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01-31-2008, 08:37 AM
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I'm not a big fan of Buca. I don't like sharing food. I want my dish to be my dish.

I typically don't get food before games in the Arena District. If I'm hungry, I'll eat close to home first. I like a few of the restaurants there (Ted's is probably tops for me), but prefer them on non-game nights when they're not as hectic.

Now drinking in the AD before games ... that, I do - sometimes when I'm not even going to the game.

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I've been to Buca all of twice. The first time, it was claustrophobic and loud and unpleasant, and I swore off coming. I only went the second time 'cause it was my sister's birthday, and she wanted to so badly. It was ten million times better that second time.

I also approve of the dish sharing, because it was in this way that I discovered Chicken Marsala.

Buca di Beppo gets the Viqsi Seal Of Approval(tm).

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I'm not a big fan of Buca. I don't like sharing food. I want my dish to be my dish.

I typically don't get food before games in the Arena District. If I'm hungry, I'll eat close to home first. I like a few of the restaurants there (Ted's is probably tops for me), but prefer them on non-game nights when they're not as hectic.

Now drinking in the AD before games ... that, I do - sometimes when I'm not even going to the game.
If I didn't have to drive at least 45 minutes (traffic considered) from the AD to my fiancee's place, I'd drink there, too.

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01-31-2008, 05:13 PM
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The food at Buca near the arena is always good, but the last couple of times the wife and I have been there the service has not been up to snuff. In fact, when we were there on Tuesday evening it was so bad that the manager took care of our tab. I'm normally pretty lenient about the level of service on game nights due to how busy the place is on those nights, but when customers who were seated a half-hour after us had eaten and left fifteen minutes before we were given our bill, I felt compelled to tell a manager about it. When you arrive at 5:30 for dinner, you should reasonably expect to be out in time to see the puck drop, which didn't happen that night.
At least management took care of the tab. I've been to some restaurants that didn't even want to do that.

I asked my fiancee about the service, and she raves about it, and it wasn't bad the last time we went. And my fiancee is one of those who can be nit-picky if the service is bad.

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At least management took care of the tab. I've been to some restaurants that didn't even want to do that.

I asked my fiancee about the service, and she raves about it, and it wasn't bad the last time we went. And my fiancee is one of those who can be nit-picky if the service is bad.
Anyone ever go to Bravo? I like it much more than Bucca.

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Anyone ever go to Bravo? I like it much more than Bucca.
Where is it located and what's it like?

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Anyone ever go to Bravo? I like it much more than Bucca.
I agree (Brio, too -- basically the same place). The food at Buca is plentiful, but really bland, IMHO. I've been happy with everything I've tried at Bravo/Brio.

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01-31-2008, 05:46 PM
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Where is it located and what's it like?
There are several around town. Off the top of my head, Crosswoods (270 & 23 North), Bethel just W of Sawmill, Polaris, Easton. Here's their web site:

Brio: http://www.brioitalian.com/
Bravo: http://www.bravoitalian.com/

I think they position Brio to be a little upscale of Bravo, but you'll find several of the same menu items at both places, and the quality is the same. I've had a variety of dishes from pasta dishes (Shrimp Fra Diavolo is my favorite, but Penne Mediterranean is good, too) to steaks (my wife got a steak last Sunday, and it was great). Salads and deserts are good, too.

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Aside from Rbar, I'll go to Buca or Gordon Biersch if people want to meet there, but I really like going to Barley's Smokehouse down on 33 either before or after. Food's still good, beer's very good, and sometimes it's nice to get away from the arena crowd for a bit, especially if you hit the Smokehouse during a quieter part of the night. Some sauerkraut balls, a raspberry wheat ale, and taking over the game with the guys I go with is a pretty nice way to wind down my night.

I also like Mac's in the Short North, or if it's a weekend game, hitting the North Market in the afternoon and then going down to the arena. Not much of a walk.

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01-31-2008, 08:27 PM
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Bravo (and Brio) have excellent food and is my choice for Italian around this town.

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why do i feel that while watching the Clinton-Obama debate on CNN all Clinton does is yell/talk down to people....its not literally yelling but i feel like shes just angry at whoever asked her the question

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Another good spot not far from downtown is the Grandview Cafe - good food (including, for you Canadians, poutine!), lots of TVs, nice bar, and it's run by a big CBJ fan - Billy C.

