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Columbus dining: The Top 20 restaurants
Friday, September 26, 2008 4:48 AM
BY JON CHRISTENSEN
FOR THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Difficult economic conditions have taken their toll on the dining
industry. According to the National Restaurant Association,
restaurants are reporting lower sales for the seventh time in the past
nine months -- citing the sluggish economy as their No. 1 challenge.
Despite these trying times, the Columbus culinary scene remains
Yet there are some notable changes to the Top 20 listing since last
year's Dining Guide:
• Perhaps the best-known chef in town, Hartmut Handke, has sold
Handke's Cuisine, long a mainstay of The Dispatch's Top 10. The
new owners, Tim and Lorie Phalen, are in charge of the operation,
which will be assayed in due course.
• At Barnum & Tibbetts Prime Kitchen & Wine Bar (now known as
B&T), two of the partners (including the chef) have been bought out
by the third, and a new chef is introducing a lower-priced menu, which
also will be reviewed soon.
• The new chef-owner of L'Antibes, Matthew Litzinger, is planning to
introduce a totally revamped menu later this month; that, along with
significant changes in the wine list, will merit reinspection.
Those listing changes aside, several constants remain: Like any other
restaurant rating, this list is subjective. The primary criterion is quality
of the food. Value, the surroundings and the level of service also are
taken into consideration -- as are other factors, such as the
willingness to take reservations, noise level, menu variety and
attention to details (quality of the bread, olive oil and butter, for
The "Top 10" restaurants represent the best in Columbus. The
second 10 -- called "the Next Tier" -- also are deserving of mention.
Both lists are presented alphabetically.
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