In this series, we’re introducing readers to one of the most exciting neighborhoods in Columbus, Franklinton. From the historic origins of the neighborhood, to the critically acclaimed National Veterans Memorial and Museum and the scenic Scioto Mile trail to trendy new bars and restaurants, and even innovative new living spaces, there’s a lot to see and do in Franklinton — all within walking distance.
For more info about the neighborhood check out our Franklinton Series.
For foodies, coffee enthusiasts, and cocktail connoisseurs, there’s no shortage of places to indulge in Franklinton. In fact, it may just be Columbus’ most underrated dining and drinking destination.
This food and drink focused edition of the Franklinton Series highlights all the delicious options you’ll want to be sure to explore and share with your friends.
Restaurants, bars and coffee shops
- Roosevelt Coffeehouse: This coffee shop made a name on Long Street by serving up stellar coffee while emphasizing philanthropy and social impact. It joins the fold in Franklinton at Gravity, a force for the creation of unique communities that bring like-minded people, programs and physical spaces together.
- Bottoms Up Coffee: Also dedicated to positive social change through great coffee and active community engagement, Bottoms Up is a cozy and welcoming spot on West Broad Street. While you’re there, check out the on-site co-working space, Cova.
- Land-Grant Brewing Company: One of Columbus’ best known breweries calls Franklinton home. Land-Grant is a craft brewery with community beer hall vibes and an unforgettable barbecue food truck, Ray Ray’s Hog Pit. Be sure to enjoy the patio with a cold beer and some incredible smoked meat.
- BrewDog: The Scottish brewery’s Franklinton taproom features a stellar rooftop patio with skyline views. With the weather warming up, do yourself a favor and head in for one of their many varieties of beer — and some good eats to boot.
- Strongwater Food & Spirits: This restaurant and event center is set in the cool atmosphere of renovated warehouse and offices. Here you’ll taste some of the city’s best cocktails while appreciating the beautiful interior of a historic 1910 building. Be sure to read all about the giant mural and enjoy it when you head in.
- Tommy’s Diner: You’ll be transported back in time in this classic family-owned diner with stainless steel walls, neon lights and red vinyl booths. Expect great food and welcoming hospitality.
- Rehab Tavern: A no-frills neighborhood bar with wood floors reclaimed from a basketball court. Rehab nails the “clean dive” style.
- Red Door BBQ: Considered one of the best barbecue joints in Columbus, Red Door BBQ is carry-out only. They take their time slow-roasting meat for 12 hours but you better hurry in to get it — “when it’s gone, it’s gone!”
It’ll take a few trips to really experience all the eating and drinking establishments in Franklinton. So get started by heading in for your next meal, or just grabbing a beer or cocktail after taking in one of the many artistic and cultural attractions.
With so many options — and the list continually growing — it’s hard to go wrong! If you want to live closer to these dining and drinking gems, check out our partner Gravity to see one of the most unique living communities in Columbus, situated right at the gateway to Franklinton.
If you’re interested in learning more about Franklinton, please check out the rest of our Franklinton Series. And if you’re in the market for a new place to rent, we encourage you to check out all of the properties offering Rhove in the area, where you can make money on rent!