Non “Fast-Food” Lunch Spots in Columbus


I am out and about a lot with my twins during the day. It is just easier some days to grab lunch while I am out. I wanted to give my Columbus Moms some of my favorite non-“fast food” spots.  

1. Whole Foods Market

  • Whole Foods is one of our favorite spots for lunch. There are 3 in Columbus and all have a wonderful hot and cold food bar along with pizza, sandwiches, and sushi. The Sawmill location has a nice area for little kids to play while you eat. Check out the pizza deal, 2 slices for $7.00 (the slices are huge!)
  • Several Locations around Columbus
  • Link: Whole Foods Market

2. Jason’s Deli

  • They have a large kids menu selection and huge salad bar and ample seating. We love coming here for lunch. The best part of Jason’s is the FREE soft ice cream to bribe you kids to eat their greens. 
  • Several Locations around Columbus
  • Link: Jason’s Deli

3. Tree of Life Play Cafe

  • This cafe is more than just a lunch place, it is a play date spot. They have a full menu, wonderful coffee, and good play and eat specials. They also just opened up an outdoor play area in the front of the building. 
  • On Monday/Tuesday, there is a $10 special that gets you admission to the play area and kids meal included.
  • Location: 3708 Fishinger Blvd, Hilliard, OH 43026
  • Link: Tree of Life Play Cafe

4. North Market

  • This is a wonderful fun spot to walk around during the weekends for lunch. There are tons of fun vendors inside that included Belgium waffles, chicken, salad and some ice cream and other treats. If the weather is nice, hit up outside to eat. Such fun spot for parents and kids. 
  • Location: 59 Spruce Street Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • Link: North Market 

5. 101 Beer Kitchen

  • Great selection for parents and kids. Their kid’s meals are served on old school lunch trays (the kids will dig it).
  • Several locations around Columbus
  • Link: 101 Beer Kitchen

  6. Chuy’s

  • In the mood for some great Tex-Mex and some chips and dip? Try Chuy’s. It is so yummy and has some fun decor for a perfect lunch. I found it to be a really great weekend spot to hit up if you have been shopping at Easton.
  • Location: 4154 Seward Street Columbus, Ohio 43219
  • Link (link for the kid’s menu): Chuy’s 

7. First Watch

  • Breakfast is always a good idea even for lunch! First Watch is open until 2:30 so it is a great lunch spot as well. The food is fresh and service is quick which is always great when you have the little ones with you.
  • Several Locations around Columbus 
  • Link: First Watch

8.  Local Cantina

  • Great Mexican spot for the whole family with a diverse menu for grown ups and a kids menu full of simple Mexican staples. They also have a chip and salsa stand so you can help yourself at any point during your meal. It is a very relaxed environment and good for kids with great patios. Also, a bonus for the Hilliard location, it is walking distance to the splash pad. So have lunch and head over to for some water fun.
  • Several Locations around Columbus
  • Link: Local Cantina 

There you have it! Until next time…