Nov 15, 2021 - Food and Drink

What we ate: Budd Dairy Food Hall's hotspots

A ramen bowl topped with corn, ground pork and scallions with chopsticks and a glass of beer next to it

Red Rabbit Ramen's tan tan ramen, with corn added, and a Wolf's Ridge Brewing hefeweizen. Photo: Alissa Widman Neese/Axios

It may have taken the allure of a popup ramen joint to make it happen, but I finally checked out Budd Dairy Food Hall. And wow, I wish I visited sooner.

Flashback: The 105-year-old building that once housed a milk-bottling plant was restored into a modern food hall by Cameron Mitchell Restaurants earlier this year.

What I ate: Red Rabbit Ramen's tan tan ramen with ground pork was a creamy, comforting take on one of my favorite foods. Just the right amount of noodles and heat.

  • Cousins Maine Lobster's food truck is iconic, so of course I had to verify their brick-and-mortar restaurant is still the real deal (it is). The warm Connecticut lobster roll is buttery perfection.
  • For dessert: delicious tres leches cake from Tacos Rudos.

My take: It's great to sample so many local offerings under one roof. Second-floor Simon's Bar is a fun spot with board games that retains the building's historic charm.

What's next: The hall will switch its two rotating stalls later this month.

A lobster roll with coleslaw and a pickle spear
Budd Dairy Food Hall offers lots of options, but the Connecticut lobster roll from Cousins Maine Lobster is hard to beat. Photo: Alissa Widman Neese/Axios

Get more local stories in your inbox with Axios Columbus.


Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more

More Columbus stories

No stories could be found


Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Columbus.


Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more