After a long, cold winter—it’s nice to know Easter is almost here.  It brings jelly beans, egg hunts, chocolate bunnies, daffodils … and (for many of us) Easter Brunch! If you’re like me and your favorite thing to make is RESERVATIONS, then look no further than Dublin OH. Several restaurants are offering special menus just for Easter Sunday (April 4). Below are a few of our favorite picks. (Note: Most of these restaurants require reservations. Seating is limited. Call in advance. All restaurants are located in Dublin, Ohio 43017 unless otherwise noted; 614 area code.)

  • Columbus Marriott Northwest (5605 Blazer Pkwy. 791-1000) 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  This ambitious Easter buffet includes an assortment of soups and salads, seafood, fresh fruits/berries/vegetables, a breakfast station, carved meats, six different entrees and a dessert station.  Have a picky little eater? Plated children’s meal upon request with kid-friendly picks like hot dogs and chicken tenders. ($29.95/adults; $22.95 seniors; $11.95 children, 6-12)
  • Crowne Plaza Columbus/Dublin (600 Metro Pl. N. 760-7939)  10-2:30 p.m.  Buffet featuring Chef’s Carving Station/Omelet & Crepe Station, breakfast items, dinner entrées and children’s buffet. Live piano music, ice and food sculptures. ($24.95/adults; $18.95 seniors, 65+; Children 6-11 $14.95; Children under 6 – FREE) 
  • Digger & Finch. (6720 Riverside Dr. 889-8585) 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Appetizer buffet, pick your entrée (i.e. Rack of Lamb, Beef Wellington, Salmon Strudel, Grilled Ham Steak). Dessert buffet! ($24.95/adults. $12.50/children)  
  • Bravo Italian Kitchen (3000 Hayden Rd. Columbus 791-1245) 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Choices include Italian inspirations (Bistecca Benedict), traditional favorites (Stuffed French Toast or Omelets) and more (Crab Cakes & Eggs). (Price range: $8-$14)
  • Golf Club of Dublin. (5805 Eiterman Rd. Dublin, OH 43016  792-3825)  Seatings: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Buffet includes breakfast items, tossed salads, leg of lamb, chicken, tilapia, pasta, roasted veggies, desserts and pastries. Reservations required. ($19/adults; $8/children under 10)
  • J. Liu Restaurant (50 W. Bridge St. 718-1818) 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Easter brunch buffet with Prime rib, Ham, omelets, shrimp cocktail, Asian and Italian options and house-made desserts. ($25/adults; $21/seniors; $13/children, ages 4-11) Reservations required.
  • Café Ephesus (6720 Perimeter Loop Rd. 614/798-8091) 12-9 p.m. Full menu—includes several lamb dishes.

-Post by Mary


I don’t know about you—but by the time Memorial Day rolls around every year, I’m thinking summer vacation. (I think it’s Zoombezi Bay ingrained in us from our elementary school years—like some kind of mid-year notch in our individual lifelines.)  And I LOVE to travel.  There is something about exploring a new place that is like spring cleaning for the soul.  Apparently, there are a lot of Americans who continue to share this passion … tough economy or not.  

According to the U.S. Travel Association’s recent summer leisure travel forecast, an estimated 54 percent of American households are planning a trip this June, July or August.  (That’s compared to 50 percent at this time last year.) That equates to an estimated 322 million domestic leisure per-person-trips. (I’m picturing millions of travel-warriors like me who will eat Mac & Cheese for a month before giving up our summer vacations!) Viva les vacances!!

Yes, we will be watching our travel budgets. Yes, we will be looking for deals. But—indications are that we expect to spend about the same amount on our vacations this year as we did last year.  Some of us may not be traveling as far. Some of us will stay closer to home. But that’s the great thing—there is SO MUCH TO DISCOVER right in your own state.

I’m a BIG fan of Ohio travel. My family is fond of hopping in the car, driving two hours and uncovering some awesome gems right here in the Buckeye state … like Amish country, Hocking Hills, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, King’s Island, Ikea and the Cincinnati Museum. (We LOVE the Omnimax(R) theatre there!)

