Written by: Steve Stover
Date: September 23, 2019
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.
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 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
Tuesday and Wednesday: 5-10pm
Thursday: 11am – 10pm
Friday and Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Sunday: 10am – 9pm