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First time in Columbus? 2 years 5 months ago #1

As a 35-year local, I can give a little insight into Columbus. It was a designed capital, so a major city with no metropolitan area. The downtown used to roll-up the sidewalks at 6 PM, but now there is some activity due to sports, the convention center, and even Pokemon-Go.

Must sees:

The Scioto Mile. A few years back they removed a dam south of Columbus and this produced a lot of prime land on the shores of the Scioto River. This is now a world-class park which is truly must-see. I don't think you can take it in with a quick stroll through it, but it is worth a look.

The Columbus Zoo is usually rated the number one zoo in the nation. Lately COTA (Columbus Bus) has teamed-up with them to give great deals if you take the bus to the zoo.

Jeni's Ice Cream. There is one just a block or so north of the convention center. It has often been listed as one of the best in the US. It has all those weird flavors. Pear Champagne is my favorite.

COSI - Center Of Science and Industry. There are no science geeks here, so never mind... It's across from the Scioto Mile.

For those who play Pokemon Go, I would recommend Goodale Park. a block west of the Convention Center. It should meet your needs. For those more adventurous, Schiller Park and the Franklin Park Observatory are also popular. If you are after rares, they seem to spawn a lot downtown at the Capital and at Bicentennial Park by the Scioto Mile.

Barley's Ale House #1 is across High St. from the Convention Center. Great beer, great food, usually an Origins mug (see coupon book).

This is not Indianapolis. Origins (as usual) coincides with Columbus Pride -- and the Convention Center is very close to the middle of it. Enjoy it, don't be afraid of it. You may see more than you want to see, but just say 'happy pride' and smile.

If looking for some good places to eat, Mac's is a Scottish bar just North of the Convention Center (other side of the street). Melt, a few blocks north is supposed to have some of the best fries in America. Valters in German Village has great 'authentic' German food from a great chef from Estonia. Near by that is Thurman's Cafe with hamburgers so big, one might be able to feed the country of Estonia (See Man Vs. Food), expect a wait.

Feel free to ask me about anything else Columbus-related.

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First time in Columbus? 2 years 5 months ago #2

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BD's Mongolian still a block west of High?
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First time in Columbus? 2 years 5 months ago #3

Yeah, it's still there across from the arena.

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First time in Columbus? 2 years 5 months ago #4

I also recommend Ted Montana's

Super tasty -- I recommend the Bison Chili, even though it's suppose to be in the 80s and 90s.

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First time in Columbus? 2 years 5 months ago #5

Schmidt's in the German Village is pretty damned awesome too if you like sausage

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First time in Columbus? 2 years 5 months ago #6

Just hit the Hofbräuhaus, liters went down too easy. Thanks for the info.

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First time in Columbus? 2 years 5 months ago #7

Fames still around and doing a decent breakfast? Wondering which of these places are open late for those of us coming off shift and needed food/adult beverage.
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First time in Columbus? 2 years 5 months ago #8

Schmidt's has definitely been around for a long time... but a German restaurant whose most favorite sausage is called Bahama Mama may not be so German. Cavor's Hofbräuhaus is definitively more authentic and loud as a beer garden should be. Good pretzels and Wienerschnitzel there... and of course beer.

Did I mention Columbus has meaderies???

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COSI is awesome.
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First time in Columbus? 2 years 5 months ago #11

Looking forward to Origins. Been nearly 20 years since my last visit. Thank you all for the heads up on good eats.

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