The 35-foot electric-guitar art piece suspended on the dining-room ceiling at FM Food and Music All-American Bar & Grill reflects the restaurant's musical theme. Live bands, dueling piano acts, and karaoke fill the restaurant with music several nights a week while diners dig into burgers and entrees of bacon-wrapped meatloaf named after chart-topping tunes.
Gatsby?s offers its patrons plenty of entertainment, from the cheers that erupt from boisterous sand-volleyball games on two courts to the resonating vocals of live bands. Guests can watch live performances from their seats as servers cart around trays filled with ranch-chicken pizzas and jumbo wings deep-fried in housemade Jim Beam barbecue sauce. Other finger-friendly foods include a half-pound Gatsby?s burger piled with saut?ed mushrooms, onions, swiss cheese, and bacon, as well as a deep-fried and breaded pork tenderloin stuffed inside a Kaiser roll. Outside, a fleet of picnic tables provides ample seating, and a nearby sand court proffers games of volleyball to tiebreak sandcastle build-offs. Gatsby's offers two outdoor patios, and hosts a Bike Night on Saturdays.
The energy rarely dies down at Trabue Tavern. When the seven high-definition televisions aren't drawing attention with their broadcasts of the day's biggest sporting match, the upbeat neighborhood tavern finds other ways to keep patrons entertained and occupied, whether it involves a quick game of pool or live music. Karaoke nights allow guests to croon their favorite hits, although bands also appear from time to time and perform for the crowds. While the bartenders keep busy pouring beers and mixing cocktails, the cooks dedicate themselves to preparing a variety of appetite-sating comfort foods, including hefty sub sandwiches and burgers.
Meeting someone special sometimes means wading through a seemingly endless series of unsuitable suitors. Thankfully, that's not the way it happens at Classymatches. Instead, their matchmakers arrange speed-dating events tailored around your age group and interests, helping you avoid incompatibility in the process. Plus, even if someone isn't a match, the mini-dates zoom by so quickly that you're never left trapped in awkward conversation. At the end of the night, you and fellow daters fill out scorecards with your favorite dates, and hosts e-mail you contact info for love connections the next day.
American Bistro Fare | Critically Acclaimed Patio | Gluten-Free Menu | Weekend Brunch
Where to Sit: Though it fills up quickly, try snagging a spot on the patio, which Columbus Alive described as "a casually elegant and breezily fabulous food- and drink-fueled playground" and Columbus magazine simply called "breathtaking."
When to Go: Lindey's really gets hopping during its weekend brunch—held on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. During this time, regulars clamor for indulgent, yet affordable dishes, such as french toast stuffed with banana and cream cheese and crab cakes with eggs.
While You're Waiting
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Explore 32 rooms filled with bargain-priced books at The Book Loft of German Village (631 South Third Street), which is located in a pre–Civil War era building.
After: Settle in for a pint at The Old Mohawk (819 Mohawk Street), a historic pub that's been in the neighborhood since 1933.
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.