Being a Buckeye - Somali edition
posted August 6, 2010 4:57 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Wed September 15 at 7:30 PM, Solay Bistro
2501 Rte 161, Columbus, OH, USA (Map & Directions)
Let's go eat Somali food at Solay Bistro! Sept. 15 at 7:30. Optional ice cream to follow. Note: the address on the map is not right, but it's close to the intersection of 161 and Cleveland Ave, apparently.
I'm moving to Columbus, know nobody other than my advisor, and would love to meet some Mefites from Columbus (and learn from them what the proper collective noun to refer to folks from Columbus is).
posted by ChuraChura to Meetup (41 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

I say Columbusians. Sometimes CBusers. :)

Personally I'll be in town after Labor Day, so essentially any day after the 12th would work best for me. I think I suggested the Blue Danube last time, which is near Clintonville.

As an aside, columbus underground is a great resource for finding out what's going on around town.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 1:37 PM on August 6, 2010

We've had what, three proposed-almost-meetups in Columbus this summer? I think the beginning of the school year would be a great time to make this really happen. I'll try to get over my first-meetup awkwardness and show-- I'm right by the 'Dube.

My mother told me to say "Columbusites", but that's a bit awkward and my mother has been known to be wrong.
posted by aaronbeekay at 11:55 PM on August 6, 2010

I'd be up for one. I'm getting more active on MeFi and I'd love to meet a few locals.

Depending on what people are interested in doing, CU is a great resource, and there's always the option of "Let's go invade Jeni's..."

If a lot of people are in Clintonville or around campus, maybe somewhere like the Clintonville Northstar cafe?

FWIW, I usally just say "Hey, Columbus people." :)
posted by BZArcher at 12:38 PM on August 7, 2010

I'll be back in Columbus on Sept. 1, so the timing should [finally!] work great for me.
posted by bluestocking at 5:58 PM on August 7, 2010

Yay! Well, I'm up for anything. I know that I hear fancy and wonderful things about Jeni's, and at some point in time I want to try Somali food. That can wait, though, and I've heard really good things about the Northstar Cafe. How does getting dinner and/or ice cream on Sept. 15 (Wednesday), 16 (Thursday) or 17 (Friday) sound?
posted by ChuraChura at 8:48 PM on August 7, 2010

Also, what is the 'Dube?
posted by ChuraChura at 9:16 PM on August 7, 2010

Northstar is great, but not a good location for a meetup -- it can get really crowded and I don't think it's a good space for large groups. Ice cream sounds best to me!

Blue Danube = the 'Dube
posted by Solon and Thanks at 9:51 AM on August 8, 2010

Dube = Blue Danube, a bar / eats place near campus. Iconic, but not always great for groups either. Any of those days are good for me.

If you're looking for a Somali place, I went to Solay Bistro a few nights ago and it was very, very good.
posted by BZArcher at 10:40 AM on August 8, 2010

I'm in!
posted by lohmannn at 5:52 PM on August 8, 2010

Well, how do you all feel about going to Solay Bistro? It doesn't look like we'll be expecting huge volumes of people, so we probably wouldn't overwhelm them.
posted by ChuraChura at 6:20 AM on August 9, 2010

I've never been to Solay, but I'm down to try it out. Any of the days mentioned should work for me.
posted by aaronbeekay at 7:43 AM on August 9, 2010

I'm good for that, if people are OK with African over ice cream. :)
posted by BZArcher at 1:28 PM on August 9, 2010

Ice cream can happen post-Somali? Or! We could have more than one meetup!
posted by ChuraChura at 1:34 PM on August 9, 2010

Your ideas intrigue me and I wish to subscribe to your brochure.
posted by BZArcher at 3:46 PM on August 9, 2010

I'm cool with Solay :)
posted by Solon and Thanks at 7:28 AM on August 10, 2010

Whoa, is that map right? That's halfway to Mt. Vernon. The address I have for Solay Bistro is by 161 and Cleveland Ave.
posted by aaronbeekay at 6:51 AM on August 11, 2010

The map is wrong. The Bistro is at 5786 Columbus Square Columbus, OH. 43231 - it's in the Columbus Square shopping center near the Columbus Bowling Palace.

Aaron - where are you coming from? I can try to give reasonable directions.
posted by BZArcher at 8:21 AM on August 11, 2010

OK, I tried to fix the map.

