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.
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.
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.