Written by: Steve Stover
Date: May 1, 2015

Gallo's Kitchen's Seafood Creole.

Gallo’s Kitchen’s Seafood Creole. Photo Steve Stover

Gallo’s Kitchen in Upper Arlington is one of those hidden treasures, known only to the “regulars,” of whom there are many.

Gallo’s Kitchen features “the Heart of Italy, the Soul of New Orleans,” and the made-from-scratch, cooked to order food explains its popularity.

Gallo’s always seems to be busy, especially the lively bar area. The decor is simple, wooden floors and tables, and the sound levels are good for conversation.

At Gallo’s Kitchen, the food is the thing.

The Italian and Creole fare is very good, with some of the best New Orleans dishes in town. I started with a local Land Grant 1862 “Kolsch” one of the lighter choices among the 12 beers on tap.

My wife liked her small Caesar (only $4); my cup of gumbo ($5) was outstanding, with a fine roux, smoked chicken, andouille sausage, and tasso ham.

Gallo's Kitchen's Gumbo.

Gallo’s Kitchen’s Gumbo. Photo Steve Stover

My favorite dish of the night was the special Lake Erie walleye with a soft roasted polenta cake and Louisiana crayfish sauce ($25); my fork also “wandered” to my friend’s Seafood Creole with six huge Diver scallops, walleye, and 8 mussels ($26).

Gallo's Kitchen's Lake Erie Walleye.

Gallo’s Kitchen’s Lake Erie Walleye. Photo Steve Stover

The Chicken Étouffée was also tasty ($14); my jambalaya, loaded with chicken, andouille, and tasso ham ($16) was excellent, but I could only eat half of it.

Gallo's Kitchen's Chicken Étouffée.

Gallo’s Kitchen’s Chicken Étouffée. Photo Steve Stover

The rest of the menu includes nightly specials: a polenta, arancini (risotto balls), three appetizers and five entrees, $22.50 and up.

The regular menu offers seven hearty appetizers ($7 – $12.50), including the popular sea salt brined fresh chicken wings; two salads, house and Caesar, with house made dressings and protein add-ons; eight entrees (only $12 -$16); and seven and sandwiches ($10 – $12.50).

Gallo’s Kitchen offers delicious homemade food at value prices, and it is absolutely worth a visit.

Gallo’s Kitchen
2820 Nottingham Road at Riverside Drive just south of Fishinger Road
Columbus, OH 43221
Open 4pm Monday through Saturday
Closed Sunday

  • 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.