This post is written by Nick Dekker, blogger at Breakfast with Nick and author of a book all about breakfast in Columbus. You can follow him on Twitter @BreakfastwNick.

Columbus is proud to host the NHL All-Star game. We’ll be welcoming plenty of new visitors to the city, and they’ll be looking for places to eat. Columbus has a stellar food scene, worthy of exploration by guests. Here’s a starting primer of Columbus spots to check out!

Many newcomers to Columbus are directed to the historic North Market. It’s only a couple blocks from Nationwide Arena, and there are plenty of options for snacks, drinks, and meals. A hungry diner could try a reuben from Katzinger’s Deli, some hot pho from Lan Viet or a fresh cup of coffee from Stauf’s. They could even enjoy a pint of local beer at The Barrel & Bottle (or pick up some bottles to go). They could also wander upstairs to the new Hot Chicken Takeover location to see how Columbus does spicy Nashville-style fried chicken.

NHL food 2If guests want to catch up on sports while trying some local beers, Barley’s Brewing Company is a sure-fire hit. Multiple screens like you take in all the action, while you sip beers like their classic Scottish Ale (perfect for even the non-craft-beer fan) or their rich Russian Imperial Stout. The beers pair well with their wings, burgers, and fish and chips.

NHL food 3Want to experience more beer and sports along with some architectural history? North High Brewing is a bar and brew-on-premises facility in Short North. While you enjoy some of their brews, take in the decorations: the microbrewery itself is located in an old Ford dealership, and the updated decorations are made from old post offices, distilleries, and even pieces of the old Ohio Stadium.

Visitors new to Columbus should take a stroll (or maybe a drive, if it’s colder) through historic German Village. It gives you a wonderful sense of Columbus’ history, and it’s simply beautiful any time of year. Schmidt’s Sausage Haus is a perennial favorite, with their bahama mama sausages and giant cream puffs. Those with a big appetite can tackle the Thurmanator at Thurman’s Cafe, while guests with a sweet tooth can snag cookies, croissants, and macarons at Pistacia Vera.

Columbus sometimes sails under the radar for our ethic eats (although that’s certainly changing!). Los Guachos Taqueriasells some amazing tacos and gringas. Their specialty is al pastor: slow-marinated pork that’s roasted on a vertical spit, then sliced thin and layered on tacos, in burritos, and on gringas with pieces of pineapple.

Early risers in search of a good breakfast should consider favorite Katalina’s, with their sweet and spicy bacon and pancake balls filled with Nutella. The quirky little cafe has made national headlines for their delectable breakfasts.

Anyone looking for modern Italian fare should visit one of Short North’s earliest restaurants, Rigby’s Kitchen. Kent Rigsby and his team have put in over two decades at this neighborhood mainstay, producing amazing food that draws consistent crowds throughout the year.

NHL food 1Everyone loves pizza, too. Columbus style pizza is usually defined as thin crust, square-cut, with toppings to the edges. Owner Brad Rocco at Bexley Pizza Plus has one international awards for his traditional pizzas. When they come out steaming hot and loaded with toppings, it’s easy to see why.

Finally, no stop to Columbus is complete without a visit to Jeni’s Ice Creams. You can find her flavor-packed award-winning ice creams in the North Market, in Short North, and across the city at Easton, Bexley, Dublin, Powell, Clintonville, and Grandview.

Where else should visitors for the NHL All-Star Game go?