president, CEO and chairman
Max & Ermas Restaurants Inc.
Locally, Barnums pick is Oscars in Dublin.
I think they have the best walleye I love walleye that I have ever had, Barnum says. And my nephew [Craig Barnum] owns it, so Im taken very good care of.
Barnums favorite restaurant chain, other than his own, is Houstons, based in Atlanta.
Theyre a large chain that has absolutely the best standards of any chain restaurant Ive seen, he says of the steak house.
Then there are lots of different restaurants I love for lots of different reasons: The Atlanta Fish Market in Buckhead I love that, Barnum says. I love a little restaurant in Birmingham, Mich., called Forte. And Chick-fil-A is my favorite fast food restaurant, because they have a great chicken sandwich.
Doodys favorite eating spots include those with high standards of food and service.
Among her picks: Le Bec-Fin in Philadelphia.
Its small and intimate, so its a little different than what most of the Columbus restaurants are. Its really pricey, but its impeccable as far as food and service.
Another favorite of Doodys is Mirabelle in London, which has, in some 30 years, changed ownership several times, she says.
It reopened under the auspices of Marco Pierre White. They refer to him as the Bad Boy Chef because he just does things his own way. Its very hot now. He just took it over, Doody says, noting that the restaurants prime location in the west end of London adds to its success.
Her third choice is Connaught Grill Room in the Connaught Hotel, also in London.
It just is wonderful food and service. Its been a top restaurant in London for Id say 35, 40 years, Doody says. Its internationally known and acclaimed.
Wendys International Inc.
Thomas top choices include Petes Boca Raton in Boca Raton, Fla. The owner is an old and dear friend of Thomas.
They have excellent seafood and pasta, and the best Greek salad Ive ever had, Thomas says.
Two local eateries tie on his list of favorites: Scioto Country Club and Muirfield Village Golf Club.
Both clubs have excellent chefs that are attentive to individual tastes, says Thomas, who is a member at both of these exclusive golf courses. They also have consistent service and loyal staffs.
Joan Slattery Wall ([email protected]) is a reporter for SBN.