Despite the fact that it’s a bit belated, I wanted to get around to posting about my fun weekend in Columbus with some of my CLEfriends. This was a weekend road-trip with a purpose, as we were going to my friend’s bridal shower. But heading down to Columbus can make for quite the fun weekend no matter what your reason for being there.
On our way down 71 on Friday evening, we somehow passed up the lure of Grandpa’s Cheesebarn, which in general is a must-stop on the way south. However, we couldn’t resist a hearty dinner at Troyer’s Dutch Heritage in Walnut Creek. This combination restaurant, gift shop, candy store, and miniature golf course beckons weary travellers. The “broasted” chicken (think incredibly crispy and juicy fried chicken), whipped potatoes, creamed corn, and bread with apple butter were satisfying and delicious. Dutch Heritage is not the height of food creativity, it’s just good, stick-to-your-ribs home cookin’.
Saturday afternoon started off with the bridal shower at Salvi’s Bistro in Dublin.
The bride’s mother’s friends put on a lovely and colorful event. At one month away from the wedding today, I’m so excited for my dear friend and her fiance and so honored to be part of their special day.
After the bridal shower, we headed to Easton Town Center to do some shopping! Easton is an outdoor shopping venue, much like Crocker Park or Legacy Village. From Macy’s and Nordstrom to Tiffany & Co., lululemon, White House Black Market, Restoration Hardware, and many more, Easton offers a wide array of fun and unique shops.
After working our way through half of the massive complex, we needed to refresh with margaritas at Adobe Gilas.
Once we finished shopping (for the day), we headed to German Village for dinner at Schmidt’s Sausage Haus.
Schmidt’s has been featured on both “Man versus Food” and the Food Network’s “Best of Ohio.” The restaurant is nestled in the German Village area of Columbus, with brick streets, brownstones, and adorable shops and bars make up the neighborhood.
Our wait to get into Schmidt’s on a Saturday night was around an hour, so plan on doing some shopping in their Fudge Haus gift shop, then playing some Words with Friends while you wait! We also got to catch some tunes from Schnicklefritz, the accordian and drums duo playing polkas that night. Everything about Schmidt’s is old-world and authentic, from the music to the food to the waiters in leiderhosen. The service is, well, German: very efficient and no-nonsense.
We started our dinner with some good German beer. I tried the Paulaner Hefeweizen, which was a great summer choice. Although I easily would have traded with Hungry in Cleveland for her house dark lager. The beers come in three sizes: small, medium, and large. The medium is perfect, the large is unliftable!
Most of us chose the house specialty sausage: the Bahama Mama. This smoky, spicy sausage was incredibly delicious, especially when paired with kraut and German potato salad. While it seemed I didn’t make a dent in my food, I ate plenty and still had a lot leftover. Two items, besides the Bahama Mama, that deserve special attention are the applesauce and the potato soup. Both are clearly homemade and incredibly tasty. I also had a bite of the weiner schnitzel and would recommend that to any non-sausage fans.
For dessert, we 5-way split one of Schmidt’s famous half-pound cream puffs. We chose the traditional vanilla, but there are a wide variety. The peanut butter cream puff is definitely on my must-order list for my next visit!
The next morning, before heading back to CLE, we did some more shopping at Polaris Fashion Place, another massive mall in the Columbus area. We had a great little road-trip weekend in Columbus. As much as I love CLE, it’s always fun to explore a different town and Columbus has some great eats and shopping to offer!