Written by: Rich Terepak Jr.
Date: October 3, 2013

Wolf's Ridge Brewery.

Wolf’s Ridge Brewery. Photo by Rich Terapak Jr.

These days, it seems hardly a month goes by that you don’t read about a new microbrewery opening up somewhere in Columbus. Much the way distilleries began popping up in 2008, micro- or craft-breweries are the hottest new commodity in the bar and restaurant world.

As a lover of fine craft beers I am certainly a fan of this trend. However, I’ve found the mission of many of these establishments appears, for the most part, to be to sell beers, while their kitchens often seem an afterthought, meant only to lure diners with salty foods that cause them to consume more beer. Such is not the case at Wolfe’s Ridge. We tried it at lunch time on a work day, enjoyed no beers-just food, and found Wolf’s Ridge menu and kitchen far exceeded our expectations.

First, we ordered the IPA steamed Mussels, with chorizo, onion, tomato, garlic and lemon, served with two crostini, sourced from The Angry Baker, for our customary and indulgent dipping. This dish blew us away. First, the mussels, about 12, were exceedingly large and meaty, bigger than most oysters you’ll ever see. The broth was outstanding, full of flavor from the Belgian Ale, featuring a tomato-onion-garlic-stock base, with a wonderful char flavor, likely derived from the pan-fried chorizo, prior to de-glazing. The broth was so delicious, we had to ask for more crostini, just to soak it all up, as not to waste it. That is saying something.

Wolf's Ridge Brewery IPA Steamed Mussels.

Wolf’s Ridge Brewery IPA Steamed Mussels. Photo by Rich Terapack Jr.

Next, we tried the Duck Confit Tacos, with a stout-based BBQ sauce, corn and black bean relish, along with onion, cilantro and Cojita cheese. The three tacos, which were of ample proportion, were served on flour tortillas, with a side of delicious paprika dusted housed fried tortilla chips. The tacos were surprising light and refreshing, while still very filling.

Wolf's Ridge Brewery Duck Confit Tacos. Photo by Rich Terapak Jr.

Wolf’s Ridge Brewery Duck Confit Tacos. Photo by Rich Terapak Jr.

Lastly, we had the Ahi Tuna Burger, a dish that for me can be notoriously hit-or-miss. However, I was quite pleasantly surprised. Served on a char-marked sesame brioche bun, the tuna steak, which was a plentiful six ounces, was perfectly seared to a rare temperature, which I find to be one of the greatest hurdles for many restaurants.

Wolf's Ridge Brewery Ahi Tuna Burger.

Wolf’s Ridge Brewery Ahi Tuna Burger. Photo by Rich Terapak Jr.

Wolf's Ridge Brewery brewing equipment.

Wolf’s Ridge Brewery brewing equipment. Photo by Rich Terapak Jr.

Topped with avocado, cilantro, pickled peppers and onions, and micro-greens, then finished with a smear of wasabi mayonnaise, this was the best Ahi Burger I’ve managed to find anywhere in central Ohio. The burger was served with a side of garlic fries, which were perfectly seasoned, and quite delicious.
Wolfe’s Ridge Brewing just opened on September 30, and will begin serving their house brewed beer on Friday, October 4.

The restaurant itself is quite beautiful, nearly 6000 square feet, and looks to be able to seat many two- and four- tops, along with a few banquet style tables, for larger parties. As delighted as we were with their food, I am just as excited for my next visit, in hopes of finding their signature craft beers equally as wonderful.

Wolf’s Ridge Brewing
214 N. 4th street
Downtown Columbus
www.wolfsridgebrewing.com


  • 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.

    • Sara Davis

      Not quite, the Silent Woman was located a couple blocks East of Yearling Rd, the sign depicted a maiden type female form holding a couple of steins, she had no head. There was no severed head, no knife. The same sign has been there for over 40 yrs now (per my last trip to ohio)

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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