Five Secret Foodie Cities

Columbus, Ohio

Known more for its businesses than its food, Columbus is quickly transforming that reputation, particularly in the Short North Arts District near downtown. Last year, restaurateur Cameron Mitchell opened The Pearl, an oyster bar and gastropub serving classic cocktails such as the barrel-aged Manhattan and a stout list of entrées such as ricotta dumplings with acorn squash, toasted walnuts, crispy kale and crimini mushrooms. The nearby, and more established, North Market offers locals and tourists a European-style, indoor food vendor market, where the James Beard Award winner for best baking and desserts book in 2012, Jeni Britton Bauer, got her start churning splendid, full butterfat treats that can be savored today at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. And don’t miss James Beard Award semi-finalist for Best Chef: Great Lakes in 2012 Kent Rigsby’s delectable oysters diavalo at Rigsby’s Kitchen. This Italian-American treasure served with Tabasco cream and crispy eggplant will leave you licking the bowl.

January 7, 2014
Claire Gibson
Forbes Travel Guide Food Blog
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