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Fried Chicken at Park Creek Kitchen

Fried Chicken at Park Creek Kitchen | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
Everybody has their favorite place to get fried chicken, that crackly, juicy magical meal. I've now found my own.
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Dinin' Hall Returns for a Third Season at 400 West Rich

Dinin' Hall Returns for a Third Season at 400 West Rich | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
Local food truck fans will only have to wait one more month (Thursday, May 8th!) before food truck hub Dinin' Hall reopens their doors at 400 West Rich Street in East Franklinton. The popular lunch...
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The Dinin' Hall returns! But is only open on Thursdays and Fridays for lunch!

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Car2Go used to bumps in the road, CEO says - Columbus Dispatch

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Car2Go used to bumps in the road, CEO says
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“Every city we go into, it starts out that people don't understand how it works,” Cole said this week during a media tour to promote the service, which is to launch in Columbus on Oct.
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Arts preview: An Evening of Bluegrass - Columbus Alive

Arts preview: An Evening of Bluegrass - Columbus Alive | Columbus Life | Scoop.it


Bluegrass shows are not the easiest to seek out in Columbus.


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Lunch Review: Lexi’s on Third — ColumbusUnderground.com

Lunch Review: Lexi’s on Third — ColumbusUnderground.com | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

If you’re going to go to Lexi’s On Third for lunch, you might as well order the ridiculously large Lexi’s Tower ($14). Life is short, and epic edibles that come in the form of mammoth sandwiches are few and far between.

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Studio 35: A Really Good Bar That Serves Movies

Studio 35: A Really Good Bar That Serves Movies | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
My first memories of Studio 35 go back to my senior year of High School – in a Clintonville from long, long ago but not so far away. At that time, the theater showed two second run movies for...
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(From the article): All of the above were enough to turn things around and make “the Studio” a viable, sustainable business but there was still more to come. Studio 35 became a bit of a hang out for a core group of people. There was a lightly used bar and a few booths that created an intimate atmosphere separate from the theatre. Customers still longed for better seating, sound and amenities. They got that and more – Studio invested major capital into the guts of the building in 2012 and transformed from an ugly (but charismatic) duckling into a very hot swan of a Studio 35.

 

(Not from the article): I live within walking distance of this theatre - and it is one of the hidden jewels of the North Columbus area.  My daughter and I had the chance to watch "The Hobbit" a few weeks ago.  When there is a watchable film, we have tried to go see it there.

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Savor: My Saviour, Thank You For Embracing Clintonville

Savor: My Saviour, Thank You For Embracing Clintonville | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
The Indianola strip of Clintonville is the Rodney Dangerfield of the area, no respect. In particular, the Beechwold enclave of Clintonville (Cooke Rd. to Morse Rd) along Indianola is even less endowed with anything to be a draw to the area (well, maybe the Food Trucks at Charity Newsies, being the brilliant initiative that it is would be an exception). The area and it’s residents want what the rest of the area has – more eateries, more independent business and more traffic for the existing businesses along this thoroughfare. Enter Savor.

The space that Savor has taken over was a standard carry-out for many years. It was a place for lottery tickets and last-minute emergency party needs. It was OK as far as carry outs go but noting to speak of, or blog about. However, one day I drove by and noticed a new sign which piqued my interest. Then I saw some flyers and ads – which features a nice logo, some nice photos and whoa….wait a minute, FREE DELIVERY. Someone will deliver beer and wine to my home? Why yes, they will, for free! That is convenient.
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Worthington pizzeria serious about pies and suds

Worthington pizzeria serious about pies and suds | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
Pies & Pints has opened at the entrance of the Shops at Worthington Place.

 

Pies & Pints is the latest out-of-towner to join the central Ohio pizza ranks, offering a full-service experience and a multitude of craft beers.

 

The West Virginia-based pizzeria has opened in a 4,500-square-foot storefront 7227 N. High St., near the entrance of the Shops at Worthington Place.

 

General manager Kenny Harper said a lot of work goes into the dough, made on premises and tossed fresh before each order. The result is a thinner crust firm enough to stand out straight.

“You’re not getting that cardboard taste or that extremely doughy taste,” Harper said. “You get what I like to call perfection.”

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Brezel. Pretzel Pizza Crust.

