The Hills Market, a locally owned specialty grocer, embraces "local" foods in a big way. Throughout the week they host pop-up eateries in their veranda seating area. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, you'll find Darista Cafe serving delicious international street food–inspired cuisine, elevated to gourmet levels and crafted with seasonal and local ingredients.
Owner Dara Schwartz describes her concept as "World Inspired. Local Fare. Cafe+Bakery." The menu usually offers two to three entrées, a soup, and a small selection of pastries—all of which are served at incredibly reasonable prices.
One of the many things I love about Columbus is the variety of fresh and local food offerings. Pop-up eateries and food trucks serving seasonal local foods have become huge. And the quality of food served by some of these savvy mobile restaurateurs is hard to beat.