You might know German Village for its historic architecture. But to overlook its food scene (it's home to some of the best restaurants in the city) is a huge mistake. We've put together three date ideas for this great neighborhood.
3 Date Ideas for German Village
May 9, 2014 by Joe Vargo
The Day-Date: Not all dates have to start at dinner. Begin with breakfast at Skillet, just outside German Village on Whittier Street. Everything on offer here is locally sourced, house-made and delicious. You may wait for a seat in this eight-table neighborhood joint, but you will be glad you did. Silky omelets, pillowy waffles - everything on the menu is a beyond perfection. From there, spend your morning browsing the shops of the Village - from Helen Winnemore's modern American crafts to the Book Loft's 32-room maze of books, puzzles and more, you'll have a great time exploring with your loved one. If you want to end your date in a celebratory fashion, stop by Hausfrau Haven on 3rd Street and have a drink at their popular wine bar.
The Casual Night Out: The Sycamore is new to Columbus, but this upscale neighborhood spot seems like it's been here forever. Maybe it's the fact that it's the the space of a former dive bar - or maybe it's the sunny patio right alongside a residential side street. Regardless, the food here is unfussy yet sophisticated - expect fries served with your sandwiches, but you'll be dipping them in malt vinegar aioli rather than ketchup. With most of its ingredients - both on the plate and at the bar - sourced from Ohio, you'll get a real taste of the bounty of the state. From here, walk north to Curio and sip imaginative cocktails at this speakeasy-style bar. Anything made with Watershed Distillery's Four Peel Gin or Middle West Spirits' rye whiskey is going to be a home run. Put yourself in the able hands of owner and bartender Travis Owens and let him pick your drink. With dozens of bottles of homemade bitters, fresh citrus and herbs and a well-stocked amaro supply, you'll get something you've never had before, and that you'll truly love.
The Special Occasion: Pork and seafood are the specialties of the house at G Michael's Bistro. Reserve a table on the patio - which is small, candle-lit and utterly romantic, with leaf-mottled views of German Village's architectural wonder. Make a meal out of the wide array of small plates so you can taste more of the magic from Chef David Tetzloff's kitchen. The shrimp and grits are a must, but you really can't go wrong here. Once the sun sets, take a quiet stroll around the Village - the gas lamp-lit homes and romantic gardens are just as beautiful by night. Finish your date with a cone from the walkup window at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, at the corner of Mohawk and Whittier.