Road Tripping: Ohio State

By Joe Beale on August 28, 2013 at 1:15p
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Columbus, you beautiful dame.

By popular demand, and because there's no flashback when you're playing a team for the first time, I've decided to extend the Road Tripping series for one more installment. In this case, the road trip is back to the 614. While central Ohio residents like myself can drive to the game in leisure, many Ohio State fans live out of town and must plan a trip in order to catch their favorite team.

In addition, there will be a few fans coming into town to root on the opposing team. While we wish them a very bad time while they are in the stadium, we would like them to enjoy their stay in Columbus. Besides, they'll probably need to knock back a few after watching their team get humiliated on national television.

I actually started this process two years ago. I put a blog post out there asking for suggestions from readers, and also solicited my fellow writers, and received quite a bit of feedback. I never published what I wrote, mostly because it got to be too big of a task. So this time I'm less ambitious: I'm starting the ball rolling, but I expect that all of you will pick up where I leave off.

What follows below is far from a comprehensive list of what to do in this town, but I know that our readers will not let the visitors down. Put your suggestions in the comments and help make this a much better guide for all of our out-of-town guests.

DURING THE DAY

If you are bringing your family with you to Columbus, you are in luck because there are plenty of things to do that the kiddies will enjoy. Start with the Center of Science and Industry, or COSI. Located right on the river in downtown Columbus, COSI has been amazing kids and adults alike for almost 50 years with activities and exhibits that challenge the mind and the senses. Those of us who grew up in this town have been there a million times, but if you're new to town and you have time to spare, check it out.

While the weather is still good, it's also a great time to make a trip to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The zoo has a large variety of animals and they are helpfully arranged in a logical progression in areas based on which continent they call home. History buffs will want to check out the Ohio Historical Society and Ohio Village, just north of campus near the Ohio State fairgrounds. Art lovers might enjoy the Columbus Museum of Art.

While you're on campus, check out the Ohio Student Union and then take a walk across the Oval. While doing so, you'll get to see some of the most venerable structures such as University Hall, William Oxley Thompson Library, and Orton Hall. If you happen to be there at the top of the hour, you'll hear the famous bell chimes that are immortalized by the marching band in Carmen Ohio. Stroll a bit further south and you'll run into Mirror Lake, site of the annual jump prior to the Michigan game.

When you get to the stadium, you could hang around for some of the world's best tailgating, or you could walk across the street to St. John Arena for the Skull Session with the OSU Marching band. Myself, I like to hang around in front of the stadium until the Skull Session is over so that I can watch the players walk to the stadium. Then I proceed to my seat inside so that I can be there for the band's majestic entrance into the stadium. Trust me, this is the one thing you don't want to miss on gameday.

PLACES TO EAT

Breakfast

Buckeye Donuts is the ultimate quick-and-easy breakfast spot, serving donuts and coffee 24 hours a day, along with such traditional Greek and Middle-Eastern favorites such as Gyros, Falafel, and Baklava during the later hours. Other good campus spots for breakfast are Eggfast (12th and High) Hang Over Easy (Neil Ave. between 10th and 11th) or Brenen's (15th and high). For a more upscale breakfast, try Tasi Cafe (in the Short North area just North of downtown). They have most of the traditional favorites including Biscuits and Sausage Gravy, French Toast, Pancakes, and even Huevos Rancheros.

If your taste is a bit more on the snobby side, Northstar Cafe will fit the bill. Their menu includes House-Made Granola, Mushroom Frittata, and organic everything. You can get fresh squeezed orange juice or orange carrot juice. You can make your own breakfast by ordering the items separately to combine however you see fit. But nothing says snobby like a French restaurant, and for breakfast you can't beat La Chatelaine, located on W. Lane Avenue, just West of campus.

Lunch/Dinner

If you're going to an evening game at the 'Shoe, you'll probably catch lunch somewhere on campus or not too far from it. If the game is a normal daytime start, you'll want to get dinner after the game. Either way, the restaurants below will serve you well, and most of them have their own peculiar personality. But none are as well known as the famous Thurman Cafe in German Village.

