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Lunch and Shopping in Columbus

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on October 26, 2009

Recently, it seems that the Husband and I have been seeing a lot of this…

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Last weekend was no different.  The Tuesday before, I got my weekly USAirways E-Savers email alerting me of weekend specials.  We’d been talking about going to Columbus, OH for months to visit the Husband’s grandfathers and extended family and USAirways gave us a deal we couldn’t turn down.  We flew in early Saturday morning and left crazy early Monday morning (5:20am flight! It’s what you do though for cheap fares… 🙂 )

After spending all day Saturday with family, we spent Sunday lounging and decided to head to Easton, a fun shopping and dining area in Columbus.  I checked out the restaurants online to try to determine where to eat and decided on Bar Louie, specifically because they had mac n cheese on their menu 😉 It helped that they had TVs so that we could get in some football viewing while away from home.

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We chose a table in the bar area with a perfect view of the Redskins game.  Too bad no views of those games this year are actually good 😦

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Lots of places to sit…

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And beers to choose from… (this was only half of the taps!)

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The Husband went with a Great Lakes Burning River Ale while I got the “beer” special, a Woodchuck.  Yum!

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The Husband bonded with the waitress when he mentioned he had had a Great Lakes beer during one of his recent trips to Pittsburgh.  It got us on the topic of Pittsburgh and her upcoming move.  She recommended that when he goes back (or we if I ever go!), that he should check out the Sharp EdgeAny one ever been?

Since it was the reason I chose this place, I went with the Mac N Cheese.  It was listed as a four cheese mixture, baked to a golden brown… clearly not baked which disappointed us.  (You know the Husband ordered one too!)

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It was still good though… and we loved that it had cavatappi! Our favorite pasta!

After a lot more football watching, I decided to get an order of tater tots.  They were perfect! Hot, crispy on the outside, potato-ey on the inside.  Lots for cheapt!

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In about the 4th quarter, the bartender changed the channel on our tv twice which really annoyed us (especially after the first time when he was told that we were actually watching that specific tv).  There were plenty of tvs to go around to show many of the games.  After the second time, we gave up (the Redskins weren’t going to win anyway) and we decided to head out for a walk around the town center.

Easton is like a mini village with tree lined streets… shops…

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fountains…

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benches…

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us taking photos of people taking photos… 🙂

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and restaurants.  We went to Bon Vie for lunch the last time we were in Columbus and were quite impressed!

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We also walked along the inside of the mall (there’s both a mall and outdoor stores).  I loved the high ceilings and almost the old time train station feel…

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We enjoyed our walk around and did a little bit of shopping before heading out to more family get-togethers.  🙂

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4 Responses to “Lunch and Shopping in Columbus”

  1. heather said

    ohh! i never knew ohio had so much cool stuff. that mac n cheese looks tasty 🙂

  2. For the record, I thought it was possibly the best Mac ‘n Cheese I had ever had in a restaurant. I was a little bummed that it wasn’t baked, but otherwise, the cheese sauce was excellent, and the pasta was just right.

  3. TerrapinBuckeye said

    Next time you are in Columbus, call me. Drew and I will take you out. I think you both would LOVE Jeni’s Ice cream and a some other culinary delights. Columbus is one of America’s best kept secrets.

  4. stacy said

    It sounds like you had a good weekend visit… those e-savers are good things!

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