New to KLD
January 14, 2013 6:30 pm at 6:30 pm #95358
I am relocating closer to downtown next month and I have found a neat place on Hamilton Ave in the King Lincoln District. So, my questions are for all residents, since I really know very little about actually living downtown:
Where is the closest grocery?
Best vegan friendly restaurant/bar?
General nifty things to do in the area (free/cheap always a bonus)?
Best part of living in the area?
Thanks for the advice!January 14, 2013 6:45 pm at 6:45 pm #529906
Hills Downtown market will be opening soon on Grant, it is a little pricey but has some gourmet items. The Brewery District Kroger is a lot cheaper for staples though (good dry and canned items etc). The new Giant Eagle on 3rd in Grandview also will not be too far and promises to have a large variety of items. I have heard good things about Arena Produce but have never been there.
There is a taco truck near the King Lincoln Theater you should check out.
Corner of Oak and 18th in OTE, you will like it (Yellow Brick, Angry Baker, Olde Towne Tavern). :)
I believe Black Creek Bistro has vegan offerings.
Events at Lincoln Theater and Mayme Moore Park.
Creole Kitchen…on 20th and Mt. Vernon. (nice but not vegan)
I believe Walker lives nearby so I am sure he will have all the scoop.January 15, 2013 12:07 am at 12:07 am #529907
Welcome to the neighborhood! ;)
1. Groceries – As mrpoppinzs said, the new Hills Market is going to be a nice addition to the area, as it will be a 10-15 minute walk (or in our case, on the way between home and office). Great for speciality foods, prepared foods, and local Ohio products. Otherwise, we drive for most groceries as we’re a household of four, and have 2 Krogers and 2 Giant Eagles within 2-3 miles. We mostly go to the Brewers Yard Kroger. And yeah, Arena Produce is a nice nearby option for fruit/veggies, though it’s technically in Milo-Grogan and not really easily walkable from The KLD.
2. I’m probably the wrong person to ask about vegan stuff. Hal & Al’s is a short drive or bike ride down Parsons and I think The Tavern might have some vegan fare. Of course, everything in Downtown and The Short North is pretty close as well. Tip Top is only a 20-25 minute walk when its nice out.
3. +1 to Los Potosinos (cheap) and Creole Kitchen (cheap) as well as jazz in the park in the summers (free), and walking 10 minutes to the Columbus Museum of Art (free on Sundays). There’s quite a few public events (some free) at the King Arts Complex and CCAD, and once Hills opens there will be cooking demos, classes, wine tastings, etc (most events are cheap). The Arena Grand movie theater is a 10 minute bike ride and rarely overcrowded. There’s also regular monthly art exhibitions at Cobenick Studios on Parsons (free). And plenty of regular events at the Columbus Performing Arts Center (cheap), a short 10-15 minute walk.
4. Best part of living in the area? While we could certainly use more things to do within the neighborhood itself, the ratio of affordability-to-proximity is a huge benefit for us. You can’t get closer to Downtown for cheaper. And there is something to be said about being close to the bustle without being right in the center of it. Mayme Moore Park has a nice little playground that our kids use a lot. We love taking our kids to festivals and parks (Topiary, Franklin Park, Commons, Bicentennial, North Bank, Goodale, Schiller) all year long. Our neighbors are all pretty friendly and there’s a growing group of people interested in improving the area back to its former glory. And we love working on fixing up a historic old home and investing into an urban center that is in need of some TLC. The more the better. ;)
Hope all of that helps!January 15, 2013 12:10 am at 12:10 am #529908
Carabar (Parsons and Franklin) has a great little menu and just about everything can be made vegan.January 15, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm #529909
Thanks everyone! All of these suggestions are super helpful! I am excited to move in to the neighborhood and make my little corner a little fancier.January 15, 2013 1:20 pm at 1:20 pm #529910
Walker said: The Arena Grand movie theater is a 10 minute bike ride and rarely overcrowded.
MadLab Theatre and Gallery is about a 8 minute bike ride, and also rarely overcrowded. madlab.netJanuary 15, 2013 1:48 pm at 1:48 pm #529911
I’ve only been to MadLab a few times (something I need to work on doing more in 2013) but I’ve always walked or bused to get there, which is fun to have it so close. :D
Element Pizza across from MadLab is also a great spot!
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