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Living down the street from the Italian Festival is to spend a weekend trying to steel oneself against the siren smells of bubbling tomato sauce and pizza oven aromas wafting over the entire neighborhood. Like…

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Let’s Get Cray

Finally, there’s an inviting aroma coming from the Wonder Bread factory again. Cray Eatery & Drinkery opened in the former factory (now Wonderland lofts) in August, specializing in sliders and liquor infusions. Cray has a…

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The speakeasy must be this year’s gastropub. While the modern speakeasy is perfectly legal, the name throws back to a certain elegance of the time period. Speakeasies, by definition, were toned down, quiet places where…

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Fresh Tastes

 1   Denmark on High + Secret Cellar 463 N High St. Nestled in the bustling Downtown entertainment district, this unique combo business (along with California transplant Bareburger) finally put some life back in the…

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The New Gastronomy

By definition, a gastropub is any drinking establishment that also serves high-end food. Presumably, one could classify a place like Clintonville’s O’Reilly’s a “gastropub,” if only for the mammoth burgers covered in piquant peppercorns, a…

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Craving Civic Pride

The Slider gets no respect. Even though Time magazine called White Castle’s tiny little burger the most influential of its kind, I feel like it’s still the Rodney Dangerfield of fast food.  Mention of White…

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Eat Feats

George Mallory, when asked why he wanted to climb Mt. Everest, replied, “Because it is there.” Hear, hear, George. I won’t be climbing Everest anytime soon, but Mallory’s words ring true in any daunting scenario….

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Eat Your City

When you think of dining out, you probably don’t think of a farm. The juxtaposition is striking – white tablecloths, the din of the kitchen, mood lighting, and the laughter of patrons, versus bucolic settings,…

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Farm to Cable

I’m waiting for it. I am only half-listening as we talk about cuts of beef and memories of backyard grilling shenanigans and fresh vegetables because I am waiting for it. Finally, it comes. Erupting through…

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Glam Burgers: Crafty Pint

So, everyone does a bacon cheeseburger, yeah? I mean, getting one from a drive-thru takes five minutes. But the Crafty Pint’s bacon cheeseburger ups the ante on this between-the-bun favorite. Using cherrywood-smoked bacon (a smidge…

Glam Burgers

Burgers are the blue jeans of food. Back in the day, jeans were prized for their easy-going durability while men worked in the mines or the fields, just as burgers were once the lowbrow, quickie…

Hot dogs by Jailhouse Rock. Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Truck to Table

It’s only natural that the next wave of the food truck revolution would see our catch-me-if-you-can culinary artists find a place to set up shop in perpetuity. The food is too good not to set…

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Winner, Winner

Any chickens out there worth their feathered salt best steer clear of Columbus as we are turning into the fried chicken capital of the Midwest. Recall Mya’s Fried Chicken, then the Hot Chicken takeover frenzy,…

Brownie Points

They’ve been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Food Network, Rachel Ray, Fox Business and in Entrepreneur Magazine; their wares are served on every international, first-class Delta Flight; and, at some point, Justin…

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Dream Seats

It’s summertime. It’s finally nice. So get your ass to at least one of these 10 outdoor oases. Milestone 229 229 S Civic Center, www.milestone229.com This “Jewel of the Mile” allows Columbusonians to have an…

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