Dine Originals Week
One of my favorite times of the year is almost here…Dine Originals Week! November 8-14, over fifty locally owned and operated restaurants will offer a delicious menu for $10, $20 or $30.

I look forward to it every year because it is the perfect opportunity to go out and try something new at a reasonable price. I admit that I grew up eating at the same chain restaurants and always ordering the same food. But as I’ve gotten older, things like Dine Originals Week allow me to be more open to trying new restaurants and their unique dishes. I haven’t been disappointed yet.

I tried Tasi Café for the first time during the last Dine Originals Week and had their Greek scrambled eggs with zucchini, tomato and feta - something I normally wouldn’t have ordered, but it was very tasty and healthy at the same time. Another spot I tried was Mezzo, and my boyfriend and I are now hooked. We each had salad, followed by sautéed salmon for him and Ohio raised roasted chicken for me, and homemade cheesecake. All of that was only $20 per person.

If you are a dessert person, make sure you stop by Pistacia Vera for their ten-dollar pastry sampler. For people who just can’t decide on what to get, this is the perfect way to try 'em all.

The good thing about Dine Originals is that there is a wide array of restaurant options from cafes to higher-end steak houses to Italian to Asian. You can also feel good knowing you're helping give back to the community. Portions of the Dine Originals Week proceeds will benefit Local Matters, a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting healthy food education by increasing access to wholesome, delicious food and by advocating for fair food policies.

Reservations are strongly encouraged, and you can check out participating restaurants and menus here . Have a great time seeing what Columbus cuisine is all about!