The attentionworthy, the craveworthy and perhaps the occasional unsavory, in and around Columbus, Ohio..capital city...sleeper hottie of the Midwest.

Lisska Bar's vintage sign Booths along the west-facing windows I heart that old Pepsi menu sign Chips and pie One other patron at the bar, one at the Lotto machine

I want to give you a little peek inside the Lisska Bar & Grill at 2665 E. 5th Avenue.

Rewind. Until relocating to Clintonville a couple of months ago, my German Village apartment allowed me at least five easy ways to drive to and from my job’s east-side location. This commute (outside of taking the highway) did involve several sketchy eastbound/westbound streets that have seen better days (and therefore require caution). Enter E. 5th Avenue. I do recommend following this road from the Short North, all the way over and around the airport for some sight-seeing. An odd mix of urban, rural, and industrial sights dot the path.

So I asked my husband to drive over to the Lisska for a drink one weekend last December. Duh, THAT NEON SIGN pulled me in with full-on mothership force. The kitchen was closed by the time we showed up at an off hour on Saturday. Thus, the place was quiet; the bartender was friendly, no-nonsense, and politely fighting a light cold while holding down the near-empty bar. We ordered two Johnnie Walker Reds and a can of Bud Light each. (Don’t show up looking for a fancy liquor shelf.) In fact, Lisska feels like my grandma’s house had a casual tryst with its neighborhood bar & diner, and popped out a love child on the east side of Columbus. A pool table bumped up against the wall next to some booths also served—charmingly—as a table for the house television set. I became engrossed in a conversation with another patron about cameras, and didn’t really retain too much information about the bar its self. I gather that it’s been around in some form or another since the 1930’s.

I would love to go back and experience the diner crowd. Some Yelpers have given some more insight into the bar’s food scene, which I find helpful in wanting to go back. These photos are merely details captured on a quiet day. Looking for the full picture? I suggest stopping over to The Lisska Bar for yourself. Map

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Rubino&#8217;s Pizzeria, 2643&#160;E Main St, Columbus, OH
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Rubino’s Pizzeria, 2643 E Main St, Columbus, OH

Instagram @iluvcolumbus #signsofcolumbus

M & R Wine Shop, 1553 E Main St, Columbus, OH. The Near East Side can be a bit sketchy for a casual wanderer (depending on the intersection), but the flip side of this building is just as rad. I’d love to know what the neighborhood looked like when these signs were first painted.

The Peanut Shoppe Columbus

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I’m a bit heartbroken. After walking into The Peanut Shoppe, at 46 N. High Street, getting the scoop on its 70-year-plus history, and taking numerous pictures of the the vintage Planters and Mr. Peanut memorabilia collection within…I accidentally deleted almost every image on my memory card! Oh well—more reason for YOU to visit the place for yourself. The shop owner, Pat, pointed out a 1940’s-era Mr. Peanut costume sitting on the counter in a way-back corner—which her husband wore when he started working at The Peanut Shoppe back in the early 70’s. (Eventually, the two bought the business and have run it together since.) I had an interesting conversation with Pat about how store traffic has changed since the year 2000—people just don’t walk far for lunch anymore, and since direct deposit has become the norm, they certainly aren’t walking to the bank on Fridays to cash that paycheck and pick up a snack while at it. The Peanut Shoppe is truly an old-style business, where not much appears to have changed for decades; but it’s also the only nut roaster in the U.S. still operating with its original neon Planter’s sign above the storefront. I’d like to add that the fresh, roasted-in-house nuts are GOOD. Visit The Peanut Shoppe Columbus on Facebook for special hours and give this long-standing landmark a little love this February.

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Pierce Cleaners.  5205&#160;N. High St., Columbus, O.

Pierce Cleaners.  5205 N. High St., Columbus, O.

Obligatory photo of the Little Palace sign, where they make Brussels Sprouts and [insert cocktail] a craveable pair.

Obligatory photo of the Little Palace sign, where they make Brussels Sprouts and [insert cocktail] a craveable pair.

Durthaler Organs &amp; Piano Sales, Est. 1922. 1967 Lockbourne Rd., Columbus, O.

Durthaler Organs & Piano Sales, Est. 1922. 1967 Lockbourne Rd., Columbus, O.

You can find Mr. Bill&#8217;s balls (and a round of Whisky if you&#8217;d like) now over at HPL Bowling Center on Innis Rd.*Sign located on Cleveland Ave., just south of Elmore Ave., Cols. OH

You can find Mr. Bill’s balls (and a round of Whisky if you’d like) now over at HPL Bowling Center on Innis Rd.
*Sign located on Cleveland Ave., just south of Elmore Ave., Cols. OH

Beacon Building, 50&#160;W. Gay St. Cols. OH.
A couple more views here, on Flickr.  The view from the LeVeque parking garage is spectacular, especially at sunset.  The color coded and poetically named garage levels at the elevator doors are also worth a chuckle.

Beacon Building, 50 W. Gay St. Cols. OH.

A couple more views here, on Flickr.  The view from the LeVeque parking garage is spectacular, especially at sunset.  The color coded and poetically named garage levels at the elevator doors are also worth a chuckle.