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The Arepa Place at Findlay Market

If you’re looking for authentic Columbian and Venezuelan eats, look no further than The Arepa Place. Primarily known for its namesake, arepas here are soft corn grilled bread akin to pita bread that are split open and filled anything from chorizo and plantains to American-style breakfast!

Cream & Sugar Coffeehouse

Built as a bastion of inclusion, this Black-owned shop not only brews a great cup of ‘jo, but they also work to inspire growth in business for African-American communities. Try their Golden Milk Latte with turmeric and black pepper alongside one of their ever-inventive brunch toasts!

Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey

Born out of a love of cooking from his grandmother and mother, Owner-Chef Christian Gill elevates classic comfort food. Try their absolutely perfect biscuits paired with expertly-sourced whiskey. While you’re there, pay your compliments to Chef De Cuisine, Jessica  Graham, who’s menu inspiration comes from the Gold Rush and Prospectors.

Momo Ghar at North Market

Remember Guy Fieri? Flavor Town’s Mayor, also a Columbus native would never leave home without stopping at now world-famous Momo Ghar. Their Tibetan-Nepalese soup dumplings are the stuff of legends and don’t you dare leave the sauce in the bowl. Use their buttery bread to sop it up and, after inhaling nearly a dozen dumplings, you’ll know why we sent you (and every visitor ever) there.

Bake Me Happy

Expectations are thrown out the window at Bake Me Happy! Their goal was not to create “passable” gluten-free goods but to craft pastries that are cravable in a way anyone can enjoy, especially those with certain food intolerances. Try their Oatmeal Creme Cloud, something akin to both a whoopie pie and an oatmeal cookie. Travel back to childhood with their pie-crust pop tarts! Whatever you choose, your heart and gut will thank you.

Gemut Biergarten

Encapsulated in an old firehouse, Gemut Biergarten captures all the casual whim of Germany. From the light yet boldly flavored beers to the atmosphere of their garden patio. A true community gathering place, Gemut Biergarten invites visitors to sit down, have a drink, and enjoy an afternoon in good company. Their authentic German eats are hard to beat anywhere else, too!

Casa Nueva

This worker-owned marvel features fusion Mexican eats - No tips necessary here, Casa is known for paying fair wages and pricing their meals so that service is compensated without you ever having to think about it. Here, meals don’t travel more than a few miles and everything is delivered fresh down to the creamer in your coffee.

The Eclipse Company Store Beer Hall

Sit back, enjoy the band at their backyard stage, and take a sip of Appalachia. This local neighborhood spot features the biggest selection of craft brews from the Athens region, and their barbecue is hard to beat, especially when you’re watching the sunset listening to great music!

Bagel Street Deli

You might just pass their window if you’re not looking, but you can’t miss the smell of toasted bagels. There are no bad choices (there 70+ options), but perfection is always guaranteed with a just-right toast on the bagel and perfect toppings-to-bread ratio. Wrapped like a present in tinfoil which patrons are traditionally encouraged to fold into a sculpture the shop owners later proudly display on their walls.

Der Dutchman

There are few places in the world that truly take you back in time, and we can confidently say Amish Country does just that. The food here is made simply, with only the best, home-grown ingredients and the most comforting concoctions. Relax and tuck in, this will be a great meal.

Guggisberg Cheese

The Original makers of America's beloved Baby Swiss cheese, Guggisbergh cheese has been a permanent staple of Amish Country since 1950. Often imitated, but never duplicated Guggisberg cheese sells all over the country but their original location is worth visiting for their curated cheese selection and traditional Swiss architecture.

Sauce the City Cleveland

Meet the most wanted chicken sandwich in North East Ohio. Inspired by Nashville Hot Chicken, Sauce the City marries culinary creativity with the perfect, saucy, crunchy chicken you dream about. Not into it? Don’t pass on their other offerings like wings, burgers, and street corn perfect for your next virtual football weekend.

Van Aken District & Market Hall

For the traveler that never knows what to eat, why not try a little of everything! “From mouthwatering gourmet pizzas, Quebec-style poutine and harissa rubbed beef brisket to organic juice bars, craft beers, and specialty coffee, there’s something for every craving. A variety of dining experiences at the Van Aken District includes sit down restaurants and outdoor patios to a 21,000-square foot market hall.”

Larder Delicatessen & Bakery

Find traditional Eastern European deli foods and pastries, from knish and chocolate babka to pastrami made fresh every day. Their ingredients are sourced fresh from loal farmers, fishermen, and even the wild spaces of North East Ohio for ingredients you simply can’t find anywhere else!