You may have seen Thurman's featured on the ESPN segment called "Todd's Taste of the Town" with Todd Blackledge a couple years ago. Or you may have seen it on "Man vs. Food". Either way, Thurman Cafe is now nationally famous for their hamburgers, especially the "Thurmanator", which has two 12-ounce patties and loads of other yummy stuff. The only problem with going to Thurman's is that the wait can be kind of long for a table or booth. 

For pizza, either on or near campus, Adriatico's is probably the best. They make it New York style, with a sweet sauce and a generous amount of toppings. As with Thurman's, the place is pretty small, so you might want to order take out and eat it someplace else. If your pizza taste is more towards the thin crust variety, you might want to try Rubino's in Bexley. Rubino's has been serving pizza at the same location since 1954, which makes them Columbus' 3rd oldest pizza venue after Massey's and TAT. But if you want to stay on Campus, you might try Tommy's Pizza on Lane Avenue in Upper Arlington. Tommy's is a venerable campus establishment, and you shouldn't have any trouble finding a seat there.

One of my favorite places is Schmidt's in German Village, home of the world famous Bahama Mama sausage. There's usually a wait to get into Schmidt's, but it's well worth it because the food is excellent and it's not very expensive. I love the Bahama Mama but my wife prefers the Haus Saurbraten und Gravy. Also, their giant creme puffs are legendary. Since they don't take reservations, I recommend you go there for lunch, but if you're having dinner be prepared for a 30-45 minute wait to be seated.

Basi Italia, in Victorian Village just south of campus, is an upscale Italian restaurant with an extensive wine collection. In fact, they have a weekly wine tasting event called "Vino on the Veranda" where they let patrons sample any or all of the various wines served there. If you want to stay on campus or you want something a little more low-key, try Mama's Pasta and Brew at the corner of Pearl Alley and Campus Place near High Street. Mama's has a long and colorful history on campus, featuring a regular clientele and a "Hall of Fame" for those who frequent the place long enough. They also have regular dart tournaments so if you're into that you might enjoy Mama's. 

If you're looking for a good steak, there are lots of places you can go, but one place I would definitely recommend is Lindey's in German Village. I've only been there once, mostly because the price is so high, but I cannot emphasize enough how good the food and the service are. The tables are immaculate and everything is first class all the way. I had the New York Strip steak when I was there and it was heavenly. Also, since Cameron Mitchell Restaurants is headquartered in Columbus, we can give a shout out for Mitchell's Steakhouse, along with lots of his other places. If you have unlimited money, you might also consider Hyde Park.

Desserts

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream is a Columbus-born business that now operates all over the state. People who try Jeni's can't say enough good things about it. The flavors range all over the place, but some of her signature blends are: Bankok Peanut, Cherry Lambic Sorbet, Pistachio and Honey, Salty Caramel, Ugandan Vanilla Bean, and Wildberry Lavender. Stop by and try a sample for free. But this will not be a cheap dessert so take your time and enjoy it.

On the subject of ice cream, one of the most popular ice cream shops in town is Graeter's, a business that originated in Cincinnati but has nevertheless become a Columbus tradition. If you're going to try Graeter's, make sure you go to the Main Street shop in Bexley and sit by the window so you can watch the cars go by while you eat. Trust me, the ice cream tastes better this way. 

As for myself, I've always thought Johnson's Real Ice Cream was better than Graeter's, and you can check out how they make it right there at the shop. Another favorite is Whit's Frozen Custard, which started out in Granville but now has a location right near me in Gahanna.

NIGHT LIFE

You don't have to be a student to enjoy this.There's never a bad time to hit the Stube.

The campus area has an abundance of bars for your liquid courage diet. Over at the Gateway, you can take in the offerings at Ugly Tuna Saloona, or maybe get some grub with your drinks over at Eddie George's Grille 27. For old-timers, bring back some memories by going to the Bier Stube. For a good all-around drowning and maybe a dance or two, head over to Skully's Bar & Grill

If you're not confined to campus, the Arena District has several good watering holes, while the Brewery District lives up to its name with vigor. In the former location, you have your choice of Three Legged Mare, Gordon Biersch, Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar, A&R, Brothers, Bar Louie (home of the 2011 Drink Too Brutus), BBR, R Bar, and Park Street Patio. In the latter location, you can sample from World of Beer, Claddagh, Gresso's, High Beck, Club Diversity, Jimmy V's, Planks, Victory's, and many more.   

