Dublin Ohio Dining


It’s that time of year again! (Finally!) Time to request a seat on the patio. Not EVERYONE loves to dine in the great outdoors, but a lot sure do. You just need to try to get a seat on any patio in Dublin for lunch or dinner to see the proof of that statement.

Lucky for all of us, there are a lot of ‘al fresco’ options in and around Dublin. That part is great.

Not so great is being asked to list my 5 favorite. If I had a choice, I would do 10, but alas….

I will give it a try.

Tucci's Patio

Tucci’s Patio

Tucci’s ~ Wonderful patio, umbrellas over every table. It is situated on Dublin Rd. so there is some traffic noise but it is nicely separated by the sidewalk and landscaping. Enjoy a Tucci Tini or sample one of many specialty drinks.

Cafe Istanbul ~ It would be tough to beat this patio. It is located behind the restaurant along the Scioto River. The stone walls, landscaping, natural surroundings and authentic Turkish food makes it a true escape.

El Vaquero (Shawnee Hills location) ~ If  you’re in the mood for Mexican food, then this is  the patio for you. One of the best things about this patio is that it is bigger than most, so more people get to enjoy it!  It is fully covered with open walls that can be closed if the weather demands it. Very nice….

Matt The Miller’s ~ Pond side patio on the east side of the building so on hot nights you get the shade of the building. You get a little Avery Rd traffic noise, but you won’t notice it much as you sip your $4 glass of wine under the umbrellas during happy hour!

Montgomery Inn ~ A little more formal than most patios because it has a full roof with walls that can close so the tables, chairs, and decor can be more ‘inside’ style. It’s view up on the hill is very pretty and we love the stone fireplace. A BBQ lovers paradise!

What’s your favorite patio to enjoy the nice weather in Dublin?

For additional family friendly restaurants, happy hour specials, date-night restaurants, girls night out places and kids eat free specials visit KidsEatOut.com

Guest Post By Dawn Scheurle

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching – Sunday, May 12th this year. Have you planned to make Mom’s day extra special this year? Here are some great tips for local brunch ideas and great specials for Mom. Please call ahead for reservations as locations sell out quickly!

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Columbus Marriott Northwest: Elegant Mother’s Day Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Assorted Salads, Shrimp Cocktail, Crab Claws, Poached Salmon, Quiche, Omelets and Waffles made to order, Carving station, Assorted Pastries and Chocolates. 5605 Blazer Parkway. 614/791-1000. www.ColumbusMarriottNorthwest.com

Crowne Plaza Hotel: Sunday Brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with Omelet and Crepe station, Carving station, Wide array of Breakfast and Dinner Entrees, Fresh Salads and Baked Goods, Special Kids Buffet, Scrumptious Dessert Bar.$28.95 Adults, $14.95 children 6-13. 600 Metro Place North. 614/760-7939 www.Crowneplaza.com/dublinoh

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: Free admission for Mom on Mother’s Day with a paid admission for their child or grandchild. 9990 Riverside Drive.614/ 645-3400. www.columbuszoo.org

Golf Club of Dublin: Elegant Brunch served at two seatings: 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Enjoy Prime Rib, Shrimp Cocktail, Grilled Salmon, Duck Tenderloin, Fresh fruit, Belgian Waffles, French toast, delicious desserts and more. 5 years and under are free, $9.95 for ages 6-12, $21.95 for 13 and older. 5805 Eiterman Road. 614/792-3825. www.golfclubofdublin.com

Ha penny Bridge Imports: In honor of their 30th anniversary, spend $30 for Mom and receive a free gift! 75 South High Street. 614/889-9615. www.hapennybridgeimports.com

La Scala Italian Bistro: Mother’s Day Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., regular menu will be available all day. Enjoy assorted garden salads, breakfast favorites, homemade sausage and peppers, homemade ravioli, chicken Milanese, Penne pasta ala Vodka, assorted sides and desserts. Adults $22.95, Children under 10 $13.95. 4199 West Dublin-Granville Road. 614/889-9431. www.LaScalaItalianBistro.com

Matt the Miller’s Tavern: Special Mother’s Day Brunch menu from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., regular menu service in the evening. $24.95 Adults. 6725 Avery-Muirfield Drive. 614/799-9100. www.mtmtavern.com

