From Tradition to Table

Give-and-Bake

Clintonville’s section of High Street is teeming with brick buildings; some squat to the ground, others soar a couple stories high. Approaching the North Broadway intersection, however, a smile of yellow rises alongside the busy…

Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard

The Brass Ring

After months of hammering, building, and revisioning, Brassica has finally risen from the clouds of construction dust. The Northstar group’s new Short North food adventure recently opened to a waiting public, nurtured on the reputation…

Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard

Poké Men

Imagine walking into the local gas station and instead of finding rolling hot dogs sweating pig juice and cardboard pizza with questionable cheese, you see bowls of super fresh cubed ahi tuna marinated in soy…

Going Whole Hog

“First, peel the skin back.” “Then, dive into the cheeks.” “The flesh just behind the ears is the most tender.” While it sounds like Hannibal Lector giving tips to carnivorous Hannibal Junior, it’s not. It’s…

Photos by Chris Casella

Second Wave

Remember those Choose Your Own Adventure books that we read as kids? The one where you make a choice at the end of every chapter and each choice lead to different stories? The menu at…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Off the Chain

I wasn’t taught specifically to abhor chain restaurants. It just sort of developed over time—this general compulsion to discredit a restaurant for having multiple locations. After all, good food comes from good chefs, and good chefs…

Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard & Chris Casella

Fresh Tastes

6-1-Pho 4386 N High St. | 61pho.com Pho’ crazy with the newest Vietnamese create-as-you-go experience. We all know the assembly line set-up by now and at 6-1-Pho, patrons can assemble three types of main dish…

Photo by Chris Casella

Tasting Notes

“Food is music to the body, music is food to the heart.” — Gregory David Roberts It’s hard for me to disagree. I’m watching Derek Trucks, Mavis Staples, Brittany Howard, Aloe Blacc join Stephen Colbert for…

Photo by Jodi Miller

Groceries, Upgraded

What’s bigger than a farmer’s market, better than a “big box,” but still smaller than a supermarket? A curious creation called the “curated grocery store.” No, these aren’t your parents’ grocery stores, with cereal selections…

Bowl Game

From within the rushing current of food, both traditional and new, occasionally a dish rides a wave to the surface: think about bacon’s everlasting moment—served with everything from chicken to chocolate—or the tuna tartare crest,…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Tai One On

My first tiki experience was my senior prom way back in the day. We all piled into a limo and headed to Trader Vic’s in Washington D.C., the OG of Polynesian-themed restaurants. I recall lots…

Photo by Chris Casella

El Trato Real

I have a friend who’s always telling me I’m too picky about restaurants. Well… I am. Especially when it comes to “authentic” Mexican restaurants. Look, people in Columbus love their Mexican food, but I am here…

Photo by Rosa Cautela

Beacon of Goodness

The current national narrative surrounding big and little businesses can be stated in one equation: big business = Godzilla + stomping – mom and pop shop = death to independents. This scenario is played out…

You Ate What?

Guilty pleasures—those stolen moments that feed our id. Whether it’s binge-watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians or adults secretly crushing on boy bands, guilty pleasures are like a dose of self-aware indulgence that keeps the…

Photos by Chris Casella

Flavor-ville

Clintonville, the suburban-not-quite-a-suburb, has long been the oasis for left-leaning Columbus residents looking to escape a bit of the city’s trappings but without completely losing the benefits of being an urban dweller. It’s hard not…

Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard

Not Just Cupcakes

I like small things—microscopic paintings, mini tchotchkes, small spidery handwritten poetry notes that I can tuck into my wallet. And certainly, there is a childish awwww factor involved, but it’s also the idea of being able…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Strip Mall Surprise

For adventurous eaters, Columbus holds its own when it comes to top-notch food trucks slinging what’s next in curbside cuisine. But in the waning days of winter, shivering on the sidewalk isn’t the only option…

Pie Palette

Bobby Silver and business partner Faith Pierce maintain a fierce commitment to the art of the pie, not only contributing elevated flavors to the traditional dish but also offering inventive marketing tools and creative expression…

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