I had the pleasure of spending a special evening with my mom last week when she was in town. We spent some time sifting through local restaurant recommendations and ended up choosing The Worthington Inn. The Worthington Inn was built in 1831 as a private residence and though it has changed a bit in appearance over the years, the current owners work hard to maintain the traditions, which include offering the finest quality food and service in Central Ohio. I love that they use as many local, natural and sustainable ingredients as possible.
When we arrived, we knew we wanted to sit on the patio/porch, as we were treated to a gorgeous day weather-wise after a lot of rain. Everyone else had the same idea, so waited at the bar with a glass of wine for a table on the front porch. We didn’t wait long for our table, so we were thankful we didn’t settle for a table inside.
The menu had the gluten-free items labeled clearly, though I want to mention that they don’t use a dedicated fryer, so use caution when ordering. Since I also avoid dairy now, I was told the chef would make my meal without gluten or dairy. I asked about a couple of different dishes and settled on the Beef Worthington.
Twin filets, salt roasted fingerling potatoes (dairy-free in place of the gruyere potato gratin), sauteed aspragus & oyster mushrooms and Cabernet demi (the chef omitted the blue cheese from the demi).
This was one of the best meals I have ever had. Ever. The filets were cooked to a perfect medium rare and had a wonderful flavor. The potatoes and vegetables were also cooked perfectly and the Cabernet demi was divine. My mom had the same meal, but she was able to eat the gruyere potato gratin and said it was outstanding!
The only other time I have dined at The Worthington Inn was in 2001 for a Holiday party. I can’t believe I live so close to such an amazing place and I never take advantage of it! I highly recommend The Worthington Inn and will be making sure to add this to my list of favorite Central Ohio restaurants.