OK, I'll cop to chuckling a bit over the silly alliteration of this event name. But then I read the description and immediately changed my tune. This thing sounds awesome! Columbus Food Adventures is pairing with Columbus Historical Society for a tour of four classic East Side restaurants: The Top Steakhouse, TAT Ristorante di Famiglia, Wing's and Johnson's Real Ice Cream.
Alive's G.A. Benton wrote about most of these Classic Columbus Haunts for a cover story back in October, which is where these photos shot by Will Shilling and Jodi Miller originally ran.
I adore all of these places, especially the Top, a '50s-chic dinner spot that feels vintage in the best kind of way. TAT, pictured up top, is another personal favorite. This family-owned Italian restaurant, open since 1929, is the kind of place you have to see to believe. The portrait-laden wallpapered walls are an iconic bit of Columbus restaurant decor.
As part of the Taste of Columbus Historic Restaurants event, attendees will hear tales about these legendary spots while enjoying a progressive dinner. (In case you were wondering, you'll get the pizza at TAT, prime rib at The Top, pot stickers at Wing's and pink champagne sherbet from Johnson's.)
The tour runs from 6-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 24. The cost is $70 per person, or $65 for Historical Society members. Space is limited to 24 people, so sign up quickly. Email Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also! Take a look at this amazing bar menu, from back when Wing's was called Far East. Yes, those prices are in cents. And yes, Wing's still has a surprisingly great Scotch selection.