Columbus Mexican restaurants usually have two styles: They're either in no-nonsense, fluorescent-lit shopping centers, or they're chains with over-the-top décor, margarita deals and balloon animal artists wandering from table to table. Cosecha Cocina, the newest dining destination from Chris Crader's Grow Restaurants, stands out from the ordinary by providing a contemporary atmosphere and incredible food. At Cosecha, where chef Silas Caeton presents a fresh yet respectful take on traditional dishes from regions throughout Mexico, ambiance is well-considered. The magic takes place inside a beautifully refurbished 19th-century barn in trendy Italian Village. While Cosecha is thinking globally, it's sourcing locally, as is tradition for all of Crader's restaurants. Diners can travel throughout Mexico in a single meal, with Yucatán's cochinita pibil (barbecued pork topped with pickled red onions) or the beef short rib enchilada complete with Oaxacan mole. And no trip is complete without a pair of tacos and Cosecha's tender charred octopus. With a full bar serving up Mexican favorites like micheladas (a refreshing combination of beer, lime juice, chilies and salt) and a busy outdoor patio (complete with a fire pit), Cosecha is a neighborhood go-to and ideal for dinner with friends.
Order Up: Fried cod tacos
Generous pieces of tempura-fried cod are the star in these cabbage, avocado and aioli-laden tacos.