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.
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.
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.
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 ambroseandevecolumbus.com
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 www.comune-restaurant.com
Harvey & Ed’s
Serving up: Modern American dishes inspired by classic Jewish delicatessens
968 N. High St., Short North, Columbus
614-641-4040 or https://harveyandeds.com
Serving up: North and south Indian dishes
185 N. High St., Columbus
614-867-5008 or www.havelibistro.com
Serving up: Sophisticated Southern cuisine with an upscale modern lounge feel
6628 Riverside Drive, Dublin
614-905-1666 or www.henquarterdublin.com
Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse
Serving up: Steak, steak and more steak
89 E. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus
614-686-7800 or www.jeffruby.com/columbus
Kai’s Crab Boil
Serving up: Crab, lobster and crawfish boils
839 Bethel Road, Columbus
614-869-0652 or www.kaiscrabboil.com
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 lupoonarlington.com
Mr. Hummus Grill
Serving up: Authentic Lebanese cuisine
1450 Bethel Road, Columbus
614-273-4444 or mrhummusgrill.com
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.