Columbus, Ohio

Hmm... what to say about Columbus?  It's flat.  The cost of living is reasonable.  It's isn't as backward as it used to be.  It's the worlds largest cow town and a good place to live but a lousy place to visit.  I lived in Columbus for thirty years.  What I miss the most about Columbus are my friends and family who still live there.

General References

Columbus CitySearch / Chamber of Commerce / City of Columbus, Ohio / Columbus Arts

10 day weather forecast

Things To Do

COSI: Good science and technology museum.

Columbus Zoo: Even growing with a number of good exhibits.  They have a very good breeding program.

Wexner Center: Small but interesting cutting edge art exhibits.

Ohio Historical Center & Ohio Village

Ohio State Fair in August

Franklin Park Conservatory

Drive down to the Hocking Hills (Old Man's Cave) in the fall to see the foliage turn colors.

Walk around German Village and the Short North for food and small galleries

Food

Columbus is not a place for high cuisine.  I have yet to have a meal in Columbus which compares to those you can find at top notch restaurants in major cities such as Paris, NYC, San Francisco, New Orleans, LA, Chicago, or food destinations such as the Monterey Peninsula, Napa Valley, or the Hawaiian islands.  On the other hand, there are numerous places to find very reasonably price meals.  There are countless Gyro shops which are quite good.   You can find excellent Ice Cream in Columbus, including my favorite, Graeter's and the always interesting Jeni's. I generally suggest skipping Denise's which is a poor imitation of either Jeni's or Graeters. I have yet to find corn on the cob anywhere which compares to what I have had in Ohio at the end of the summer.  It's easy to find excellent apple cider.  You can see what numerous restaurants serve at menucolumbus.  Some of the better restaurants include:

Handke's:  Suppose to be excellent. Haven't had a chance to eat there yet.

Lindey's: Well executed traditional American cuisine.

The Refectory: The best French restaurant in Columbus... but it doesn't compare to great restaurants in Paris, NYC, SF Bay areas, DC, etc.  Has a pretty good wine list.  Sometimes great service, but sometimes they are way to pretentious.  

Bexley's Monk: Constantly well executed Eclectic/American cuisine.

Rigsby's Cuisine Volatile:  Italian / American contemporary cuisine with a menu varied daily depending of what ingredients were fresh.  Service can be snooty.

Spagio: California spa food. In the mid 90s has some of the best food in Columbus, in particular oven fired pizzas and yummy European desserts.  I understand that it's quality has fallen in the last few years and you might want to pass.

Tapatio: 

Cameron Mitchell's empire.. Ok food. Honestly, I don't think their food is better that the high end chains like Cheesecake factory.

Mozart's: nice European bakery.

My Big Fat Greek Cuisine: The best Greek restaurant in columbus which is saying something given that many of the restaurants are owned by greek families.

Schmidt's Sausage Haus: German sausage. The spicy Bahamas Mamas are a local speciality.

Bob Evans: classic, hardy, mid-west breakfasts. Fresh sausage, biscuits, gravy, eggs, etc.

Donatos: thin, basic, but tasty pizza

Tommy's Pizza: good subs

Useful Links

Paving the Way... traffic construction

Churches

There are two remarkable Biblically based churches in Columbus.  Both have extensive home fellowship, superior teaching, great educational programs, opportunities to service in a variety of capacities, and excellent children programs.

Xenos Christian Fellowship:  Balanced evangelical church

Vineyard Church of Columbus:  Balanced charismatic church

Retail

Outdoor Source: The only decent outdoor store in central ohio.