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Downtown Comfort Food to Check Out this Winter

The brisk November air running through the trees signals the inevitable return of winter to Ohio. Sink into the warm embrace of comfort food with homemade dishes from some of Columbus’ finest downtown eateries. From familiar favorites to delightful discoveries, read on to find the best Downtown Columbus fare to fill you up with that fireside feeling. 


Barroluco is an easygoing downtown joint with hearty Argentinian comfort fare perfect for a midday lunch escape. Warm up from the inside out with ready-made dishes like chorizo paella  for a quick and delicious lunch, or order a crispy milanesa grande for a scrumptious handheld delight. If you’re having trouble deciding, the sampler is an excellent way to try one of everything, from empanadas to loaded french fries. 

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Pierogi Mountain

Stop by Pierogi Mountain for scratch-made dishes cooked with love and lots of potatoes. Fill up with familiar classics like potato cheddar, or treat yourself to specialty pierogies like truffled potato parmesan and savory surprises like pumpkin cheesecake. Pierogi Mountain dishes offer  great options for omnivores, vegetarians and vegans alike, all wrapped up in a unique, delightful, potato-y package.

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Bonjour Cafe

Visit Bonjour Cafe for a Parisian style escape from your daily routine. This delightful cafe goes beyond baguettes, offering up fantasy-worthy fare and luxurious lattes like only the French can. Choose from a wide array of tasty lunch dishes like a roti de boeuf sandwich (roast beef and cheddar) or quinoa aux legumes emballe (quinoa veggie wrap), to sweet treats such as pastries and crepes made in house. Top off your visit with a signature Bonjour Cafe latte or an apple cider chai for the perfect midday pick-me-up.

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Pat & Gracies 

Pat & Gracie’s has an incredible menu of comfort-food favorites, ranging from homemade tater tots to authentic smash burgers to burritos. Step in from the chilly November air to a cozy, downtown atmosphere featuring yummy dishes made from fresh ingredients. Enjoy daily specials like sweet and spicy General Tso’s chicken and gourmet lobster mac and cheese, order one of their amazing big bowl salads for something lighter, but still scrumptious or warm up with a piping-hot bowl of homemade soup. 

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Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails 

Self-described as “a tipsy, downtown neighborhood bar”, Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails serves Ohio comfort food favorites along with unique whiskey concoctions and draught microbrews to warm you from the inside out. Located in the heart of Downtown Columbus, Tip Top is open seven days a week to serve a wide variety of delights ranging from piping-hot patty melts to ooey-gooey mac and cheese. Ohioan or not, with all the smiling faces, Columbus pride and locally baked desserts, you’ll feel right at home. 

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The Walrus 

Located on the corner of Main and 4th in Downtown Columbus, The Walrus offers a full menu of tasty comfort food, 30 different draft beers, a full bar and wine list and a fun, lively, friendly atmosphere. Grab lunch, watch a game on one of the 24 big-screen TVs, or come out for an evening of dinner and drinks to enjoy some of the best live music around! The Walrus is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner, late-night snacks and carryout. 

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