If you’re looking for an economical family vacation idea—consider Dublin, Ohio.  I know. You’re thinking I sound like a commercial. But you don’t have to take my word. Just ask some of the people who have already booked a getaway here this summer. Sales for our popular Wild & Wet Summer Getaway Package are already slammin’ …. and it’s no wonder. It’s hard to beat the value–a choice of 8 hotels (with special rates); discounted tickets to the Columbus Zoo and Zoombezi Bay; free Bob Evan’s kid’s meal and free Graeter’s Ice Cream sundae for one low price.  Don’t believe me?  Go to the Wild & Wet Getaway page of our Web site, put in the dates of your trip and run the numbers for yourself.   But when you DO come to town, stop by our Visitor Center and say ‘hi!’   (I promise not to say, “I told you it was a great deal!”)

-Post by Mary

It’s Easter………..but it sure doesn’t feel like it. Hopefully it’ll be more like spring this weekend. I’m just checking out the Easter Dublin, Ohio Diningbrunch possibilities for those who don’t want to cook that special meal, and there are some great alternatives in Dublin (OH).  

  • The Golf Club of Dublin (5805 Eiterman Rd.) is offering seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for breakfast items, salads, sliced leg of lamb, char-broiled chicken, pan seared tilapia, pasta station and assorted desserts and pastries. Adult price is $19/per person and $8/child. Reservations are required (614/792-3825).
  • Digger & Finch  (6720 Riverside Dr.) will be serving 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The menu includes an appetizer buffet, breakfast items and entrees consisting of stuffed chicken breast, grilled salmon, sirloin steak, pork tenderloin, pasta pomodoro and veggie lasagna. Not to mention an assortment of cookies and pies. Adults: $23.95 and a reduced price/menu for kids.
  • J. Liu (formerly Jason’s) Restaurant & Bar  (50 W. Bridge St.) in Historic Dublin has a wonderful brunch buffet featuring freshly carved prime rib and ham, made-to-order omelets and a variety of breakfast items … plus, Asian Italian, seafood, salads and dessert items. Adults: $21.99, seniors 65+: $18.99, children (ages 4-12): $9.99  Service is 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (614/718-1818)
  • The Columbus Marriott Northwest  (5605 Blazer Pkwy.) will be serving  brunch 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Enjoy soup & salads, cold displays, breakfast station, action stations, entrees and dessert station. Adults: $28.95, seniors: $21.95, Children, ages 6-12: $14.95. (614/791-1000 ex. 4762 for reservations.)
  • The Crowne Plaza Metro Grill  (600 at Metro Place North) will offer made-to-order omelets and crepes, a carving station, a salad station, hot breakfast & lunch entrees and a dessert bar. Adults: $24.95, Seniors 65+: $18.95, children, ages 6-11: $14.95. Live piano, plus ice & food sculptures. (614/760-7939)

-Post by Kay

Our staff checked out the NEW Jason’s Deli in Dublin (OH) for lunch today. We went early because lines have been long all week. There’s a huge room for indoor dining or you can carry-out your favorites. (This new place is not to be confused with the established local fav, Jasons Restaurant in Historic Dublin–which has recently been renamed J. Liu.)


I ordered the special Manager’s Half Sandwich Deal and enjoyed the Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich and cup of Chicken Chili soup – yummm. Others in our group had tomato basil and chicken tortilla soup (big kick!!).  The wraps and club sandwiches were very tasty. Our meals came with chips or fruit, and a pickle. There is a huge variety of choices, including Ciabattas, Clubs, Wraps, Soups, Salads, Po’boys, Pasta, Muffalettas, Paninis and Wrapinis, and build-your-own Sandwiches. Or you can choose to make your own meal at the soup, fruit and salad bar featuring fresh-cut vegetables, select organics, homemade potato and pasta salads, gingerbread muffins, garlic toast, etc.


Everything made is free of artificial trans fats and MSG, and they are happy to make half-sandwiches and reduced portion potatoes – all you have to do is ask!! And Jason’s is happy to provide your catering needs too.  Of course we topped our meal off with complimentary low-fat ice cream. Hard to choose between chocolate and swirl. It’s easy to see why this already has become a hot local lunch spot. I must say we were all very pleased with our lunch outing … and will be back soon!




 225 West Bridge St.
Dublin, Ohio

-Post by Kay