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Dining

Dining

Whether you want a quick bite or a gourmet meal, you’ll find that dining in Worthington is a pleasure. You’ll enjoy fine local, regional and international cuisine at a host of restaurants in our area – and several dining establishments are ready with party rooms and reception areas to accommodate your corporate event or family reunion. Fine wines, cocktails and a wide selection of beers are available in diverse settings that invite everything from a quiet toast for two to a spirited gathering of co-workers celebrating after business hours.

For a special occasion, a business dinner or a family gathering, consider the Worthington Inn, an historic inn recognized as one of central Ohio’s top dining establishments. Try signature shrimp and grits or other Atlantic coast seafood specialties at Rivage Atlantique, or sample the eclectic cuisine at J. Liu Restaurant & Bar. All three feature inviting bar areas, or you can start your evening at House Wine, a destination wine shop and bar with a modern, casual atmosphere. You can try 24 different wines by the ounce or glass at the Enomatic wine dispensing machine, or open a bottle to enjoy on premise, for a small corkage fee, perhaps accompanied by flatbreads, Italian meats and an artisanal cheese plate.

Food

Hungry for pizza? You have two miles of choices along High Street. Try the award-winning grape and gorgonzola pie at Pies & Pints at The Shops at Worthington Place, voted among the “Top 20 Pizza Places in America.” Amano’s, also at The Shops at Worthington Place, has an inviting patio area, in addition to its indoor pizza parlor atmosphere. On the south end of High Street, stop at Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza for a combination of live music and old world New York-style pizza made in a unique high temperature anthracite-coal fired oven. In between, try a white pizza with lobster at Rivage, or a traditional pepperoni from Worthington Primo Pizza, a local favorite. New to town but importing fans from other locations are Dewey’s Pizza, at New England Avenue and High Street, which offers some unusually named pizzas like Rocky Balboa and Edgar Allen Poe, and Jet’s Pizza, the 17th largest pizza chain in the nation, a good choice for delivery for your tailgate party.

Sweet tooth? Mrs. Goodman’s Baking Co. offers scratch-made cakes, cupcakes, or cutout cookies, and the tempting pastries and Viennoiseries at La Chatelaine are sure to delight, along with their other French cuisine, ranging from quiche to Beef Bourguignon to delicate crepes. Treat yourself to ice cream at Graeter’s in downtown Worthington or a Blizzard or soft-serve cone in the nostalgic setting at Dairy Queen. At The Shops at Worthington Place, select a decadent truffle from Sugarbush.

Start the day with a La Chatelaine croissant or head to Panera or First Watch at The Shops at Worthington Place. The Worthington Inn features a spectacular brunch buffet on Sundays.

Worthington residents love to gather in warm, welcoming pub settings with neighbors and co-workers. Old Bag of Nails Pub, a Sustaining Member of the Chamber, has a tradition of serving locals their legendary fish and chips and beers in a trendy setting that was once part of a hardware store. Also in downtown Worthington, P.K. O’Ryans Irish Pub is a quaint traditional Irish Pub that is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Pub Out Back, a newer neighbor, is just that – a cozy gathering place tucked in a courtyard, where friends can raise a glass to all of Worthington’s distinctive dining options.

To find these and other dining options in Worthington, check the Buyers’ Guide in the back of this directory under Restaurants, Wine and Spirits, Caterers, Ice Cream and related categories.

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