Written by: Steve Stover
Date: December 15, 2017

wine bottles on a shelf.

Wine gifts continue to be very popular. There are many shops throughout to Columbus to find a gift. Photo: Pixabay

Holy fruitcake!  Just like that, the holidays are upon us, with cocktail parties, holiday dinners, family events, and the inevitable need to take or send- a food-related gift or host gift.

In the “olden” days, that gift might really have been a fruitcake.  Of course, a bottle of wine is always popular, as are homemade food gifts – we like to give homemade fudge sauce or mustard – but let’s face it, there is scarcely enough time to do the shopping and the things we absolutely, positively must do. Just for you, we have scoured the city for an array of wonderful food-related gifts.

Let’s go shopping!

Dine Originals Columbus, the organization of more than 50 locally owned restaurants, is selling gift certificates from December 18 to 25. Spend $100 and you get a free $50 gift certificate for yourself!

Wine, Local Sprits and Craft Beer
Wine gifts continue to be very popular.  We are giving bottles of wine, Wine Spectator magazine, wine openers, decanters, wine glasses, always the right size, and wine bags.

Go to your local wine store for advice: Twisted Vine, Spagio Cellars, Gentile’s in Grandview Heights, Hausfrau Haven in German Village, Barrel & Bottle in the North Market and House Wine in Worthington.

Don’t forget “holiday spirits” from Middle West Spirits and Watershed or the more than 30 local craft brewers, including Rockmill, Wolf’s Ridge, BrewDog, Platform, and others.

Gifts For CooksAnother favorite for cooks is Penzey’s Spices, an entire store dedicated to the highest quality spices.  The store on Kenny Road, just south of Henderson, smells great. You can also shop online.

For cookware, consider Sur la Table, North Market Cookware, Williams Sonoma, Crate & Barrel and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

For cooking classes, join myself and Rich Terapak at Franklin Park Conservatory or try Sur la Table, Williams Sonoma, the Seasoned Farmhouse and Flowers & Bread in Clintonville.

Gifts of Coffee, Tea and Sweets
Specialty coffee and tea, and related gifts such as mugs, portable cups, even teapots are popular. Stauf’s is a local favorite, and David’s Tea is now open in Easton.

Some other food gifts or gift certificates favorites include Graeter’s and the popular Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams holiday four-pint gift box.

And did I mention Pistachia Vera, a spectacular dessert boutique – think hostess gifts.

Other Food Gifts With A Central Ohio Flavor
Thurn’s on Greenlawn Avenue has been in business 130 years. You’ll find cottage hams, smoked turkey, smoked trout and house made sausages.

Mom Wilson’s in Delaware County has a great selection of smoked hams and sausages. Tell Sue and Denny I said hello!

City Barbeque has several locations where they serve hams, turkeys, and smoked turkey breasts for the holidays. Their gift certificates also make a good gift.

Krema Nut Company in Grandview Heights sells very freshly roasted nuts of all kinds at good prices and in gift packs.

Anthony Thomas Candy Company is based on the west side. They have many holiday gift options available at their 13 retail stores throughout the region.

At The North Market you could do all of your foodie shopping here. Start with a beer or glass of wine at Barrel & Bottle, then cruise to Pistachia Vera, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Omega Artisan Bakery, Park Street Poultry & Game, Black Radish Creamery, North Market Spices, Little Eater for gift baskets are just some of the many options underone roof.

Check out Huffman’s Market in Upper Arlington, Hill’s Market in Worthington or Downtown or Weinland’s Market on Indianola Ave and their $9.99 beef tenderloins!

Holiday Dining Ideas
Be sure to make your reservations as soon as possible.

  • G Michael’s
  • The Refectory is serving lunch some days in December
  • The Guild House
  • Worthington Inn
  • Kihachi
  • Basi Italia
  • La Tavola
  • Giusseppe’s Ritrovo
  • Nicola’s
  • “M”

New and Notable Restaurants to Check Out

  • Service Bar at Middle West Spirits
  • Watershed
  • Trillium
  • Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse
  • Veritas formarly in Delaware, now open in downtown Columbus

  • 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.

    • lettuce dolphin

      hello, I have worked at a Bibibop for 2 years now, the price for a chicken (spicy or regular) bowl currently is 6.75$, steak bowl is 7.25$, and a tofu bowl is 6.65$. Along with that the appetizers are 1$ for pineapple, 1.50$ for edamame and kimchi. Also drinks are 1.75$ but come out to 1.88$ after tax.
      A chicken bowl with a drink is 9.14$ if you eat in and 8.63$ if you take it to go.
      Also the service is incredibly fast, if there is no line we can usually get someone to make an entire bowl in about 1-2 minutes. The only time service is slow is when there is a rush, around 11am-1pm and 5pm-7pm, and even slow is an understatement, once you get to the line it usually takes about 2 1/2 – 3 minutes to get through. Also the line length and time depends on the store, i have worked at several Bibibop’s and some attract a larger crowd than others. The most visited age demographic in my opinion is about 20-25 and 40-50.

      The reason i started working at a Bibibop is because of the low prices for such a delicious and large amount of food, the bowls are about the size of two softballs, i do not know how many fluid ounces off hand though, i believe around 48 fluid ounces.
      If you have any other questions or anything about Bibibop i got you, i’m not being paid to do this, i just came across it while on the internet and saw a lot of inflated prices and felt like sharing the exact price.

