Posted: May 11, 2010 10:00 am
Columbus & inexpensive good food "downtown" is basically not a reality, except for taco trucks: http://tacotruckscolumbus.com/.
Betty's & Surly Girl (in the short north) are both pretty good for less expensive neo-american standards like mac n cheese and microbrews. The Flatiron is good. The Short North neighborhood has a ton of really decent, but not so cheap food, galleries, etc. and is close to downtown. http://www.shortnorth.org/dining.asp
Dirty Frank's downtown for good hot dogs.
Jeni's Ice Cream is a must if you like ice cream http://jenisicecreams.com/locations-shortnorth.html
The North Market rules for all kinds of food and is I think the food mall Bruce speaks of: http://www.northmarket.com/
My sister works at 3rd & Hollywood in Grandview, it's really good for $15 a plate or so of all organic & sustainable foodstuffs.
Cheap bar/diner late night eats/hangover cures at the Blue Danube (don't expect much), and Hounddog's pizza is yummy, these are north of campus close-ish to Cafe Bourbon Street.
Dave might be cooking cheap and good food at Cafe Bourbon Street, too, he used to own the infamous Taco Ninja.
Columbus is mostly overpriced, bland yupster fodder. There are good Indian, Ethiopian... etc. if you are interested, but nothing downtown that I can think of right now. Downtown is laaaaaaaaaaaaame. Closes up at 5pm for the most part, just please, please stay away from the arena/brewery districts. Yikes.
Carabar is east of downtown, and pretty close, no idea who is playing that weekend because they never EVER have a calendar posted. They also have decent bar food. Cafe Bourbon St doesn't have anything up for that weekend, either, but I guarantee you something worthwhile is happening there.
Oldfield's on High has had good shows lately, I think new owners are involved, also north campus.
If you go a bit east of downtown on Main, toward my hood, there is some good pizza, like Rofini's (thin crust), Bexley Pizza Plus (thick, tavern-ish, try the steak portabella) an old school steak house called The Top ($$$$), a scotch bar and chinese restaurant called Wing's... But I'm east-centric.
I don't know, there's a ton of stuff in Clintonville, the villages, etc. but not anything you're gonna be excited you went out of your way to eat. Just my opinion.
Used Kids is a must.
I may have a cookout this weekend if we're in town, better than most of this food :)