Brezel. Pretzel Pizza Crust. | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
pretzel crust pizzas

 

Last night, we attended a class involving the ladies from Brezel (a local german-style pretzel company). They told us a little about how their business got started. Basically, the owner was traveling in Germany and lived on the chewy dense pretzels sold on almost every corner (she is a vegan). After she returned home she tried to re-create what she had in Germany out of her kitchen.

 

Fast-forward four years later and she now owns a thriving little spot at North Market as well as takes orders for her endless pretzel products. She makes pretzel buns, bread bowls, twists and pizza crusts!

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Middle West Spirits Launching OYO Bourbon Whiskey (Columbus, OH)

Middle West Spirits Launching OYO Bourbon Whiskey (Columbus, OH) | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

Columbus will soon be home to not one, but two local bourbons, which is great news for connoisseurs of the spirit. Last week we wrote about Watershed Distillery adding Bourbon to their product lineup and this week we’ve got news that Middle West Spirits has been working on something similar — creating a bourbon by blending their locally-made whiskey with a Kentucky straight bourbon.

 

Middle West launched in the Spring of 2010 with an initial focus on vodkas, but the development of dark spirits has always been a part of their business plan.

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Ohio taps Smithsonian treasures

Ohio taps Smithsonian treasures | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
A new affiliation between the Ohio Historical Society and the Smithsonian Institution means Ohioans may get to see rare items from among 136 million in the world’s largest museum.

 

A new affiliation between the Ohio Historical Society and the Smithsonian Institution means Ohioans may get to see rare items from among 136 million in the world’s largest museum.

It’s also likely that some of the Smithsonian’s 30 million annual visitors will view historical items, documents and photos collected by the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center in Wilberforce.

 

The affiliation agreement is reciprocal, meaning items can go both ways. The deal will be completed next Wednesday, when Harold Closter, director of Smithsonian Affiliations, visits Columbus.

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Eat and Drink Your Way Through Columbus

Eat and Drink Your Way Through Columbus | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
With craft distilleries, a new wave of microbreweries, and a growing restaurant scene, Ohio's capital city is a destination on the rise.

 

Get a taste of the city’s food scene on a one-and-a-half-mile walking tour ($50) of the Short North, led by Columbus Food Adventures. Along the way, you’ll hit the North Market, an indoor collective of small businesses and artisan producers that’s been around since 1876; get a whiff of the 25-year-old sourdough starter at the Eleni Christina Bakery (641 N. High St.; 614-461-0021); and sample the gnocchi Bolognese at Rigsby’s Kitchen, the restaurant that put this once-gritty neighborhood on the map.

 

Take a self-guided tour of the regional microbrew scene, now experiencing a second coming thanks to a handful of new entrants, including Hoof Hearted (outside the city, in Marengo), which uses a peddle-powered grain mill to make its silky, chocolaty porter, and Seventh Son, scheduled to open in November in a converted auto-body shop in Italian Village. Among the more established newcomers is Zauber, which introduced growler hours—with free tastings and a rotating roster of food trucks—for its German-style alts and kölsches in May and has plans to open a brewpub in early 2013. For a short day trip, pack picnic fare—meats and cheeses from Katzinger’s Delicatessan and cannelès and macarons fromPistacia Vera—then drive 30 miles south to Rockmill Brewery, where former L.A. talent agent Matthew Barbee makes Belgian-style beers on a horse farm in Lancaster. Pair the Trippel with a marbled blue and the Dubbel with dark chocolate, then work off your buzz with a walk around the grounds.

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Beers and Burgers | Drink Up Columbus

Beers and Burgers | Drink Up Columbus | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

Summer technically ends this Friday – and with it the seasonal tradition of preparing slabs of meat on the grill with a cold brewsky in hand. But astronomical calendars be damned – there are several upcoming events for you to enjoy freshly fried meat and locally-brewed beer, well into early Autumn.

 

First is the weekly Local Brews and Burgers series happening each Thursday through October 11 from 5-7pm at the Columbus Commons. Full lineup...

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Marvelous Menagerie - a Roman Mosaic at the Columbus Museum of Art

Marvelous Menagerie - a Roman Mosaic at the Columbus Museum of Art | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

For fans of archaeology like me, there’s no better place in Columbus this summer than the Columbus Museum of Art. When you visit, you’ll find a 1,700-year-old masterpiece that looks almost as good as the day it was created.

