We’ve taken a bit of a break from dining out with the kids over the past few months due to MANY factors – school starting, chiller weather (the kind that makes you just want to hang at home) – and of course, that global pandemic that just seems to put a damper on everything. So, it was a very exciting day when we booked tickets to The Great Gahanna Goblin Trail (which was awesome, by the way) which gave us the perfect excuse to head back to an old favorite, Cap City Fine Diner & Bar in Gahanna.

We were instantly impressed with the safety measures in place when we arrived. Before entering the restaurant, guests must call and can only enter once the lobby is cleared. We had made reservations and were seated immediately at a booth that was labeled as being ‘sanitized’ and was separated from adjacent booths with plastic dividers. They also did a nice job of using their fairly large dining area to adequately space guests out throughout the restaurant. Everyone was wearing a mask.

Our server was top notch, and knowing that we had another obligation immediately following dinner, ensured that our meal was delivered quickly. My kids love their basic Kids Menu (that has a fun Cameron Mitchell twist, of course), and Jack went with the grilled Kosher hotdog served with fries…

And since Ellie will only ever order Mac & Cheese at a restaurant we were thankful that it was on option on the menu! This version was delicious — pigtail pasta served with broccoli — she loved it too!

They also offer a great selection of other kids’ staples like buttered noodles, chicken tenders and a twist on a classic – Grilled PB & J!

My husband and I honestly love everything on the menu at Cap City, and we kicked it off with the Hot & Sour Calamari which was perfectly crispy and tossed with red peppers, snap peas, carrots, broccoli, scallions and sesame seeds.

I stuck with a basic entree (I’m still not quite out of the pregnancy queasiness) so ordered the Wedge of Iceberg along with a cup of the Roasted Creole Tomato Soup which was creamy and very flavorful (with quite a bit of spice!).

And my husband went with a Cap City favorite, the Diner Meatloaf Melt — a GIANT piece of meatloaf, muenster cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, BBQ sauce and some mayo, and he enjoyed it down to the last bite.

Overall, another awesome experience at a Cameron Mitchell Restaurant — super kid-friendly and the perfect place to ease back into the dining world if you’ve been cooped up inside for the past few months!