Now that I've gone way too long it's time to turn it over to you. I have no doubt left out many of your favorites, and it's time to let me have it for doing so. Be gentle though, my old aching bones cannot take too much of a beating. Besides, I have another child on the way in a week or so and I need to be in good shape to help my wife get through the delivery. 

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TheBadOwl's picture

Eggfast's been closed for about two years now, just a heads up. But if we're talking breakfast, Hangover Easy on 11th and Neil is pretty damned good.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

Jordan Wagner's picture

Didn't Eggfast reopen?

Joe Beale's picture

I guess you'll have to do some on-site reconnaissance on that for me, since I'm nowhere near campus. Charge your meal to Jason's account. ;)

Jordan Wagner's picture

It's closed. Cluck-A-Doodle-Doo is now at their location. 

Joe Beale's picture

Thanks for the info. I've replaced it in the story with Hang Over Easy.

TheBadOwl's picture

It was at 12th and a bit past High, but then moved out of there and was replaced by Cluck-A-Doodle, which is like PJ's on steroids. Eggfast was going to move down high street across from Barnes and Noble but never ended up opening.
They moved in the winter of 2011, and had a sign at the spot where they were going to open that said "Eggfast, coming fall 2012" but they took that sign down months ago. Now it's for rent I think. I live on 11th so I'll do some recon on my way to class later.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

texbuck's picture

I imagine your statement that Adriatico's is the best pizza on or around campus is going to start a heated discussion.

jfunk's picture

When sober, I'd agree Adriatico's is best; however, through extensive experimentation I did find it does not mix well with alcohol and can lead to violent reactions. Again, through extensive testing I did determine that Catfish Biff's was fare superior when inebriated. 
 
Ultimately this is going to boil down to a South Campus/North Campus debate.

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TheBadOwl's picture

Personally, I think that Slice of NY, Sicilia, and Catfish are all better, but mostly because they sell by the slice and Adriatico's doesn't.
With that said, we're ignoring the undisputed king, Late Night Slice. The only problem is that it's not really close to campus. But concerts at Newport and the LC always have it, and for me, it's FAR superior to anything on campus.
EDIT: A comment farther down mentioned Hound Dog's pizza. As far as near-campus pizza joints go, it's by far the best.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

Wilkins78's picture

I'm a little biased, having worked there through most of my time at OSU, but none of those come close to Tommy's.

MassiveAttack's picture

I LOVE Tommy's Pizza. Mmmmmmm beer batter...  When I lived out of town, getting Tommy's and Graeter's were requirements for every Columbus trip.

Jabba the Hoke's picture

Not really on campus and there is no seating/ dive, but Sporanos on Hague is a hidden gem.

DJ Byrnes's picture

Adriatico's is good but the best pizza on campus is Buckeye Pizza on Chittenden/Summit.

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osu07asu10's picture

This has to fall under the: Don't take DJ seriously category...

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

OSUbonobo23's picture

Haha what a joke..Buckeye Pizza is terrible and the place is so shady.

I put the The, in The Ohio State Univeristy.

OSUbonobo23's picture

The Buckeye Pizza at Adriaticos can't be beat! That's my favorite thing to get on campus, such a huge pizza and great for parties. Slice of New York is my favorite tasting though and is great since you can get it by the slice.

I put the The, in The Ohio State Univeristy.

Baroclinicity's picture

First and foremost, good luck and congrats to your family as it grows!

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Ohioste's picture

Only thing I would add is Easy Living Deli for lunches. The atmosphere is pretty sweet and for just deli sandwiches, it's pretty darn good.

Ohio State Ombre's picture

i love that place, definitely football centric since the owner is a former place kicker for OSU. i actually like easy living better than katzingers anymore...katzingers has gone down in quality. easy living is still top notch

marktheshark34's picture

If I lived out of town and was coming back for a football game, I'd come back on Thursday and stay until Monday just so I could experience Nancy's chicken & noodles twice.

Uncle Crappy's picture

Should we assume out-of-towners would want to hit a White Castle every time they visit? Or is that just me?

doodah_man's picture

...it must be done. Preferably at 2 AM, semi intoxicated.

Jim "DooDah" Day
It is hard to play dirty against a man who picks you up.