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So when you guys go to a Jackets game, where do you enjoy the pregame meal (if you do that)?

My fiancee is absolutely in love with Buca Di Beppo, plus the location is great, since it's a hop, skip and a jump away from walking into the arena.
Red Star had good food before they closed. That's where the Boston Pizza is going in. I'm also a big fan of BD's Mongolian BBQ.

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02-01-2008, 04:38 AM
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Anyone enjoying the weather this morning? What about the school closings and delays?

Pretty much every school in Muskingum County is closed today.

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Saturday we are going to the Japenese Steak House for dinner before the game. We go there once a season because it is a bit pricey.

This is one of the restaurants where the chef cooks your food right at the table, and puts on a cool show while doing it. Not to mention the food is awesome.

If you are coming to a game from out-of-town, and want a cool dining experience, I highly reccomend it.

It is on north High street, north of Vine street. An easy walk to the arena when you are done.

Make reservations, though.

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If the wife and I are eating near the arena before a game, it's usually at Martini's (their valet is also the cheapest game night parking) or Tyfoon. Both are walking distance to the arena and have excellent food.

Occasionally we've done Haiku or Rosendales (one of Columbus' best) in the Short North.

After the game we usually head to the Hyde Park off of Henderson Road. We sit up at the bar and listen to the terrific little Jazz trio that plays there nearly every night. If you're hungry you can still get them to cook you a steak until about 11p.

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If the wife and I are eating near the arena before a game, it's usually at Martini's (their valet is also the cheapest game night parking) or Tyfoon. Both are walking distance to the arena and have excellent food.

Occasionally we've done Haiku or Rosendales (one of Columbus' best) in the Short North.

After the game we usually head to the Hyde Park off of Henderson Road. We sit up at the bar and listen to the terrific little Jazz trio that plays there nearly every night. If you're hungry you can still get them to cook you a steak until about 11p.
I also like Martini's. For that matter, I like martinis, too.

Marcella's is just south of Martini's on High, and I've had some great food there, too (same owner as Martini's).

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I also like Martini's. For that matter, I like martinis, too.

Marcella's is just south of Martini's on High, and I've had some great food there, too (same owner as Martini's).

North, not South, Flyer. I agree with you that it is pretty good and very "New York" style - open kitchen, noisy, bustling, etc. That's kind of Cameron Mitchell's signature.

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Saturday we are going to the Japenese Steak House for dinner before the game.
Probably my favorite restaurant in Columbus, or maybe the Columbus Fish Market. Two places I wish I could afford to go to more often.

I'll throw the Elevator in the mix as another great place to get a bite and some brews.

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I also like Martini's. For that matter, I like martinis, too.

Marcella's is just south of Martini's on High, and I've had some great food there, too (same owner as Martini's).
Is Marcella's the place that advertises valet service with a sign on the sidewalk? Just trying to get a mental image of where it's located.


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Has anyone been to the Kobe Japanese Steakhouse place in Easton yet?

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Is Marcella's the place that advertises valet service with a sign on the sidewalk? Just trying to get a mental image of where it's located.

Yes, it has valet parking and is on the west side of High. I think it's in the first block north of the cap, but I could be mistaken.

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Yes, it has valet parking and is on the west side of High. I think it's in the first block north of the cap, but I could be mistaken.
I'm not good with street names as I am directions. I know I come off 670 near the Convention Center and go down High, and then turn left at the first light. I pass that valet/restaurant place, and then at the next major intersection, I turn right and I'm at NA.

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I'm partial to a Wendy's double cheese on my way

to the game, lets me drink 1 or 2 beers at the game and still have change in my pocket... Course if I was smarter, I'd go see Mike at the RBar.. like I've been threatening to for the last cupla years.

Usually have one or two of my kids in tow, and they aren't quite of age to be Rbar patrons yet.

Morretti's on Sawmill is fantastic Italian for the person craving the chicken marsala.. fetticini, or veal parm...their Grandview location used to rock.. tableside on the sidewalk watching life go by.

Anthony & Tony Sousy's place in Canal Winchester (the Wedding place?) has some kick ass chicken marsala also.

I've never been to Ted's Montana Grill - anybody have suggestions on the best choice? I love good food - but the wife and I typically go to Hyde Parke when we have a night out.

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