How to have a Southern day in Columbus, Ohio

October 15, 2017

When this Texan moved to Ohio, I didn’t quite know what to expect.  I have since found out that it is a fabulous place to live, and have had the chance to show my friends and family the same.  Two of my Texas friends have come out to Columbus a few times now, and we love showing them what the Midwest has to offer.  Last time they came, we did our very own brewery tour!  For their most recent trip, I decided it would be fun to do a “Southern” twist on the day.  So if you find yourself hosting folks from the South, or you just want to have a themed adventure day in Columbus, here’s my guide for a Southern day in Columbus, Ohio.

Start the day with biscuits and gravy.

Biscuits and Gravy

Biscuits and gravy are a central staple to any Southerner’s breakfast.  There are a few spots to get some here in town, but I recommend the Chorizo gravy version at Hadleys.  As a Texan, I am not scared of a little spice and the chorizo addition to their gravy adds the perfect kick over their house made biscuits.  They even put a fried egg on top making this dish a total winner.

Sample bourbon.

bourbon  Watershed

Kentucky gets ALL the attention for bourbon, but if you haven’t had Watershed‘s take you are missing out.  Watershed Distillery is one of the few in the state and makes fantastic spirits for our city.  They recently opened up a whole new bar and kitchen area, which allows you to try their bourbon in a work-of-art cocktail.  However, I recommend doing their distillery tour.  We had a blast walking through their space and learning about their craft.  The tour also ends with a chance to sample ALL of their offerings.

Eat all the BBQ.

Smoked on High

I can’t write this post without talking about BBQ.  And I’ve had some delicious fare here in Columbus but my absolute favorite is the newly opened Smoked on High.  If you haven’t tried it yet, you need to get over there.  Immediately.  They have a pretty small menu, because they focus their energy on making just a few items absolutely amazing.  I like to get the pulled pork sandwich, my husband likes the brisket.  Add a side of mac n cheese and you will be saying Y’ALL in no time.

Listen to some Bluegrass.


One of our favorite bars in Columbus is Brother’s Drake.  They are a meadery and offer really unique (and yummy) beverages.  They often have live music as well!  When we were there this past weekend Grassinine was playing and it was a blast!  Love a little banjo on a Friday night now and then.

There’s plenty of ways to embrace the South right here in Central Ohio.  What are some of your favorites?

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