TimmyZ's picture

If it's 2am and you're only semi-intoxicated, you're doing it wrong.

burkmon's picture

We hit it up on the way out of town after every home game.  They've closed down our locations here in Dayton.  One to two weeks in between trips for sliders seems to be just right! ; )

 

airbuckeye's picture

Yep i found that out when i moved here to Dayton 3 years ago that there was no White Castles but for one over in Troutwood. And its not open 24 hrs either which shocked me when i did find and i was like WTF 7am to 11pm what the hell is that?

ccollins0325's picture

There's one at exit 36 on I-75 in Franklin. You can get it back home and it's still hot (and delicious!) :-)

d1145fresh's picture

Pretty good list. I would add to the Breakfast categories the following places:
Hang Over Easy- Located on campus and it lives up to its name.
Katalina's- Very small place in Victorian Village but it has pancakes balls. Pancake balls. mmmm delicious.
Also there are a good amount of other places throughout Short North that offer brunch for some of the later games on the schedule.

yrro's picture

Yeah, you can't seriously have a list of breakfast places around campus and not include Hang Over Easy. I practically lived there back when it was called Nick's.

osu07asu10's picture

+1 for Katalina's
Plain and simple the only place to eat breakfast is The Union. Breakfast bffet for $10.99 where there is an omlet bar, waffle bar, scrambled eggs, fruit salad bar, bacon, sausage, biscuits n gravy, the whole 9 yds

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Bolt's picture

Katalina's is great and I live a few blocks away from itbut rarely go because it's hardly even worth going to on the weekends. You'll be sitting there for 45 minutes waiting for just a sandwich for takeout. But damn is that a good sandwich. A cool breakfast spot that I've been going to for years that's slightly out of the way but does a great job at a good price: DK Diner on 3rd Ave in Grandview. They've had a big renaissance from the "Donut Kitchen" that I used to go as a kid growing up in G-view. Great donuts and breakfast sandwiches. They also just got a liquor license and make a meeaaan bloody mary (comes garnished with tater tots and bacon amongst other stuff).

Iwearmocs's picture

Breakfast- Hangover Easy on 12th and Neil
Lunch/Dinner- Katzinger's in German Village
Check out the Short North for bars- Bodega, Bernards, House Beer, Pint House, Barrel 44.  You're way better off walking another four blocks to the short north and skip gateway altogether.

DJ Byrnes's picture

Breakfast: Waffle House.

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Bolt's picture

While I agree that the Short North is a far better place to be, the regular clientele in the area might not always be appreciative of jersey wearing, drunk since 10am, sports fan folk like us on a Saturday after a game.
Also, now that you've mentioned Germ Village, if you're a cocktail drinker and pizza lover go to Harvest Pizza in German Village, right off Livingston. Attached to a pizza place that I would call the best pizza in the city (it's more artisan pizza joint than traditional if you just want a greasy pepp slice) is a bar called Curio which is a hole-in-the-wall speak easy type. Best cocktails in the city. It's small and the drinks run about $10 a pop...but the best drinks I've had in Columbus. They make awesome whiskey drinks in general. Both are heavy on only local organic inputs and make fine products. While in the neighborhood, I like going to Beck Tavern (not to be confused with High-Beck Tavern) for a quiet place with a solid jukebox, super cheap drinks and darts galore.

jdagrava.1's picture

Lindey's is excellent - it's where I got engaged to my wife - Hunan glazed pork chops.... Mmmm...
As I am sure any Ohio State student or alumni would agree, you need to include Raising Cane's on this list.  Living in Cleveland now, it is one of the places that I crave and can't find a substitute for anywhere else.  So.  Freaking.  Good.

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I'd stab somebody if they tried to snipe one of my lamb chops!!!

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jfunk's picture

Is Jack & Benny's no longer the go to campus breakfast place? I've never been personally but I feel like it always gets mentioned in these type of write-ups...

Additional shout-outs: Old Mohawk Inn, Spagio, The Elevator, Zeno's, and Jimmy V's (the Grandview location).
 
Edit: I honestly cannot recommend Ugly Tuna to anyone over the age of 25. Last time I was back on campus I stopped in and it was awkward to say the least. I seem to remember getting asked if I was a cop quite a bit...

