Written by: Steve Stover
Date: May 6, 2013

Seared Ahi Tuna, Pickled Seaweed and Red Cabbage Slaw, Wasabi Aioli, Garnished with Fried Wonton Strips!

Bodega’s Seared Ahi Tuna, Pickled Seaweed and Red Cabbage Slaw, Wasabi Aioli, Garnished with Fried Wonton Strips!

Small plates are back in the news, with Crave Magazine’s Spring issue cover story and Jon Christensen’s glowing review of Manifesto in the Columbus Dispatch last month.

The Spanish call them tapas, the Greeks mezze. the Italians cicchetti, and the Chinese have their dim sum. But whatever you call them, small plates are among the hottest items on the Columbus food menu.

Why? Celebrity chef Michael Mina of San Francisco suggests one reason. “The first three to five bites are when people are most interested,” Mina said.

Some people enjoy small plates because they can try more dishes and have more choices. Others like the fact that they can eat just what they like and just as much as they want. Still others like to break away from the salad-entrée-dessert routine.

All of these reasons simply mean more and more people are ordering an array of appetizers instead. Could it be a consumer backlash to the huge portions chefs like small plates because they can experiment with intense flavors in small doses.

Small plates are not new to Columbus. Barcelona, in German Village, was among the first, especially since the city of Barcelona is among the most famous cities in the world for tapas. Rigsby’s Kitchen has offered its cicchetti menu for years, at the bar or your table, and recently unveiled a new small plates menu with a $1 grilled cheese on Monday.

Some of the new and notable small plates offerings:

  • Veritas, in Delaware (Columbus Monthly “best new restaurant of the year”)
  • Manifesto, on Capitol Square
  • Luce, in Powell
  • Barrel 44, in the Short North and Bexley
  • Bodega, in the Short North
  • G Michael’s bar (happy hour)

Also, many wine bars offer spall plates to enjoy with wine flights.

Remember: small plates are everywhere and take many forms, be sure to ask about the appetizer menu as well as the bar menu at local restaurants.

Enjoy!


  • 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!