Dine Originals Week starts this Monday, November 8th and runs through Sunday, November 14th. Truly, this is one of the best times of year to visit one of the 53 independently owned and arguably best restaurants in Columbus. At all 53 you will find specially designed three course meals for $10, $20 or $30. Perusing this year’s preview menus, I’ve staked out a few (just a few, really…) that I’m wanting to try. Give a click to any of the restaurant names below to link to the proposed menus.
For $10 you can sample of the tremendous fare at Tasi for lunch, lose yourself in a dreamy, sugary collection of six pastries from the elegant folks at Pistacia Vera or enjoy real New York-style deli fare at Katzinger’s. Or head to Bodega, one of my favorite bars (Persephone has favorite bars, I just realized this.) for an inexpensive dinner. These are all for ten bucks, people. Get out there!
For a bit more at $20 a person you have a wealth of choices. Dinner at Columbus Brewing Company is a good choice, especially if you opt to try some of Eric Bean’s (CBC’s skillful brewmaster) new beers while you’re there. The Sticke Alt and the Winter Warmer are two that would pair pretty well with this week’s menu. Or for a warm, cozy dinner head to Figlio, for a great menu with several choices for each course.
For $30, you’re really starting to get into some serious culinary fireworks. I stalk the folks at Skillet (they know I do, it’s a friendly kind of stalking…) for menus such as the one Chef Caskey has proposed for this week’s dinner. I also will admit to kind of a restaurant crush on Rigsby’s Kitchen and G. Michael’s Bistro, both have really luscious looking menus.
And for absolute fun, for the love of Pete, head to Surly Girl Saloon. For $30 you get dinner for two! And they have a choice of menus: a little bit trashy or a little bit classy. I think I’m partial to the trashy side of things. Anyplace that serves Frito Pie as an appetizer and ding dong cupcakes for dessert is ok in my book.
To top it all off, dine out next week at these wonderful places because a portion of the proceeds benefit the educational programs run by Local Matters. Eat good, do good!
Have fun next week, kids. See you out there!