Jul 29, 2022 - Food and Drink

🍽 Restaurant Week review: Moran's

A trio of entrees at Moran's Bar and Grille in Columbus.
The three Restaurant Week options at Moran's Bar and Grill. Photos: Tyler Buchanan/Axios

🖐 Tyler here. I've read that gangsters Bugs Moran and Al Capone were both baseball fans, which might explain why Moran's Bar and Grill is a natural fit in the Arena District near Huntington Park.

What I ate: The "Rattlesnake Pasta," topped with peppers, onions and a spicy sauce.

  • Let's just say I'd knock off a bootlegging enterprise if it meant getting to eat another plate.

The intrigue: The restaurant's namesake was believed to be a target in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago, but he escaped assassination.

  • Moran was later convicted for robbing an Ohio bank and served time in the Ohio Penitentiary, once located a quarter-mile from the restaurant.

Yes, but: Don't expect a dimly-lit joint with a heavy mobster theme. There are only a few framed gangster photos and newspaper clippings over in the corner.

My suggestion: Grab an early dinner and head over to catch a ballgame, just as Capone might have done if he were still around. Just leave the fedora and tommy gun at home.

A slice of French Silk Pie.
A perfect slice of French silk pie.
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