What I did:
Easton Town Center-
The Easton Town Center has a variety of shops, restaurants, and bars. It is a nice, clean area to explore and enjoy.
Know as "The Horseshoe," the football stadium for the Ohio State University football team is one of the largest stadiums in the United States. On my most recent trip I was only able to drive past, but on a previous trip I had the opportunity to attend a game there.
The Scioto Mile is a nice park in Columbus. It offers nice views of the city skyline, and there are often festivals that take place in the area.
The Short North area has a number of bars, restaurants, theaters, shops, and cafes. When I was there it tended to draw a college crowd from nearby Ohio State University.
Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA of Central Ohio-
The John E. Bickley YMCA was a very nice facility to work out in. The staff were very friendly, and the equipment was well maintained. They had everything I needed to get a great workout in.
Where I ate and drank:
Condado is an excellent taco spot in the Columbus area.
Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza and The Light of Seven Matchsticks-
Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza is a quality pizza place in the Columbus area, but the real gem is downstairs. After going down the unmarked stairs you enter a speakeasy known as The Light of Seven Matchsticks. While waiting for a table you can order drinks by writing your order on a library card and putting it in a mail slot. The menus are hidden inside various books, and the drinks are high quality.
Fado Irish Pub-
Fado is a great Irish pub just north of Columbus in Easton Town Center.
Graeter's Ice Cream-
Graeter's Ice Cream black raspberry chip ice cream is the best thing I have tasted so far in my life. The dark chocolate "chips" are more like chocolate bars. The ice cream is made in small batches, and although the company is based in southwestern Ohio, their ice cream can be shipped on dry ice throughout the United States
MOD Pizza offers customizable pizzas and salads. You can select one of their suggested recipes, or choose to build your own from scratch.
Seventh Son Brewing-
Seventh Son Brewing is a quality brewery.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream-
Jeni's would be the top ice cream in most cities in the world. However, they are also in Graeter's ice cream country. While very good and worth a try, it wasn't quite as good as Graeter's.
Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace-
Dirty Frank's is not very healthy, but it is worth checking out when visiting Columbus. They serve hot dogs with a variety of interesting toppings depending on your preference.
Fox in the Snow-
Fox in the snow is at or near the top of the list of coffee/breakfast spots in the Columbus area. The coffee was very good, and the breakfast sandwich was delicious. It also had a very good atmosphere in a renovated garage.
First Watch is a nice breakfast cafe with many healthy options.
Java Central Coffee Roaster-
Although it was not the best nitro cold brew I have ever had, Java Central did serve a very good one.
Where I stayed and how I got around:
I stayed with family in nearby Gahanna, and was able to travel around with them.
My favorite thing:
Besides having the opportunity to spend time with family, my favorite part of Columbus was the ice cream. Jeni's would be the best ice cream in most cities, but it is situated in the same area as Graeter's, my favorite ice cream in the world.
My least favorite thing:
Although the weather was very nice while I was there, for much of the year the weather is very poor in Columbus. Also, I prefer to be near the ocean, and while Columbus has some riverfront area, it is far from any saltwater.
For next time:
Next time in Columbus I would like to drink coffee at Impero Coffee, Mission Coffee Co, Crimson Cup, and the Angry Baker. I would also like to try cocktails at the Watershed Distillery, Curio at Harvest, Dick's Den, Pins Mechanical, and the Bottle Shop. Additionally, I would like to check out Land Grant and the North Market.
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