Plan your Saturday around Columbus's best booze-infused food

One of the best things about Columbus is that we're always ready for the weekend here in town with a slew of alcohol-infused options for brunch, dinner, and dessert. I mean, the only thing that can make the A++ gourmet food and treats in Columbus better is the addition of a lil' booze. Check out this list of delicious options and plan your Lyft ride home ASAP.

Brunch

The first stop of your booze-focused food tour of the city has to be Wolf's Ridge Brewing (215 N 4th Street), because there's no better place to start than an incredible brewery that prioritizes a badass menu just as much as it does a great selection of beer on tap. Get their bacon "french toast," made with bread pudding, applewood smoked bacon, crushed walnuts, bourbon-bacon ice cream, maple syrup, and tuile. Stay there all day and get the duck breast for dinner, with stout cherry jam.


If nostalgic kids' breakfasts are more up your alley, opt instead for a selection of boozy cereals at The Whitney House (666 High Street). They'll spike your cinnamon toast crunch with rum, or add Kahlua to your cocoa puffs. Word is, they've also got boozy milkshakes so you can pretend you're Uma Thurman on a retro 50s-style date with John Travolta.

Happy hour

Split a beer cheese Bavarian pretzel appetizer at Barley's Brewing Company (467 N High Street) and prepare to roll into a food coma shortly after. Don't forget the pale ale mustard, it's amazing.

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The Pearl (641 N High Street) is one of the Short North's most popular restaurants right now, so happy hour is an ideal time to give it a shot – be sure to make yours a shooter of oysters with vodka.
While it's allegedly off-menu, we hear that Club 185's (185 E Livingston Avenue) beer cheese fries are worth trying.

Dinner

Get the center cut beef tenderloin at Basi Italia (811 Highland Street), complete with crisp potato, mushroom, gorgonzola red wine jus. Or, go with the creamy kale stuffed rainbow trout at G. Michael's Bistro and Bar (595 Third Street), which comes with a bourbon-honey butter sauce, omggg.

The Refectory (1092 Bethel Road), a Columbus staple, has a ton of booze-related options for dinner, but they'll cost you: Pick from the spiced duck breast with candied fruit pinot noir sauce, the chilled Maine lobster "Court Bouillon" with Champagne and wild herb vinaigrette, or the braised beef short rib in Burgundy wine. Drop the mic, roll yourself home.

Dessert

But first, it's not a Columbus night out without some Jeni's (714 N High Street) ice cream at the end of it. Many flavors are seasonal, but there are at least three possible flavors that have booze: Middle West whiskey and pecans, the Hot toddy sorbet, and my personal favorite: Riesling poached pear. They've got multiple locations, so your odds of running into one are pretty good.

If ice cream's not your thing, try the light rum-infused mojito donut at Destination Donuts (59 Spruce Street) — but again, flavor offerings may vary day to day.

Meryl Williams is an Ohio-based writer who loves Rilo Kiley and roller derby. Sign up for her awesome TinyLetter.