For Goodale Station and a growing number of its contemporaries, the sky's the limit.

For Goodale Station and a growing number of its contemporaries, the sky's the limit.

The rooftop restaurant and bar at Canopy by Hilton Columbus, 77 E. Nationwide Blvd. in Columbus' Arena District, offers sweeping views of the city's downtown and beyond from its dining room's patios on the 12th floor.

Both spacious and contemporary, the dining areas are spare in design. One dining area can be separated into a private room for 24.

The menu features snacks, appetizers and a few entrees created by chef Tripp Mauldin, who spent much of his career in his home state of Alabama and in California.

"The idea of the menu here is 'American creative,' " Mauldin said. "And what is American cuisine? It's a melting pot of all different cultures. There are no boundaries."

Some examples:

* The shrimp and grits have an Indian-style tikka masala sauce.

* Mauldin forms Cajun boudin pork sausage and rice into rounds and deep-fries them, similar to Italian arancini, and serves them with a remoulade, or "comeback sauce."

Braised lamb osso bucco is served with cranberry beans, similar to pintos, with oregano and feta.

The Ohio wagyu New York strip steak is served with Mexican street corn, avocado crema, watercress and spicy guajillo pepper sauce.

Mauldin also is in charge of the Central Market House on the ground floor of Canopy. Like Goodale Station, it is open to the public. It has a "flexitarian" menu, which uses fresh ingredients and features sandwiches, bowls, salads, tartines and flatbreads.

Goodale Station, named after Lincoln Goodale, a physician who was one of the city's founding fathers, is in the mold of Vaso, Juniper, SeeSaw, Lincoln Social Rooftop and other restaurants and hotels taking advantage of their altitude and the city's bright lights.

Kitchen hours are 5 to 10 p.m. daily. For more information, call 614-223-1400.

====

A different style of south-of-the-border cuisine is opening in Whitehall.

El Pulgarcito Salvadorian Restaurant is expected to open by the end of November at 5133 E. Main St., owner Amadeo Mendez said.

The menu will include pupusa (thick flatbread stuffed with a variety of ingredients), ceviche, carne asada, homemade tamales and empanadas. All dishes will cost less than $10.

The restaurant will seat 44.

====

Natalie's, a fresh take on Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music, is slated to open Nov. 27 in the former King Avenue 5 location, 945 King Ave. in Columbus.

The restaurant and music hall will have more room for dining and music -- about 100 in the dining room and the same in the concert area -- and a larger kitchen, which means the menu will expand, too.

Instead of coal-fired pizza, the new Natalie's will have wood-fired pizza cooked in an oven imported from Italy.

"We're doing a lot more than just pizza," said Charlie Jackson, who founded the business with his daughter, Natalie Jackson.

The Jacksons founded Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music seven years ago at 5601 N. High St. in Worthington. They later established the Light of Seven Matchsticks, a speakeasy-style bar, in its basement. Those will remain open, Charlie Jackson said.

gseman@thisweeknews.com

@ThisWeekGary