      I hope you all have a great day, Take care always!

      • lettuce dolphin

        Also a lot of the prices on the op post are not correct and we do not carry some items anymore, such as the Pellegrino.

        Take care always!

      • Otto Gronkowski

        Bibbiop is nice KoreanAmerican hybrid chain started by Charlie, of Charlie’s Steakery (He’s Korean). My comment was about Bonifacio PhillipinoAmerican restaurant near Grandview

  • Laurie Wickline

    Didn’t see Milanos. Used to go there all the time! Loved the lasagna!!!

  • Denise Lafferty

    Bill Knapps

    • Jim Early

      looks like they closed in 2001:
      Bill Knapps 2100 Bethel Road Columbus
      Bill Knapps 6851 N High St Worthington
      Bill Knapps 2199 Riverside Dr Columbus
      Bill Knapps 12995 Stonecreek Dr Pickerington

  • Carol Francis

    Knights Ice Cream has been closed since 2015!

  • Judith Swanson

    I have a few random comments. There was a restaurant in the early 80’s on Main (downtown) called Numbers which was run by Steven Bimbo (King of the Gypsies). Siam (both the original restaurant on Bethel and a branch in German Village (where Bavaria House used to be). John’s Village Junction on High in German Village. Many restaurants opened and closed in Brewery District. Butchie’s (east) had a couple of other names which were more Italian sounding. Columbus Steak House was in a shopping center at east of 71 on 161. We went there a lot in the 1980’s.

    • Butches started out as a Dog N Suds in the 1960’s then was Joseppi’s for a number of years, then Armondo’s for a while then Butches

    • Dean Congin

      Loved Siam. I lived at Olentangy Commons and ate there all the time. You’re right about Brewery Dist, lots of turnover in Brewery District. I used to play in a popular 80s band and we would play most of the German Village bars. Good times.

  • Sara Davis

    The Silent Woman was locared on Main St in Whitehall, a couple blocks East of Yearling Rd

  • Sandy B

    This is one of my favorite restaurants and I always recommend it to friends who want good seafood, but don’t want to take out a loan to get it. The service is terrific, the food is great, the prices are beyond reasonable, and parking is easy. I do wish the Gaslight were still at the other end of this shopping center!

    • Pamela Sam Edwards

      I went there for my senior prom. First fancy restaurant I had ever been to. Great food bad date.

  • Ben Huntoon

    How about Shakey’s Pizza in Whitehall. Don’s Drive-In in Reynoldsburg.

  • Lynne Groban

    There used to be a restaurant on E. Main Street next to Norwood’s amusement park . The neon sign showed a chicken. It was on the west side of the amusement park toward Nelson Rd. Does anyone remember the name of the restaurant and was it any good?

    Also, there was the Berwick Grill on College Avenue.

  • Mike Poliseno

    Pete’s Red Pig at Hamilton and Main or Emils

  • Dean Congin

    Farrell’s Ice Cream, Cadillac Cafe, Rockys

  • Galata Mediterranean Cuisine

    In NYC, for Turkish food, you should visit Galata. Here you can get a modern selection of most popular and most loved dishes of Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine as well as the mouth watering desserts.

  • Teri Gallagan-Horning

    There was a place on the West side called Sir Loin that served…well…sirloin steak dinners. There was also a place called the Fireside Inn that was owned by Bob Marvin (a.k.a. Flippo the Clown) that was also on the West side.

  • ubu62001

    Cockerells in Westerville.

  • The Silent woman was a bar in Whitehall on E Main between Hamilton and Yearling, South side of the street.

  • Pamela Sam Edwards

    Anyone remember a restaurant on either morse road or 161. It was an Italian restaurant and on the weekends there was Donna Marie on the piano. My husband and I were in our mid 20’s and the rest of the clientele were, let’s say seniors. They were all dressed up and dancing to the music. What a fun place to have dinner.
    I think it was called Lombardi’s.

  • Cindi Clark-Gillotte

    Fabulous food here and good people!!!!! Mouth watering delicious hummus!!! Yum Yum.

  • Judy Edmister Gaines

    Does anyone remember YEARLING ROAD PIZZA from 1960’s?? It was really one of the best small pizza places for Whitehall /Columbus ….. miss their pizzas but their Subs were … just SOOOO GOOOOD!!!

  • Lynne Groban

    Thanks for the tip and for researchimg the restaurant. Have a lovely day.

  • Otto Gronkowski

    Bonifacio at intersection of King and North Star rd

  • John Dipangrazio

    Clyde’s Restaurant opened in 1976. It was located near the corner of High St. and Fulton St. near German Village. The downstairs was a bar with live New Orleans Jazz, and the upstairs dining room had a French menu including crepes. It was the same ownership that had previously opened Le Cafe (at the Colony Bazaar) in 1974. Outstanding food and service. The building has since been torn down, and Franklin County Child Support building is located there.

  • Jim G

    Does anyone remember the drive-thru hamburger place at Oxley and 5th Avenue in Grandview Heights? It’s now a Starbucks. Used to serve chocolate shakes made with Hershey’s chocolate syrup.

  • Andy Beal

    Trying to remember two different places…one was a disco club that was located between the Friday’s and Max & Erma’s at Henderson and Kenny Rd. Would have been in business mid-70’s to early 80’s. A friend thought it might have been called Whispers.The second was located in Hilliard called the Cloisters. Any memories of either place?