Go to the Market
If you find yourself getting bored with food, rejuvenate your excitement by taking a trip to Columbus’ North Market. The 145-year-old public market located in downtown Columbus hosts over 30 vendors. Stock your kitchen with artisan cheeses from Black Radish Creamery; fresh fish from Coastal Local Seafood; lamb, goat, beef and pork from Penny’s Meats; and your dream seasonings from North Market Spices.
Or spare yourself a night of cooking and order a meal from one of the restaurant vendors. From vegan Grab Cake sliders at Willowbeez SoulVeg to fresh dumplings from Momo Ghar to savory noodles from Satori Ramen Bar, there’s something to excite every palate. And the best part? You get a front row seat to each kitchen – an experience you’ll miss in most sit-down restaurants.
The new North Market at Bridge Park in Dublin also hosts vendors in a similar elevated food-court atmosphere. Bake Me Happy is ready to satisfy any sweet tooth with their gluten-free baked goods – including their own spin on childhood favorites like Little Debbie Zebra Cakes. Falafel Kitchen and Dos Hermanos Tacos are also patron favorites.
More Fresh Finds: West Side Market in Cleveland supplies everything from produce to poultry to pasta to pastries and more. In Cincinnati, Ohio’s oldest continuously operating public market, Findlay Market, supplies produce, cheese, meat and seafood, ethnic food, flowers and more. On Saturdays, Dayton’s Five Rivers MetroPark hosts an outdoor shopping area stocked to the brim with fresh food at the 2nd Street Market.
Wine & Spirits
What pairs best with local eats? A glass of Ohio wine or a cocktail mixed with local spirits, of course! Ohio’s countryside is dotted with vineyards and more than 350 wineries. At Rockside Winery & Vineyards in Lancaster, you can enjoy a glass as you sit on the patio or take a stroll through the vineyard.
The state also boasts numerous craft distillers. Go behind the scenes at Watershed Distillery in Grandview to see how vodka, gin and bourbon are made. Afterwards, visit their Kitchen & Bar to learn (and taste) how experts transform spirits into inventive cocktails. Be sure to sample the nocino, a dark, chocolatey liqueur made from unripe Ohio black walnuts.
More Fresh Finds: Heart of Glass Strawberry Vodka and Maumee Moonshine are among the bottles you’ll find at Toledo Spirits. West End Distillery in Athens makes its Spicebush Gin by harvesting spicebush and partnering with local farmers for other ingredients, right in southeastern Ohio. And of course, the vineyards await at Gervasi Vineyards and Spirits in Canton, Valley Vineyards in Morrow and Ferrante Winery & Ristorante in Geneva.