The Whitney House
666 High Street
Worthington, OH 43085
1. Fried Chicken
2. Crunchy Mix
3. Bourbon Float
4. Kung Pao Shrimp
5. House Salad
Downtown Worthington is a great area to walk, and there are tons of great restaurants on the main drag. But one of the best, by far, is The Whitney House. A newcomer to the food scene, this spot manages to be upscale and approachable at the same time, and produces some mouthwatering dishes to boot.
From appetizers to dessert, I have loved every course I’ve eaten at The Whitney House. I am one of those people that likes to order a bunch of small plates so I can try as many dishes as possible, and the starters here are spectacular. Every day brings a new special dip duo pairing, and also a varying chef’s choice of crostini toppings. The house salad is delicious, with crispy prosciutto, creamy goat cheese, and lemon vinaigrette. The Kung Pao shrimp is perfectly sweet and spicy, and served with bean sprouts. But my favorite of all was the Crunchy Mix. Described mysteriously on the menu simply as “addictive” and having “house seasoning,” this savory snack consisting of crispy chickpeas, cashews, seeds, and more dusted in cumin and cayenne (maybe?) is truly tasty. You won’t be able to stop eating it.
For entrees, there are daily specials here too. Sundays are for fried chicken, which is served with mac and cheese, expertly pickled veggies, and Sriracha honey for dipping. The Seafood Pot Pie is a beautiful creation, heated in a cast iron crock and topped with puff pastry. Even the burger is great, capped with smoked Ohio cheddar, an egg, and Whitney House aioli.
And let’s talk desserts. The Strawberry Rhubarb bread pudding and seasonal pie selection are excellent choices. More importantly, they have “boozy floats.” I love milkshakes. I love bourbon. So chocolate ice cream + bourbon + cherry soda? Done deal. Other options include Kahlua with cream soda and spiced rum with orange soda. If non-ice cream based cocktails are your preference, try the Laura Jean: gin, wheat ale, pineapple syrup, rosemary, and orange bitters, or order from the balanced wine list.
Culinary Clue: The Whitney House also has an amazing-sounding brunch that I have yet to sample. But in addition to alcoholic milkshakes at dinner, they have “boozy cereals” on the menu at brunch, which are pretty much your favorite childhood cereal with milk and liquors of varying types added, so I’m in! Try it and let me know what you think!