Town & Country, the nation's first regional shopping center, opened in this east-side community in 1947, and it's still around to this day (though with none of the original retailers). Stop in the original Jolly Pirate Donuts shop while you're there. Whitehall's also home to a surprising number of great local ethnic eateries.

Town & Country, the nation's first regional shopping center, opened in this east-side community in 1947, and it's still around to this day (though with none of the original retailers). Stop in the original Jolly Pirate Donuts shop while you're there. Whitehall's also home to a surprising number of great local ethnic eateries.

Eat up:

Indochine Cafe

561 S. Hamilton Rd., Whitehall

614-231-1810

A user-friendly, color-photo-laden menu makes this Vietnamese and Laotian mom-and-pop spot great for those new to the cuisine. Try the pho and the bahn mi, a fantastic and flavorful Vietnamese sandwich.

Go shop:

La Michoacana

3166 S. Hamilton Rd., Whitehall

614-863-3400

lamichoacanamexicanmarket.com

The Michoacana chain of Mexican supermarkets is a local treasure. Stop in this location for Latino specialties like jarred mole sauce, dried chilis, Mexican beers and a great meat counter stocking hard-to-find stuff like bulk chorizo.

Eat up:

King Gyros

400 S. Hamilton Rd., Whitehall

614-866-9008

kinggyros.com

Housed in a former fast-food joint, the Greek restaurant owned by Yanni Chialkas (of Nikki's fame) serves up a huge menu of Mediterranean specialties, starting with one of the city's best gyros, going as upscale as slow-cooked savory lamb ribs, and ending on a sweet note with six different varieties of baklava, all made in-house.