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It's a good idea to arrive early at Movie Tavern, and not only if you hate missing the opening credits. Early birds can peruse the extensive menu of chef-crafted American cuisine, from kobe beef sliders to pizza and sandwiches. But even after the show begins, the snacks keep coming. Unobtrusive servers slip in during the show to deliver orders, and can be called on for more drinks or dessert with the push of a button. Guests can even sip margaritas or signature cocktails at the full bar before heading in to the theater. The family-friendly establishment also serves finger food for kiddies.

As for the entertainment, audiences get to enjoy all-digital presentations of first-run films any day of the week, plus Retro Cinema every Wednesday morning at 11:30 a.m. as well as Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Audiences also benefit from Movie Tavern's membership program. Anyone can sign up for free online to receive one free bag of popcorn, plus a free ticket every year on their birthday, special offers, movie news, and invites to screenings and other special events.

3773 Ridge Mill Dr.
Hilliard,
OH
US

The friendly-family owners behind The Olive Tree whip up a diverse menu of fresh, authentic Mediterranean dishes. The tangy signature hummus ($4.50) tickles tongues either slathered alone atop a fresh, warm pita or surrounded by fava beans, garlic, lemon, and cilantro in the nutritious hummus ful ($7.50). The machmusa ($4.95), or sautéed eggplant, bursts with flavor and concealed fireworks, which plant-partial palates can pleasantly pair with the piquant tabouli salad ($4.50 small, $6.50 large). The spicy gyro’s ($10.95) thin lamb slices sizzle with a zesty house-made hot sauce, and the chicken shawarma ($9.95) struts around in a sultry blend of Middle Eastern spices, green peppers, and rhinestone bellbottoms. For a dish even more authentically Greek than Mexican American actor Anthony Quinn, face-plant into a plate of moussaka ($12.95) and chase it with a dessert of baklava ($2.95) or homemade rice pudding ($2.95). In accordance with Mediterranean restaurant laws, you can legally light any dish on fire so long as you shout "Opa!"

3185 Hilliard Rome Rd
Hilliard,
OH
US

Surfboards hang from the ceiling and posters of parrots overlook the blue- and beige-walled restaurant as guests chow down on tacos and burgers. If those surfboards were to descend from their perch and float on a liquid in the restaurant, that liquid would be the one for which the restaurant is named. The menu draws from Californian cuisine, fusing Mexican and American flavors, but it also unites tiny tequila bottles with tiny tacos—a literal microcosm of the restaurant's essence. The menu also presents dishes such as Loco wings with a salsa verde sauce or lobster tacos. Specialty burgers, alternately, boast inventive toppings such as strawberry jelly and peanut butter and grilled pineapple, and various forms of bacon pork belly find themselves in an assortment of dishes, including burgers, tacos, and bacon brownies. Live music, DJs, and a fire pit join tequila in imbuing the restaurant with a fun vibe, like the vibe of a college where you could surf from class to class.

5414 Roberts Rd.
Hilliard,
OH
US

Cuisine Type: Cheesesteak
Established: 1989
Reservations: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Grilled steak sub
Kid-friendly: Yes
Alcohol: None
Delivery / Take-out Available: No
Outdoor Seating: No

A Matter of Steak's cooks specialize in simplicity. Their art is the hot sandwich, which they present in a few delicious forms. Be it a combination of steak and provolone, chicken and provolone, ham and swiss, or veggie and cheese, the contents are grilled and seasoned with salt and oil. They top these fillings with additional hot grilled vegetables, including peppers, mushrooms, and onions, or translate these creations to salads. And in addition to these delicacies, breakfast sandwiches leave the kitchen all day long, served alongside chicken nuggets, wings, and onion rings.

2608 Hilliard Rome Road
Hilliard,
OH
US

If you visited the buffet at Kyo Ichiban Buffet Restaurant once a day for six months, you would never have to eat the same meal twice. That’s because chefs whip up more than 300 items daily, drawing from Japanese, Chinese, and American influences. Sushi and other seafood—including crab legs on Fridays—complement a host of hibachi entrees and vegetables, all of which are grouped under a single price for adults and a discounted rate for kids. Guests can also choose to order from the restaurant's menu, a compendium of tangy Chinese entrees such general tso's chicken, peking duck, and lo mein. And, despite the kitchen's staggering scope, it doesn't shy from personal touches—chefs prep the honey crispy chicken from a family recipe.

3727 Park Mill Run Dr
Hilliard,
OH
US

Knives swish through the air behind the sushi bar at Ajisai Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi, slicing red snapper, yellowtail tuna, and other fresh seafood for sashimi platters and elaborate rolls such as the Tuna Dynasty, which combines crisp cucumber with crab tempura, black-pepper tuna, eel, cream cheese, and avocado. Hibachi chefs sear filet mignon, lobster tails, and other proteins on tableside grills, pairing them with sizzling rice and other sides. Natural-wood accents and a hanging chandelier lend the eatery a subdued yet sophisticated ambiance.

3939 Ridge Mill Dr.
Hilliard,
OH
US