Breaking bread is a bonding experience, encouraging new friendships while testing the strength of communal sledgehammers. Swing into sustenance with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of meat, seafood, and pasta dishes at The Wine Guy Wine Shop, Wine Bar & Bistro, valid at its Gahanna location.
Chefs at the The Wine Guy Wine Shop, Wine Bar & Bistro grill and sauté seafood, meat, and pasta dishes sized for dinner or tapas-style nibbling. The Bistro welcomes diners with starters such bowls of beer cheese soup ($5.99), mussels ($12.99), and tomato-basil bruschetta ($7.99) served in an Old World setting alive with chatter and an ambiance reminiscent of a library during talking hours. Main dishes including teriyaki-marinated salmon come in either dinner portions ($18.99) or tapas shares ($13.99). Tapas-scaled chicken marsala ($13.99) can partner with a small plate of spicy shrimp pasta ($13.49) to add an alternative spin to dinner dates or weekly suppers with the milkman. Other entrees include the bacon-wrapped prawns, a trio of sautéed monster prawns swaddled in bacon and served with fried squash chips and a tomato lime vinaigrette ($18.99). Desserts put appetites to rest with sweet, sticky servings such as molten lava cake ($5.99) and crème brûlée ($4.99) imbued with nutty, caramel flavors.
The Wine Guy Bistro
Craig and Laura Decker seem to have a difficult time making up their minds. They also seem to have a knack for turning this indecisiveness into an advantage at every turn. When it came to opening their new business, for example, they briefly wondered whether it should feature a wine shop, a wine bar, or a gourmet bistro. Their solution? All three.
This spirit of inclusivity pervades The Wine Guy Bistro, where the Deckers pair seasonal wine varietals with globally inspired cuisine. Rather than choose between European elegance and New-American pizzazz, they settled on a compromise they describe as “Old World chic.” This label suits a menu that features small plates of housemade meatballs and bruschetta alongside assorted cheeses from around the world. The focus on small plates is in keeping with the Deckers’ have-it-all mentality and gives diners the option to sample several dishes without having to barter with adjacent tables.