If you ever called nonna's cooking casual, you’d wind up with a wooden spoon cracked across your backside. Not the case at Rotelli in Gahanna, a proud to be formality-free Italian restaurant with a menu that would still make grandma proud. Pull up a chair at the family-friendliest table with today’s deal: for $9, you get $20 toward your bill at Rotelli. Your Groupon is only good for dine-in, forcing you to suffer through the restaurant’s inviting and friendly atmosphere.
When the sun cracks through the night sky, the chefs are already busy at The Best Breakfast and Sandwiches. They pop biscuits into the oven and stir pots of country gravy. Customizable omelets are stuffed with each customer?s choice of meats, cheeses, and veggies. Lunchtime hours find the grills and stoves lit for slabs of chicken or reuben sandwiches featuring in-house corned beef. Chefs also mix their own chicken and tuna salads, which are tucked into sandwiches or ladled atop salads.
Scrawled across the Yogeez wall in big, loopy letters are the words "Get Creative." This isn't a difficult imperative to follow, seeing as how each of the store's welcoming locations offers a huge assortment of more than 75 toppings to pair with rotating low-fat and fat-free yogurt flavors. Shards of waffle cone and splatters of hot fudge complement perennial favorites such as cake batter, dreamy dark chocolate, and sea-salt caramel. There are always a few fat-free sorbets on tap, as well, making it easy to get your daily fruit allowance.
The two drive-thru lanes on either side of Mudslingers Drive-Thru Coffee pave the way to more than just caffeinated drinks. In addition to their South American roasts and flavored-espresso drinks, the baristas inside the petite coffee joint whip up smoothies and shakes from their signature line of ice creams carried during the summer. Outside, a small sunny patio hosts potted flowers and two park benches where clients can sit and sip or duel over who gets the last mini donut in the box of a dozen.
Haitian & American Restaurant re-creates some of its namesake countries' most popular meals for the hungry guests who wait within its cozy Columbus dining room. Haitian staples such as fried plantain and black rice flank crispy fried goat or whole red snapper, whereas all-American french fries accompany orders of philly steaks and cheeseburgers. Papaya and strawberry juices, as well as American and Haitian sodas, complement each meal, no matter its country of origin. In addition to everyday dinners, Haitian & American Restaurant hosts a live DJ every Saturday night, inviting diners to groove from their seats or time their bites to the beat of the music.
Izzee's BareFoot Bar is stationed along the sand at The VolleyPark next to Sequoia Pro Bowl. The island-themed eatery refuels athletes fresh from a game of volleyball as well as spectators catching some sun. Underneath thatched tiki roofs and bright-yellow umbrellas, patrons can abide by the laid-back eatery's philosophy of "No shirt, no shoes, no problem" while noshing on bar food. The menu features quick snacks such as nachos and chicken tenders as well as bigger meals including pizzas and half-pound Angus burgers. Izzee's BareFoot Bar at The VolleyPark is open Sunday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and on Friday nights customers can partake in open volleyball at no additional charge from 5 p.m. to midnight.