Photo by Chris Casella


There ain’t a thing wrong with loving any long-standing joint universally admired and constantly sought after; even if it is a beautiful dish of saturated life-shortener. Everybody loves that shit, and no one should be ashamed of said love.

But lately, the campus-centric High Street spread has upped the ante in what they ship into student stomachs. Perhaps it’s a trend at many universities, but crappy student diets are dying off by little bites.

“Bro, we haaaave to go to Cane’s.”anonymous OSU undergrads, drunks, and visitors alike

The options sprouting out of nowhere or revamping their former designs are places built for anyone who dares to travel into that campus realm. It’s becoming just as much about being a premier eatery as it is about catering to the poor college kids who don’t tip ‘cause they can’t even.’ Here’s a few examples of the changing campus food frontier:

Ethyl & Tank

19 E 13th St. |


Ethyl (pictured) is the kind of bar that gets lost in translation once you explain to mom and dad that it’s directly off campus. They’ll expect some gritty dive/dance club, but you walk through and see a new, serious restaurant and bar. Since opening, their sandwich selection has progressively become more and more artisan—if you will. In case you aren’t looking for grub, Ethyl has the longest happy hour in the game right now. I have no idea if that’s true, but half-off drinks on weekdays from 3-9 p.m. and weekends 2-7 p.m. is plenty of time to turn your week around.

Tom + Chee

1980 N High St. |

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Welcome to your fresh, home-style-away-from-home option on campus. It’s the type of place you sit down with your meal and think to yourself, “This is f*cking brilliant.” Grilled cheese. Tomato soup. There’s not much else to it … besides eliminating additives, fine sugars, and even butter from their product. Tons of cheese combined with primo ingredients and all-natural soup pairings make the difference.

Japanese Oriental

2283 N High St. |


Just north of the few commercial Americanized Chinese food chains slinging General Tso’s to the campus population, Japanese Oriental has an honest and traditional authenticity going for it. It’s easy to assume that the restaurant is strictly sushi, perhaps an assumption from the structures and Eastern-Hemisphere designs of its patio. It’s enticing in the way you see it walking down the street; maybe you don’t want any Japanese food, but you’d like to have a seat and pretend you found the money to travel toward the Rising Sun.