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Hot Mess

Fair warning: Don’t wear your fanciest attire when you go to Kai’s Crab Boil. The cooks don’t spend time on tidy plating. Meals don’t even come in individual portions. Once a boil is ready—the ingredients…

Spring Simmers

A taste of a few local restaurants shifting in new menu items. Ahh, spring. In Ohio, it’s damn near like entering a whole new world. And it doesn’t just affect our how we entertain ourselves—but…

Call To The Hall

Options abound in new communal dining space. Going out in the Short North can be hectic. Hopping from bar to bar can limit your food options, while posting up at a single restaurant can limit your…

Create Your Curry

Coast to Course

Matilda Riby-Williams, or Tilly, as she’s known, is hovering over a steaming pot of onion and tomato puree, seasoning it with her favorite spices: garlic, ginger, Goya Adobo and Ghanaian cayenne pepper. A small crew…

Chains of Love

Before Columbus was nationally known for its neighborhood haunts and dinky little dives, we spent decades as an incubator for fast food fads that came, cooked, and conquered. Not all went on to become household…

Butter Girl by Brian Kaiser

The B is for Best

Do you know Miss B? You don’t? If you do, you’re likely to keep up the fun secret that she’s the namesake and inventor of that banana pudding at Hot Chicken Takeover—which keeps those checkered…

Bareburger by Collins Laatsch

Meatless Wonder

Veggie Burgers are, dare we say … hip? While mad scientists have done the “impossible,” by cooking up a plant-based burger that bleeds, meatless menu options are popping up all over the country. Of course,…

by Collins Laatsch

Boss Hog

Throw a brisket in the air these days, and it has even odds of landing on a truck, tray or tiny window. While slimming down may be the trend du jour for BBQ joints in…

Roof with a View

Rooftop patios are nothing new. But the trouble always tends to be the view. Downtown Nashville has some cluttered so closely together, the only thing you can really see past the ledge? Another rooftop patio….

BLunch by Megan Leigh Barnard

On the Sunny Side

Clintonville is lovely this time of year. Columbus, on the whole, isn’t. Rain, snow, or shine, you can always find some charm in the little “sub-’burg”—Walhalla Ravine still topping the annual unofficial poll for best…

by Megan Leigh Barnard

The Truth About Veritas

Veritas is Columbus’s best restaurant. New, old—whatever. This has been the consensus for years. Kihachi is part of the discussion, but cuisine-specificity often limits popular perception. Old guard classics like The Refectory and M at…

Photo By Collins Laatsch, Story By Robert Gerard Hunt

Hilliard: Frozen In Time

If a pub crawl is your kind of thing, you can find plenty of places around Central Ohio to walk and imbibe. But situated along 1.4 miles of Main Street in Hilliard is a quartet…

Guy Time

“Why not take pieorogi to a punk bar?” Ya see, Guy Fieri just gets it. That was his response to Matthew Majesky’s beloved Pierogi Mountain, a grungy gem tucked inside of Cafe Bourbon Street, where…

Photo and Story By Tommy Feisel

App Hop

Welcome back to another edition of App Hop, where I get to go around town with my wife, Meredith, eating delicious food and you get you read about it! In case you missed the inaugural…

Photo By Tommy Feisel

Culinary Itinerary

Greater Columbus Sister Cities organizes excursions and exchanges within our growing global family, but sharing in these connections doesn’t necessarily require a suitcase and a passport. Common bonds wait in the restaurant kitchens of some…

Pier W in Lakewood, Ohio

Meals On Wheels

The sheer number of restaurants in Columbus to try—new and old—is mind-bending. Hell, you could fill up a whole magazine just talking about the food and drink in this city (and we do). Still, sometimes…

The Keep by Collins Laatsch

See Food Restaurant

Restaurants all about sharing these days. Community seating. Sourcing info. Family-style dining. There are also plenty of places opening up the, typically, most hidden, yet imperative part of ant establishment—the kitchen. All over the city,…

Spagio by Tommy Feisel

Bowl Game

What is it about a steaming bowl full of rich, spicy chili that just melts away the winter chill? Why does a that salty broth in an old fashioned chicken soup seem to have magical,…

Story and Photos By Collins Laatsch

Better Sweet

Sometimes when you are on the look for a sweet treat, you want a little break from the norm. Sure you could grab an ice cream concoction from one of the various quick-stop shops in…

Photo By Collins Laatsch

All Smoke, No Mirrors

When Rick Malir devised a plan to create a barbecue joint in Columbus, the number one song in the country was “Believe” by Cher. As unlikely as that seems in hindsight, creating a local staple…

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