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Face Value

Let’s keep it real: while a necessary component of a strong civic plan, convention centers aren’t typically the source of excitement in a city. Even in Columbus, where Peter Eisenman’s off-kilter, colorful menagerie of brick…

Print on Film

I’ve always been a firm believer that it’s better to be great at being myself than to be average at trying to be something that I’m not… This, is Al “Blueprint” Shepard boiled down his…

Last Call

“Sober” is a term that doesn’t typically mingle with the bar industry—where the late nights and hard days are not just part of the gig, but in many ways a celebrated aspect of the culture….

10 Years Later

You can’t really call Independents’ Day the festival that “could.” It’s the festival that just “did.” Personal checks, credit cards, a massive amount of volunteer labor, and sheer creative will launched what has now become…

by Megan Leigh Barnard

Splitting Image

Megan Leigh Barnard, as photographer and co-founder of Creative Babes, sees the beauty in other women—and in her fellow photographer. Which is probably why she and Autumn Theodore weren’t afraid to enlist the help of…

by Panda Moore

She’s Got Brains

Alright, it’s getting a little bit over-zombied around here, we’ll admit. But, that does not apply to the charming, campy Ms. Living Dead pageant, creeping out audiences and raising cash for charity since 2014. We…

by Tommy Feisel

Hidden Menu

It seems counterintuitive in the competitive Columbus culinary scene for a restaurant to willfully remain below the radar. Even neighborhood joints advertise a little, if only through carryout coupons or flimsy flyers. But some places…

Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard


Forno actually started out as just an idea for a simple, great pizza place in the Short North. From there, like so many toppings, the team at Corso Ventures started piling up the extras. The…

by Megan Leigh Barnard


Northstar Cafe –10.7% of 11,617 votes Multiple Locations | thenorthstarcafe.com 2  First Watch 10.4% 3  Katalina’s Cafe 7.5% 2016: First Watch – 16.8% of 12,043 votes 496 S High St. |  firstwatch.com 2   Northstar Cafe 14.4% 3  …

by Megan Leigh Barnard


The Crest – 20.5% of 9,582 votes In the four years since The Crest opened its doors (on Earth Day, no less), customers have chowed down on food that’s local, environmentally friendly, and, above all, tasty….

by Megan Leigh Barnard

Dining Patio

Barcelona – 19.6% of 5,018 votes There’s something beautiful about the city of Barcelona—its pronunciation, its culture, its scenery. The Columbus restaurant of the same name has taken these associations and applied them in a cozy…

by Brian Kaiser


Destination Donuts – 28.9% of 14,427 votes Damn you, Heather Morris! Okay, wait, no, we love you, Heather. It’s just that we were finally starting to find ways to lay off those damn sugary bagels until…

by Megan Leigh Barnard


Condado Tacos – 27.8% of 9,583 votes What used to be the land of burgers and fries has quickly turned into a taco town—that potent portable sent to us long ago from our friends down south….