Restaurant and bar industry pros share their off-the-clock hangouts

Worthington resident Donnie Austin loves local food. The owner of Worthington's House Wine opened a second location in Bexley this summer. Even though he's frequently at either shop, he still finds time to explore Columbus' culinary scene. More often than not you'll find him at restaurants that source ingredients locally. In short, he says, “I want to know where it's from.” We asked him about a few of his favorites.

Special Occasion: The Whitney House. “It's in our neighborhood, has high-quality food and a nice variety of quality drink offerings. The hospitality is at a higher level, and we can take our kids there.”

Carryout: Northstar Café. “With a couple of kids with food allergies, we know what they put in their food and don't have to guess on how it's prepared. They're very transparent.”

Nepalese: Everest Cuisine. “The blend of [Nepalese], Indian and Tibetan cuisines provides a nice mix. I've had half their menu and try to order something new every time.”

Cocktails: M at Miranova. “We like to visit Cris [Dehlavi] for cocktails. We ask her what we should get.”

Food Truck: Ray Ray's Hog Pit. “I'll go to Land-Grant [Brewing Co.] and grab a beer while we wait. I get the brisket on Sundays.”