Whether you call them appetizers, starters, or shareables, these dishes are my 5 favorite ways to start a meal in Columbus. These are handcrafted shareables made with the highest quality ingredients, right here in our city’s kitchens. From cheesy delights to innovative veggie wonders, these in-house creations are setting the bar high.
French fries and chicken wings might dominate the appetizer conversation, but it’s time to shine the spotlight on the other stars of the starter world.
Here are the top 5 shareables that don’t just lead the opening act—they steal the show!
Gresso’s (961 S High St)
Housemade Mozzarella Sticks – each thick, cheesy stick at Gresso’s is hand-battered and fried to golden perfection, promising the ultimate cheese pull experience. Dip these beauties into their warm marinara sauce and taste the difference that fresh, in-house prep makes.
Mi Tradicion Gahanna (111 N Stygler Rd)
Choriqueso – a hearty cheese dip with a generous helping of chorizo. Whether you like a dip or a drizzle, this choriqueso promises a flavor-packed feast that’s not just for starters. I suggest you save some of your choriqueso for your main dish and pour it on top for an extra decadent experience.
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AJ’s Tacos (3689 W Broad St)
Birria Esquite (Corn In A Cup) – Elevate your snack game with AJ’s Tacos’ birria esquite. Corn swimming in rich birria consomé, mayo, succulent birria beef, crumbled queso cotija, and a dusting of chili powder, with an optional jalapeño kick.
Chapman’s Eat Market (739 S 3rd St)
General Tso’s Cauliflower – This isn’t just another veggie dish; it’s a Chapman’s specialty that surprises with every bite. Peanuts, sesame seeds, and a kick of serrano chiles elevate the humble cauliflower to a dish that’s compelling for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. A fun foodie tip: If Chapman’s is fully booked, try your luck at the bar. It’s a first-come, first-served hidden gem that’s totally worth the wait.
Blackbird Kitchen (1200 W 3rd Ave)
Atomic Fireballs – Feast on these house-made spicy mac and cheese bites, each one packed with bold flavor. And the Sriracha Aioli? It takes them to another level – adding a spicy, yet refreshing zing.
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