Too often I've had to point seasoned diners in the direction of L'Antibes because they simply didn't know it was there. True, this French-influenced restaurant carries on in Columbus with little fuss, tucked off of High Street with a patio that's probably one of the neighborhood's best kept secrets. That's a shame. The classical food with a fresh twist chef Matthew Litzinger crafts is worth a stopover, and for more than just a special occasion.

Too often I've had to point seasoned diners in the direction of L'Antibes because they simply didn't know it was there. True, this French-influenced restaurant carries on in Columbus with little fuss, tucked off of High Street with a patio that's probably one of the neighborhood's best kept secrets. That's a shame. The classical food with a fresh twist chef Matthew Litzinger crafts is worth a stopover, and for more than just a special occasion.

Hands down L'Antibes wins on plate presentation-each dish is like a work of art with striking colors and layers, but with thought into how diners will actually eat this dish. There's no building of soft on soft that can be difficult to cut through. It's clean and makes sense.

Like many of the regulars, I can't get enough of the seared-to-perfection Sweetbreads Au Poivre, rich and tender enough to convert even the weariest diner. It's become Litzinger's signature, he admits (so there's no fear it'll scurry off the menu). Once you've tried it, move on to the crispy-skin duck breast with a cherry veal demi-glace or, frankly, any of his seafood preparations.

If you want to taste the true skill of L'Antibes' chef, attend one of the restaurant's bi-monthly wine dinners always held the second Monday of each month and on either the third or fourth Monday (sign up for their email newsletters for the best updates). Each five-course dinner is themed by region, featuring wines from Northern California, Italy, France and beyond with paired dishes inspired by the selected regions and wines themselves.

L'Antibes earns its first spot on our annual list of Top 10 fine dining spots in the city for its beautiful, consistent food that brings a touch of France to the city without pomp and intimidation.

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