Mezzo Italian Dublin: Special Brunch menu will be available from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m. Exclusively created for Mother’s Day, Mezzo will feature a selection of breakfast fare, salads and Italian entrees including items such as ricotta pancake cannolis, fried green tomato eggs benedict, and eggplant “aubergine”. 12 West Bridge Street. 614/889-6100. www.mezzoitalian.com

Tehku Tea: Irish Mother’s Day Brunch and Afternoon Tea. Seatings are available at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. 55 South High Street. 614/761-3808. www.tehku.com

The Venue at Corazon: Family Brunch Buffet with a Complimentary Flower for Mom from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $24.95 Adults, $9.95 children ages 3-11. 7155 Corazon Drive. 614/504-5240. www.theVenueatCorazon.com

Whole Foods: Special Mother’s Day Brunch available from 10 a.m.-2p.m. $25 Adults, $12 Children. 3670 West Dublin-Granville Road. 614/760-5556. www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Woodhouse Spa: Treat your Mom to an escape – right in Historic Dublin. Special Mother’s Day Spa packages are available. 19 North High Street. 614/790-8822. www.woodhousecolumbus.com

For more ideas, visit the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau website: www.IrishisanAttitude.com

Easter is coming up soon and it’s a great time to hop out to Brunch with the whole family!  Here is a list of the Easter Brunches that will be available in Dublin, Ohio on Sunday, March 31st.  Please call ahead for reservations as restaurants are filling quickly.Easter Lilly

  • Matt the Miller’s will be serving an upscale Easter Brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Carving stations and enhanced Chef selections will be served in addition to their already fabulous Sunday Brunch. Be sure to enjoy the Bloody Mary Bar! Adults $24.95, Children 5-10 $7.95, children 4 and under are free with paying adult. www.MtMTavern.com 6725 Avery-Muirfield Drive. 614/799-9100.
  • The Venue at Corazon is having a Family Brunch Buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy an exquisite buffet of traditional Easter fare in a family-friendly setting with children’s activities. Don’t miss visiting with the special guest – the Easter Bunny! $24.95 Adults, $9.95 children 3 to 11, children under 3 are free. www.theVenueatCorazon.com 7155 Corazon Drive. 614/504-5240.
  • Whole Foods of Dublin is serving a fresh All-You-Can-Eat Easter Brunch from 10 a.m.- 2 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 and much more. Adults $25, Children under 10 $12, 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 dynamic 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. $28.95 adults, $19.95 seniors, kids ages 6-11, $14.95. Children under 6 free.  600 Metro Place North. 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 $32.95, Seniors $24.95, Children 5-12 are $14.95 and children under 5 are free.  www.columbusmarriottnorthwest.com   5605 Blazer Parkway, Dublin. 614/791-1000.
  • Golf Club of Dublin will have two seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Enjoy brunch favorites of Baked Ham, Prime Rib and breakfast items as well as fresh fruit, salads, side dishes, pastries and desserts. Adults $22.95, Children under 12 are $12.95 and children 4 and under are free. www.golfclubofdublin.com  5805 Eiterman Road. 614/792-3825.
  • La Scala of Dublin is having their annual Easter Brunch Buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Baked Ham, Belgian Waffles, Homemade Manicotti and other breakfast and lunch favorites will be available. Adults $19.95, children under 10 are $11.95. www.lascalaitalianbistro.com 4199 West Dublin-Granville Road. 614/889-9431.

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

~Post by Katie

The Kosmic Karma

The Kosmic Karma

I love pizza. Seriously. I eat it minimum of 2 times a week, and that’s why I couldn’t wait any longer to cover Mellow Mushroom for our Delicious Dublin series.

This groovy chain opened its doors in Dublin (6505 Dublin Center Drive) last March, and since then it has gained a loyal following that can’t seem to get enough of the Mushroom’s gourmet pies and hippie-esque decor.

