Entertainment is everywhere you turn at 14 Twenty Bar & Grill. High-definition TVs line the walls behind the taps at the bar. Cues click across three pool tables. A jukebox rolls through more than 20,000 jams. A 10-foot projection screen graces the brick-lined patio, hosting sports events as well as the occasional movie night.
Even in the midst of so many stimuli, the menu still manages to command attention with bold flavors and the occasional dash of gleeful excess. French fries come in 1-pound increments, seasoned with cheese, Old Bay, or buffalo sauce and weighed down with toppings such as sausage, bacon, and banana peppers. Southwestern influences work their way into wings’ dry spice rubs, including the popular Arizona Dreaming blend; the Howell burger stacks its patties three high under a blanket of pepper jack and jalapeños, like cakes at the strongest man in Texas' birthday party. It's all packed into an under-the-radar space on a winding residential road adjoining the Ohio State University campus, letting customers feel as if 14 Twenty is their own secret discovery.
You might get an especially warm welcome the first time you visit BonoPizza. Its uniquely topped, wood-fired personal pizzas are so beloved by regulars that the crew can usually spot first-timers in the crowd?and know how to help them choose. Whether it's your first or thousandth bite of a Bono pie, it's easy to get adventurous with a long list of specialty pizza such as the Berliner with kielbasa and sauerkraut or the Waikiki "Jamie-style" with pineapple, cinnamon, roasted almonds, and coconut. Part of that creativity comes from classically trained chef Jacob Wilch, while the perfectly crisp crusts are the product of a blisteringly hot brick oven. You can also build your own without needing to procure your own pizza-construction permits from the city.
Since 1984, Champps Americana's kitchen has sizzled with made-from-scratch dishes, satiating sports fans and families with a comfortable atmosphere. Amid sunlit dining rooms, diners seated at wooden tabletops can root for their favorite pixels on flat-screen TVs broadcasting live sports. In the kitchen, chefs prepare pastas with grilled chicken and roasted artichokes, pile buns with barbecued pulled pork and spicy buffalo chicken, and fill soft taco shells with grilled steak. Behind the bar, bartenders whip up specialty cocktails and margaritas and fill goblets with wine and local craft beers on tap.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are more than a sports team at Across The Field Store?they're trendsetters. The Buckeyes-themed store sells everything from OSU hats, jewelry, and clothes to iPad accessories, luggage tags, and stickers. In addition to the football stars, Across The Field Store celebrates OSU's acclaimed marching band with commemorative CDs, snow globes, and decals. The store even sells merchandise that mocks the school's rivals, such as an anti-Wolverine t-shirt.
Guests at Royal Ginger Asian Fusion Bistro can select from a staggering variety of flavorful meat- and seafood-laden dishes on the restaurant's sprawling menu. Diners can dive through reefs of egg rolls to spear a steamed or pan-roasted Chilean sea bass ($20.99) or cut up grilled filet mignon and shrimp ($22.99) into pieces small enough to inhale. The japanese eggplant garlic sauce or thai red curry sauce can be paired with meat ($13.99) or prawns ($16.99), or it can be easily veganized with tofu ($13.99) at the swoosh of a magic fennel wand.
A part-time college job turned into a career when John Ko married the daughter of China Dynasty's original owners. John, his wife, and his in-laws are content with maintaining the same traditions that have lasted more than 25 years. John's mother-in-law continues to work in the kitchen as head chef, cooking a familiar assortment of classic Chinese dishes that draws inspiration from various regional styles throughout the country. Chinese eggplant in garlic sauce, Cantonese-style roast duck, and spicy Szechwan green beans with chicken represent just a handful of dishes that have endured at China Dynasty over the decades.
A golden statue of a jovial, laughing Buddha greets diners as soon as they enter the restaurant's expanded space, which features two dining rooms as well as a full-service bar area. Lipstick-red chairs surround the tables that fill the intimately lit space and red accent walls similarly add a splash of color amid the rooms' pale green and tan color schemes. In addition to the Buddha statue, China Dynasty features a small collection of traditional Asian artwork and artifacts on its walls, including silk clothing, oversized Chinese hanzi, and baby pictures of the restaurant's first lo mein noodle.