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Good Eats: Columbus Restaurants Opened in 2010

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2010 was a great year for food. We counted over 35 new restaurants that opened over the past calendar year, and I’m positive that we’re probably missing at least a few others. We’ve listed them out below for your end-of-the-year reviewing pleasure. Which new restaurant was your favorite, and which ones do you still need to try?

(Photo: Sliders at Little Palace)

Downtown Restaurant Scene Continues to Expand:

In 2009, we saw 10 new restaurants open Downtown (only one of which has since closed) and 2010 keeps that pace up with another 9 new restaurants coming online. Those include new locations from Spinelli’s Deli and Sugardaddy’s Sumptuous Sweeties, a revamped and enhanced Little Palace, new sandwich shops like Lynnalley’s and The Pickle, authentic ethnic offerings including Si Senor and Caffe Illyria, the new Michael O’Toole’s next to the Convention Center and last-but-not-least, the much-praised and local-focused Knead.

Much Ado About Upper Arlington:

A flurry of restaurant activity kept Upper Arlington in the news throughout 2010. The biggest impact arrived in October, when the new Giant Eagle Market District store was opened to much excitement. In addition to groceries, the store offers a large variety of prepared food, with plenty of space to dine in-store. Additionally, Park Creek Kitchen opened in the historic part of town in May, Whit’s Frozen Custard expanded with a location next door to Park Creek, Louie’s Grill opened a second location near Kingsdale, new Italian eatery Cibo opened off Reed Road, the owners of Gallo’s Tap Room opened Gallo’s Kitchen & Bar just off Riverside, and last but not least, Piada debuted on Lane Avenue with their fast casual Italian concept.

A Late Night Bite and a Drink:

Many of the new restaurants that opened in 2010 were designed to appeal to the nightlife crowd looking for libations to go with their food. Those included 343 Front Street in the Arena District, Bernard’s Tavern and Mouton in the Short North, Bar L’étranger in Weinland Park, and the revamped spaces of Park Street Cantina and Park Street Saloon located on Park Street.

The Grandview Heights and 5xNW Areas:

The Grandview area is already fairly restaurant-rich and is destined to see dozens of new restaurants continue to open over the next decade as commercial developments progress at Grandview Yard and along Route 33. Some of the new additions to the area in 2010 include Aab India on Grandview Avenue, the Buckeye Hall of Fame Grille and Jason’s Deli both located at Grandview Yard, and Loopz, a new greek restaurant located on Northwest Boulevard.

A Few New Reasons for Non-Students to hit the University District:

The area around the Ohio State University is a place where restaurant turnover is fairly regular, so it comes as no surprise to hear that new restaurants popped up here in 2010. Several significant new places emerged that should provide attractive options to students and non-students alike including the new Taste of Belgium cafe at the Wexner Center, and Pizza Rustica and Gooeyz.

Other Newcomers Around Town:

The Short North saw a great new addition to the lineup with Da LaVee, Coyote Jane’s opened in Merion Village, Jeni’s Ice Creams expanded into Beechwold and Powell with two new stores, Northstar Cafe opened a third location at Easton Town Center, Graffiti Burger opened their newest location on the southern end of Clintonville, and Cafe Kabul opened in the University City Shopping Center.

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