If you know me, or even just follow me on social networks, one of the first things you know about me is my love for food and trying new places and dishes. From here on out, I am going to feature a new restaurant (new to me, not necessarily new to the city) and give you some insight on what to order.
This month, I decided to visit the all new Strongwater, situated in the growing Franklinton district of downtown Columbus. Located in the 400 West Rich St warehouse, which features a party / event venue and many art studio spaces, the restaurant features a very unique feel.
Upon entering the building, you immediately get the feeling that you’re in a warehouse (that’s because you are). It is nearly impossible to tell that there is a full restaurant here other than the bi-fold sign out front, but that makes it that much cooler, in my opinion. When you walk up the stairs from the lobby area, the restaurant opens up into a very intimate area with a wrap-around bar and table seating for parties of 2 or more.
Possibly the coolest part of this place is the multiple private rooms that are off of the dining room. They remind me of the section at the pediatrics doctors office for very sick children to remain separate from the other children in the waiting room. Guests can sit their party in these rooms to section themselves off and make their party that much more intimate.
Menu-wise, I was told that the items are ever-changing. This is why it will surely become a staple in my list of favorite places to visit. Their version of the currently popular Moscow Mule was exceptional and highly recommended.
I ordered the smoked chicken kabobs for an appetizer. The two kabobs were places on top of a dried orange skillet cake with honey and lime drizzle. The chicken was perfectly tender and the skillet cake was so warm and moist. For an entree, I chose the chorizo and pear panini on ciabatta with thyme honey and swiss cheese. I am truly a sucker for odd combinations that taste delicious and this sandwich fell nothing short than that exciting adventure.
Overall, this is an exciting place to take a date or even a small party of 4-or-so. They did an exceptional job with the decor and created a very unique atmosphere with laid back and artsy servers that create an all-around awesome experience.