I recently took advantage of a long weekend and headed up to northern Ohio to visit some friends and decided to break up the trip by finding an interesting spot to have lunch and walk around a town with locally owned shops, so I contacted Amy Weirick who covers tourism marketing for the Columbus area. She suggested stopping in Worthington, just outside of Columbus and having lunch at the Worthington Inn.
What a great find that was! The Worthington Inn is located about 15 minutes from downtown Columbus and dates back to the 1800s. They believe in local, fresh and natural and bake their own bread daily (so yummy) and churn their own ice creams and sorbets. They make their pickles, soups, sauces and desserts in-house. As if that wasn't enough, they have the very best servers. We were lucky to get Rebecca, who not only was outstanding in her job, but also was a wealth of information about the Columbus area supplying us with websites, brochures, etc. She definitely added a great spark to our experience – thanks Rebecca!
The food is very good and worth the visit. I have to confess that I liked it so much, I stopped there again on my way home for Sunday brunch. Going up, I ordered the house-made veggie burger which had a lot of great flavor. My friend had the Lake Erie Walleye and said it was delicious. For brunch on the return, I had the frittata and my friend had the french toast with peaches – both were fresh and wonderful.
Fortunately, this is in a quaint town, so we were able to walk off a bit of our food. There are several charming stores and to top it off, there is a bakery next door: www.sassasfrasbakery.com Not only, do they have scrumptious pies, cakes and the like, but they also have a Happy Hour. Happy Hour in a bakery you say? Yes and this one is from 3-5 and serves milk and cookies. You buy a cookie for $2 and they give you a small container of milk – just too cute to resist. We also bought a box of doughnut muffins – they look like muffins but have the consistency of a doughnut and are not fried. Those were just outrageous!
So, if you have the opportunity to be in the Columbus area or just want to get out of town, visit Worthington and the Worthington Inn. You will love it!