Turquoise Blog’s Foodie Moments in: Columbus, Ohio – 2018
As some of you may know, my “real job” (and my last one) allow me to travel a good amount in the USA (and Toronto), as I manage events like trade shows and get to go to them too.
It took me a bit of time to figure out how I wanted to present my foodie experiences abroad, but I’ve finally figured it out, through Turquoise Blog’s Foodie Moments in X City. This first blog post will focus on the first American city where I got to experience some foodie moments – Columbus, Ohio – followed by (in chronological order) : Atlanta, Las Vegas, Kissimmee (Orlando), Houston, St. Louis, Long Beach (California), Toronto (Canada, not America) and Chicago, which will wrap up 2018-2019.
Of course, travelling for business and eating out has its pros and cons. The biggest pro is that you essentially get to eat for free (depending on the job and the way expense reports/per diem work), which is definitely a big plus. On the con side however, there’s a few, like: sometimes you have other engagements at dinner time (cocktails, networking events, group dinners), you have to take into consideration your colleagues’ taste buds and/or budget or you’re just tired AF after standing around in a booth all day and all you want to go is go back to the hotel, crash, have some wine and order-in food.
So, of course, this “Foodie Moments series” can’t be treated as though I was just randomly deciding to go to X city, to explore and eat all day long (like I did in Mexico City). Rather, the idea is to give you an insight on some of the places I’ve tried, while travelling for work, which may still help some of you out in your travels!
So, without further ado, here are my Foodie Moments in Columbus, Ohio – 2018!
For the majority of 2018, I was working for a board game company as their Event & Marketing Manager. This job allowed me to do one trip to the states: Columbus, Ohio. Being an NFL fan, I’d heard of Cincinnati, Ohio and Cleveland, Ohio, but never Columbus. Turns out Columbus is the capital of the state of Ohio; who knew? To be quite honest, there isn’t much to this city, but having been to a few others since, I can at least say it feels relatively safe (I was able to walk alone during the evening without feeling paranoid).
I spent about 4 days there and even got a bit of sightseeing in, when I visited the German Village. Its a really cute area of Columbus and I definitely recommend strolling around if you’re ever in Columbus and have an hour or so to spare.
Food-wise, I dined at 5 places: Charley’s Philly Steaks, Lindey’s, Milestone 229, Tony’s and Basil Thai Restaurant (Brewery District).
Charley’s Philly Steaks (Greater Columbus Convention Center) – Fast food
My first foodie stop in the great city of Columbus, Ohio was at Charley’s Philly Steaks; a food-court restaurant attached to the convention center. It definitely looked and sounded more promising than it actually turned out to be. The cheese and bacon fries were like kraft covered fries with tiny bacon bits and the sandwich was very greasy. Food: 2/5 (bad), Price: $, Would I go back?: No.
Lindey’s (German Village) – Fine dining
In order to make up for that crappy lunch, I chose to treat myself and solo dine at Lindey’s. Lindey’s is known as a fine dining restaurant and its really beautiful too. If my memory serves me well, it had like three different terrasses going on outside, of which one was a bar-terrasse, as well as a luscious dining room (inside). I went all out for this one and ordered the crab cakes, plus a side of fresh asparagus. The food was pretty good, but not the best crab cakes I’ve ever had; to be honest, I was a tad disappointed. Food: 3/5 (good), Price: $$$$, Would I go back?: Yes, but I wouldn’t recommend it as a must try in Columbus.
Milestone 229 – Terrasse
On our second night in Columbus, my colleagues and I had dinner at Milestone 229. Milestone 229 is pretty much a large outdoor restaurant, by the water. They have all kinds of foods to please everyone ad those are the two reasons why we chose it (it was also quite affordable). I ordered the seared scallops over mushroom risotto and accompanied by a fresh asparagus salad. It was a pretty nice meal and definitely hit the spot. Food: 4/5 (very good), Price: $$$, Would I go back?: Sure, the terrasse itself is worth going back for just a drink if anything.
Tony’s – Italian
After craving Italian food and looking for a restaurant near the hotel we were staying at, I found myself at Tony’s for a nice bowl of pasta. Unfortunately, it wasn’t really good and I can’t even really recall what I had exactly (the photos don’t provide much insight either). Food: 2.5/5 (average), Price: $$$, Would I go back?: No.
Basil Thai Restaurant (Brewery District – UBER Eats) – Thai
On my last night in Columbus, too tired to do anything (I had just packed away our 10×20 booth, full of board games) I ordered in a pad sew for dinner from Basil Thai Restaurant. It ended up being pretty good, but f*cking spicy. I’m not apologizing for the swearing, cause it was just that spicy and I can handle my fair dose of heat. I found it really uncalled for and displeasing; I wasn’t able to eat more than half of it. Food: 2.5/5 (average – loss of points due to spicyness), Price: $$, Would I order again?: Yes, but I would definitely add a “NO SPICY” note.
Here’s some more pictures!
*All photos and opinions are my own