The Greater Columbus Convention Center not only offers 1.7 million square feet of flexible, customizable space, but many of Columbus' best fresh, local, affordable and diverse restaurants are just minutes away. All locations listed below are within walking distance of the Convention Center, or can be reached by COTA's CBUS, the city's free downtown circulator, which runs every 10-15 minutes, 7 days a week.

If your conference schedule is light, head one block west of the convention center to the North Market, Columbus' only remaining true public market. More than 30 merchants vend a wide variety of fresh, local and authentic foods. Grab a quick meal to go, or stay and dine upstairs: your choice! Or, run down to the Arena District's Sandman's Cheesesteak, a Columbus original that features friendly and quick service. If you have a little more time to spare, stop in for a meal at Barley's Brewing Company, Central Ohio's oldest brewpub right down the street from the convention center; Barley's ours award-winning hand crafted ales alongside hearty, satisfying pub cuisine.

short northThe Short North Arts District, just north of the convention center is home to some of the most celebrated and diverse spots to eat and drink in Columbus. Brassica, Mediterranean cuisine known for artisan breads, organic vegetables, antibiotic free meats, a network of local growers and craft beers and is a great way to grab a fast lunch or dinner. The Happy Greek features traditional Greek and Mediterranean dishes in a casual environment, allowing you to carry-out or stay and dine inside or on the patio. Haiku Poetic Food & Art, a sit-down establishment employs a straight-forward Asian-Pacific style of cooking, and the open exhibition kitchen will make for a memorable dining experience.

El Arepazo Fish TacosTo the south of downtown sits German Village, home to some of the best places to dine in Columbus, and can be reached by a quick free ride on the CBUS. El Arepazo Latin Grill is a sit-down known for serving authentic, South American cuisine in downtown Columbus. Featured on Man vs. Food and referred to as Columbus' tastiest burgers, The Thurman Cafe is a full service restaurant and has been a landmark in German Village for decades. Katzingers, a Jewish deli, is a fast way to grab a great meal.

So many of Columbus' most famous local food is in short proximity to the Greater Columbus Convention Center, it makes it easy for visitors to taste and experience the best of Columbus dining.