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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Eat and Drink Your Way Through Columbus


2. Where to Eat

Freshstreet serves fusion Japanese cuisine in the back of a bar.  

Hang with tattooed hipsters and local musicians at Freshstreet, a months-old yakitori pop-up that stays open until midnight (Thursday–Saturday) in the back of the kitschy, Asian-themed bar Double Happiness. Chef-owners Kenny Kim and Misako Ohbahave serve a menu that might best be described as haute stoner food: paper-thin crepes stuffed with bacon, egg, and soba noodles ($7); bulgogi cheesesteaks ($7); and okonomiyaki fries ($4).

Bust your gut with plates of fried chicken and doughnuts ($9) at Till, a lofty new Victorian Village restaurant that is spare but cheery, with mismatched furnishings and pastel-hued walls. Two-time James Beard nominee Magdiale Wolmark, who made a name himself serving vegan fare, now oversees a menu with no shortage of meat, including the BD burger ($14), a biodynamic beef patty with anchovy mayo and radicchio on a housemade bun.

Grab a table on the deck at Harvest Pizzeria , a 28-seat eatery that channels franny’s in Brooklyn and L.A.’s Pizzeria Mozza with a concise menu of seasonal salads, like a kale Caesar with pecorino and toasted hazelnuts ($9) and Neapolitan-style pizza (the mushroom-and-gouda is a favorite, $14). Linger after dinner at Curio, the adjacent speakeasy helmed by mixologist Travis Owens, whose expertly crafted, Southern-inspired cocktails ($10) incorporate local liquors and housemade syrups.

Published on Oct 19, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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