Thurber's Bar new gastropub menu

Shelley Mann, Columbus Alive

These lovely and delish tacos can be found on the menu at Thurber's Bar, a quaint spot found in the Westin Hotel that's just rolled out a new gastropub-style menu filled with such treats. Specifically, they're Duck Confit Tacos ($12) topped with both a sweet-and-sour glaze and basil-cilantro cream sauce. Squeeze on some lime and it's the tastiest couple of bites you'll have this year.

We also tried the unusual Calamari Fries ($12), thick blocks of deep-fried squid served with a fig & marsala wine sauce.

And this great Short Rib Sloppy "James." The sloppy joe riff is topped with fontina, sweet onion jam, roasted tomatoes and something called peppered wild lettuce, on a terrific buttery bun. It's an ambitious take on a childhood favorite, and it works. Great signature dish for this place.

Swing by during happy hour to try some of these snacks, when a bunch of them are discounted to $5 apiece, and draft beers are $3.

The Westin used to serve lunch and dinner out of High Street Grill, but that area has been transformed into a special events space and dine-in service is now available only at Thurber's. The space itself is nice (decor includes some of namesake James Thurber's sketches) but could use a facelift too. Luckily, it sounds like one is coming. Our waiter informed us they're getting ready to knock out the exterior wall and open up the space with some sidewalk seating.

Things I'd like to go back and sample:

--Housemade Potato Chips with sriracha aioli

--PEI Mussels with green curry broth and grilled baguette

--Mac & Cheese with fontina, gruyere and parmesan

--Mini Samon Burgers with spinach, feta, roasted tomato and garlic aioli

--Thurber's Burger with arugula, grilled red onion, roasted red peppers, sharp cheddar and an herb aioli

Thurber's Bar at the Westin

310 S. High St., Downtown