 

A 300-square-foot colorful mosaic from Lod, Israel, is on display runs through Jan. 13, 2013. The mosaic, made of small bits (tesserae) of stone and glass, depicts a variety of life-like scenes, including sea creatures, predators and prey, and intricate geometric designs and is almost completely intact. Because stone and glass don’t fade over time, the exhibit is a rare example of ancient artwork that looks almost exactly as it was intended.

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Columbus, Ohio is a breakfast mecca

Columbus, Ohio is a breakfast mecca | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

They call him “Dr. Breakfast.” Nicholas Dekker, 34, an affable theater lecturer at Columbus’ Ohio State University, loves the first meal of the day, and this passion has made him a local celebrity. His blog, Breakfast With Nick, and book of the same name chronicle Columbus’ multitude of brekkie spots.

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(From the article): So, why is breakfast such a thing in this capital city? “Columbus, in general, is a good food city,” Dekker opines between sips of coffee from excellent local roaster Thunderkiss. “By nature of that, our breakfast scene is, too.” He pegs it to the city’s duality of tradition and forward-thinking innovation, easy access to fresh farmland product, embracing and nurturing of local business (yet, ironically, chains White Castle and Wendy’s were founded here), and a morning person culture that prizes social opportunities to start off the day. Not a morning person? Plenty of spots offer all-day brekkie.

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Review: Mozart’s Bakery and Piano Cafe — ColumbusUnderground.com

Review: Mozart’s Bakery and Piano Cafe — ColumbusUnderground.com | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
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It’s been a good year to live in Beechwold. The neighborhood just North of Clintonville has never really been a hub of restaurant activity, but in recent months it’s become the home of both a new Wine Bistro and now Mozart’s.

 

Mozart’s moved into the new location in the middle of summer, leaving its old digs a few miles south in Clintonville. In making the move, the eatery consolidated its ice cream operation (Vienna Ice) and bakery-slash-cafe under one single palatial roof. The new spot is a stucco and brick stand-alone with a tile roof and fancy arches. It’s a castle on High Street.

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Meyer Recruits National Championships

Meyer Recruits National Championships | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
There’s no question that Urban Meyer ’s recruiting is in a different galaxy than Buckeyes fans are accustomed to seeing...

Via Jeremy S. Jordan
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Fried Chicken at Park Creek Kitchen

Fried Chicken at Park Creek Kitchen | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
Everybody has their favorite place to get fried chicken, that crackly, juicy magical meal. I've now found my own.
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Seventh Son Brewing Co. Now Open

Seventh Son Brewing Co. Now Open | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

After over a year in the works and going through a name change, the Seventh Son Brewing Company officially opened their doors for the first time last weekend for a soft launch party. The new business boasts 4,500 square feet of rentable event and entertainment space divided into two indoor areas and a beer garden patio out back.

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“We’re not sure how much we’ll be open as a regular venue,” said co-owner Collin Castore. ”But at first we need to get people in here to see the space.”

Last weekend’s launch party included food trucks parked out front and a full bar featuring other local brews on draft such as Weasel Boy, Elevator, Four String and CBC.

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Dinin'Hall

Dinin'Hall | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
Dinin’ Hall began as a design idea trying to solve practical issues of eating at food trucks and carts. Tim and Eliza love to eat as much as they love to sit, and eating street food while standing has become challenging. So, they started to dream.

Dinin’ Hall was born, a perfect marriage of street food and casual dining experiences. It features a rotating roster of food trucks and carts and their signature items, promoting their innovative menus. It provides a cool dining area of industrial charm with community tables and bar seating. This is going to raise the bar for high quality, gourmet (yet casual) street food dining, right in Columbus!

More than anything else, Dinin’ Hall is about good food and people makes a great community! It is a destination where passion for food and innovation thrives.

Great Food, Great Space, Great Community.
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brēzel

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brēzel makes hand-rolled Bavarian-style pretzels with a kick. We specialize in gourmet pretzel products including pretzel buns and pizzas made to order, just for you.

 

Who doesn’t love a good pretzel?

 

brēzel is a gourmet pretzel company specializing in hand-rolled Bavarian-style pretzels and pretzel products in a multitude of flavors (savory, spicy, sweet, seasonal, etc.). Not a pretzel fan? Let us convince you!

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Eating in Columbus

Eating in Columbus | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
Columbus, Ohio is a city that invites walking, from German Village up through downtown, Victorian Village, Short North, the University District and beyond.

