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

July is the SWEETEST month of the year, and there’s a proclamation (#5219 to be exact) to prove it! In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared July as “National Ice Cream Month” and July 15th as “National Ice Cream Day”. He described ice cream as having “a reputation as the perfect dessert and snack food” that is enjoyed by 90% of Americans, and though the years may have passed, our love for ice cream has not! So, in honor of this tasty time, we at the Dublin CVB thought it would be appropriate to   share our
favorite flavors, and where you can find them!

I already dug into mine!

  • Scott – Buckeye Blitz from Graeter’s / Salty Caramel from Jeni’s
  • Josh – Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough from anywhere (he’s not picky!)
  • Mary – Reisling Soaked Poached Pear from Jeni’s/ Strawberry Sorbet from Graeter’s/ Key lime from Menchies (technically fro-yo but still yummy!)
  • Katie – Strawberry Chocolate Chip from Graeter’s / Sweet Corn and Blackberry from Jeni’s (Katie describes this as “summer goodness on a cone”)
  • Sam – Mint Chocolate Chip from Graeter’s
  • Dawn (Me) – Chocolate Chocolate Chip from Graeter’s

Also, in honor of the holiday and their birthday, Graeter’s will be offering single-dip cones for $1.42 (a cent for every year they’ve been in business) on Sunday.

Craving more frozen fun? Be sure to check out these other delicious Dublin-area destinations and their sweets!

Chai Tea Ice Cream from TehKu Tea Company!

~ Post by Dawn

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

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: www.kidseatout.com. This is part one of a two-part post on great local patio dining.

I admit it. I’m a patio junkie.  When the weather begins to turn warm, you’ll never find me inside a restaurant, if I have any say in the matter. You just need to tally up the amount of time I have spent waiting to get a seat on the patio to see that I am not alone in my addiction!  Lucky for all of us, there are many ‘al fresco’ dining options in and around Dublin–ranging from the beautifully designed and landscaped, to those with just a few wrought iron tables and chairs on the front sidewalk.  If you want to eat outside this summer, check out this list.  🙂

  • Oscar’s ~ Two tiered, patio and deck seating, on N. High St. in  Historic Dublin. You get a little traffic noise, but the quaint downtown setting and street-side, trendy feel all make up for that.
  • Tucci’s ~ Wonderful patio, umbrellas over every table. Also located on N. High St., but nicely separated from the street by the sidewalk and landscaping.
  • Cabo Cucina ~ It would be tough to beat this patio. It is located behind the restaurant along the Scioto River. You can’t see the river while seated but the stone walls, landscaping, and natural surroundings takes you to a whole new world….  one you may not be ready to leave once you’ve found it!
  • El Vaquero (Shawnee Hills location) ~ We loved this patio before they upgraded it! Now it is fully covered with open walls that can be closed if the weather demands it. Very nice.
  • Matt The Millers ~ (Located on Avery-Muirfield Rd.) There is a 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 wine under the umbrellas!
  • Luce’s (Powell) ~ Flowers + wrought iron + umbrellas = lovely. The patio is on the parking lot, but it’s not a busy one so it’s not much of an issue. It’s a little drive from Dublin, but we like it so much we thought it was worth the mention!
  • J Lui’s ~ It’s on Bridge Street (in Dublin’s Historic District) so there is a constant flow of traffic nearby, but just remember that everyone driving by is very jealous — wishing they were the ones dining on the patio!
  • Montgomery Inn ~ A little more formal than most patios because it has a full roof with closable walls so the tables, chairs, and decor can be more ‘inside’ style. It’s view from up on the hill is very pretty and we love the stone fireplace.
  • Digger and Finch ~ You wouldn’t know you were on Riverside Drive. This is a large patio located between the gorgeous stone building and the driving range. A relaxing getaway.
  • Dublin Village Tavern ~ In the heart of Historic downtown Dublin, this is a great casual outdoor patio. It fills up fast so get there early to get a seat!
  • Vittoria’s ~ (In Powell, OH) Offers one of the prettiest patios around. It is on the parking lot, but they have done a beautiful job of separating it with wrought iron trellises covered with climbing, flowering, vines.

