Downtown Concierge

Summer Lunch Al Fresco


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Summer is heating up. So, lunch al fresco offers the perfect get-me- outside respite come midday. But, where should you head for a tasty meal? We’ve got the lowdown on great lunch spots. So, check out our list. Then, let us know what favorite spot of yours we missed.

Schokko Cafe: Lunch and Art

Combine your lunchtime with a bit of culture. Check out this delicious cafe which features a menu that changes seasonally to use the best in local ingredients. You’ll find Schokko on the main floor of the Columbus Museum of Art. And, enjoy the unparalleled view out on to the Patricia M. Jurgensen Sculpture Garden.

Grass Skirt: Tropical Lunch

Staying in the Discovery District, don’t miss a visit to the tropics at Grass Skirt Tiki Room. Yes, you’ll feel like you’re on vacation when you feast on Coconut Shrimp and Grits, Jamaican Jerk Chicken or Island Nachos. And, if your day allows for a lunch hour-drink, be sure to try a rum cocktail or tiki treat. Or, save it for happy hour. Plus, bonus points for patio seating to take in the summer skies.

Plantain Cafe: Cuban Lunch

Another visit to the tropics can be found at Plantain Cafe. Trust us; the Cuban menu here tempts every taste bud. First up, sample a Cuban sandwich. Really, you’ll never go back to typical ham and cheese. Or, give the Pan con Bistec a go. This Cuban version of the steak sandwich rocks. Sandwiches are served with a side of plantain chips, a delicacy you didn’t know you needed. Other great dishes include fish tacos, picadillo, or beans and rice. Really, you can’t go wrong. And, you can enjoy the patio here too.

Due Amici: Lunch Al Fresco

Up next, schedule in a day at Due Amici. It’s a great spot for impressing the boss. Share some small plates - fried lobster ravioli, anyone? Or choose from their delicious pizzas, pastas, salads and sandwiches. The patio is lovely, but so is the cool and classic indoor decor.

Alley Delights

Wander further down Gay and take a turn into Pearl Alley, There you’ll find Barroluco Argentine Comfort Food, So, find comfort with empanadas, paella, the Barroluco sandwich and much more. Try the sampler plate and get a little of all the goodness. Plus, the menu lets you know how long you should expect until you get your food, so you’ll find choices for a quick stop-in or longer, lingering lunch.  Or, check out Olivers in Lynn Alley. You'll find a great menu full of small plates, sandwiches, salads and more. Folk love the burgers, for sure. And, be sure to check out the calendar for their upcoming blues concerts.

More Patio Fun

Two more great spots for a patio lunch are Lexi’s on Third and Market 65. Lexi’s has long been keeping us fueled with the best sandwiches, salads, gyros and soups. Market 65 recently remodeled their fantastic outdoor eating area, so you can enjoy your healthy, locally sourced lunch in a beautiful spot. Build your own or choose a signature salad or wrap. And, if you have room for dessert, they offer Pattycake Bakery cookies.

Looking for more choices? Be sure to check out the Downtown Concierge.