I've been really into Brussels sprouts recently and am thrilled that they are popping up on menus all around town this time of year.

I've been really into Brussels sprouts recently and am thrilled that they are popping up on menus all around town this time of year. I snagged this lovely little salad ($5) at lunch today at Skillet. It's shaved Brussels tossed in olive oil, lemon and bits of ricotta salata, a dried and aged ricotta. It's a refreshing little salad best suited for people who really love Brussels sprouts (uncooked sprouts are a lot more cabbage-y than their caramelized counterparts).

Knead makes some of the most delicious roasted Brussels sprouts in town. As a starter ($7), they're shaved and fried up in peanut oil with some bacon and garlic, then tossed in honey and golden balsamic. (So, in case you were wondering, the way to make a good-for-you vegetable taste really, really good is frying it in oil and drizzling it with honey.) Fried Brussels sprouts are featured prominently on Knead's Ohioan Pizza ($14), topped with mashed potatoes, bacon, chicken and white cheddar. I haven't tried it yet but have heard lots of raves.

G. Michael's Brussels sprouts small plate ($8) has a sweet element too, thanks to a dijon-maple cream sauce. The halved sprouts are sauteed and served with toasted almonds, candied onions and melted gruyere. You can also add some braised ham hock for an extra $2, and you'd have a great mini meal.

Know of any other great dishes with Brussels sprouts in Columbus? Email me at smann@columbuscrave.com