Try one of their nine unique local items such as:

  • The Marley – Pesto base, mozzarella, sausage links, jerk chicken and onions
  • The Hey Dude – Ranch base, mozzarella, chicken, Applewood smoked bacon, jalepenos, cheddar and a Buffalo swirl
  • The Meatball Ricotta – Red sauce, mozzarella, sliced meatballs, ricotta cheese, sliced onions and basil

Or stick with a favorite speciality pizza like:

  • The Kosmic Karma – Red sauce base with feta and mozzarella cheeses, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and Roma tomatoes with a pesto swirl
  • Red Skin Potato Pie – Olive oil and garlic base with sliced roasted red potatoes, Applewood smoked bacon, carmelized onions, cheddar and mozzarella cheeses garnished with chives then drizzled with sour cream and spicy Ranch dressing
  • Bayou Blue – Spicy bleu cheese base topped with all natural grilled shrimp and Andouille sausage covered in mozzarella cheese and garnished with chives

You can also get a gluten-free crust or treat yourself to one of the restaurant’s salads, huge hoagies, calzones or mouthwatering “munchies” (try the pretzels with garlic butter and parmesan). For those looking for a craft brew, the Mushroom also has you covered with their Beer Club.

Learn more by visiting www.mellowmushroom.com or www.facebook.com/MellowMushroomDublin.

Have a good weekend!

~ Post by Dawn

Our Cupcakery's Valentine's Cupcake box!

Our Cupcakery’s Valentine’s Cupcake box!

We’re just one day away from what some consider the most romantic day of the year! If you have yet to find the perfect gift for your special someone, I’d like to offer a simple piece of advice – you can never go wrong with sweets – and here in Dublin, Ohio, we have a number of shops with Valentine’s Day deals. So, if you’re looking to do things a little different this year, visit one of these local businesses for a special, sweet treat:

1. Our Cupcakery is offering a Valentine’s box (regular or king-size) containing a chocolate cupcake with peanut butter filling and chocolate buttercream, a vanilla cupcake with raspberry filling and signature buttercream, a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese filling and dipped in ganache and a dark chocolate cupcake with ganache filling and raspberry buttercream!

2. Graeter’s has a Valentine’s Pack (available online) that includes pints of Black Cherry Chip, Mint Cookies & Cream, Cherry Chip, Vanilla, Strawberry and Black Raspberry Chip as well as a variety of chocolates in stores.

Valentine's sweets from Sisters!

Valentine’s sweets from Sisters!

3. The Sisters Sweet Shoppe has ripe, chocolate covered strawberries, frosted sugar cookies and decorated gift baskets and tins filled with gourmet chocolates, fruits and nuts.

4. Menchie’s is giving their Facebook friends a buy one get one free coupon to use tomorrow only.

5. Winans of Dublin features an assortment of chocolates (separate or in gift packs), coffees and their signature chocolate covered strawberries.

6. Jeni’s Valentine’s Day Collection has pints of Banana Cajeta, Double-Toasted Coconut, Guava Cloverton and Roxbury Road.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

For more information on things to do in Dublin, Ohio visit the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau website at www.IrishIsAnAttitude.com.

~ Post by Dawn

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s probably time to decide (if you haven’t already) where to take your dinner date. Dublin, Ohio, has restaurants that suit all  tastes – whether you prefer an upscale bistro, casual pub or groovy pizzeria. Here are a few of our favorites:

Arancini from Mezzo Dublin

Arancini from Mezzo Dublin

1. La Scala – An elegant Italian bistro featuring handmade pastas, gourmet pizzas, prime steaks, seafood entrees and more. Enjoy a nightly happy hour in their martini lounge and  live music throughout the week.

2. Mezzo – A Historic Dublin restaurant offering modern Italian cuisine and a full wine list. Try the weekly prix-fixe menu while admiring the beautiful interiors. If the weather is warmer, take your pick of three outdoor patios.

3. Oscars – A restaurant and wine bar on the north end of Historic Dublin with a menu featuring gourmet pastas, steaks, seafood and more. Listen to regularly scheduled live entertainment and / or enjoy some fresh air while sitting on the outdoor patio.

Ahi Tuna Flatbread from Matt the Miller's

Ahi Tuna Flatbread from Matt the Miller’s

4. Matt the Miller’s – An eatery serving tavern classics with a twist  and an extensive beer / wine selection. Visit throughout the week for $5 appetizers and drink specials during happy hour.

5. Dublin Village Tavern – A Historic Dublin watering hole featuring home-made tavern fare in large portions. Treat yourself to an Irish Egg Roll, Irish Car Bomb Brownie or a nice helping of Bangers & Mashed.

