Written by: Steve Stover
Date: December 19, 2013

Interior of Spagio Cellar

Check out Spagio Cellars to find a gift for the wine lover on your list. Photo: Steve Stover

Only five more shopping days ‘till Christmas. But we have some food-related gift ideas that will be well received, AND are relatively simple to get, since time is short.

Wine gifts continue to be very popular. We are giving several bottles of wine, Wine Spectator magazine, wine openers, decanters, wine glasses (always the right size), and wine bags. Hopefully, you have a wine store with knowledgeable advice. Locally check out Grandview’s Spagio Cellars, one of the The Anderson’s several locations, Twisted Vine in Grandview, or one of Gentile’s two locations.

Another favorite is Penzey’s Spices, an entire store dedicated to the highest quality spices. The store on Kenny Road, just south of Henderson, smells great – six kinds of peppercorns, real vanilla, and recipes too on their website at .

Also think about cheese, Curds and Whey at the North Market.

Dine Originals Columbus also offers gift certificates through their site at dineoriginals.com
restaurant gift certificates, good at 47 locally owned restaurant, including some of Central Ohio’s best, and no need to guess your Aunt Martha’s favorite cuisine.

Food Gifts to Buy (with a Columbus flair)

  • Thurn’s Greenlawn Ave @ I-71, features cottage hams, smoked turkey, smoked trout, house made sausages. They are open Thursday through Saturday.
  • Mom Wilson’s on Route 23 north of Delaware (tell Sue & Denny I said hello) has great smoked hams, sausages; my favorite breakfast sausage on the planet
  • City Barbeque has hams, turkeys, and smoked turkey breast for the holidays
  • Krema Nuts on Goodale at Northwest Blvd in Grandview offers very freshly roasted nuts of all kinds, good prices; gift packs
  • Graeter’s, or Jeni’s holiday gift box, incl 6 pints + scoop + gelato spoons.
  • Anthony Thomas (Buckeyes & other); chocolate stores at North Market, on the Cap on High Street in the Short North or on Fifth Avenue in Grandview.

Also check out Anderson’s, Huffman’s, Hill’s Market, Weiland’s, Whole Foods, and Fresh Market for that foodie on your shopping list.

  • 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.