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Written by: Steve Stover
Date: September 23, 2019

The Old Spot features a patio that overlooks First Avenue and Pierce Field in Grandview Heights.

The Old Spot features a patio that overlooks First Avenue and Pierce Field in Grandview Heights. Photo: Steve Stover

The Old Spot, a wonderful new gastropub, opened in June at a site mostly recently home to Harvest Tavern and Pizzeria in Grandview Heights. The Old Spot already is a favorite local option.

Named for a spotted variety of porcine or swine, The Old Spot is a collaboration between Rick and Krista Lopez of La Tavola and Lupo, and the folks at the celebrated Butcher and Grocer, which provides the meats.

The menu offers a creative take on modern gastropub cuisine, including small plates that include three great “boards” to share: an impressive sausage board, a vegetarian “charcuter-vee” presentation, and a delightful charcuterie presentation. Sandwiches include a proprietary custom burger, large plates such as a classic meat pie and pork schnitzel.

The Cuban-OH sandwich at the Old Spot features braised Ohio pork, house ham, pickles, Swiss, and aioli on homemade pagnotta, an Italian-style country round loaf of bread.

The Cuban-OH sandwich at the Old Spot features braised Ohio pork, house ham, pickles, Swiss, and aioli on homemade pagnotta, an Italian-style country round loaf of bread. Photo: Steve Stover

A pleasant patio overlooking the popular Pierce Field park in Grandview provides just the right atmosphere.

I stopped by during the “soft opening” and ordered a glass of Domaine de Servans Cotes du Rhone ($9), and the Butcher Burger: Butcher & Grocer proprietary blend, with house-made bacon, pickles, aioli, caramelized onions, cheddar and brioche bun. The plate comes with the house pasta salad. All was great.

On another visit, we ordered the Cuban-OH with braised Ohio pork, house ham, pickles, Swiss and aioli on homemade pagnotta, an Italian-style country round loaf of bread. We also enjoyed the “Mother Clucker” sandwich with buttermilk fried chicken, house bacon and cheddar on a brioche bun. My meal came with outstanding double-cooked French fries. My wife chose a small house salad with bacon and goat cheese. Be sure to ask for extra napkins. Both meals were yummy!

The Butcher Burger at The Old Spot is served with house house pasta salad.

The Butcher Burger at The Old Spot is served with house house pasta salad. Photo: Steve Stover

The Old Spot takes Columbus gastropub dining to a new level, with quality, innovative, and made-from-scratch food in a pleasant setting.

The Old Spot
1099 W. First Ave.
Columbus, OH 43212
614-914-8051
theoldspot.com

Hours
Tuesday and Wednesday: 5-10pm
Thursday: 11am – 10pm
Friday and Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Sunday: 10am – 9pm