Columbus has a couple secrets. Actually, we have quite a few. When it comes to our food scene, we’re buzzing with hidden gems, locally-owned restaurants and unique dining experiences. You probably won’t hear about these spots in the news, but you’ll be dying to tell your friends about them later.

Tasi Café

(.3 miles from the convention center)

Hidden from the regular foot traffic of the Short North Arts District, Tasi is a stylish back alley café that has become a secret go-to for freshly prepared eats. The café serves seasonal, all natural and local ingredients that are guaranteed to make your mouth water. The diverse, chef inspired menu proves that healthy can be delicious and fulfilling. Whether you’re looking for a full meal, or just grabbing one of the fresh pastries baked daily, you’ll enjoy this hip and rustic spot just off the beaten path.

Basi Italia

(.6 miles from the convention center)

Basi Italia is a quaint and casual locale nestled in the heart of Victorian Village. The Italian/Mediterranean inspired eatery is a neighborhood favorite, offering clean and simple foods with a twist. Located inside a refurbished Victorian home, guests can enjoy a cozy indoor environment or opt for the charming outside patio that feels more like a friendly neighbor’s backyard. Basi Italia’s delicious food, relaxed atmosphere and strong commitment to hospitality makes for an outstanding dining experience from start to finish.

Ringside Café

(.8 miles from the convention center)

This old-time tavern has been a part of Columbus since 1897. Tucked beneath downtown high rises and nestled in a corner alley, Ringside Café is filled with authentic memorabilia, stained glass windows and plenty of character. The historic bar serves one-of-a-kind, angus beef burgers named after famous boxers, along with an impressive selection of cold craft beers. Grab some friends and discover one of the oldest gems in the city.


(1.2 miles from the convention center)

This quirky, corner café is a staple breakfast, brunch and lunch spot among Columbus natives. Housed in a 100-year-old gas station, Katalina’s serves homemade “Latin-leaning” foods using all locally sourced and organic ingredients. But don’t let the farm-to-table philosophy fool you, this place is far from pretentious. The cozy eatery is filled with eclectic flea market finds and covered in ink messages and signatures from guests. Indulge in the famous Nutella-stuffed pancake balls and scribble your name on the back of your seat. Katalina’s fresh menu and fun atmosphere won’t leave you disappointed.



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