After a wrong turn to Philadelphia led him to a transcendental encounter with a cheesesteak, Charley’s Grilled Subs’s eponymous owner opened his first sub shop on The Ohio State University campus in the late ‘80s. More than two decades later, Charley’s slings philly steak subs and gourmet fries in more than 300 locations around the world. Classic cheesesteaks join barbecue cheddar, sicilian, and chicken configurations on the hearty menu alongside grilled deli subs and salads topped with seared meats. Crispy golden fries invite crumbles of bacon and dollops of cheese, ranch, and other deluxe toppings, washed down with sips of lemonade freshly squeezed with lemons, kiwis, strawberries, and 1958 Edsels.
Bajio Mexican Grill sates cravings for inspired, central Mexican cuisine, known for its spices and fruit juices. Here, offerings from the Bajio region fill the menu in the form of shrimp nachos, smoked beef enchiladas, and burritos filled with spicy borracho beans. An array of fresh salads include the signature Bajio ensalada, pineapple shrimp salad, and chicken green chile salad. A plethora of vegetarian options abound, as do breakfast dishes such as huevos rancheros and a volcano burrito known for its explosive temper if you don't order it. The interior echos the welcoming, homey vibe of Bajio as well, boasting decorative copper pots hanging from the ceilings and large windows that let in an abundance of natural light.
Lunch sushi bento, sashimi, udon, warm entrees, and an array or appetizers festoon the menu at BlueFin Sushi Bar. The cuisine pays homage both to traditional Japanese dishes such as miso soup as well as modern cuisine. Udon noodles served inside of an invisible sombrero can be paired with a choice of tempura, vegetables, seafood, or chicken with prawns and eggs. Sashimi servings and combos provide diners with a feast from the sea, and speciality sushi combines favorites such as lobster, crab, and avocado. Entrees include grilled wild salmon and free-range teriyaki chicken, which are accompanied by miso, steamed rice, and answers to age old jokes about roads and why to cross them.
In the early morning, when many sandwich joints are still shuttered tight, Big Town Hero's bakers are hard at work. Hand-crafting each loaf of bread in-store every morning, they lay the foundation for the day's delicious sandwiches. Out of the oven and sliced in two, the bready canvasses support towering piles of delicious deli meat and fresh veggies, sourced locally whenever possible. A selection of veggie heroes delights vegetarians while gluten-free rolls offer sandwich options for those with dietary restrictions or those who've taken a binding kindergarten oath never to eat anything that starts with "glu."
Racha Thai’s culinary commander’s lunch and dinner menus conquer appetites with an expansive arsenal of noodle dishes, curries, and seafood. Teach your taste buds a few basic phrases in Thai with a dinnertime starter of tod mun—a spicy fish cake swimming in red curry paste alongside kaffir lime leaves, crispy basil, and cucumber dipping sauce ($10.95)—before plugging stomach caverns with the massaman curry, which puts your choice of tofu, meat, or fish atop a sweltering underbrush of thai vegetables, pineapple, and peanuts ($11.95+). To experience the peak of the chef’s culinary sorcery, run your chopsticks through a special such as lemon grass chicken ($11.95) or lunchtime summer fire, with vegetables, bamboo shoots, oyster mushrooms, and red curry ($8.95+). The diversity of dishes will appease omnivores and still allow vegetarians to eat freely without fear of finding an animal part or a Pac-Man ghost amongst their meal.