231 E. Livingston Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215
The Kitchen is an unusual idea on the cusp of German Village. Much of the time this spot is more of an event space, open specifically to reserved groups of people to cook together, often coworkers or special occasions. So a lot of the food that you eat here you are actually making yourself. But the kitchen does have a support staff who will help you with those ingredients and back you up with a little extra food where need be. Oh, and it is actually a restaurant open one night a week for the public for Taco Tuesday. Worthy but under-recognized experience.
Just looking at the dishes prepared by the staff, you find a lot of ability to get creative and make some great things. Some of the best:
- Pizzas: They like the flatbread-style pizzas here and tend to pick a set of ingredients and roll with them. A vegetarian option features zucchini, onions, tomatoes and peppers and is really good with the thick, slightly crispy crust. Or there’s a sausage and pepperoni option that’s pretty good, too. Generally, the staff is pretty responsive to the group that’s joining them, and so a few variations are normal.
- Spinach salad: The signature salad here is a spinach-based acidic number served with a bunch of apple slices, pomegranate seeds, a nice vinaigrette and nuts.
- Brownie: Not too sweet, heavy on the cocoa, and thick. Almost like a cake. Awesome.
- Charcuterie boards: Just a shout out here because this is more of an arrangement than anything made in house. But a crazy good combination of nuts, cheeses, crackers and spreads. Greets people as they come in.
While the model means you as a consumer won’t often be worried about the prices of the food, it does allow for a chance to get to know the staff a little better, and they create a wonderful mood – a combination of playful, informative and educational as they often help smooth out the cooking process and handle some of the more complex cooking tasks.
German Village is unmistakable home of some of Columbus’ best dining spots, with good food of every strip to be found hidden among these stout brick structures. Something creative like the Kitchen flies a bit under the radar outside of the corporate world. But it’s a very memorable, very fun place. It’s a real treat to be able to come here, and try Columbus dining in a different way.
- The spot is most often open to the public on Tuesday nights; there’s a few different taco Tuesday events and a few other limited offerings.
- A good spot if you have dietary restrictions, especially Gluten-free.
- Consider a group activity for this place, that’s the best way to experience it.