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6 New Spots for Dining & Drinking Across Central Ohio

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The holiday season isn’t stopping these restaurants and bars from getting their doors open for Central Ohio patrons. Spanning Johnstown to Dublin to Clintonville and beyond, here are six new spots for your dining and drinking pleasure.

Ghostwriter Pubic House Opens in Johnstown

Ghostwriter Public House officially opened its doors last month at 49 1/2 S. Main St. in Johnstown.

Offering modern takes on American classics, the menu features snacks like Warm Ohio-Milled Cornbread with roasted jalapeño-maple butter or Deviled Eggs with speck and sweet & spicy pickle relish. In the small plates department, there’s a Wood Grilled Caesar, Tempura Cheese Curds, Pork Rinds and more. Diners will find entrees that span a Half Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes, to Fish & Chips, to Macaroni & Cheese.

Ghostwriter Public House is open Tuesday – Thursday and Sunday from 5 – 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 – 11 p.m.

For more information, visit ghostwriterph.com.

Smoked on High Teams Up with Kroger

There’s a new spot to get your Smoked on High fix. It’s not on High Street, but instead inside the Kroger at 1745 Morse Rd. BBQ will be served daily from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., with offerings including brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken or sausage sandwiches, as well as meat by the pound.

It’s the second Kroger mashup for Smoked on High, which also offers its eats in Pickerington at 1045 Hill Rd. N.

For more information, visit smokedonhigh.com.

Portia’s Diner Opens in Clintonville

Portia’s is doubling down on Clintonville. Plant-based eatery Portia’s Diner is now open at 3269 N. High St., the former home of Whole World Natural Restaurant & Bakery.

Portia’s Diner will serve up vegan eats from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Its sister-restaurant, Portia’s Café serves up three square meals a day from 4428 Indianola Ave.

For more information, visit portiascafe.com.

The Mix – Charcoal Chicken Debuts in Northland

Somali meets Peruvian cuisine at new Northland restaurant The Mix – Charcoal Chicken. The eatery opened last month at 4362 Karl Rd.

As the name implies, The Mix is heavily focused on one thing: its signature rotisserie chicken available by the quarter, half and whole bird. A few sandwiches, sides, and appetizers of Sambusas and Tequeños round out the menu.

The Mix – Charcoal Chicken is open daily from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

For more information, visit themixcharcoalchicken.com.

Double Barrel Kitchen & Bar Nears Opening

Double Barrel Kitchen & Bar celebrates its grand opening Thursday, December 19 at 9 p.m.

A new concept from the restaurateurs behind Adobe Gila’s, the Westerville restaurant will offer new American cuisine in a causal dining environment. The scratch-made menu features appetizers, wings, burgers, sandwiches and salads, accompanied by a lineup of beer, bourbon and other signature drinks.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Double Barrel will offer live entertainment and DJs. It’s located at 6445 N. Hamilton Rd.

For more information, visit doublebarrelcolumbus.com.

Coast Wine House Lands in Old Dublin

Wine bar and bottle shop Coast Wine House has opened its doors in Old Dublin at 75 S. High St.

For in-house imbibing, Coast Wine House offers a variety of whites, reds and bubbles by the glass. For an additional $12, guests can select a bottle of wine from the store’s shelves to enjoy in-house.

The bar will also serve up a limited menu of cheese and charcuterie boards, and snacks like anchovies, olives and marcona almonds.

Soft-opening hours are Wednesday and Thursday, 12 – 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 12 – 10 p.m.

For more information, visit coastwinehouse.com.

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