Written by: Steve Stover
Date: October 30, 2014

The interior of 101 Beer Kitchen. Photo: Steve Stover.

The interior of 101 Beer Kitchen. Photo: Steve Stover.

One of the hottest trends in Columbus and national is the growth of gastropubs. Gastropub?

Happily it is the best of two ideas: a bar, often a brewery, but with a real chef and usually house made food.

101 Beer Kitchen, on Sawmill Road at Hard Road in Dublin is a good example. Chef Michael Frame has put together a solid menu of New American food, with creative takes on familiar dishes.

Our server Kelly guided us through the interesting menu, and provided excellent advice on the beer. We started with Weihenstephaner Original (Munich) and Sierra Nevada Russian River, Yuan the Great, both true to the description; there are 20 beers on tap and a larger selection of bottled beers, plus cocktails and a limited wine menu.

The Seven Layer Dip at 101 Beer Kitchen. Photo Steve Stover.

The Seven Layer Dip at 101 Beer Kitchen. Photo Steve Stover.

We started with (and shared among four of us) the Seven Layer Dip with shrimp, chorizo refried beans, pico de gallo, refried beans, corn salsa, and house made chili-lime chips ($8.95) We also could not resist the loaded house-made tater tots with pork croutons, cheddar, siriacha cream ($6.95).

House-made tator tots at 101 Beer Kitchen. Photo: Steve Stover.

House-made tator tots at 101 Beer Kitchen. Photo: Steve Stover.

I especially enjoyed the great, fresh tasting tempura-style beer battered Lake Erie perch on a toasted egg bun, with tartar sauce, apple/blue cheese slaw, house made salt & vinegar chips ($12.95, fries $1 extra). My wife also liked her Creole dusted Lake Erie walleye with succotash, cherry tomatoes, roasted potatoes, and sweet corn cream sauce ($16.95).

The rest of the menu, which changes quarterly, includes six starters ($6.25 to $9.50); seven soups and salads ($5.95 to $13.95); three pizzas, all $11.95; six sandwiches ($9.95 to $17.95); and eight entrees, ($10.95 to $19.95). Portions are ample.

We were very full, but we managed to “taste” the delicious chocolate walnut pie and the less successful roasted banana pudding, meringue, vanilla wafers, caramel (both $4.95).

The roasted banana pudding (left) and chocolate walnut pie at 101 Beer Kitchen. Photo Steve Stover.

The roasted banana pudding (left) and chocolate walnut pie at 101 Beer Kitchen. Photo Steve Stover.

101 Beer Kitchen is a good choice for quality dining in a casual atmosphere.

101 Beer Kitchen
7509 Sawmill Road
614-210-1010
101beerkitchen.com
Open 7 days a week


  • shrimlock

    The Silent Woman Bar was i believe on East Main, just east of James.
    The signage in neon or lit up from behind maybe, was extremely provocative.
    It showed an image of a female with her, holding her own head or her head somehow detached.
    Depicting the female as presumably silent. And even holding the knife?
    pretty grisly, and disturbing and was evident to anyone driving around there up till the 90’s, it seems.

  • shrimlock

    The other one that was near the Motel Greg Lashutka got in trouble win he was prosecutor, And i think that was on East Broad, that was the Pink Elephant.

  • Barbara Cruz

    what about hanleys steak house sullivant ave Columbus ohio

  • Barbara Cruz

    does anyone have a copy of the menu or pictures

  • Mr.Gale.B

    I need an exact and correct answer:
    Where was “Top of the Center” located? In WHAT building?

  • Otto Gronkowski

    Slow hipster service and slow kitchen. Expensive prices. Don’t visit if you want to see food on your table in under 45 minutes. However the food quality, taste and presentation is very good! Ambiance is contemporary cool inside, very different from what you may have the impression of from the exterior of this old Tim Horton’s location. Good bar and drink selection. Overpriced menu. On the west coast you can find this style of filipino restaurant serving same dishes for $7.50. Here they will set you back $12-$18. You can’t even get into appetizers for less than $10 unless you want a bowl of rice. Don’t know if they’ll survive, table turnover is way too slow, even though they’re making large profit margin per dish, it’s just way too slow. If you have an evening to kill, this would be a good hangout. Don’t attempt a weekday lunch or dinner. You’ll see a good hipster millinial crowd here.