While German Village boasts historic charm, there’s always something new to be discovered in the neighborhood! Many of the old favorites continue to draw the crowds: Schmidt’s Sausage Haus, German Village Coffee Shop, Katzinger’s, The Old Mohawk, and others. In recent years, the new Fox in the Snow Cafe has joined the neighborhood, The Daily Growler opened a location on High Street, and the upscale bar and restaurant South Village Grille replaced the Easy Street Cafe. Let’s take a look at what’s new to the neighborhood!
Two new restaurants have set up shop inside the old Juergen’s Bakery space: the Spanish-themed El Lugar and the Germanic Alpine Restaurant & Bar. The former focuses on snacks and shareables, like collections of spreads, meat and cheese boards and bites like seared tuna, pan-fried polenta with trout and bocata sandwiches. All paired with creative cocktails. Alpine, meanwhile, features traditional German dishes like Bavarian pretzels and sauerkraut balls, schnitzel and goulash. The restaurant event offers creamy melted raclette cheese, which can be scraped over a meal!
Seventh Son Brewing has opened a sister brewery, Antiques on High, named for its location in an old antique store along South High Street. Antiques on High focuses on sour beers, and has already produced a portfolio of a dozen different blended and infused sours. To pair with the beer selection, Travis Owens (most recently of Curio cocktail bar) has also crafted a unique cocktail menu. The bar itself consists of two levels: the lower one features mid-century design touches and a big fireplace; the upper level is an enclosed patio with another fireplace. A selection of local food trucks, from Preston’s to Aloha Streetery, Two Fatt Indians to Street Thyme, park out front. (photo by Nathan C. Ward)
Next door to Antiques on High is another new addition: Ambrose & Eve, the first brick-and-mortar restaurant from Columbus chefs Catie Randazzo and Matt Heaggans. The warm and welcoming restaurant is built out in an old house, and this sense of home infuses the entire menu. Guests will find thoughtful and comforting fare like cornbread, veal parmesan, chicken and dumplings and fried chicken – not to mention a brunch menu rich with dishes like French omelets and cereal milk pancakes.
On the eastern border of German Village on Parsons Avenue, the new Comune Restaurant has begun serving thoughtfully constructed and artfully plated plant-forward cuisine. The seasonal menu explores locally sourced ingredients, and delights with the results. Try tempura-fried cauliflower and togarashi fries to start, then discover roasted acorn squash or crispy fried rice with a soft egg. The lunch menu features items like the Brussels Sprout Melt and the Sweet Potato Torta. Even in its opening months, Comune has drawn national media attention.