Nestled in downtown Columbus, the cozy El Camino Inn bar and restaurant prides itself on its authentic tacos. But don't expect an atmosphere filled with sombreros and cheesy tchotchkes. Classic rock jams echo throughout the 70's-inspired space, which Columbus Monthly likened to the set of a Quentin Tarantino movie. There, while seated at the vintage bar or tucked into a giant, round, navy-leather booth, diners sink their teeth into corn-cake gorditas, Cubano torta sandwiches, and fish tacos, washed down with ice-cold beers and potent cocktails made from a stock of more than 30 tequilas.
Although North High Brewing is a young microbrewery, its building is filled with history. The brewery's building housed a Ford dealership in 1917 and is currently filled with gleaming copper equipment and repurposed architectural elements from throughout the country, including doors and windows from old Ohio State University buildings, post offices, and an 1870s-era distillery. In addition to sampling the stouts and ales at the wraparound bar, visitors can also brew their own custom beer with North High Brewing's brew kettle.
The Daily Growler is a celebration of fresh craft beers. They have 60 beers on draft, all available for on-site enjoyment or to take home in one of their glass Growlers. They have made a commitment to their customers to serve only the best and freshest beer available, with a focus on Ohio and California microbreweries. Each day they feature a different beer significantly discounted in a Daily Growler to go along with their 7 day a week happy hour.
Given how much food emerges nightly from Red Brick Tap & Grill's kitchen, it's a minor miracle everything fits onto two menu pages. Specializing in classic diner food, the cooks put tastebud-surprising flourishes on each dish. Bacon-wrapped brats are topped with garlic-herb aioli and fried eggs while the Cuban sandwiches get a zest of Guinness mustard atop a pile-up of smoked pork butt, ham, and chipotle mayo. Matching the feasts in sheer abundance, Red Brick stocks more than 30 draft brews and 70 bottled beers that mostly hail from domestic craft breweries like Stone and Lagunitas.
According to Columbus Crave, stone-cooked pizzas "are where this eatery shines." Guests can make their own or choose from specialty combinations, such as the Porky's Revenge?a pie crowned with chipotle ranch, smoked pork belly, fried jalape?os, and smoked gouda?or the Lisa Simpson, scattered with smoked tofu and optional vegan cheese. But whether it's pizza, burgers, or hot dogs, Red Brick's culinary team can sprinkle more than 45 custom ingredients, including brisket, corn salsa, and sweet-honey goat cheese.
The pizzas (along with the drinks) are available by the slice until 2 a.m. every night, giving diners ample time to savor Red Brick's sunny outdoor patio or the black-and-red dining room adorned with comic books along the back wall. Red Brick also delivers throughout nearby neighborhoods and parallel universes within two points of divergence.
At Ugly Tuna Saloona, college students and locals alike gather for live music, fresh seafood and pub fare, and an extensive menu of frosty beers and fruity cocktails. Acoustic troubadors and live DJs serenade crowds on the expansive dance floor, while plates of fish n' chips, burgers, and spicy hot wings quell hunger pangs. Potent tropical cocktails and margaritas delight guests with fun presentation?served in containers such as a 64-ounce fishbowl replete with fake sharks and microcosmic hurricanes.