 

 

Columbus, Ohio is a city that invites walking, from German Village up through downtown, Victorian Village, Short North, the University District and beyond.

 

Which is fortunate, because it also encourages overindulgence at just about every turn. Inspired food options abound, from locavore breakfast spots to taco truck tours and the best small batch ice cream I’ve ever eaten.

 

I visited Columbus for the first time last fall on a press tour (you’ll find that story here), a guest of Experience Columbus, a non-profit organization that promotes the city as a travel destination. The tour was orchestrated by Weirick Communications, a Columbus-based tourism marketing firm. The city utterly charmed me, and not just because of the food. So a couple of weeks ago, Marion and I visited. It was her first time there, and she was as taken with the city as I was.

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New Tuscan Grato and Scotch Bar Opening Downtown Columbus, OH

New Tuscan Grato and Scotch Bar Opening Downtown Columbus, OH | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

The Downtown Columbus restaurant scene continues to blossom with new options with the addition of “Manifesto” in November. Located at 21 East State Street in the Fifth-Third Building, this new venue is being described as a “rustic Tuscan Grato and full scotch bar” by owner Yavonne Sarber, who also owns de-NOVO Bistro and Bar located just two blocks away on High Street.

 

“Our scotch bar will be extensive with knowledgable bartenders serving proper methods,” said Sarber. “The space will be beautiful, in a manly way.”

 

Manifesto will seat 90 guests and will be open from 7am for breakfast through 1am on weekdays and 2am on weekends. The culinary team for the new restaurant includes leadership from Chef Robert Harrison, executive sous chef Mike Gadd, and sous John Franke.

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New Columbus Chef: Andrew Smith — ColumbusUnderground.com

New Columbus Chef: Andrew Smith — ColumbusUnderground.com | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
Over the next few weeks, Columbus Underground is taking a look at some of the amazing young talent in the kitchens of your favorite local restaurants, food trucks and other dining establishments in the relaunch of our series ...

 

Over the next few weeks, Columbus Underground is taking a look at some of the amazing young talent in the kitchens of your favorite local restaurants, food trucks and other dining establishments in the relaunch of our series known as “New Columbus Chefs“.

 

The Rossi has been a jewel in the Short North for years. Remember it before the expansion?

 

They have always had one of the best burgers to be found in Columbus and now also has many of the best entrées and pizzas.

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Whole Foods Dublin Opens In-Store Gastropub “The Local”

Whole Foods Dublin Opens In-Store Gastropub “The Local” | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

Eager to stay ahead of the dining-inside-the-grocery-store trend, Whole Foods Dublin is opening “The Local” today, an in-store gastropub concept where customers can enjoy a drink or a bar snack before, after or during their shopping.

 

“We’re always looking to provide an innovative and special experience for our customers,” said Tiffany Smith, Marketing Team Leader at Whole Foods Market Dublin. “In-store dining venues create a good energy and are the best way for us to celebrate food.”

 

The Local features twelve draft beers including regional drinks from The Columbus Brewing Company, The Rivertown Brewing Company in Cincinnati, The Elevator Brewing Company and others from Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky. The Local will also serve wine and Brother’s Drake mead on tap.

 

The menu at the new in-store restaurant will feature locally inspired upscale bar snacks, an all-organic coffee bar and other seasonal and speciality options.

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Yak burgers to Korean hodduk: Columbus' surprising food scene

Yak burgers to Korean hodduk: Columbus' surprising food scene | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
The culinary scene in heartland city Columbus, Ohio, might surprise you.

 

When considering a getaway that's focused on eating great local food, certain cities spring to mind -- New Orleans, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Columbus…

 

Columbus? As in Ohio? As in HQ of White Castle, Max and Erma's and Bob Evans? Yes, that Columbus.

 

I was there for a conference recently and had a chance to sample its vibrant culinary scene. From an innovative, multi-course pairing of food and cocktails at the elegant M at Miranova downtown, to spicy tacoscampechanos dispensed from the Taco Nazo food truck parked behind a pawn shop on the north side, my visit was both eye-opening and mouth-watering.

 

There's a bustling food-truck scene, including 40-plus taco trucks alone. A hundred or so others dish out fare ranging from Korean hodduk (hot griddle cakes stuffed with walnuts, sugar and cinnamon) to duck confit salad.

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