There are so many different restaurants that I could talk about in the new Bridge Park District in Dublin (which is amazing, by the way) but for today, let’s focus on our recent adventure to Cap City Fine Diner & Bar. We hit up this popular Cameron Mitchell restaurant shortly after playing some pinball at Pins Mechanical Company, which is also surprisingly very family-friendly (and just a few doors down).
Cap City has been a staple in Columbus for years now – with locations in Grandview (check out their new space!) and Gahanna constantly buzzing for brunch, lunch and dinner. The Bridge Park location is exactly what you’d expect if you’re familiar with the others – a fun, casual, retro-inspired atmosphere paired with mouth-watering comfort food capable of pleasing even the pickiest of eaters. Need more reason to visit – the restaurant was recently named both Best Diner and Best Bang for your Buck by 614 Magazine’s 2017 Columbest Poll.
Kid friendly? Definitely. We shared the restaurant with multiple families trying to entertain and feed their little ones, which always makes us feel a little more at home when we dine out. They also have quite the extensive Children’s Menu including all the basics like noodles, hamburgers and chicken tenders – but also incorporating some flashier fare like Grilled PB&J, Seared Salmon and of course, a mini version of their Famous Meatloaf. I wish my kids weren’t so picky (we’re working on that) or we would have tried something different – but the Kid Hot Dog and Mac N’ Cheese is was. Not complaining, though – if they’re relatively happy and calm while actually eating, we’re doing well.
We did kick the meal off with the Warm Pretzel (made complete with beer cheese fondue and honey mustard) which was well-received by both of them. However, I’m not sure it counts as venturing out of their comfort zone? Regardless, it’s a step in the right direction!
The service was perfect – exactly what you would expect from a Cameron Mitchell establishment. Not only did our server not miss a beat with our order, but he was also super friendly and conversational with both kiddos. No qualms at all (at least, not visible ones) about giving up one of his tables to a one and three-year-old.
Our meals were fantastic as well – a blackened shrimp Caesar salad for me and the Diner Meatloaf Melt for my husband, which was oozing with melted muenster cheese, BBQ sauce and mayo – complete with lettuce, onion and tomato. Hint – if you go to Cap City, get some version of their meatloaf. You won’t be disappointed.
Top it all off with an extensive wine, beer and cocktail list – think Coconut Almost Milkshake made with cocoa, vanilla, coconut along with almond-infused vodka and ice cream – and this will easily become one of your new favorite places.
And we didn’t even get to dessert, but I am determined to try the Seriously Big Chocolate Cake or maybe the Warm Banana Bread Pudding – or actually, what about the Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pie? I’m not sure how I will be able to choose from all the tempting options – check them all out here.
Another fun fact – Cap City also has a Gluten-Free Friendly menu as well as a Gluten-Free Friendly Children’s menu for those with dietary restrictions.