September 2010

Working in the Historic District in Dublin is wonderful! Looking out my window I can see the leaves turning, school buses going by and listen to conversations from Jeni’s ice cream eaters in the park next to our offices. Although Jeni’s does make a great lunch destination (savory ice creams count, don’t they?) — some days I want something else.

Panera started their fall menu this week. That means the creamy vegetarian tomato bisque is back! Pair it with the mac and cheese or bacon turkey bravo for a lunch that will keep you going all afternoon. Order online, fax or call ahead for extra quick pickup. The Perimeter location even has parking spots dedicated for advance orders. When I need to make it back for a meeting, this can really save time.

Another time saver is Jimmy John’s. Located in the Perimeter Shops (near BW3 and Kroger), this place always makes a tasty quick sandwich. My favorite is the Turkey Tom. Another co-worker loves the Beach Club. Nothing is too fancy, everything is priced right AND it is a great alternative to the drive-thru. Bonus: if you really can’t leave the office, they will deliver just one sandwich!

Seasonal foods are always wonderful at Whole Foods. Their eat-in options are fast, healthy and quite diverse. My kids love their pizza by the slice and I love their salad bar. Different fresh ingredients that I can mix to create my own gourmet lunch. Whole Foods does have an eating area at the front of the store near the cash registers or you can take your lunch back to the office. Just don’t forget to bring back something for your co-workers too!

What are your favorite quick lunch spots in Dublin?

-Post by Katie

As enthusiasts of all things with Irish attitude, we were thrilled to discover Dublin Ohio’s newest nod to Ireland: the Celtic Corner at the Dublin Arts Council’s Gift Shop (7125 Riverside Dr.)

This hidden gem may be the early antidote to all your holiday shopping headaches. Here you will discover Irish-themed gifts and “uniquely Dublin” artwork by area artists. Discover jewelry creations by Dublin artists Cathy Smith Gresham (seed-beaded mini-purses), Susan Bringardner (pieces featuring Czech and Swarovski crystals combined with natural stones, minerals, freshwater pearls and vintage beads) and Carolyn Pigman (sterling silver bracelets and earrings).

Check out the hand-thrown stoneware pottery by Tim Frederich, Historic Dublin scenic notecards, suncatchers, journals, pocket charms and much more. Know an Irish rock fan? Pick up a temporary armband tattoo. Buying for someone who appreciates Celtic traditions? How about an embossed leather-crafted journal or pewter measuring spoons?

Stopping by the Celtic Corner brings with it the added bonus of visiting the fabulous home of the Dublin Arts Council. Built in 1941, this historic French-eclectic style home is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The castle-like structure (which puts one in mind of an Irish estate) is an architectural masterpiece. It was the longtime home of Eleanor Gelpi—a committed champion of the arts in Columbus who served as a founding member of the Greater Columbus Arts Council, among other organizations.

Visit the Dublin Arts Council Gift Shop (and the Celtic Corner) during these hours: Tues. 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.; Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m. -2 p.m.

-Post by Mary

In the interest of helping Dublin, Ohio visitors learn more about popular local family friendly eateries (and good deals), we periodically feature guest posts by Dawn Scheurle, creator of the popular site: This is part two of a post on great local patio dining.

I love patio dining. Fortunately, the Dublin area offers plenty of pleasant patios for those of us who prefer outdoor restaurant dining. Here are some of the best (in my opinion) …

  • Max & Erma’s (Frantz Rd. location) ~ This patio is tucked behind the restaurant and is surrounded by a split-rail fence separating it from the pond. The kids will be entertained watching the geese and little birds that come to snatch any food that happens to fall on the ground.
  • La Chatelaine ~ This great street-side patio with it’s flower boxes along the wrought iron fencing is a perfect compliment to this French inspired cafe, bistro, bakery. Bonus: great location for people-watching in Historic Dublin.
  • Brazenhead ~ Great casual bar/restaurant patio in Historic Dublin alongside North High St. (Dublin Rd.). It always seems to be buzzing with a lively bunch of patrons. Bonus: Wednesday night is $3 burger night! (Get there early. It fills up quickly!)
  • Bravo ~ Another favorite. It’s on the parking lot but raised up with pretty landscaping and trees to separate it so you don’t really notice. It is on the west side of the building so you get the afternoon sun which can be good or bad depending on the temperature!
  • Las Margaritas ~ We love to eat our chips and salsa outside! (Not to mention sip our margaritas!) The stone half-wall separates this patio from most street noise so you can sit back and enjoy.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings ~ Nice large patio with trees for shade rather than umbrellas. The casual atmosphere makes this a great place to take the kids too!
  • Cheeseburger in Paradise (Hilliard) ~ We like this patio because it makes us feel like we are on vacation! It is connected to the restaurant which has open walls, music, palm trees and a Jimmy Buffet casual island feel. The kiddos enjoy it as much as the grown-ups!
  • Sunny Street Cafe (Hospital Drive location) ~ New! They have just added a little patio out front of the restaurant on the walkway. It’s on the parking lot so you do get traffic going by but it’s kind of a fun place to sit and enjoy your coffee and breakfast!
  • Hoggy’s (Sawmill Rd) ~ Covered patio along the sidewalk of the strip mall. A nice place to enjoy your BBQ al fresco!
  • Joe’s Original and American Pub ~ Right around the corner from Hoggy’s but on the sunny west side of the building. Nothing fancy, but who needs fancy all the time?  🙂
  • Joe’s Crab Shack ~ You are in the middle of a strip mall parking lot but it doesn’t really feel that way. They have a  playground for the kids to keep them busy while you wait for your food! Very casual and relaxed.

There are a few places that offer outside seating for you once you have picked up your food. These include: Potbelly Sandwich Works, Noodles & Company, Bruegger’s Bagels, Panera, Einstein’s Bagels, Chipotle (Sawmill Rd) and Tuula’s European Cafe.

If there’s a great patio out there that I missed, please share! There’s a whole lot of patio season left to go!

-Post by Dawn Scheurle