Cincinnati restaurants open up shop in Columbus

For those who know me well, I'm a bit of a Cincinnati homer. While I do love the Cap City-it's been my home for the past seven years, after all-I've been thrilled by announcements that a few of my hometown favorites are coming to Columbus.

First, Cincinnati-based grilled cheese and soup shop Tom+Chee will soon open two Columbus locations. The order-at-the-counter joint serves a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches like the Crunchy American (potato chips and American cheese), Hippy Chee (hummus, cucumber, tomato, mixed greens and cheddar), and my personal favorite, the Armagoetta (fried onions, pepperjack cheese and goetta). This is particularly exciting because you can't easily find the German-American breakfast meat outside of Cincinnati, and now we'll be able to order it on a sandwich. If you haven't ever tried goetta, do it. And don't listen to what anyone tells you about what it is and how it's made. Just eat and enjoy. (For more about Tom+Chee, check out "Counter Culture" in our May issue of Columbus Monthly.)

Downtown Cincinnati's Nada,a popular Mexican-leaning restaurant near Fountain Square, announced this week thatthey'll open a Columbus locationin the Arena District, as was reported by Columbus Business First. I'd venture to guess its modern menu, specialty cocktails and extensive selection of tequilas will be warmly welcomed here.

Finally-and most exciting, in my opinion-Cincinnatian's beloved family-owned LaRosa's Pizzeria is set to open a shop in Dublinthis fall. Back home, their family recipe pasta sauce is what you pour on your spaghetti and their hand-tossed pizza is the only pizza you order-ever. This is big, folks.

Goetta and LaRosa's pizza? I might never need to leave Columbus again.