6. Mellow Mushroom – A funky pizzeria serving handmade pies (gluten-free available), hoagies, calzones and salads. Try The Marley, Hey Dude or other item unique to the Dublin / Polaris locations.

For more information on restaurants in Dublin, Ohio, visit www.IrishIsAnAttitude.com

~ Post by Dawn

Our Cupcakery’s Storefront!

*This is the third post in our Delicious Dublin blog series.

I discovered Our Cupcakery during my first visit to Dublin a couple of years ago. My mom, sister, and I were on the hunt for an after-lunch treat. Greeted by the scent of fresh-baked goodies and a friendly staff member, it was that first visit that solidified my love of Our Cupcakery’s Triple Chocolate cupcake. In this post, I have the pleasure of sharing my fondness for one of Historic Dublin’s sweet spots.

A family business, Our Cupcakery is owned by Linda and Tom Kick. Their daughter, Laura (who just got married – congratulations, by the way!) is the wedding consultant. Suzie, Anne, Andrew, Lean and Annette make up the rest of the culinary team. The shop is located at 16 N High Street in Historic Dublin.

A Holiday Favorite – Gingerbread Houses!

At the moment, the Our Cupcakery staff is hard at work taking orders and making gingerbread houses and cookies for the holidays. You can purchase a Farm House (about a 12” square) and Gingerbread Cookies for $89.95 or a Manor Home (13” x 8” x 14” H) and Gingerbread Cookies for $139.95. Custom designed houses are also available. *Orders placed by tomorrow, November 1, receive an additional dozen of gingerbread cookies. 

Tip: Our Cupcakery’s seasonal treat is a Pumpkin Caramel cupcake. It is available through Thanksgiving.

Hands down, one of the most unique aspects of Our Cupcakery is their Cupcake Bar, where customers can build their own cupcake (or sugar cookie). You get to choose the type of cake you want and then top it with your favorite icing and decorations (sprinkles, crushed Oreos, gummy worms, ect.). The decorated treats are then priced according to weight. The average price is about $3.00, but there have been attempts to beat the 11.4-ounce cupcake record.

If you’d rather keep things simple, Our Cupcakery has a selection of “grab and go” cupcakes available in mini, regular, and king-size. Daily flavors include vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, dark chocolate, almond, lemon, orange creamsicle, strawberry, and gluten-free chocolate and vanilla with your choice of chocolate or vanilla buttercream icing. Prices range from $1.75 to $3.95 each. *Call ahead for orders larger than 1 dozen.

Pumpkin Caramel Cupcakes!

I’d suggest trying at least one of the favorites:

The Buckeye – Chocolate cake with ganache filling and iced with peanut butter cream.

Triple Chocolate – Dark Chocolate cake with ganache filling and chocolate butter cream icing. *My personal favorite!

Lovin’ Lemon – Lemon cake filled with lemon curd and topped with lemon butter cream.

Dulce de Leche – Vanilla cake filled with caramel butter cream topped with vanilla butter cream and a drizzle of caramel.

A Beautiful Birthday Cake!

In addition to their can’t-miss cupcakes, Our Cupcakery also specializes in beautiful and distinctive cakes that are perfect for weddings, reunions and anniversaries. The shop was chosen as a 2012 Best of Weddings pick by The Knot.

Our Cupcakery is available for children and adult gatherings. The shop serves as a venue for birthday and tea parties, Girl Scout classes, group experiences, and girlfriends’ getaways on a regular basis.

If you’ve ever been interested in improving your own baking and decorating skills, Our Cupcakery also offers seasonal classes.

Fall 2012 Classes:

Seasonal Cupcake Decorating— Monday, December 3rd, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Fabulous Fondant Cake —Monday, November 5th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Family Ginger Bread House Workshop —Friday, November 30th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Cinnamon Yeast Rolls—Monday, November 12th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Holiday Sugar Cookies —Monday, December 10th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

So the next time you’re in Historic Dublin and have a craving for something sweet, stop by Our Cupcakery for a fresh-baked treat. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed!

Our Cupcakery is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and after hours by appointment. For more information, visit their website, www.OurCupcakery.com, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter (@OurCupcakery) for daily updates.   

~ Post by Dawn

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