It seems like the number of places in Columbus to grab a good Sunday brunch is growing in number every week. Over the past year, many new restaurants have opened, and existing ones have expanded their menus to offer this relaxed weekend meal. Searching for someplace to fill our bellies on a recent Sunday afternoon, we ventured out to the Worthington/Linworth area of town to check out The Crafty Pint, a groovy gastropub that opened earlier this year in the old Hoggy’s space along Route 161, just west of downtown Worthington. I’d heard lots of good things from fellow bloggers and foodies about this spot, so I was eager to check them out to see what they had to offer.
The Crafty Pint is an attractive space on the inside, with rugged wooden tables, exposed brick, and three main seating areas (one being a covered patio which was pretty much closed off since it was chilly outside.) The atmosphere was great and the seating was comfortable.
Their bar has received a great deal of praise from online reviewers for its selection and style. With over 40 drafts on tap, including many local craft brews, it seems like one of the better places I’ve seen in a while to go to have a beer and watch a game or just to hang out with friends for a cocktail and apps at happy hour.
The cozy touches, such as this corner fireplace located in the entryway, don’t go unnoticed, either.
And it’s the nifty little things that jump out at you about this place. Mason jar drinking glasses, Trivial Pursuit cards at the table, bandana handkerchiefs used as napkins, and pieces of board games as a backing for the drink menu. There are lots of unique things that The Crafty Pint does really well.
Their brunch menu features around eight breakfast-y items like a Toad in a Hole, Biscuits & Gravy, and a Chorizo Hash. It leans heavy on the lunch(ish) items, including some typical dishes like burgers, a club sandwich, flatbreads, wings, salads, etc. Overall, some pretty solid options, and you’d be hard pressed not to find something you’d like.
We started with a Green Eggs & Ham Flatbread ($9.00), which our server offered to bring out first. It was a large, scratch stone fired flatbread topped with Bavarian ham, Monterey jack cheese, arugula, chimichurri, and three sunny-side up eggs. I’m assuming that the dish was named after the Dr. Seuss story (more on Seuss later), since the eggs were normal color. It was light and crispy, and was probably the best thing we ate all morning.
Unfortunately, the rest of our meal didn’t fare as well. Now, anyone who has followed this blog knows that I am not the kind of blogger who hands out negative reviews very often. In fact, I hate writing them. But when I need to, I will, so that you’ll be aware of what to possibly expect when and if you visit. All of that to say that we did have some issues with the rest of our food at The Crafty Pint. Here are the details….
We ordered a side of the Chipotle Cinnamon Tempura Pickles ($3.00) because I seriously LOVE fried pickles. What arrived at our table was not what I was expecting. Our server delivered them in a small, crock-type serving dish, which was fine, but the order of pickles was so small that it didn’t even cover the bottom of the small dish. Now, I realize $3.00 is pretty cheap for an appetizer, so I wasn’t expecting a heap, but I was hoping for enough to share between two people. They were withered and WAY overcooked, and all of the tempura batter had pretty much been fried off of them. In addition, there was no hint of chipotle flavor. No hint of cinnamon. No seasoning whatsoever. I thought, “Maybe the chipotle cinnamon is in the dipping sauce…”. And then I realized there was no sauce either. Just thin, burnt, greasy pickle chips. Not good.
After a bit of a wait, our entrees arrived to our table. Here’s a shot of the Mimosa French Toast ($9.00). This was a really large serving which included five slices of a sweet orange bread, battered and fried, and served with champagne whipped cream. Honestly, the flavor of this dish was pretty good. Originally, we chose the Block “O” Waffles, but were told that they don’t have those anymore. The problem was the texture of the French toast – it was either soaked too long in the batter or the bread wasn’t dense enough to handle it. It was way too mushy. When our server was made aware of this, her answer was, “Yeah, that’s the way it always is”. In addition, the underside of each slice was burned. Swing and a big miss….
I ordered the Crab Cake Benedict ($10.00) with hopes of greatness. The menu stated that the dish included grilled shrimp, which I didn’t get. I thought maybe the shrimp were included inside the crab cake, but couldn’t find them. The flavor of the crab was good, but maybe a little strong. The menu also said that the sauce was a bayou hollandaise, but it unfortunately had absolutely no flavor.
The other problem was that the crab cakes were burned, and were hidden under two eggs. They were barely the size of silver dollars, and were maybe half an inch thick. I was completely disappointed. Our server was nowhere to be found, so I just let it go without complaint. I left more than half of my meal on the plate.
As the bill arrived, I was reminded again about the positive side of our visit to The Crafty Pint. They brought the check in a hard-cover Dr. Seuss story book (We got “Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?”). Inside, notes from past guests were written in praise, or otherwise, of the meal and/or the server. I thought it was a clever and unique way to leave the customer with a smile on their faces.
Overall, I was pretty disappointed with our brunch at The Crafty Pint. Although they nailed the little things, the food overall was not good. Most of the flavors and concepts were solid, they just really fell flat on execution. Our server seemed as though she’d rather be anywhere else but serving, which also negatively impacted our opinion of the visit. I’m not sure I’ll be back for brunch any time soon, but I would maybe go again for a burger or a sandwich, and would definitely stop in for a beer.
Like I said before, I loathe writing anything negative, but I really wanted to be truthful with you guys. I’m hoping that maybe the kitchen was just having an off day, and that if you try them for brunch, you’ll have a much better experience than I did. If you do, please be sure to comment on this post to let us know!!
The Crafty Pint is located at 2234 W. Dublin Granville Rd., Columbus, OH 43085 (Map). They’re open Monday – Thursday, 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM, Friday, 4:00 PM – 1:00 AM, Saturday, 11:00 AM – 1:00 AM, and Sunday, 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM. You can keep up with them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at their website.