It happened on artfully presented plates at a brewpub. Coming out of the kitchen of a dive bar. In the freezer section of the grocery store. From the tap handles at a cocktail bar. On a vintage plate piled high with house-cured meats. Columbus’ dining landscape is rapidly changing, and for the better. Leading the charge: these 11 inspired chefs, bartenders and visionaries who have big plans for the future.
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This Saturday not only marks August Gallery Hop but National Mead Day, and the team behind Brothers Drake Meadery has readied its annual day-long celebration of coffee, food, music and, of course, that sweet stuff made from honey.
It’s a grocery store and a wine shop. It’s a growler-fill stop and a cafe. It’s a butcher shop and bar. It sounds like The Market Italian Village has a lot going on because it does. The corner store and restaurant that opens today is banking it can be a little something to everyone in the growing neighborhood.
This week, I had a chance to sample and visit with winemakers from around the world as part of the Vanguard Wines annual portfolio tasting. Here are a few styles sampled that I’d love to see more of when they hopefully make it onto local restaurant wine lists and store shelves this fall.
The guys behind Mikey’s Late Night Slice are ready to unveil Oddfellows Liquor Bar, their new Short North dive bar, this weekend. The bar will open at 3 p.m. Saturday in the former 83 Gallery space at 1038 N. High Street, next to Short North Tattoo and adjacent to The Shack of Mikey’s Late Night Slice.
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Twice, chef Rick Lopez has closed the doors of La Tavola. First there was the small, understated eatery next to a gun range in Powell, then the grander iteration in Dublin. When the latter shuttered in 2009, Lopez cast his simple Italian cuisine aside, trading it in for urban diner fare at Knead. But he missed cooking the foods he grew up with, so within a week of closing the Downtown spot this spring, Lopez and his wife, Krista, quietly reopened La Tavola, this time in Grandview.
Nashville’s signature spicy fried chicken has made its way to Columbus with the recent opening of takeout only window Hot Chicken Takeover.
It’s important to know what fork to use. And, yes, there’s a proper way to place a linen napkin on your lap. But some dining rules are less about pretension than about making your experience (whether it’s a fine dining event or a quick trip to the bistro around the corner) more enjoyable. So what’s wrong and right nowadays? Here’s what Columbus servers and bartenders have to say.