Scotch: It may be too early to drink it, yes; but people it is never to early to think about it.

northwest_buckeye's picture

I was wondering the same thing. I haven't had it since I moved back to Columbus last year, but I've been telling my special lady friend that it's some of the best breakfast in the world. Can anyone verify if J&B's is still open? I'm getting worried now. If I weren't sitting in a hotel in Memphis, I'd be driving over there as we speak.
 
And yes, the breakfast is top notch (in terms of greasy diner food) and dirt cheap.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

jack and bennys is still open and always packed with people waiting on the curb.

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BierStube's picture

I would just go to the Stube and call it a day!

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

DJ Byrnes's picture

Church.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

gwalther's picture

If college age, Midway (bar) needs to be one of your stops.

Class of 2008

cronimi's picture

Amen! Whenever I head back to campus, it is the only place I make sure I hit, even if it's only for one beer (which in itself is akin to sacrilege, but there isn't always time for a pitcher). Amazing how few places there are on campus now compared to when I was in school.
RIP Papa Joe's.

RedStorm45's picture

 "If you have unlimited money, you might also consider Hyde Park."
Haha, yes.
 
Those making a weekend out of their trip could stop by Easton for a day.  Quite a few possibilities there.
I'd throw in Piada if you're looking for a meal under $10 - "fast casual."
I prefer Little Bar on gamedays over the Gateway, but that's just me.
 
Transportation
While visiting the downtown area, utilize the new CoGo bike share system.  The farthest north the system currently goes is High and 2nd I believe.
If you don't have a parking pass, COTA has a pretty easy park and ride system to use.  Buses run south from Crosswoods at 23/270 down High Street.  There is also parking available at the state fairgrounds off 71 - 11th Ave exit.  I haven't used this recently, but that will cost you about $5-$10/person unless the prices have drastically increased.  I think the drop off (and pick up after the game) area is 17th and Neil, about a block east of the Stadium.
 

TheBadOwl's picture

The closest Piada to me is the one on Lane, but whenever I'm there, I always end up at Tai's Bistro instead.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

J.Mo's picture

Piada is terrible. I loved it at first but haven't had it in 6 months and didn't enjoy it then and it was like another 6 months before that since then. 

RedStorm45's picture

http://www.experiencecolumbus.com/
^This is a good guide, and can help out-of-towners out.

rekrul's picture

No Hound Dogs Pizza???  You sure we are talking about Ohio here?
 
Smoking Joes spicy please!!!

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wibuckeye's picture

The Maytag chips at Cap City Diner are great. Also, why no mention on Canes?

WIBUCKEYE

Joe Beale's picture

Canes is in 15 states. For this post, I tried to focus on local establishments, or if I hit a chain then it's something that started here.

wibuckeye's picture

Thanks, we live in Wisconsin, so that's one we always hit up when in Columbus.  I didn't realize they were in so many states.  When we first moved to Wisconsin, we would take visitors to Culvers, but now they are everywhere as well.

WIBUCKEYE

German Buckeye's picture

Sad face...I want to be there NOW.

Hamsterdam's picture

Hottest chicks: Little Bar
Most looking to score-iest older chicks: Varsity Club
Eh kinda girls: Out-R-Inn
Drunk college girls who will let you buy you drinks and maybe take you home: The O Patio
Best setting late night/hot college girls: Big Bar rooftop patio
These are the top five bars to attend after an Ohio State home game. All on campus.

doodah_man's picture

Ok, just to be sure...do not, I repeat, do not go to the Sugar Bar. Now move along, nothing to see here....

Jim "DooDah" Day
It is hard to play dirty against a man who picks you up.

