Written by: Steve Stover
Date: January 6, 2016
Homefare, an exciting new “farm to table” American comfort food restaurant, opened recently in the former L’Antibes location in the Short North.
L’Antibes was, for years, one of the top five restaurants in the city. It was a tiny, 28 seat spot, featured classic French cuisine, and possibly the most romantic restaurant in the area. In 2007, Chef Matthew Litzinger purchased L’Antibes from former owner Dale Gusset, and continued the tradition of excellence – in fact, some of my best meals were enjoyed there.
So, it was a shock Chef Litzinger abruptly closed L’Antibes last year, and completely renovated the space with clean lines, warm but minimalist decor, wood tables, and a lovely bar.
Homefare opened quietly in late November, with an all-new concept and menu.
We visited in mid-December and were pleased to see a nice crowd on a Tuesday. Our table of four shared a bottle of Brazin Old Vines Zinfandel (Lodi)($30) from the small wine list. Special cocktails from bartender Nick, and a selection of beers, are also available.
We started with and loved the hand cut fries, white trufflle oil, herbs, and parmesan ($8 for a large serving).
The avocado & fennel salad ($8/12) was lightly dressed, and the earthy mushroom soup ($4/6) was delicious.
The Tuesday special “Thanksgiving” dinner of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cranberry (only $14) was well received, as were the brown butter Brussels sprouts ($4).
My chicken Carbonara, slices of moist chicken breast with a classic pasta carbonara, bacon and eggs in a creamy sauce ($17) was my favorite item of the night.
From the dessert menu, we shared the tasty bourbon apple pie, vanilla bean whipped cream ($7); it would have been better served warm.
Other nightly specials include: grass fed beef and veal meatloaf on Wednesdays, Ohio pork chop on Thursdays, sustainable fish on Fridays, the Chef’s Special on Saturdays, and fried chicken on Sundays.
Other entrees include: Atlantic salmon ($22), steak frites ($27), Grass fed burger with smoked Gouda on a brioche bun ($15), and grilled chicken sandwich ($13).
Homefare, open only a few weeks, is off to a promising start. We know that Chef Matthew Litzinger is a great cook, and are looking forward to visiting again and watching Homefare develop,
772 North High Street, Suite 106 (at Warren), Short North
Columbus, OH 43215
Homefare Facebook Page
Tuesday through Sunday, 4-10pm