Monday, February 22, 2016

Columbus Eats + AC2 Live

Mr. H and I headed to Columbus a couple of weeks ago for a quick overnight stay. This Bravo-holic had VIP tickets to Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper's AC2 Live. More on that later. We used the opportunity to explore the city, and enjoy some delicious eats while we were in town.

Before the show, we headed to The Pearl in Short North. Their upscale tavern food did not disappoint. It reminded me of Cleveland's own Toast or Spice Bar + Kitchen. We shared the Tuna Crudo ($16) and the Beet Salad ($10). With apple, egg, avocado, candied cashews, blue cheese, and a buttermilk dressing, that beet salad was one of the best one that I've had. For my entree, I chose the fish special, which was full of wonderful Indian flavors and heat that evening. 
We left full, and happy, and I would certainly recommend The Pearl to anyone visiting Columbus.

I would have stayed and enjoyed another one of their craft cocktails, but it was time to go see Andy and Anderson!
Our second row seats did not disappoint, and I'm pretty sure that I had a permanent grin on my face for two and a half hours. 

Our VIP passes gained us access to a meet-and-greet after the show. We snapped some photos with them, got a Watch What Happens Live coffee mug signed by Andy, and walked away with autographed copies of their books. 
Mr. H was a good sport, and this night will forever be a highlight for me. 

The next morning came quickly, but that was okay, because we had brunch plans at Wolf's Ridge Brewing. I couldn't resist starting with a Bloody Maria
Mr. H ordered the Biscuits & Gravy ($15) with pork sausage gravy, cream cheese biscuit, fennel, onions, thyme, and sunny side up eggs. It was really good! 
However, my dish was even better. I ordered the Cuban Benedict ($13) with an English muffin, carnitas, gruyère cheese, poached eggs, pickles, and a mustard hollandaise. Wow. I love a good benedict, and this version was one of the most interesting and flavorful ones that I've ever had. I'd have a hard time not ordering it again.
Completely stuffed and quite happy with our overnight trip to Columbus, we headed back home to Cleveland. I have a feeling that this won't be the last time that we visit Columbus for a weekend getaway, and I also bet that we'll find ourselves at Wolf's Ridge Brewing again.

The Pearl
641 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Wolf's Ridge Brewing
215 N 4th Street
Columbus, OH 43215