hodge's picture

Seconding all the Hang Over Easy recommendations, it really is the quintessential pregame breakfast--not to mention the fact that it's only an eleven minute walk to the Shoe, according to Google.  Also check Katalina's, stupendous sandwiches, and they serve breakfast all day.  They're in Harrison West, so it's a bit of a hike, thirty minutes according to Google.
Also, don't sleep on the Short North for late-night drinking and dining.  It's not very far from campus (really starting at the recently-rebuilt KroGhetto on 7th/King and High) and there's far more variety than the Arena District, with a lot more unique places to hit up (the Arena District tends to have more chains).  I'm quite fond of pub-and-grub crawls throughout the area on hot summer (and cool fall) nights.  Check Barrel 44 if you're a whiskey drinker, or places like Press Grill (great food) or Betty's (fantastic cocktails and food) if you prefer a bit more hipster vibe, they're both definitely worth a trip.  Also of note are Brothers Drake Meadery and Bar, which serves their own mead straight up or in cocktails featuring other Ohio-sourced ingredients (like Watershed and Middle West spirits), as well as serving Ohioan beer, and The Pearl--Cameron Mitchell's newest restaurant--which evokes themes of a 1920s New Orleans-style oyster bar with classic cocktails and food choices.
Also, Hounddog's beats the living hell out of Adriatico's.  A Slice of New York (formerly The Flying Pizza, or 'Fly Pie') runs circles around them, as well.

Bolt's picture

@Hodge, You've pretty much described a week in my life. Are you a student? You sound more like a fellow resident of the Short North.

cajunbuckeye's picture

I don't know if you can actually OD on kraut and sausage, but I have made three attempts at Schmidts.

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Denny's picture

The Stube or The Library for drinking around campus. I mean, LOOK AT THE LIBRARY'S FANCY 3.0 WEBSITE.
Also, Columbus is a wonderful taco city. So, eat some al pastor and let your life be better. And Adriaticos. Oh, yes.

Taquitos.

hodge's picture

Seconding Los Guachos on that list, it's a religious experience.
Their tacos, volcanes (crisped tortillas with al pastor, pineapple, cheese, and cilantro), and gringas (big flour tortillas stuffed with al pastor, pineapple, cheese, onion, and cilantro) are all worth trying.

Bolt's picture

Oh man, Los Guachos is fantastic. My favorite place for chorizo. Good fish taco as well. A place to check out is El Camino Inn down next to Dirty Franks, and Little Palace (two good spots in their own right). El Camino has an even better fish taco than Los Guachos I think and the Cubano sandwich there is absolutely to die for. Also opening soon next door to those mentioned establishments: 16 Bit Barcade.

DonkeyPunchAnnArbor's picture

How has Chef-O-Nette in UA not been mentioned?  Its been there for over 50 years and is a great place!

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wolfeman17's picture

No pizza near campus, or in Columbus comes close to Hounddogs on High and Dodgridge. Be sure to get it Smokin' Joe's style (garlic butter brushed crust). Hangover Easy is also a pretty money breakfast spot.

GO BUCKS

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

I know it was mentioned above, but Hangover Easy is my go to place.

Jdadams01's picture

I feel like we need an Elika appearance in this thread.

Joe Beale's picture

A lot of the recommendations on this post came from Elika, so she's here in spirit.

BassDropper's picture

Hounddogs. Love the Cheeseburger pizza and they have really good nachos.
If you just want to make a quick stop then you cant go wrong with Late Night Slice and their slut sauce.
Also DP Dough, but Im not sure if thats a national chain or not.
I agree with everyone mentioning Buckeye Doughnuts. I love Middle Eastern food, so naturally I love the gyros and falafal they serve.

DIRECTIONER

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

A great place to eat in German Village is the Skillet!  Holy moly is this place awesome!  Fresh, organic as much as possible, and all locally sourced!  Whenever I get back into town - this is where we go for breakfast.
http://www.skilletruf.com/
 

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

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Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

F@#$ing hilarious!!!  Thanks for the chuckle

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

WyoBuckeye's picture

Interestingly Cameron Mitchell no longer owns Mitchell's Steak House.  He sold it to Ruth's Hospitality Group about 5 years ago or so.  He also sold the Mitchell's (Columbus) Fish Market restaurants with them.

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

Am I the only one here that is a huge fan of The Blue Danube on High (and Patterson?)?  The Reuben Dog is amazing, and the atmosphere is cool too.  Great murals on the ceiling.

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OSUNeedles's picture

Do they still have "the best damn bacon in the land'? Nothing like a big ball of low quality deep fried bacon!

buckeyejonross's picture

The lack of Waffe House ruins this whole thing.

