Columbus Monthly’s 2021 Best New Restaurants
Ten dining spots that inspired us during a difficult year
Whether it’s an East Coast-style sandwich carryout or a mecca for handmade pasta or a fast-casual Somali restaurant, our favorite new dining spots of the past year have one thing in common: They’ve rolled with the punches. Some opened before the COVID-19 outbreak began last year, forcing them to pivot; others opened in defiance of the historic pandemic, with safety and takeout plans in place from the start.
Restaurants changed this year and so did we. Several of our typical barometers for evaluation—such as dining experience, service and pretty plating—went out the window in a world dominated by takeout and delivery. Instead, we focused on ingenuity, potential and—simply—good food. Here are 10 of the top newcomers to open from November 2019 to October 2020.