We Asked, You Voted: Best Lunch Spots In Columbus, GA


We wanted to know what restaurants locals love to visit for lunch. After RECEIVING over 100 surveys, we took out national chains and kept the local restaurants people voted for. So, what are we waiting for? Let's take a look at the best lunch spots in Columbus. 




1. Smoke Bourbon & BBQ

It's no wonder Smoke is at the top of the list. This restaurant was voted "Best New Restaurant" for the 2017 Ledger Enquirer Readers' Choice Awards. People seem to love the Pimento Cheese Wontons the best. What's great about Smoke is their Express Lunch. If you need to get in and out for lunch and get back to work, they have a different express lunch item every day during the week. 

2. Clearview Barbecue 

Famous for their 99 cent Chipped Sandwich, it's clear to see why this family run eatery made the list. 

3. Country's Barbecue

This restaurant has been around since 1975 and has turned into a Columbus staple. While they have a vast menu, most people in our survey said they love the Grilled Chicken Salad the best.  


Southern Style

1. Minnie's Uptown Restaurant

With a cafeteria type setting and delicious food, it's no wonder Minnie's was one of the most mentioned lunch spots in our survey. Make sure you try the Fried Chicken, it's definitely a local favorite. 

2. The Black Cow 

Another Uptown restaurant, The Black Cow serves mouth-watering Southern comfort dishes in a rustic atmosphere. The Bacon Pimento Cheeseburger was mentioned more than a few times, so if you haven't tried one, head on over there. This restaurant also has daily lunch specials which caught the eye of our survey takers. 

3. Speakeasy

With a menu of pizza, burgers, and other familiar eats, this Midtown restaurant offers a lot of choices to their customers. The Turkey Rider is a must try! 



Between The Bread

1. Dinglewood Pharmacy 

In the back of this pharmacy, you'll find a 50's style restaurant and the best Scrambled Dogs in Columbus. This restaurant was one of the top mentions in our survey. 

2. Midtown Coffee

We're talking about lunch, so how did a coffee house get on the list? It's definitely because of their Grown Up Grilled Cheese. Good food and it's easy to grab a coffee to bring back to the office? We are sold. 



Asian Persuasion  

1. Chili Thai

Their Chicken Pad Thai had an insane amount of mentions. With a cool atmosphere and a menu with such amazing food that it's hard to choose, it's a no brainer Chili Thai made the list. 

2. Mandarin Cafe

There was a tie between the Kung Pow Shrimp and Sesame Chicken and we are excited to see which one we like better. If you're hankering for Chinese, the locals have made it clear this is the best place to go. 





1.  El Vaquero

This restaurant blew all other Mexican restaurants out of the park. It is definitely a Columbus favorite. Whether you are a craving a taco, burrito, or quesadilla - El Vaquero is the place to go!