Must Order Menu Items in Columbus!

Here’s the inside scoop of what makes the top of our Kasual Craves list. We have learned that we are not going to like every dish on a restaurant’s menu, but it only takes one or a few GREAT dishes for us to come back for more. Sophia and I have tried many restaurants around Columbus are very loyal to the ones we love. This is a compiled list of some of our favorite things to eat.


  • Penne arrabiata: penne pasta in a spicy tomato sauce with lots of garlic and basil. SO GOOD. We usually order ours with added chicken
  • Calamari
  • Shrimp pesto pizza
  • Grapefruit basil fizz & whiskey rosso (2 of our top cocktails in Columbus)
  • Go for their happy hour, Mon-Fri 4-6 PM, for half off drinks, pizzas, and appetizers! (one of the best in Columbus)




We come here almost weekly…

  • Chasu ramen with tonkotsu broth
  • Firework sushi roll
  • Salmon onigiri
  • Karaage
  • Takoyaki
  • our previous Tensuke post

Bakersfield tacos 

  • Short rib & Cochinita pibil (pork) tacos. These tacos are a bit more expensive than other Cbus taco joints, but the stacked meat makes up for it!
  • The chips & queso are delicious!


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Akai Hana

  • We go here for their lunch special (choice of soup or salad + 2 rolls for   $11.75 or 3 rolls for $14.75)
  • We love the spicy salmon and eel avocado roll- both rolls melt in your mouth!



Northstar Cafe

  • Chicken avocado sandwich, sweet potato fries at Clintonville location
  • Breakfast sandwich + bacon. Sounds like a simple dish, but every ingredient (cheese, egg, biscuit, bacon) is great quality
  • Proscuitto and eggs
  • Ginger ale, blueberry smoothie
  • our previous chicken sandwich post



  • They have a great brunch/lunch!
  •  Crab cake & egg over potatoes
  •  Lobster roll. Ain’t no skimping on the seafood for both of these



Bahn Thai

  • Save money and go for lunch when the prices are reduced!
  • Bahn Thai fried rice with chicken and tofu. You can choose your level of spiciness. Warning…”very spicy” is no joke.
  • our previous BTFR post

Bahn Thai Fried Rice


Indochine Cafe

Huge portions and all dishes are $10 or under!

  • Pad see ew
  • Com thit nuong (grilled pork with rice)
  • Com suon (grilled pork chop)
  • Vietnamese iced coffee
  • our previous Indochine post


Pistacia Vera

Only one of the cutest places in 614. We know macarons usually steal the spotlight but we are loving these:

  • Pistacio chocolate chip cookie
  • Shortbread
  • Lemon tart (graham cracker crust = yum!)


Harvest pizzeria

  • We usually only come for lunch where pizzas are only $7.50 (deal runs Monday-Saturday 11-4PM… closed Sundays)
  • My favorite is the pesto almond pizza w/added sausage or egg

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Our other favorite Happy Hour. Mon-Fri 4-6 PM for 1/2 off appetizers, pizzas, and drinks


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Let us know if you have tried these before or share your favorite dishes in the comment section! Eat on, my friends!


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