5 Restaurants to Try This Month: October 2022

Want to support local restaurants? Curious about new openings or under-the-radar finds? Here are five restaurants I’m suggesting you try this month!

1. Service Bar

After more than a year of closure, Service Bar is set to return on Oct. 13. The restaurant attached to Middle West Spirits was previously helmed by chef Avishar Barua, who left to open Joya’s Cafe and the forthcoming Agni in the Brewery District. Leading Service Bar now is chef Chris Connolly, who brings quite the background in cooking in noted restaurants like Alinea, The Greenbriar, The Inn at Little Washington. It’ll be exciting to see what he does with the much-loved eatery.

Service Bar
1230 Courtland Ave.
Columbus, OH 43201
(614) 947-1231
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2. Just Chicken

Look, I’m always, ALWAYS in the mood for fried chicken, so I’ll pretty consistently recommend it, whether its mainstays like Hot Chicken Takeover or The Eagle, or newcomers like Dave’s Hot Chicken. Just Chicken opened Oct. 1 in the East Market, serving up enticing fried chicken tenders, sandwiches, loaded fries, and sides. Should be a great addition to the market!

Just Chicken
212 Kelton Ave. (inside East Market)
Columbus, OH 43205
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3. Kolache Republic

Our love of Kolache Republic is well-documented. Their Czech-style pastries are good all year round, but they really shine in the fall with flavors like brown sugar apple pie, orange spice pumpkin pie, peanut brittle cheesecake. Pair that with their savory sandwiches (using the same lightly sweet dough) like sloppy joe, chorizo hash brown, or classic sausage, egg, and cheese – and you’ve got the makings of a fall feast.

Kolache Republic
702 S. High St.
Columbus, OH 43206
(614) 928-3151
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4. Toraya Moroccan Cuisine

There are only a handful of Moroccan restaurants across Columbus, and Toraya just joined their ranks with a side street eatery downtown. They’re set up to serve breakfast and lunch, with dishes ranging from kafta sandwiches to couscous to tagines (a dish named for its ceramic pot with a conical lid). Get a look at their unique menu and plan a visit soon. This location has proven difficult for past tenants, so we’re hoping Toraya succeeds!

Toraya Moroccan Cuisine
72 E. Lynn St.
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 929-5400
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5. The Dry Mill

The Dry Mill is Columbus’ first sober bar, which is an establishment serving non-alcoholic drinks like exquisitely crafted mocktails, non-alcoholic or low-alcohol beers, teas, and more. On top of their accomplished cocktail menu, which should be pleasing to any imbiber, they offer a much-lauded food menu that ranges from wings and mozzarella sticks to salads, sandwiches, and burgers.

The Dry Mill
79 S. Fourth St.
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 515-2379
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