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Five Years Strong

If you’ve not yet made your way over the river and through downtown to experience what Franklinton has to offer, you’re missing out! It’s like grandma’s house, but with a better cocktail selection. Heck, you…

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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…

Grape Expectations

If you’ve sipped a great—or hell, even good—glass of wine in Columbus after 1960, there is a good chance that pour had some connection to Roger Gentile. Roger, who passed away last fall, was immediately…

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Hot Times

John Hard is never too far from the flame. A fire-protection engineer by trade, he was born into a long line of specialists—his father, Harold owned a local fire-protection agency. John was also drawn to…

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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….

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…

King of Beers

Have you ever enjoyed a locally brewed craft beer in Columbus? Then you should buy Scott Francis a beer. Actually, you should probably buy him a couple rounds. Just about anyone who is anyone in…


Food Truck Wedding

Stock & Barrel contributor Jim Ellison and his wife Jamie (Paoloni) shut down a local brewery and threw the most local wedding of all-time; here they offer guidelines for doing it yourself. One night in…

Micro Mogul

Quickly imagine what you think to be the archetypal food truck vendor: a young, free-spirited, tattooed hipster with a passion for locally sourced anything and a cowboy swagger, right? In a few cases the stereotype…