Name: Steve Grossman Age: 69 Neighborhood: Westerville Occupation: Environmental and landfill reduction consultant

Name: Steve Grossman • Age: 69 • Neighborhood: Westerville • Occupation: Environmental and landfill reduction consultant

For more than 10 years, Haiku restaurant has been a staple in the Short North. And for 10 years, Steve Grossman has been dining at the Asian Pacific eatery on a weekly basis, saying it's the escape he looks forward to-sitting on the patio with friends and overlooking High Street. He explains why he loves this sushi hot spot, even though he's not a sushi fan.

What keeps you coming back every week?

I met the owners Paul and Julie when they had a restaurant in Bexley and thought the food was excellent. They opened Haiku about 10 years ago, and we started stopping by. We simply found the atmosphere, staff and food excellent. I am not fond of sushi, but there are so many other choices-there is always something for everyone.

What makes this restaurant stand out to you?

The atmosphere is relaxing, and people are always having fun. From the patio in the heart of the Short North, the bar or any of the inside tables, the Haiku servers, chefs, bartenders and hostesses simply seem to be having a good time and want the people who eat here to do the same.

What is your favorite dish/drink?

The beef and chicken rice dishes are great. I will have a glass of wine, but a lot of my friends seem to enjoy some of their specialty drinks like the Cucumber Martini. I bring my business guests here, and when they come back to Columbus they want to eat here again. They all seem to love the sushi and constantly say it is some of the freshest and best they have experienced. The Crunching Buckeye Roll and High Street Roll are popular.

How is the vibe in the restaurant?

Upbeat, fun, relaxing and provides a venue for unwinding or celebrating a special occasion.As with any restaurant, there may be something that goes wrong.With Haiku, the staff goes out of their way to make it right.

What do you think of the location of the restaurant?

The Short North is a great section of town, and Haiku is the heart of it.The location is great, and the patio deservedly has been voted the best in Columbus many times. I think there are some great patios, such as Lindey's in German Village, but in the Short North I haven't found anything to beat Haiku's.

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