|Lithopolis, Ohio and its roughly 1,600 people have a pretty nice|
Mexican restaurant within city limits in El Pedregal
|Downtown Worthington, Ohio (population 15,000) during the holiday season|
The way things have developed, unique international restaurants aren’t really all that far away for Worthington’s residents - a quick jaunt east on Route 161 provides access to cuisines from Persian to Salvadoran, Vietnamese to Kenyan, and more; even more options reside in other directions from the city core.
Worthington itself has what you might say is a select core of international restaurants: by my count, the town has a single instance each of Italian (Buca di Beppo), Greek (Yappy Greek), French (Le Chatelaine), Mexican (the Tomatillos/Diamonds mashup), Mediterranean/Lebanese restaurant (Aladdin), plus a smattering of exclusively Chinese eateries (Main Moon, China Way, and Golden China Express.) Perhaps it is a surprise, then, to actually find an outlet of a growing yet still unique cuisine right smack in downtown itself.
Opened in early 2018, Everest Cuisine offers a plethora of Tibetan, Nepali and Indian items for the dining public. Locally, the former two cuisines have received time in the national spotlight via Columbus’s Momo Ghar, whose momos (Tibetan Dumplings) have gained attention from such shows like Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” and Food & Wine Magazine. We've found that Everest Cuisine’s momos aren’t quite as good as their counterpart, but they more than still get the job done when you’re craving a dumpling or three.
Instinct might lead one to think this might be a hole-in-the-wall type operation, but a first time visitor to Everest would be quickly disabused from that notion. The building, which once held the likes of the seafood-oriented Rivage Atlantique and A Taste of Vietnam, has the atmosphere for a nicer dinner out.
The restaurant's menu is fairly extensive, to the point where one might conclude they can’t possibly do everything well. For those that who are still learning the ins and outs of the cuisine (a vast majority of Columbus-area residents) however, this status actually works well, especially if you’re the adventurous type. Some items are familiar if you frequent Indian restaurants (i.e. curries, vindaloos and biryanis) but other items like those momos, khasis (dishes with marinated goat), and the thali platters are probably items most have not tried too often, if at all.
|A collection of appetizers from Samosas to Pakora, with requisite dipping sauces|
|Everest Cuisine's Tibetan Chow Mein (top) and Jhol Momo Dumplings (bottom)|
Or if that’s too flighty or weighty a subject to ponder, one can simply bring a willingness to exercise their culinary curiosity. A good and delicious place to start might just be Everest’s relatively inexpensive buffet lunch: just be sure to bring your wallet or purse, and a big appetite.
652 High St. (Google Maps)
Worthington, OH 43085
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