It's been nine years since Rockmill Brewery opened its doors on a former horse farm near Lancaster and three since its sister restaurant debuted in the Brewery District, but owner Matthew Barbee isn't slowing down. The Lancaster location recently opened a new production facility and tasting room. We asked Barbee—who lives at the farm and has an apartment near the restaurant—where he likes to eat and drink in Columbus.
Breakfast: The Lox Bagel Shop. “Kevin [Crowley] and Silas [Caeton] hit a home run with this concept. The everything bagel is everything.”
Dessert: Pistacia Vera. “I’ve been pairing their bakery items with my beers since Rockmill opened. The Chocolate Bombe cake is always a strong finish.”
Carryout: Brassica. “They are so fast, and they serve the best falafel I’ve ever had.”
Fine Dining: Comune. “I couldn’t be more impressed with them. The space is beautiful and my new go-to spot for après-yoga meals.”
Dive Bar: Eight and Sand Tavern & Refuge in Hungarian Village. “My buddy Brody Wakefield just opened this neighborhood spot, and I love its jukebox and beers.”