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How to eat through the alphabet the Columbus way

How to eat through the alphabet the Columbus way

Sarah Sole

Michelle Dozer and her family are eating their way through the alphabet—Columbus style. 

She and her family recently kicked off their culinary journey with Asterisk Supper Club in Westerville, and next up is Barrel and Boar

Dozer said she was inspired by the popular Facebook group Support Central Ohio Restaurants.

“I actually got the idea from the page itself, but elaborated on it a bit,” she said. “Most people are looking for a certain type of food or a certain location within the city and have asked for suggestions in the past. I’m willing to travel and willing to try just about anything.”


Dozer said she thought the large social media group would be the best place to turn to in order to discover hidden gems within the city. Asterisk, she said, was a place she never would have learned about had it not been for the Facebook group. 

“I thought it would be a fun way to try new places and help out our community,” she said. 

Inspired by Dozer’s new mission, we decided we’d put together a list of our own, primarily composed of our ColumBEST winners. 

Columbus, what do you say? Will you eat through the alphabet with us? There’s a little bit of everything here, and we didn’t forget about dessert.  

For even more inspiration, be sure to check out Restaurant Week specials available Jan. 25-30.

AABBest Indian restaurant

The Barn at Rocky Fork CreekBest restaurant in New Albany 

Cap City Fine DinerBest place for comfort food

Dirty Frank’sBest hot dogs and brats

El VaqueroBest Mexican restaurant

Five Guys Burgers and FriesBest fries

Grandview CafeBest neighborhood bar, Upper Arlington/Grandview

Harvest PizzeriaBest gourmet pizza


Jeni’s Splendid Ice CreamsBest ice cream

Katalina’sBest hidden gem restaurant

Lindey’sBest date night restaurant

Marcella’sBest neighborhood restaurant, Short North/Italian Village/Victorian Village

Northstar CafeBest neighborhood restaurant, Clintonville/Campus 

Old Bag of NailsThird place, best neighborhood restaurant, Worthington

Pat & Gracie’sThird place, best neighborhood restaurant, Clintonville/Campus

Quaker Steak & Lube

The RefectoryBest price is no object restaurant

Sunny Street CafeBest breakfast

Thurman’s CafeBest traditional burger

Union CafeBest LGBTQ bar

Valter’s at the Maennerchor

Whitney HouseBest neighborhood restaurant, Worthington

Xia Xia Western Chinese Cuisine

Yellow Brick PizzaThird place, best gourmet pizza

Zaftig Brewing Company Italian Village

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