April 2011

I’m not from Dublin, nor do I live in Dublin. I work in Dublin and I play in Dublin… eat, shop and attend special events in Dublin. But nope, not a resident… I don’t have kids that go to school in Dublin (well I don’t have kids, period) For me, none of this matters.

I love Dublin.

The friendly people, pristine environment, quaint shops, and goodness I do love those stacked stone walls lining the roads. Of course, working for the Dublin CVB might make me a little biased, but through this job I’ve been fortunate enough to discover the superb meeting sites and attractions in this City.

For those that do call Dublin home, you probably aren’t stepping into Dublin hotels on a frequent basis. Did you know that Dublin has 15 hotels with over 2,000 hotel rooms? This City hosts a variety of conferences, weddings, reunions and sporting tournaments all throughout the year. Several of our hotels are nationally ranked in the top 10 of their distinctive brands for service and quality. Visitors from all over the U.S. check in and out of those hotel lobbies daily.

That’s why I am inviting Dubliners, local and abroad, to help bring more visitors to Dublin. You’ll help make the City an even better place to live and get rewarded for your efforts.

Adding Irish Attitude to a meeting at The Embassy Suites

What do meetings mean to the City of Dublin?

The economic impact of a meeting or function in Dublin reaches far and wide. Meeting and event attendees who stay at Dublin’s hotels spend money directly in the City on dining, transportation and entertainment. Here are just some of the things that are funded (at least in part) by the City’s bed tax:

How can I help?
It’s easy. Do you go to any conferences? Just let the Dublin CVB know. Typically referrers are professionals actively involved in government agencies, medical associations, or hobby and religious groups on either a state or national level. Bring your event home to Dublin instead of traveling to Cincinnati or Seattle. You don’t have to be your organization’s decision-maker or meeting planner.

Even if you are planning a wedding or reunion you can still enter.

You can stay involved throughout the bid, if you choose. Having local influence during the selection process has proven to help the city be chosen. Open your group’s eyes to Dublin and we will try our best to bring them here.

What do I win?
Every month, those who submit a qualified lead will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to the Brazenhead Irish Pub & Restaurant.  If the lead you submit is booked at one of our 15 Dublin hotels, you could receive our Grand Prize– A free weekend stay at Old Man’s Cave Chalets in the beautiful Hocking Hills. With more than 10,000 acres of deep forests, hidden trails, soaring cliffs, and sheltering caves, Hocking Hills offers some of the most unique outdoor attractions in Ohio.   Want to learn more?

Coming to Dublin for a sports tournament? Do you need to feed the entire team, coaches and some extra parents as well? Here are a few of the great group dining options for sports teams in Dublin, Ohio.

Sunny Street Café offers free delivery anywhere in Dublin for orders over $25 – even to the Soccer Field! Give Asch a call 24 hours in advance for delivery or give him notice by 11 a.m. and the whole team is welcome after the game!  7042 Hospital Drive, Dublin. 614/389-3640.

Mary Kelley’s welcomes groups of all sizes. This unique Dublin restaurant features American favorites with an Irish Flair. Call Kathy to set up a private dining room!  7148 Muirfield Drive, Dublin. 614/760-7041.

Tommy’s Pizza has a large dining room just for groups. Call ahead to let them know how many are in your party and come enjoy the best hometown pizza and a cold pitcher in Dublin!  4279 W. Dublin-Granville Road, Dublin. 614/764-3999.

Graeters is an Ohio favorite ice cream with signature chocolate chip flavors that are irresistible. Their sundae service can be delivered directly to you and includes pre-scooped ice cream with a variety of toppings – or stop by their Frantz Road location after your game!  6255 Frantz Road, Dublin. 614/799-2663.

Salvi’s Bistro is an Italian bistro that can accommodate large parties. Try their famous Pasta Salvi – creamy egg noodles encased in a deep-fried crunchy coating. Please call ahead for table reservations so they may accommodate your group quickly.  5000 Upper Metro Place, Dublin. 614/874-0466.

Hoggy’s is a casual barbeque stop here in Dublin. Try their Three Little Pigs – a sampler of barbeque!  Hoggy’s also offers kid friendly favs like Mac n’ Cheese, Hot Dogs and Grilled Cheese. Please call ahead for group seating. Hoggy’s Barbeque. 7509 Sawmill Road, Dublin. 614/791-8661.

Dublin is also home to several chain restaurants. Listed by area they include:

  • In the Perimeter Loop/Avery Road area: Subway, CiCi Pizza Buffet,  Jimmy John’s, Chipotle, Wendy’s, Tim Horton’s, Burger King, McDonald’s, Baskin Robbins, Cold Stone Creamery, Buffalo Wild Wings, Jersey Mike’s, Panera and Steak Escape.
  • Along Tuttle Crossing Boulevard/Mall area: P.F. Chang’s, Longhorn Steakhouse, Noodles & Co., Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Bob Evans, Taco Bell, Boston Market, Steak and Shake, Macaroni Grill, Panera and Ruby Tuesday.
  • Sawmill Road area: Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Arby’s, Chipotle, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Boston Market, Panera, Ruby Tuesday, Jimmy John’s, COSI, Chuck E. Cheese, Pizza Hut, Golden Corral Buffet, Chili’s and Subway.

