My wife and I wandered the streets of Columbus tonight to try to find an appropriate restaurant for our gathering on Monday night – “A Bluster of Bloggers.” We looked high and low along High Street (pun intended) and found a bevy of bars and many high priced eateries. We had picked a place called “Brothers” (seemed somewhat appropriate) when I ran into a girl who had grown up in my church in Cedar Rapids and is now living in Columbus. She said that Brothers is sort of a college kids bar and we might feel a little out of place.
She recommended two places – one called “Bareburger” and the other called “Barleys.” They are side by side, on High Street, right across the street from the main entrance (well, one of the main entrances) to the convention center. We went into both places and there are a couple of nice seating areas, if I can get there on time and reserve a spot (no reservations taken), at Barleys. So, we chose that one. Like pretty much every place along High Street, it is a drinking establishment (the Barley ain’t for making bread!), but it seems to be a restaurant first, and a bar second. Good luck finding a food-only place in that part of town. There was a nice place called “Martini’s” but I thought better of that. Seriously, this is a reasonably priced restaurant and had a nice area where we could sit together and talk. The online advertisement makes the place look like it’s just a bar, but it’s like a Chili’s or Applebee’s.
Bareburger looked good, but the seating arrangements didn’t look conducive to a larger group sitting around and having good fellowship.
Barley’s is at 467 N. High, across from the (or one of the) main entrance to the convention center. Jenni and I will go early (probably about the time the last sermon begins) and get a table, so come over as soon as the sermon is over, after the Monday afternoon Pastor’s Conference session. Right now, I’m planning on about 8 or 10 people based on those who have indicated their plans to attend. If you want to join us it would be great if you indicated that, so that I can make plans accordingly. Even if you decide at the last minute, you are invited. Feel free to come. You don’t need a ticket. Evidently, Todd is NOT paying, much to our disappointment.
Here’s the menu.
There’s even a “Holy Burger” (well, Holy ‘Shroom Burger). I mean, what more can you ask? Of course, any men who ask for a veggie burger will be mercilessly ridiculed.