I'm assuming buses go out thataway?
posted by ChuraChura at 8:24 AM on August 11, 2010

I'm coming from Clintonville- I figure I can find my way OK, just making sure I wasn't completely misguided on the location.
posted by aaronbeekay at 9:17 AM on August 11, 2010

Chura: Yes, in fact, there's a COTA stop right there at Cleveland Ave. and 161. Unfortunately, COTA's website seems to be down so I can't tell you the route number, though. I'd keep an eye on the COTA site (once it's back up) to get info.

Not 100% sure how late the buses run there, though. If you're coming from campus and Aaron's coming from clintonville, maybe a carpool?
posted by BZArcher at 10:18 AM on August 11, 2010

Here is a bus route to get there from Campus. It looks like buses back run about every hour, and there's one leaving at 11:15. That's a real pain of a bus ride, though, unless you'd already be downtown. An hour on the bus seems a bit silly to me.

I'd be happy to give a ride, but I'll be on a motorcycle- not the most passenger-friendly transportation device. If you don't have a car, Chura, I'll see if I can find one to use that day.
posted by aaronbeekay at 11:31 AM on August 11, 2010

I'd be happy to drive anyone from the campus area!
posted by Solon and Thanks at 12:45 PM on August 11, 2010

Aw, metafilter for the win! A ride from someone would be great. I have no car and do not yet trust my bicycling enough to do it. I can be in the campus area, or Clintonville.

I've got the warm and fuzzies. As long as this isn't a front for people from the internet to kill me in a vehicle.
posted by ChuraChura at 2:06 PM on August 11, 2010

... ha, ha... why, no... of course not... >.>

:) We can figure out details closer to the date. If anyone else needs a ride, feel free to join the carpool. I have space for a few.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 2:23 PM on August 11, 2010

I'm happy to drive, too, but I'll be coming from Hilliard, so I'd be better for people looking for a ride from the West Side, Hilliard, or Dublin.
posted by BZArcher at 7:52 PM on August 11, 2010

Shoot - I'm moving to Columbus on Sept 8th, but we're out of town again on the 15th (backpacking trip before school starts). If the date gets moved I'm in, otherwise, I'm looking forward to meeting you guys at the next one.
posted by jpdoane at 8:16 PM on August 11, 2010

As it turns out, I may be able to attend after all...
posted by jpdoane at 4:22 PM on August 24, 2010

posted by ChuraChura at 8:03 PM on August 26, 2010

posted by BZArcher at 5:29 AM on August 29, 2010

Hey guys, I don't know if anyone's checking this but I'm now in Columbus and found out my roommate will be gone ALL WEEK. If anyone wants to join me as I explore Columbus in the meantime, send me a memail :-)
posted by ChuraChura at 6:20 PM on September 3, 2010

I must have been to that shopping center millions time and there a Somali place hiding there?! Cool, I'm in.
posted by Carius at 1:55 AM on September 11, 2010

Don't forget - this is tomorrow! :)

And, er, sorry, Chura, I didn't check the threat so I didn't see your post!
posted by BZArcher at 4:03 AM on September 14, 2010

No worries!

I'm really excited :-) See you all tomorrow! I'll try to call to make a reservation today (or at least alert them to the fact that there will be 6-8 people showing up tomorrow at 7:30.
posted by ChuraChura at 6:37 AM on September 14, 2010

Sweet! Can't wait to see you all.
posted by lohmannn at 8:30 AM on September 15, 2010

It's last second, but I plan to be driving through Columbus around this time. I may stop by Solay Bistro around then.
posted by fizzix at 1:56 PM on September 15, 2010

Awesome! The more the merrier!
posted by BZArcher at 2:43 PM on September 15, 2010

Had a really great time! Thanks, guys! We should absolutely do something else soon. :)
posted by BZArcher at 6:56 PM on September 15, 2010

It's nice to meet everyone. Thanks!
posted by Carius at 6:59 PM on September 15, 2010

I had a great time! I'm definitely up for more meet ups, especially ones involving more delicious food.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 7:01 PM on September 15, 2010

Good times!
posted by lohmannn at 7:39 PM on September 15, 2010

Thanks, guys! That was awesome. I look forward to seeing some of you at Mad Men on Sunday!
posted by ChuraChura at 7:07 AM on September 16, 2010

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