Here are some places to try before and after games this football season
With the arrival of the college football season, tens of thousands will descend on the University District and the surrounding neighborhoods. While there are food and beverage options inside the stadium, we all know the party begins well before kickoff and lasts long after the final score is official. If you're strolling around the university, go beyond the usual Buckeye-themed treats and look for these unexpected eats.
1636 N. High St.
The newly opened Trism is brought to you by A&R Creative, the group behind The Crest, The Market Italian Village and Ethyl & Tank (another campus-area haunt). Trism is a hybrid bar, restaurant and event space, with a menu focused on wholesome eating like smoothies, bowls, coffee and more. The bar features wine and beer, plus cocktails crafted from house-made, cold-pressed juices.
Chinese Beef Noodle Soup
10 E. 12th Ave.
The hole-in-the-wall Chinese Beef Noodle Soup offers dine-in and takeaway options. The eatery excels at its namesake: rich bowls of soup with house-made noodles, slices of beef, vegetables and hard-boiled eggs. It offers variations that are spicier or more vegetable-centric, too, and the menu includes dumplings, steamed buns and other delightful tastes.
2118 N. High St.
Diaspora serves a mix of traditional Korean dishes and sushi. Here you'll find variations on Korean classics like bibimbap, bulgogi beef dishes, marinated and deep fried chicken wings, and dumpling soups. The sushi menu features a vast selection that ranges from spicy tuna to smoked salmon, crabmeat and even eel.
Gyro & Kabob House
2831 Olentangy River Rd.
Gyro & Kabob House is a dedicated Afghan eatery serving, as the name implies, gyros and kabobs. The kabobs include grilled chicken breast, ground chicken, ground beef or lamb, which are offered alongside gyros and platters of rice, chicken or lamb. The casual restaurant can be found on the southern corner of the University Plaza on Olentangy River Road.
Moy's Chinese Restaurant
1994 N. High St.
Despite its High Street storefront next to the ever-popular Buckeye Donuts, Moy's still flies under the radar for many Columbus diners. The family-run Cantonese restaurant has been warmly welcoming guests for over two decades, and it usually takes only one visit to make a convert. Specialties incorporate Cantonese, Szechuan and Hunan dishes, as well as a few creative takes on more Americanized Chinese classics.
2515 Summit St.
Located at the northern end of the University District, Baba's would make for a perfect stop before a game. The made-from-scratch, family-owned cafe does all its own butchering and baking. The menu features grilled cheese, burgers and breakfast sandwiches with meats like house-made chorizo and smoked pork, as well as hot and iced Thunderkiss Coffee and sweet treats like cookies and cinnamon rolls.
Fortune Chinese Restaurant
2869 Olentangy River Rd.
A few doors up from Gyro & Kabob House, the unassuming Fortune is a cozy enclave serving authentic Szechuan dishes with plenty of peppercorns and chili peppers. The menu, however, allows you to play it safe with Americanized dishes, though you can push your boundaries with meals incorporating rabbit, duck or tripe. Get a good start with plates of dumplings, bowls of spicy dan dan noodles and thin pancakes with shredded meat and plum sauce.
Hang Over Easy
1646 Neil Ave.
Maybe Hang Over Easy isn't entirely unexpected, given its location on Neil Avenue near the center of Ohio State's campus, but it's easy to dismiss the diner as a simple greasy spoon. Instead, the recently renovated eatery with suggestive names for its breakfast dishes (the Dirty Sanchez scramble? the Menage a Trois French toast?) offers solid takes on breakfast and lunch comfort foods. Everything from the burgers to the giant omelets to the wraps should keep you fueled up for a game.
H.Y. Asian Cuisine
3011 Olentangy River Rd.
The newer H.Y. Asian Cuisine offers another Asian option along the Olentangy River Road corridor west of campus. The expansive menu covers Americanized Chinese dishes and a boatload of sushi, as well as authentic specialties like stir fried cauliflower or fish filets in chili oil.