Columbus: Best Lunch Spots

You look at the clock. It’s about 10:30 a.m. and one thing is on your mind:


Even though Columbus is a great foodie town, you might find your lunch plate getting a bit repetitive and boring. Since that’s often the case, we thought you might need a little help deciding the best place to enjoy your lunch hour. Whether you’re looking for a place to take your new potential client or you just need to grab a bite with your colleagues, we’ve got the perfect place for you.

Check out some of our favorite lunch spots in Columbus.

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TASI     680 N Pearl St.

If good food made fresh is what you’re looking for, look no further. TASI is little gem in the Short North, a popular art district just north of downtown. TASI serves fresh, seasonal foods for breakfast and lunch. It’s a small place and usually pretty crowded so best not to try it out if you have a big group. TASI offers a variety of sandwiches, usually adding a little flare to lunch staples. Try their Cubano—roast pork on a freshly baked roll with pickled veggies, mozzarella, and bolivian salsa. Or choose from the breakfast menu (available all day) and enjoy the popular poached eggs with black bean cake and jalapeno butter sauce. TASI is open Monday-Saturday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m..

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Brown Bag Deli     898 Mohawk St.

If you’ve lived in Columbus awhile and never heard of this place, don’t be surprised. It’s hidden and tiny but once you find it, you won’t have a hard time remembering it. The Brown Bag Deli is located in historic German Village and serves seasonal dishes and your deli favorite. The menu offers 16 different sandwiches and includes everything from “The Curse of ‘49” (braunschwager, muenster, dijon &  honeycup mustards on sourdough) to the “Brown Bag Sub” (smoked ham, capicola, pastrami, salami, swiss, hot pepper jack & more!) The only downside to this place is that they only offer outdoor seating from spring to fall. Otherwise, be prepared to take it to go! They’re open Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m..


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Acre     2700 N. High St.

Wholesome and delicious food, served fast. That’s the motto at ACRE, a farm-to-table restaurant that strives to serve healthy, delicious food without a lot of time or money. Serving a variety of bowls, wraps, salads and tacos, ACRE uses organic whole grains, free-range meats, house made sauces and local produce whenever possible. Don’t be fooled by all the healthy options though. They make some of the best cookies in town so be sure to grab one on your way out. Open Monday – Sunday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m..


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Northstar Cafe     4241 N. High St.; 951 N. High St.; 4015 Townsfair Way

With three locations around town, Northstar Cafe has become a Columbus favorite. Their menu really does have something for everyone, regardless of what your taste buds are craving. While their prices are little higher than your average lunch, you never have to worry about what you’re eating. Northstar is committed to choosing the absolute best ingredients and was one of the first “farm-to-table” places around the city. The restaurant itself is reflective of their commitment to the natural dining experience and sets the perfect environment for a business lunch or a quick meal with colleagues. The cafes are open daily from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m..


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Market65     65 E. State St.

We just had to put this place on the list, simply because it somehow managed to make one of lunch’s most boring foods—the salad—pretty incredible. Market65 presents a somewhat new concept where you can build-your-own salad or of course, try one of their recommendations. But these aren’t just salads. These are HUGE salads with pretty much every ingredient you can imagine. And if you’re not in the mood for salad, they do offer a variety of wraps and smoothies. Market65 is open M-F from 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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Freedom a la Cart     (deliver box lunches for 10+)

Of course, we had to close with our good friends at Freedom a la Cart. What started a few years ago as a food cart is now a thriving catering business.  Not only do they offer amazing food, but they mix it with a lot of love. Freedom uses fresh local ingredients in their unexpected assortment of box lunches, as well as a full catering menu. The best thing about these guys isn’t just their delicious food. The business provides workforce development and employment to survivors of human trafficking.  How great is that!? That sure does make that roasted chicken sandwich with mango compote, gorgonzola and sage mayo extra delicious! Call Freedom at 614-992-3252 to order box lunches delivered to your office.

If you weren’t hungry before reading this, you probably are now! So, go grab some lunch…and let us know what you think!
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