Starliner Diner: Quirky Hilliard eatery serves up Cuban-inspired fare

Quirky Hilliard eatery serves up Cuban-inspired fare


Worlds collide at Starliner Diner in Hilliard. As Martians fly spaceships alongside hamburgers, watermelon and pies on a fanciful mural, the independent restaurant dishes out Cuban-inspired fare in the city’s historic downtown.

A giant crescent moon gazes affectionally at the sun – a scene that’s become synonymous with this 20-year-old restaurant that moved a year ago from its longtime home on Cemetery Road to Main Street in the heart of Old Hilliard.

It’s this quirky atmosphere and an eclectic menu that makes Starliner Diner our family-friendly restaurant pick for February.

The unique combo draws crowds, especially for breakfast, which is served until 3 p.m. on weekends. Big portions of traditional favorites, such as huevos rancheros and an egg scramble called Chiliquiles, have earned Starliner Diner accolades as the “Best Breakfast in Columbus” in polls of local magazine readers.

Prices range from $3.25 for a banana pancake to $13.75 for Cajun Jambalaya with shrimp. There also are lots of of vegetarian choices.

Strainer Diner is located at 4121 Main St., Hilliard. For more information, visit www.starlinerdiner.com.

Jump to your heart’s content at Hilliard trampoline park


Opportunities to jump on trampolines were few and far between when I was kid. You had to know somebody who had one and whose parents were willing to let someone else’s kid risk getting hurt on their property.

Nowadays kids can jump to their heart’s content at indoor trampoline parks, including Get Air Columbus in Hilliard. It offers 42,000 square feet of jumpable space and lots of steady ground for parents to lounge around on the sidelines.

Get Air has locations all over the country, including three are in Ohio. The location in Hilliard offers a two-story, full-service restaurant called Boulevard Grill that has windows overlooking the jump zone.

The main area looks like a big quilt of stitched-together trampoline rectangles. There are flat trampolines, slanted trampolines and near vertical ones along the walls.

Watch a video of our recent Get Air visit!

Kids and adults can jump and shoot basketballs through hoops, attempt an obstacle course and play dodgeball. There’s an area reserved for kids measuring less than 46 inches tall, which keeps them from getting trampled and bounced to the moon.

My family liked jumping into a pit full of foam blocks and traversing a slack line over more squishy blocks.

We’ve visited Get Air Columbus several times, once for a birthday celebration in one of the five rentable party rooms. On each occasion there were lines out the door.

Beat the crowd by arriving when doors open, or avoid busy weekends and holiday breaks. Participants need to sign a waiver before jumping. Save time by filling the online form beforehand.

Prices for everyone taller than 46 inches start at $14 for one hour of jumping. Save money on the last Monday of the month when parents jump for free with the purchase of a child’s admission, or get two hours for the price of one on Tuesdays.

Get Air Columbus is located at 3708 Fishinger Blvd., Hilliard. For more information, visit getaircolumbus.com.