Balboa

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Interviewee: Brian Swanson, owner
Location: 1312 Grandview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
 

Brian Swanson, owner (photo courtesy of Brian)

Brian Swanson, owner


 
Q | What are the most popular items on your menu? Why?
A | Most popular are the grilled mahi tacos and I think it’s because they’re a unique item not offered at too many places.
 
Q | Are there any items NOT on your menu that are staff favorites (that you’d be willing to serve up to any customer who asked)?
A | We’re still perfecting our current (opening) menu. Feedback is always encouraged and welcome!
 
Q | Your menu has awesome appetizers, tacos, and cocktails – just as I’d expect! But what about these Balboa Bowls I’m seeing?! What sparked the idea for those?
A | I saw these bowls done at a cool spot in SoCal and Tampa actually. I wanted to do something that kept people coming back and essentially keeps the menu fresh. There are lots of possibilities with the build your own bowl option and it’s been pretty popular.
 
Q | Bruch is coming (June 1!) – can you tell us anything about it?
A | It’s really still in early stages of development. We’ve been lucky to be much busier than initially expected, so we’re still focusing on our main menu. Stay tuned though!
 
Grilled Mahi Tacos (with cilantro lime slaw, tropical salsa and guacamole)

Grilled Mahi Tacos (with cilantro lime slaw, tropical salsa and guacamole)


 
Chef's Featured Bowl (Modelo braised short rib, spanish rice, pepper jack, iceberg, tomatoes, cilantro, and tomatillo crema)

Chef’s Featured Bowl (Modelo braised short rib, spanish rice, pepper jack, iceberg, tomatoes, cilantro, and tomatillo crema)


 
Since I went to a blogger event, we got to taste so many amazing menu items. Like these tender af short rib skewers.

Since I went to a blogger event, we got to taste so many amazing menu items. Like these tender af short rib skewers.


 
And portabella tacos.

And portabella tacos.


 
And a new favorite - street corn.

And a new favorite – street corn.


 
The blueberry basil margarita was to die for.

The blueberry basil margarita was to die for.


 
Bloggers be bloggin! (Looking at you, Whole Living Lauren!)

Bloggers be bloggin! (Looking at you, Whole Living Lauren!)


 
A huge patio - see you here all summer?

A huge patio – see you here all summer?


 
I’ve been to Balboa twice since it opened 10 days ago if that tells you anything :)
 

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