And that’s just half of our list! (Check back in a few days to discover more of the prettiest patios in Central Ohio!) To learn more about these great local eateries (menus, specialties, prices, etc.), visit the Restaurant Section of the Dublin (OH) Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website: www.IrishisanAttitude.com

-Post by Dawn Scheurle

(In the interest of helping Dublin, Ohio visitors find deals on kids meals and family friendly eateries, we are featuring a series of guest posts by Dawn Scheurle, creator of the popular site: www.kidseatout.com – “restaurant reviews from a mom’s point of view.”   This is part 2 in a 4 part series.  

As I mentioned before, there are so many things to consider when you are going out to eat with the kids. These include cost, nutritious options, convenience, value and ages of the kids (to name just a few).  I’ve compiled a list 12 of the best places to take your kids out to eat in the Dublin area. (I was going to do a top 10, but cutting the list down to 12 was hard enough!)  So, here are options #4-6, offering a little Italian flavor…

Bucca de Beppo. Buca di Beppo is a great choice for eating out with the family.  They treat the kids well, even taking them on a tour of the kitchen if they like!   The atmosphere is warm and busy enough to not worry about the kids being too loud.  They serve food family style in two sizes: Small feeds 2 – 3 people, Large feeds 4 – 6.  So if the kids like what you like, there is no need to order from the kids menu.  That being said, they do offer a kid’s menu with Italian choices (no chicken fingers, fries or hot dogs) that are very generous in size and a drink is included.  It’s also an ideal place to go if you have a large family or are celebrating a birthday or anniversary with extended family.  They take reservations and have lots of big tables. And, when you are passing the big food platters around, you can share multiple courses (including dessert). It’s a party! 

Olive Garden. Olive Garden is a family favorite. It seems to be a lot of people’s favorite given the lines we usually encounter!  The laid-back atmosphere and generous portions, the unlimited yummy salad and breadsticks, the killer lasagna, and the fact that mommy and daddy can have a glass of wine or Limoncello lemonade, make it worth the wait.  The kids menu is what you would expect at an Italian restaurant. Pizza, pasta, macaroni and cheese, plus chicken fingers with the option of broccoli instead of fries. Each meal comes with a drink in a take-home cup with a lid, and little diners are encouraged to share the grown-up’s salad and breadsticks.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill. They seriously love your kids.  Just the way they word their kids menu with things like ‘Filet of fish lightly crusted in-house’ and ‘Juicy, grilled chicken breast’ and ‘crisp salad’ lets you know kids aren’t an after-thought.  ‘Grilled Certified Angus Beef Kabobs with fresh broccoli’?  We’re impressed.  And it doesn’t stop there.  Along with an activity filled kids menu, the table are covered in paper so you can play tic-tac-toe with crayons, and they give the kids raw dough to play with to keep them occupied while they wait for their meals.  So sit back, relax, and enjoy the warm peasant bread and your glass of wine. There won’t be any arguing about choosing fries as a side over salad or broccoli either…. they don’t offer fries!   So you can feel okay about them finishing their meal with vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce for $.99!  All Kid’s items include a drink.

 So if you’re in the mood for a some Italian this week, give these places a try with your family.  Share with us what you think!  And stay tuned. We’re half way through with our list.  Six more of our favorite kid friendly restaurants more to go……… 🙂 

 -Guest post by Dawn Scheurle, creator of www.kidseatout.com

In our house, our Mother’s Day tradition is to go to church, then out to a great brunch, then Mom gets to take a nap!  Here are some biddiesrestaurants in Dublin that are holding Mother’s Day Brunches.  Please call ahead to confirm if you will need reservations as some locations will sell out.

If you are looking for great gift ideas for Mom, try our local garden centers.  We are so lucky to have great sources right here in town! I always buy my Mom a pretty planted basket or pot for her front porch for her to enjoy all summer.

-Post by Katie