Restaurant industry insiders share where they like to eat and drink in Columbus.
Julia Sivertson has been hawking beer and spirits for more than 10 years, getting her feet wet at Weiland’s Market and Cavalier Distributing before landing her current job as a sales manager at Middle West Spirits. Her role means getting to know—and sell to—eateries throughout Columbus. As a result, the pescatarian knows the restaurant scene well. These are a few of her favorites.
Breakfast: Katalina’s. “They have great vegetarian options. I love the black bean tacos and the pancake balls. They’re buttery, fluffy little clouds full of Nutella dipped in barrel-aged maple syrup.”
Special Occasion: Veritas. “They have inventive cocktails, an excellent beer list and some of the most uniquely delicious food I have ever tasted. Their mushroom toast might be my favorite dish, ever.”
Dive Bar: St. James Tavern. “The beer selection is great and well-priced, the jukebox is well-curated and the owner, Michelle [Hill], is an absolute gem.”
Mediterranean: Lavash Café. “Their vegetarian options are delicious, and they make adorable memes on social media. My favorite entrée is the Mojadara [or Mujaddara]. I had their black bean hummus and falafel at my wedding.”
Comfort Food: Yellow Brick Pizza. “They have one of the most creative beer lists in the city, with esoteric imports, trendy craft styles and easy-drinking lagers. I order the Green Man [pizza] and the Spicy Chicken Corn Chowder with mushrooms instead of chicken.”