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nw_ohio_Buckeye's picture

What time does the band do their Ramp Entrance (i.e. How long before gametime?) Of all the resources available I can't find it anywhere. I know Skull Session begins two hours before game time and then the band heads to Ohio Stadium but what time do they actually come out? I've been there for many but have seen some and missed some depending on tailgating. Thanks for any help. Go Bucks! See you Sat.!

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NEWBrutus's picture

Depends...
Usually fifteen minutes before kickoff, unless...
Alumni Band Day or visiting bands are there, then 20 minutes.

Joe Beale's picture

My rule back in the day was that if you're tailgating anywhere other than the stadium parking lot, then head to the Shoe an hour before game time. If you're in the stadium parking lot you can get away with 30 minutes before game time. You need to allow some time for finding your gate, walking about a million steps (if you're in C deck), etc. This stuff is difficult if you've had a few.

If you want to see the players walking to the stadium, that happens right after Skull Session I believe.

OHCelt's picture

TBDBITL comes out 20 minutes before kickoff. The players walk through the Skull Session two hours before kickoff, at the beginning of the Skull session.

cdonahue728's picture

Well I certainly wouldn't call it the best pizza in Columbus, throwing down a few slices of Sicilias while enjoying some post victory beers at Out R Inn is always a delicious option

BME_Buckeye's picture

Tia's Asian Bistro and the RustyBucket in Upper Arlington are good places to check out as well. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

smith5568's picture

As mentioned above, Hound Dogs. That is all. 

RBuck's picture

+100 for the Rubino's reference. I'm never in the Bexley area without stopping there for a pie.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

Jack Fu's picture

I feel like Starliner Diner in Hilliard needs to be mentioned.
And Basi Italia is awesome. Some of the best meals I've ever had were there.

Oyster's picture

The Cuban there is the BEST!

bodast67's picture

COSI has been amazing kids and adults alike for almost 50 years 

Visited this place many times for school in the 70's. The coal mine display and the inside view of a smoker's lung gave me nightmares for a decade.

 

 

 

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sloopy88's picture

The Grim Reaper standing in the Black Death display in the history tunnel did it for me!

Olemissbuckeye's picture

@ Buckeye in ILL Blue Danube fist bump for you, Sir.

northwest_buckeye's picture

I don't know why no one has mentioned going to 4Kegs/O Patio/Tomato/whatever it was called when you were there to slug down a pitcher of Liquid Dope (aka Riot Punch) to get the day rolling and rid yourself of the previous night's hangover.
 
Or maybe I'm just a degenerate who can't regulate his alcohol on game weekends. But whatevs, I don't hang out at 11W to be judged.

I've never said I 'hate' anyone because that would imply I had any emotion for them whatsoever.

osupolo's picture

German Village Coffee Shop is hands down the best breakfast place in Columbus. Best pancakes I've ever had, thick cut bacon, and they ladle the butter on the cook top for hash browns/eggs. I live in the northern 'burbs of Columbus and I go there once a month on Sat/Sun.

216ToThe614's picture

I too recommend Sicilias. Its a pizza place that so few know about and it is literally attached next door to Out-R-Inn on Frambes. My favorite pizza on campus, and its like 2 dollars a slice, along with lots of other great menu items. They make a good stromboli

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GoBucks10's picture

Catfish Biffs for lunch/dinner.

"Because I couldn't go for three."  - Woody Hayes

Rusty Buckeye's picture

I was soo pumped that you gave mention to Johnson's REAL Ice Cream in Bexley! I grew up in Bexley going to Johnson's all the time and have always said that they are better than Graeter's.
Also, to add my two cents about lunch - I have always enjoyed Cazuela's just North of campus on High. They have great Mexican food and good prices.

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CanadianBuckeyeNut24's picture

These are all very good suggestions! I am so excited to visit Columbus for my first Buckeye game on Saturday despite being a lifelong fan. Staying at the Easton and very excited to try some of the places listed above. I was wondering tho, what is traffic like near the stadium on game days and how easily is parking found? 

Joe Beale's picture

That depends on how early you get there. If you come late, don't expect to be able to park in the same zip code as the stadium. Get there at 9 for a 12 noon game and tailgate for a while. Then use the guidelines above for attending Skull Session and/or getting to the stadium in time for the band's ramp entrance. Have fun!

CanadianBuckeyeNut24's picture

Ok thanks, I'm overly excited for the whole game day experience!