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Best New Restaurant of 2013: The Pearl

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With nearly 50 new restaurants having opened between January and December, 2013 was a big year for anyone looking for new dining options. From fine dining to gastropubs to food trucks to pop-up restaurants to cheap eats, there was something to be found for everyone in just about every neighborhood.

In the end, our readers voted for a new restaurant with a prominent Short North location and a prominent restaurateur at the helm: Cameron Mitchell’s The Pearl. Opened at 641 North High Street (the old Burgundy Room space (or the old K2U space if you want to go even further back)) in February, The Pearl spent all year as a top priority for diners to try out for happy hour at the oyster bar, dinner in the main room, late night snacks at the bar, and of course, weekend brunch.

“So, no surprises here,” explained CU Food Critic Miriam Bowers Abbott in her June review. “The Pearl is indeed a pearl and a feather in the cap (though not actually on The Cap – the restaurant is a couple blocks north of the landmark) for Cameron Mitchell.”

More information can be found at www.thepearlcolumbus.com.

Top 10 New Restaurants of 2013:

  1. The Pearl
  2. The Crest
  3. Melt Bar & Grilled
  4. Wolf’s Ridge Brewing
  5. Bakersfield
  6. Philco Bar+Diner
  7. The Sycamore
  8. The Table
  9. Arch City Tavern
  10. The Kitchen 231

Flashback: Best New Restaurant of 2012 – TILL Dynamic Fare
Flashback: Best New Restaurant of 2011 – Milestone 229
Flashback: Best New Restaurant of 2010 – Knead
Flashback: Best New Restaurant of 2009 – Dirty Frank’s
Flashback: Best New Restaurant of 2008 – bonoPIZZA

Photo by Mollie Lyman.

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