This post is written by Casey Brown, development/sales assistant for Experience Columbus. You can find Casey on Twitter @CbusCasey.

1Just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown Columbus you’ll find a hidden gem called Park Creek Kitchen located in Arlington Mallway in Upper Arlington. Park Creek Kitchen boasts contemporary American cuisine in a welcoming and relaxed environment. They have recently expanded into a neighboring place and not only increased their inside space, but almost doubled their great patio space.

The meal started with an order of both the Spiced Popcorn and Root Vegetable Chips with a goat cheese dipping sauce. I’m not a big fan of popcorn, but this popcorn is tossed with the perfect amount of truffle oil and spices that I kept ordering the refills, which are thankfully free! The Root Vegetable Chips are homemade chips sliced not too thick and not too thin and then fried to perfection. The creamy goat cheese sauce is the perfect addition to the salty, spiced snack.

2I ordered the Fish Tacos, which consist of grilled fish, slaw, tomatillo sauce and avocado slices on a crispy soft tortilla. I ordered the a salad as my side, which was lightly tossed in dressing and topped with cheese, pickled onions and tomatoes. My brother ordered one of their burgers, which was quite substantial but looked amazing. My friend ordered the Farmers Salad with walnut crusted goat cheese, sweet potato croutons and a carrot vinaigrette. Needless to say, we were all in the clean plate club that night.

The restaurant also boasts a good number of American craft and mainstream beers in addition to a solid wine list. Tuesday night is Wine Night with $5 a glass of select wine and Wednesday is half price house martinis.

Park Creek Kitchen is now my go to place to have a tasty and relaxing dinner with friends and family. So if you’re in the mood to try something different, that is just minutes from downtown, head over to Park Creek Kitchen and see what foodie scene the suburbs have to offer!