Bites & Sips: Block’s, The Pearl Open, Eagles FC & Elevator Team Up and More
A trio of openings, #TBT, soccer AND beer, plus a ghost kitchen! (Not as spooky as it sounds!) Bites & Sips keeps you updated on tidbits of news from the world of imbibing and dining in Central Ohio. Read on to find what and where to eat and drink in Columbus!
Block’s Bagels Opens at North Market
Block’s Bagels has arrived at North Market. Market-goers can now get their carb fix with a lineup of bagels, sandwiches and more.
It’s the third location for the Columbus classic, which took over the former home of Taste of Belgium.
The North Market is located at 59 Spruce St. Downtown and open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday and 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
The Pearl Opens at Bridge Park
The Pearl is now open in Dublin at 88 N. High St. at Bridge Park.
The restaurant will offer the same menu as its original Short North location, with eats like Jalapeño Corn Spoon Bread, Creamy Clam Chowder, Southern Fried Chicken, Fish & Chips, Pub Burger, Roasted Chicken and more. The Pearl also offers a variety of fresh seafood, including oysters, clams and shrimp.
It’s the second location for The Pearl and third Cameron Mitchell concept to expand to Bridge Park, which also hosts Cap City Fine Diner and The Avenue.
The Pearl Dublin’s hours will be Monday through Thursday from 4-10 p.m. and Friday from 4-11 p.m., Brunch and dinner will be served on the weekends, with hours from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday. Happy hour is from 4-6 p.m. daily.
For more information, visit thepearlcolumbus.com.
The Spice & Tea Exchange Opens at Polaris
Ohio’s first location of The Spice & Tea Exchange is now open at Polaris Fashion Place. The speciality store offers more than 140 spices and over 40 loose leaf teas as well as naturally-flavored sugars and salts from around the world. The shop also includes a tea bar serving dozens of iced and hot teas.
For more information, visit spiceandtea.com.
#TBT at The Crest
Every Thursday is now Throw Back Thursday at The Crest in Clintonville. From 5 – 10 p.m., the restaurant will bring back diner favorites from menus past. Dishes like sweet potato fries, truffle mac, bison burgers and goat cheese balls are slated to make guest appearances on a special menu that will be served in addition to The Crest’s regular menu. It will also be a culinary surprise as some dishes will stay put and others will rotate in and out on a monthly basis.
The Crest Clintonville is located at 2855 Indianola Ave.
For more information, visit thecrestgastropub.com.
Columbus Eagles FC Team Up with Elevator Brewing Co.
Women’s soccer club the Columbus Eagles FC is partnering with local brewery Elevator Brewing Co. to launch a line of co-branded beverages that include a craft beer, seltzer and cider.
“Elevator is beyond excited to be working with the Columbus Eagles FC,” says Elevator Brand Manager Bob Berley. “We know the Columbus craft beer community already supports women’s soccer and now we have an official beer, seltzer and cider to celebrate.”
Columbus Eagles FC Forward Larissa Najjar is the mastermind behind the designs, which play off the team’s jerseys. Home jersey designs will rep the beer, away jerseys the seltzer, and the cider gets the goalkeeper’s stamp.
The first of the trio – a Golden Raspberry IPA – will roll out March 28 at COSI during the inaugural Columbus Brew Festival. The beer will appear on store shelves April 1. The Columbus Eagles FC Seltzer and Cider will make appearances with the team at public events throughout Columbus during the 2020 Season.
Matt & Tony’s Opens Delivery-Only Kitchen
Brewery District restaurant Matt & Tony’s now has its own “ghost kitchen.” The new kitchen is exclusively for off-premise, online orders through services like UberEats, Grubhub, Postmates and DoorDash.
“We’re finding more and more of our customers are growing increasingly fond of having great food handed to them at their front doors,” says Matt Rootes, proprietor. “Ordering online is virtually effortless.”
Dubbed Matt & Tony’s At Home, the kitchen will turn out the sit-down restaurant’s full menu, as well as new items like a Pimento Cheese and Chow-Chow Chicken sandwich, hot dogs, chili dogs and brats, and a variety of fish sandwiches.
“Of course, we want to continue to be a great dining destination for customers who want to be pampered with a full sit-down dining experience,” Rootes says. “Our virtual kitchen will take the pressure off our restaurant staff and will avoid disrupting the flow of service to our seated customers.”
For more information, visit mattandtonys.com.