A few old standbys still hanging on amid OSU campus upheaval
Although there aren't many of them left, if you visit the older Ohio State campus haunts you'll hear talk of how much campus has changed. That's obvious even to an outsider. “Old campus,” the campus of the 1980s and '90s, has now been mostly bulldozed, and in its place are a BW3, a couple Chipotles, a CVS or two, plenty of mixed-use developments and a Target. But not all is lost. Students of Ohio State University can still visit these local spots for food and drink — sometimes along High Street and sometimes not far off the beaten path.
The District PourHouse
1568 N. High St.
Interestingly enough, the Gateway University District — originally the South Campus Gateway — is seeing local businesses replace the steady stream of chains that have cycled through. Elia Athenian Grill Downtown is adding a second location at the Gateway, as is Coffee Connections out of Hilliard. The latest announcement is the World of Beer being renovated into a new hangout called the District PourHouse, featuring 50-plus beers on tap, arcade games, TVs and bar bites.
Ethyl & Tank
19 E. 13th Ave.
Ethyl & Tank is brought to you by A&R Creative, the crew behind the Crest, Alchemy, Trism (another new campus stop) and other local gems. Ethyl & Tank is the company's take on the college watering hole. The lunch and dinner menus focus on burgers, quesadillas and tacos, while brunch gets creative with tater tot skillets, pancakes with pulled pork, and breakfast corn dogs. Throw in daily food and drink specials, and you've found your next go-to.
Chinese Beef Noodle Soup
10 E. 10th Ave.
This hole-in-the-wall spot offers hearty soups, dumplings and other Chinese specialties. As the name implies, the soups are the real breakout stars of the menu. The namesake soup features hand-pulled noodles, slices of beef, boiled egg and veggies in a rich beef broth. It's a great starting point to exploring some solid ethnic eats.
2250 N. High St.
This combined coffee shop/bar/performance space keeps the old-school, '90s feel alive near campus. Come for a cappuccino in a giant mug or a latte named after a famous author, and then stick around for the selection of used books, an after-hours bottle of beer and a poetry open mic.
2321 N. High St.
Cazuela's escaped encroaching development by moving a couple blocks north of its original location, and has settled in to continue serving giant platters of Americanized Mexican classics — nachos supreme, fajitas, Cancun chicken and chimichangas included — that pair nicely with margaritas and bottles of Corona.
2417 N. High St.
The storied, long-running Dick's continues to be a haven for live music. No other description can suffice. If you're looking to become a regular somewhere, grab a seat at the bar. Why not?
Catfish Biff's Pizza Subs
75 W. 11th Ave.
No, there's no seafood available at Catfish Biff's. Instead, order up a pizza, an Italian sub or some garlic bread from this institution, located all by its lonesome just south of campus (and close to Adriatico's, which is moving to a new, nearby building).
Village Idiot/Eden Burger
1439 N. High St.
Village Idiot has become a popular hangout, offering easy-to-love drink specials and trivia nights. The experience is enhanced by its next-door neighbor, Eden Burger, a completely plant-based eatery focused on burgers, fries and shakes.
North High Brewing
1288 N. High St.
A short scooter ride down High Street, students can find one of the city's many breweries. North High is part brew-on-premises facility and part taproom. Sample your way through 30-plus beers on draft, or pick up a six-pack of seasonal favorites like the Life sparkling ale or the Norden Hoch Oktoberfest.
1998 N. High St.
Perennial favorite Buckeye Donuts is the last man standing on its stretch of High Street. The third-generation, family-owned joint serves handmade donuts, gyros and breakfast sandwiches 24 hours a day, seven days a week.