One day in Columbus, Ohio (gluten free)
I’m from Columbus (Go Buckeyes!) and visit frequently to see my family — including my sister, who also has Celiac disease. I compiled some stops from my March trip into this one-day itinerary. There’s lots more to see (and eat) in Columbus, so I’ll share more suggestions in the future.
Start with breakfast at Bake Me Happy, a certified gluten-free bakery in Merion Village. My sister and I ordered the donut muffin and the cinnamon coffee cake muffin to share, plus coffee. And we got a zebra cake and a quinoa flake monster cookie for later — good decision. All were delicious.
Follow the Scioto Mile to the Main Street Bridge for views of the Columbus skyline.
Get tea at Asterisk Supper Club in Westerville. I had the rosehip, hibiscus and cherry tea and four tea sandwiches. Our server was very helpful. The kitchen used gluten-free bread, a fresh batch of cream cheese (which is piped onto the bread), and new butter and jam for my sandwiches. She suggested that I avoid the p, b and j sandwich because they use a giant jar of peanut butter that could be contaminated. I went with cucumber, egg salad, salmon and strawberry. I’d go here again, but make sure to tell your server you need to eat gluten-free and ask questions.
Wander the shops in Uptown Westerville.
Stop at Graeter’s Ice Cream, which originated in Ohio. You can buy a pint (it never hurts to have extra) or ask them to scoop your ice cream from new containers in the back. Graeter’s is known for its chocolate chips — they’re gigantic. I went with black raspberry chip. You can see the gluten-free flavors here.
Walk across Hoover Dam and follow the trails along the water.
Get dinner at Marcella’s. Cameron Mitchell is one of your best friends in Columbus. He has restaurants all over town that all have extensive gluten-free menus — and they bring out fresh bread. You can see all of his restaurants here. Marcella’s serves Italian food, and I had the chicken parmesan. You can see the gluten-free menu here. I’d make a reservation.
- Bake Me Happy (Menu: https://www.bakemehappygf.com/menu)
- Asterisk Supper Club (Afternoon tea menu: http://www.asterisksupperclub.com/copy-of-anytime-food)
- Graeter’s Ice Cream (Menu: http://www.graeters.com/nutritional-information)
- Marcella’s (Menu: https://marcellasrestaurant.com/portals/10/menus/MarcPol_Gluten1116.pdf)
(Disclaimer: I’m not a dietitian. I’m describing my experiences in hopes of helping with your trip planning, but you’ll need to decide what feels comfortable and safe for you.)