Written by: Steve Stover
Date: August 21, 2015

The interior of The Crest's second location on Parsons Avenue. Photo: Steve Stover

The interior of The Crest’s second location on Parsons Avenue. Photo: Steve Stover

The Crest Gastropub just opened a second restaurant on Parsons Avenue near Children’s Hospital.

The Crest is part of A & R Creative Group, which owns another Crest Gastropub in Clintonville, The Market Italian Village, Ethyl & Tank, Fourth Street Bar & Grille, Cafe del Mundo, and Alchemy Juice Bar, next door to the new Crest.

The Crest Gastropub is located in a new space on Parsons Avenue, just south of Livingston Avenue. The 4,400 square foot space is ultra modern with high open ceilings and trendy decor with wood tables, bentwood cafe chairs, and spaces that permit conversation. There is ample parking.

We visited for lunch in the first week. I enjoyed a Gosling’s ginger beer, chilled and spicy. We shared the shankleesh (Lebanese spread) with feta and tomato on crostini.

The Shankleesh is a Lebanese spread with feta and tomato on crostini served at the Crest. Photo: Steve Stover

The Shankleesh is a Lebanese spread with feta and tomato on crostini served at the Crest. Photo: Steve Stover

I loved the taco trio: Ohio Proud braised pork belly, roasted corn, and chimichurri sauce; sauteed Lake Erie walleye with cilantro cream; and Ohio Proud marinated beef tips with Ancho chile salsa ($12).

The taco trio at the Crest's new Parsons Avenue location. Photo: Steve Stover

The taco trio at the Crest’s new Parsons Avenue location. Photo: Steve Stover

I also enjoyed the interesting Lake Erie walleye croquettes with spicy sauce, a large portion to share ($10).

The Crest side salad was fresh and tasty ($6). Next visit, I want to try the bahn mi pork sliders ($12), mac & cheese ($7), and one of the six burgers: lamb, bison, salmon, falafel, Americana, and house. Service was very attentive.

The side salad at the Crest's new location on Parson Avenue. Photo: Steve Stover

The side salad at the Crest’s new location on Parson Avenue. Photo: Steve Stover

The menu includes five snacks ($4 – $6), 10 small plates ($7 – $18); five salads ($12 – $14); seven sandwiches ($12 – $16); five entrees at dinner (lamb, trout, game hen, flank steak, and asparagus, $15 – 20); and three desserts (eclairs, mille feuille, cheesecake ($7 – 8).

The bar includes 15 local draft beers, 25 draft beers in all, cocktails, and a small wine list.

Chef Julian Menaged was the opening Chef at The Market Italian Village, and before that worked at the Refectory.

The Crest Gastropub is off to a strong start with very good food in an attractive setting.

The Crest Gastropub
621 Parsons Ave, 43201
Tuesday-Thursday, Sunday: 11am – 10pm
Friday-Saturday: 11am – 12am

  • 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.