Explore the burgeoning center, which offers a culinary trip around the globe
As Columbus' population grows and changes, pockets of international cuisine spring up around the city, with concentrated collections of restaurants, food trucks, grocery stores and bakeries. Morse Road on the Northeast Side has proven to be one of these spots. Here are five highlights along that corridor.
1265 Morse Rd. inside Saraga International Grocery
Momo Ghar is easily the breakout 2017 hit of the Columbus dining scene. The tiny stall inside Saraga International Grocery seats about 10, and the close proximity puts you face-to-face with the dumpling makers. They craft Tibetan and Nepali momos, or dumplings, filled with mixtures of chicken, pork or vegetables, which are then fried or steamed. Visiting Momo Ghar is also a great opportunity to shop Saraga's grocery aisles and other food stalls. Momo Ghar will branch out beyond Morse Road in the coming months, with a second stall coming to North Market.
Namaste Indo-Nepali Cuisine
1279 Morse Rd.
Momo Ghar isn't the only spot on Morse for momos. Namaste features cuisine from both Nepal and India. The menu at this casual dining spot features Indian favorites like curry or biryani, a rice dish featuring goat, lamb or chicken. Then it takes you to Nepal with meat- and veggie-centric momos, as well as noodle and soup dishes.
2285 Morse Rd.
Newcomers and regulars alike are welcome at the Somali Ginevra Cafe. The small menu focuses around sandwiches and plated entrees of chicken, beef, lamb or fish, all served over rice or pasta. Each meal starts with coffee or tea and usually a soup, and Somali desserts are available as well. You can also seek out African Paradise, another Somali eatery located close by at 2263 Morse Rd.
2225 Morse Rd.
Housed in a converted fast-food building, Dabakh is one of the city's two Senegalese eateries. The interior is colorful and welcoming — a comfortable space to enjoy West African cuisine that blends several different influences. Start with house-made juices, then sample house specialties like the ceebu jen (grilled red snapper with cabbage, carrots and yucca over rice) or dibbi and maffe (bone-in lamb chops in a peanut butter and tomato sauce on rice).
Huong Vietnamese Restaurant
1270 Morse Rd.
Huong ranks among the city's most beloved Vietnamese restaurants. Find it in an unassuming strip mall on the north side of Morse. The simple exterior houses a small collection of tables and a row of booths underneath an ocean-themed mural. The family eatery features steaming bowls of pho, a large variety of rice and noodle dishes, banh mi sandwiches and banh xeo, savory crepes loaded with shrimp and sprouts.