For the first post of the planned daily series on things that make living in the North Central Ohio community so exciting and wonderful that it has been the epicenter of the Columbus’ growth.
Thanks to the folks at Covey Rise Farms for the recommendation we have now made the 35-minute trip from Delaware to Johnstown to visit Ghostwriter Public House twice now. And it has been a marvelous time each visit.
The restaurant occupies what appears to be two old store fronts in downtown – right on State Route 37 – and has two bars that are the focal point of the room with seating around each of the bars. The vibe is warm and homey with a sense of industrial and openness.
The food is where this place makes its mark.
We started the first time with an amazing cauliflower appetizer that is sadly retired from the menu. However, we tried the cheese curds ($11) and fund the tempura batter to be light and fluffy and did not overpower the subtle flavor of the cheese curds.
Having grown up with beef in the freezer and a great supply of steaks from Crimson Knoll Cattle Farm in Richwood, I am a steak snob. So, I was reluctant to try the ribeye … and it was amazing. I put it on par with the ribeye at Eddie Merlot Steak House without the price tag. The ribeye ($40) is served with baked potato and grilled arugula. The grilled arugula was the showstopper on the plate. The arugula “grilled” with mushrooms and the mixture of seasonings that made me want it not just for my side, but also desert.
The wife had the shrimp tacos ($18) which came as a trio of taco and a cheese and queso side. They were good and had a very subtle flavor to it. I put it on par with 12 West when it first opened. The daughter had alfredo pasta ($5) which was an amazing sized portion for the price and had a good flavor.
I am always one that feels like you should go to a dessert shop instead of getting it at an amazing food place – unless of course it has a pastry chef that focuses on those things. And Ghostwriter was a similar vein. We have had the smores torte ($10), crème Brule ($10), and chocolate-chip cookie ($3) and they were all good but not on par with the main course.
With tip it was a $150 dinner. Not something we usually do but for our anniversary we decided to make it a special night. Take away dessert and I go with something other than steak you could easily feed three here for less than $100.
Ghostwriter Public House is located at 49 ½ South Main Street in Johnstown, Ohio. The restaurant is open 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 4 – 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 4 – 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and closed on Monday and Tuesday.
FIND THEM ONLINE: Ghostwriter Public House