To test his dream, and the market, Taylor Carter did what many young gun cooks did nearly three years ago—he opened a food truck. Herb’n Cafe still lives on in mobile form, but most days it’s parked behind Taylor’s brick and mortar with the same name. Taylor opened Herb’n Cafe in Pickerington earlier this year with the backing of his mom and her business partner Scott Marvin.
Tickets are now on sale for Freedom a la Cart’s dinner with a purpose, Eat Up. The fundraiser, which benefits the nonprofit catering company and its mission to lead victims of human trafficking on a path to freedom, returns on Saturday, Nov. 14, and will again feature multiple courses crafted by up-and-coming chefs.
Cray Eatery & Drinkery has established itself as a spot for sliders and infused liquors in the former Wonder Bread factory in Italian Village. The restaurant has also added a brunch menu, which deviates from their slider offerings and where none of the food is more than $6, so let the bright neon sign boasting “Cray” in the front door lead your way.
Maggie Ailabouni is not the sort of person you’d expect to open a Cambodian restaurant. The Lebanese Ailabouni has made a career out of operating restaurants inspired by the food she grew up with, most notably Middle Eastern eatery Mazah in Grandview. But she's opened Phom Pho—a fast-casual Cambodian eatery where customers can build their own rice (BaiBo) or noodle (PhoBo) bowls at the counter.
The gregarious Wycliff Nduati works the room of his yellow- and orange-walled with the ease of an old habit. Tall and thin, he flashes a full-toothed grin at every customer who walks in the door, and happily describes every dish on the Wycliff’s Kitchen menu to a table of first-time diners.
Every week, Crave editors dish on five things we’re gabbing about in Columbus food news. Here’s the latest, including Northstar’s latest eatery, a new restaurant in the Brewery District, Oddfellows' brunch buffet and more.
Every week, Crave editors dish on five things we’re gabbing about in Columbus food news. Here’s the latest, including Crave’s Chef’s Menu event, the new Jury Room tenant, Salty Caramel’s return to Jeni’s scoop shops and more.
On Monday, Aug. 31, Laufman will open Blind Lady Tavern—a pre-Prohibition-themed bar—at 22 E. Mound St. “We’re really tapping into the 19th century, pre-Prohibition, saloon vibe,” says Laufman, who returned to Ohio in January after a 10-year stint in San Francisco where bartended at and managed spots like Comstock Saloon—a turn-of-the-century saloon and cocktail bar. “It’s got the same kind of vibe [as the former Jury Room]. [Comstock] is the city’s second oldest bar.”
All summer, scoop shops have been serving a limited Jeni's lineup with production help from Smith’s Dairy in Orrville. On Friday, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will get one flavor closer normal as Salty Caramel returns to scoop shops. (No word yet on when pints might return to shelves.)
Cravings Carryout Cafe is in search of a new home after owners Matt and Lindsey Tewager received word last week that their lease would not be renewed. According to Matt, they have no clue why property owners have terminated their lease.