Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse is serving up a $99 special featuring filet mignon and lobster for two. CONTRIBUTED

WORTH THE DRIVE: Columbus’ best 10 new restaurants featured in upcoming event

There’s no question that Dayton has some incredible restaurants, chefs and dining experiences with more of them popping up every month.

That, coupled with the fact that Cincinnati and Columbus are a relatively short drive away rife with restaurant riches, means there is a high concentration of cool culinary experiences to cultivate both near and far.

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Dayton is obviously easier to explore due to proximity. Cincinnati and Columbus are trickier, but there are some events held throughout the year that do a good job of introducing those who enjoy a good food and dining exploration to a grouping of worthy restaurants all at once.

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Columbus Monthly Magazine’s “Best New Restaurants” event held on Feb. 27 at Le Meridien Columbus will feature the magazine’s pick of their top 10 new Columbus restaurants.

“From the nostalgia-inspired Ambrose and Eve to the ‘plant-forward’ disrupter Comune, our best new restaurants, which opened between November 2017 and November 2018, seem to simultaneously look back while driving forward,” Erin Edwards, Columbus Monthly’s dining editor, wrote about the event.

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Guests will enjoy food from their picks of “Best New Restaurants,” along with drinks and live entertainment. This strolling dinner will feature bites from the following restaurants:

Ambrose and Eve

Serving up: Americana classics with an updated twist

716 S. High St., Columbus, Brewery District

614-725-2080 or


Bulgogi Korean Restaurant

Serving up: Affordable Korean dishes inside of the Saraga International Market

1265 Morse Road, Columbus




Serving up: Plant-forward cuisine

677 Parsons Ave., Columbus

614-947-1012 or


Harvey & Ed’s

Serving up: Modern American dishes inspired by classic Jewish delicatessens

968 N. High St., Short North, Columbus

614-641-4040 or


Haveli Bistro

Serving up: North and south Indian dishes

185 N. High St., Columbus

614-867-5008 or


Hen Quarter

Serving up: Sophisticated Southern cuisine with an upscale modern lounge feel

6628 Riverside Drive, Dublin

614-905-1666 or


Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse

Serving up: Steak, steak and more steak

89 E. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus

614-686-7800 or


Kai’s Crab Boil

Serving up: Crab, lobster and crawfish boils

839 Bethel Road, Columbus

614-869-0652 or



Serving up: An adventure into the greater Mediterranean basin, adding new influences from Coastal Italy, Spain and Southern France

2124 Arlington Ave., Columbus

614-914-6134 or


Mr. Hummus Grill

Serving up: Authentic Lebanese cuisine

1450 Bethel Road, Columbus

614-273-4444 or


You may not be able to make it to this event, but this list of 10 dining destinations is a good one to refer to the next time you are headed through the capital city. It’s a diverse grouping that offers a little bit for everyone and a list that ensures you will be on top of the latest things happening on plates in the capital.