice place to sit and stay awhile. The space is an ancient brick building that itself kind of looks like a big overgrown pizza furnace. Inside, lighting is dim and spirits are high. Be it lunch hour or happy hour, a gaggle of regulars occupy spots at the bar jawing, imbibing and chowing. Pizzas are big and hearty, just like everything on the menu.
Like many of German Village's most cherished restaurants, Barcelona is located on a quiet intersection, nestled amongst cute little bungalows and narrow neighborhood alleyways. Unlike its neighbors, Barcelona makes no nods toward any kind of German heritage. The cuisine is Spanish, with lots of tapas and a few choice entrees. Try local favorites like the Fried Polenta and Grilled Baby Octopus. The wine list is a little more international than the food menu, offering the best Spanish wines right alongside selections from France, California, Italy and even some prime locales in the southern hemisphere. See website for menus, photo gallery, reservation info and more.
The Old Mohawk is a German Village staple. It sits on an unassuming corner, cobblestone streets out front, itself looking very unassuming. Inside, there's history. The place has been here for decades, keeping locals' thirsts quenched and hungers satisfied. The menu is heavy on sandwiches and soups and other hearty things, and there's a different daily special each day, each one more comforting than the last. The bar is beloved by many a working stiff for its strong drinks and warm atmosphere. See website for menus and more.
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