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It'd be perfectly possible to visit Rule 3 every day for a week and never repeat the same activity. A 14-lane bowling alley sits at the core of this entertainment emporium, right next to a scaled-down bowling area with smaller balls and shorter lanes for kids. But bowling is just the beginning at Rule 3. The arcade here is an 8-bit dream come true, hosting no fewer than seven Pac-Man machines.

A half-acre backyard area extends the good times outdoors, with sand-volleyball courts, picnic tables, corn hole, and live music throughout the summer. Of course, all these activities require energy, which is why Rule 3 dishes out all-natural burgers and homemade pizzas..

650 Windmiller Dr.
Pickerington,
OH
US

Recently featured on the Food Network, Das KaffeeHaüs von Frau Burkhart's pastry chef bakes German confections to complement italian coffee. Pressed from air-roasted beans that have never touched metal, daily blends of Danesi drip coffee thrill the senses with a tonic as dark and heady as a Sherlock Holmes tale. The glass case showcases trays of cream puffs spilling clouds of filling, crisp strudel wrapping gooey jam, and ranks of bavarian donuts distinguishing themselves with caps of powdered sugar and chocolate. Baristas promote a lively, social atmosphere by hosting events, such as quarterly techno dance parties and nights when folks from Sunny Side Childcare entertain kids so parents may relive their adolescence by babysitting someone else's offspring.

45 East Columbus Street
Canal Winchester,
OH
US

At C'est Si Bon Cafe, crepe-makers take the delicate, ultra-thin French-style pancakes and fold them over both sweet and savory ingredients while patrons look on. The buttery pockets hold everything from roast beef, blue cheese, saut?ed mushrooms and onions, fresh arugula, and a bourbon sauce to Nutella, bananas, and pecans. The reviewer at Columbus Underground particularly loved the dessert crepes, calling the Banana "dynamite" and saying "its butter and brown sugar make the flavors blend into something akin to old-school dessert favorite, Bananas Foster."

C'est Si Bon Cafe's hand-scrawled chalkboard menu shows off the crepes, which can accommodate gluten-free diners. Staffers also assemble breakfast crepes.

11 South High Street
Canal Winchester,
OH
US

While lots of fruit and vegetable may be available to put in its juices and smoothies, FitJuice & Smoothies promises that there's something you'll never see: unnatural ingredients. Only fresh-squeezed produce such as pineapples and beets, make up the health-conscious beverages. Start your day with the Rise N Shine smoothie or have an afternoon snack with the Let's Go Green juice.

10701 Blacklick-Eastern Road Northwest
Pickerington,
OH
US

Intricate notes emanating from a nearby piano. Steam rising off a teacup as it sits on a delicate saucer. Signs of old-world elegance permeate every corner of Mozart's Bakery and Piano Cafe, and owners Anand and Doris Saha wouldn't have it any other way. The European-trained couple have been slinging their famed sugary delicacies in the Columbus area for more than 20 years, after honing their skills in some of Europe's best restaurants and hotels.

However, even their most frequent diners will be astounded by their new, expanded location in a formerly abandoned Beechwold restaurant. While guests still get to enjoy more than 80 European delicacies?some of which helped earned Columbus Monthly's Best Dessert in Best of Columbus 2014?they can now do so on a patio or in one of many rooms stocked with the aforementioned pianos. And even the menu has gotten a slight makeover, with an extensive breakfast selection of savory strudels, quiches, and omelets as well as lunch and dinner entrees including angus burgers, authentic schnitzel, beef stroganoff, and chicken paprikash. The Columbus Dispatch praised the latter for its "excellent sauce of sweet paprika, cream and chicken stock that tastes house-made."

But as proud as the Sahas are of their elegant, continental cuisine, they take just as much pride in helping the community. They were recently honored with the first Columbus Small Business Community Heroes Award from Direct Energy for their fund-raising contributions. The funds have gone toward aiding many different parts of the community, a few of which are a local food pantry, programs for senior citizens, and after-school activities for children.

2899 N High St
Columbus,
OH
US

The scent of freshly roasted beans emanates from Travonna Coffee House, luring passersby into a café where they can sink into a black leather couch and sip from mugs filled with creamy lattes and cappuccinos. The friendly staff of baristas prepares café beverages behind a simple wooden counter, pairing iced or steamy drinks with vegan baked goods, flatbread pizzas, and gourmet sandwiches. When they aren’t engaged in caffeine-fueled conversation, patrons can surf the Internet on waves of free WiFi or walk across the café’s hardwood floors to peer into a full-size fish tank. The café stays open until 2 a.m. seven days a week; on Thursday and Friday nights, local poets and musicians stage performances for the crowd, who signal their approval by snapping and pelting the stage with packets of nondairy creamer.

1195 N High St
Columbus,
OH
US