Our lives changed for the better on the day that 101 Beer Kitchen opened its doors on the corner of Sawmill Road. It has been a favorite of ours long before kids came into our lives — and I can’t tell you how amazing it felt when we learned that we wouldn’t have to give it up when our first baby came along. It has now become a regular in our restaurant rotation — and with new locations built in Gahanna and Westerville over the years, we have our pick of spots to enjoy their delicious cuisine.
With a mission to ‘provide seasonal, handcrafted products alongside friendly service with an uncomplicated, comfortable style’, I can tell you that this restaurant goes above and beyond in achieving this — awesome service, incredible dishes and let’s talk about that beer list. With options that include everything from local IPAs to ciders and meads, you’re sure to find something that satisfies your taste buds. And if you’re not into beer, that’s okay too as they have a pretty strong wine and cocktail list.
On our most recent visit, we kicked off the meal with some adult beverages and then ordered a variety of dishes to share — a savory bowl of butternut squash soup, melt-in-your-mouth pierogies (they rotate the type that they offer and we’ve loved them all) — and our go-to: the pretzel crusted chicken sandwich. This sandwich will make all other chicken sandwiches that you’ve had immediately seem inferior. Topped off with poblano mayo, arugula, smoked gouda and tomato jam, it’s the perfect combination of bold, zesty flavors. The meal was great (as always) and we just scratched the surface with our order. Some of our other favorites include the 101 burger, the Pei Diavolo Mussels and the Green Chili – but you really can’t make a wrong decision.
So, I’m not sure what to say about the Kid’s Menu other than it is AMAZING. First of all, it is adorable in that your kiddo can choose a main dish, two sides, a drink AND a special treat (either a chocolate chip cookie or a brownie). My two went with the 101BK Pretzel Dog and the Cheese Quesadilla (both went well). The hand-cut french fries were also a big hit. And it’s a bargain at only $6 a meal.
Overall, this place is a gem for families with small kiddos – a reminder that you don’t have to sacrifice really good food when dining with little ones. Another added bonus — it’s usually pretty busy (and loud) so it’s less likely that a toddler meltdown will disrupt those around you.
Unfortunately, you can’t make a reservation but be sure to call ahead if you are heading that way. They’ll add you to the list before you arrive which will cut down on your wait time.