Need more info? Visit the Dining Section of the Dublin OH Convention & Visitors Bureau website for detailed listings–or call 800/245-8387.

~Post by Katie

Craving fish? It’s that time of year when Dublin Ohio abounds with Friday Fish Fry Specials! From restaurants to local church fundraisers, here’s a quick list that’s swimming with great local options:

Dublin Metro Bar & Grill at the Crowne Plaza Hotel is offering a great deal: just $4.99 for Beer Battered Fish and Chips or Fish Tacos with Chips and Salsa. Available for lunch or dinner. 600 Metro Place N. 614/764-2200

Hoggy’s Restaurant has an all-you-can-eat hand-battered white fish served with fries and creamy coleslaw special for $10.99. 7509 Sawmill Road. 614/791-8661 www.hoggys.com

Whole Foods offers freshly prepared fried fish in the 161 Diner all day on Friday. Just $5 for fish and your choice of regular or sweet potato fries. 3670 W. Dublin-Granville Rd. 614/760-5556. www.wholefoods.comSt. Brendans Church will prepare baked or fried fish, baked potato, coleslaw, vegetable and rolls for $8.50. Carry-out is available. 4475 Dublin Road. 614/336-9563. www.stbrendans.net

St. Patrick’s Church offers baked or fried fish, hushpuppies, fries, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese for $10 with profits benefitting Habitat for Humanity. 7121 Muirfield Drive. 614/766-2664. www.pats-dublin.org

~Post by Katie

Bunnies, Baskets and Bonnets – oh my! It’s that time of year again when we like to go out to a fancy brunch with our whole family.   Here is a list of the Easter Brunches that will be available in Dublin, Ohio on Sunday, April 24 (2011)! Please call ahead for reservations as restaurants will fill quickly.

  • Salvi’s Italian Bistro – The Grand Buffet at Salvi’s starts at 10 a.m. and continues until 8 p.m. The day begins with Scrambled Eggs, bacon, sausage and all your breakfast favorites and transitions to Roast Lamb, Roast Prime Rib of Beef, Baked Ham and Baked fresh Fish. Side items include fresh fruit, cheese platters, green beans, chilled shrimp, bowtie pasta and don’t forget the Pasta Salvi! Adults $24.99, Children ages 5-11 $12.99 and children 4 and under are free. www.salvisbistro.com 5000 Upper Metro Place, Dublin. 614/874-0466.
  • J. Liu’s – Known for their great combination of American and Asian favorites, J. Liu’s Easter Brunch will include Prime Rib of Beef, Baked Ham and Baked Cod–in addition to Spring Rolls, Lo Mein, Fried Rice and a large assortment of other wonderful sides and specialty desserts. Their buffet begins at 10 a.m. and will end at 4 p.m. Adults $25.99, Seniors $22.99, Children ages 4 – 11 $12.99 and children 3 and under are free. www.jliurestaurant.com  50 West Bridge Street, Dublin. 614/718-1818.
  • Whole Foods of Dublin is serving an organic fresh All-You-Can-Eat Easter Brunch from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. in their store. Enjoy Herbed Leg of Lamb, Fresh Carved Ham, Made to Order Omelets, French toast and Pancakes, Pasta Salads, Fresh Fruit and Veggie Salads, Desserts made to order and much more. Adults $20, Children under 12 $10, Children under 5 are free. www.wholefoodsmarket.com 3670 W. Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus. 614/760-5556.
  • Crowne Plaza Dublin Hotel – The Dublin Metro Bar & Grill (at the Crowne Plaza Dublin)  is offering a great Easter brunch from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. that includes a chef’s carving station, omelet and crepe stations, breakfast and dinner items, children’s buffet, ice sculptures and live piano music. Reservations required. $24.95 adults, $18.95 seniors, kids ages 6-11, $14.95. Children under 6 free.  600 Metro Pl. N, Dublin 614/764-2200 www.crowneplaza.com/dublinoh
  • Columbus Marriott Northwest will be hosting an upscale buffet from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Roasted Leg of Lamb with Mint Jelly, Prime Rib of Beef, Roasted Turkey Breast will be a few of the hot items available along with traditional sides. Chilled Shrimp, smoked scallops, crab claws and poached salmon will also be featured, as well as breakfast items like made-to-order omelettes and waffles, bacon, sausage and fresh fruit. Fresh baked Danish, muffins and croissants will be available in addition to a bountiful array of pastries and chocolate. Adults $30.95, Seniors $23.95, Children 6-12 are $12.95 and children 5 and under are free. www.columbusmarriottnorthwest.com   5605 Blazer Parkway, Dublin. 614/791-1000.
  • Digger and Finch Scottish Pub and Grille is is known for their Sunday Brunch. A bountiful display of breakfast favorites along with freshly roasted meats will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adults $14.95 and Children are $6.95. www.diggerandfinchpub.com 6720 Riverside Drive, Dublin. 614/889-8585

For other dining options in Dublin, Ohio, visit www.IrishisanAttitude.com or call the Dublin OH Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800/245-8387.

~Post by Katie