Roundup: Get political at these Columbus restaurants

Nicholas Dekker
Joe Biden at Jeni's, photo by Chris Russell

Plenty of Columbus restaurants and bars have enjoyed visits from well-known politicians and other celebrities. Given this week's cover story about Travis Irvine's gubernatorial run, we looked at five Columbus dining establishments that have had famous political visitors, or at least offer dishes honoring them.

Tommy's Diner

914 W. Broad St., Franklinton

Tommy's lays claim to old-school status in many regards. The eatery is family-owned and has been in business nearly three decades, which has given it time to accumulate throwback diner decorations, including a wall of local and national celebrities photographed with owner Tommy Pappas. Tommy's Diner is like the Sardi's of Columbus, with a veritable who's who of celebrities, local personalities and politicians adorning the walls just inside the entryway.

Dempsey's Food & Spirits

346 S. High St., Downtown

Open since 2012, Dempsey's is situated across from the Franklin County Courthouse and in close proximity to city, county and state government. The lunch and dinner menus feature a roster of sandwiches named for politicians past and present, from the Coleman turkey burger to the Ginther buffalo chicken wrap, to the Dorrian roast beef sandwich, the O'Grady melt or the Lashutka French dip sandwich.

Graze at Capitol Square

1 Capitol Sq., Downtown

Although Graze doesn't have any direct connections with notable politicians, its location in the basement of the Ohio Statehouse makes it privy to all manner of political conversations. Who knows what deals have been discussed over a breakfast or lunch of Graze's farm-to-table menu?

Katzinger's Deli

475 S. Third St., German Village

Katzinger's is one of those Columbus institutions that's been visited by plenty of remarkable personalities over the years. Bill Clinton created his own sandwich when he visited during his presidency. It's been immortalized on the menu as the President Bill's Day at the Deli, a sandwich that features hot corned beef, Swiss cheese and hot mustard on pumpernickel.

Jeni's Ice Creams

Multiple locations

Joe Biden's love of ice cream has been well documented, and whenever he stops in Columbus a visit to Jeni's is in order. He's hit up the North Market stall, and even visited Jeni's HQ in the Arena District. In fact, when Biden joined Instagram last month, one of his first follows was Jeni's and its founder, Jeni Britton Bauer.