Sprouting up less than a year ago, DeepWood's made a rapid climb to the top limbs of the Columbus restaurant tree with its unique and outdoorsy insides and its bold and artful food. Lunchtime brings prime views of High Street, the Greek Cathedral and creative flourishes lavished onto homemade comfort classics like burgers, ribs and spaghetti.
Their Daily Bread: Served alongside good butter sprinkled with maroon sea salt is a terrific trifecta of housemade seeded lavash flatbread, a rustic yet refined country white and a stout raisin-and-walnut loaf.
Start Me Up: DeepWood's excellent made-here ginger beer delivers a refreshing tingle and can be fruited up with peach nectar - that non-alcoholic cocktail is called a Peach Fizz.
Delicate yet assertive, DeepWood's incredible bacon-and-eggy Spinach Salad is a must. The appetizer's rich and warm bacon vinaigrette is balanced with lively acid, graced with a dainty sunnyside quail egg and gets contrasting meaty texture and earthy heft from roasted mushrooms.
The Main Things: DeepWood's tantalizingly tender Slow Braised Ribs are massive both in size and flavor and are literally, lusciously, falling off their baby-back bones. Glazed with a restrained, ungloppy honey barbecue sauce that smartly plays off a piggy-compatible Asian five-spice rub, the rack rests above irresistible crunchy seasoned steak fries and that brave combo tangles with a standout slaw with bitter citric strips of orange zest.
Delightful angel hair pasta is also homemade and doused with a sprightly, chunky, acidic tomato sauce topped with shaved parmesan and surrounded by a top-notch team of sausagey meatballs. Plan on doggy bags.
The Sweet Hereafter: Pie a la mode collided with a fruity brown betty deluxe in the super-tempting Strawberry and Pear Crisp. An oaty, thick and hot crumbly crust held its own next to bright strawberries and cooked, firm pears whose natural sweetness did most of the talking. Sealing the deal and amping up interest was housemade bourbon-and-fig ice cream.