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Bites & Sips: CMR Plans for Short North, Jeni’s Instant Delivery, Pancakes, Sugar & More

Susan Post Susan Post Bites & Sips: CMR Plans for Short North, Jeni’s Instant Delivery, Pancakes, Sugar & MoreClockwise from top left: Middle West Spirits x BrewDog; The future home of El Segundo in Short North; North Country Charcuterie's Hoguera Spreadable Chorizo; Igloos at VASO
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Cameron Mitchell has announced its replacement for the former home of Harvey & Ed’s in Short North. Plus, just what every pandemic needs – Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams to your door in a snap, boilermakers, sugar…so much sugar and igloo dining! Bites & Sips keeps you updated on tidbits of news from the world of drinking and dining in Columbus. Read on for all the delicious details!

Jeni’s Partners with goPuff for Instant Delivery

Jeni’s to your door in 30 minutes or less? Yes, please. The local ice cream maker has partnered with third-party delivery service goPuff to get select pints to your door ASAP.

There are multiple routes to get Jeni’s to your doorstep: order through gopuff.com or iOS or Android app. Any order can be delivered for a flat $1.95 delivery fee.

For more information, visit gopuff.com.

Igloo Dining at VASO

Igloo dining is back at Dublin’s rooftop bar and restaurant VASO. Your own private snowglobe with cozy fur-covered chairs, blankets and whimsical lighting, each igloo seats eight.

Igloos can be booked for a minimum of two hours. Sunday to Thursday, it’s $150 per hour that can be used toward food, drink or bottle service. Friday and Saturday the hourly rate is $250. The bill must be one check and an automatic gratuity of 20% is applied. 

For more information, visit vasodublin.com/igloos.

Sugar Rush Opens in Reynoldsburg

Not your average sweets shop, Sugar Rush Columbus has opened its doors at 8130 E. Broad St. in Reynoldsburg. With treats available for dine-in or carryout, Sugar Rush’s menu includes crazy shakes, dessert tacos, cupcake flights, sugar stix, cake and brownie bites.

The bakery can also whip up custom orders of cakes, cupcakes, cakepops and more in a dizzying array of flavors.

For more information, visit sugarrushcolumbus.com.

The Original Pancake House Opens in Westerville

The Original Pancake House has opened its second location in Central Ohio, taking up residence at 715 Worthington Rd. in Westerville. While there is no shortage of pancakes on the menu, the breakfast joint also offers its specialty Dutch Baby, omelettes, crepes, waffles and more.

The Original Pancake House in Westerville is open from 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. on the weekends, with options for dine-in, carryout and curbside pickup.

Local franchisers also operate an additional location of the Oregon-based eatery in Upper Arlington at 1633 Lane Ave.

For more information, visit ophcentralohio.com.

Cameron Mitchell Opening Mexican Restaurant in Short North

Mum on details, but Cameron Mitchell Restaurants has confirmed the new concept that will replace the former home of Harvey & Ed’s, 698 N. High St., in Short North.

In a statement, the restaurant group said, “We are excited to bring El Segundo Mexican Kitchen to the Short North Arts District. The concept is still in development, and we are currently anticipating a spring 2021 opening. We look forward to sharing more details soon.”

Two Local Businesses Finalists for Good Food Awards

Honoring craft food products across the country, two local businesses have been named as finalists for the Good Food Awards.

Local finalists include:

  • North Country Charcuterie for its Hoguera Spreadable Chorizo
  • Crimson Cup Coffee for its Natural Gesha Oxapampa coffee

Finalists top the charts in a blind tasting and meet the environmental and social responsibility standards of the Good Food Awards.

Winners will be announced during a virtual ceremony on January 22, 2021.

For more information, visit goodfoodfdn.org/awards.

The Butcher & Grocer Lands on National List of Best Butcher Shops and Meat Markets in America

Food & Wine has realized what many locals already know, The Butcher & Grocer is one of the best butcher shops in the country. The Grandview shop at 1089 W. First Ave. made the list of shops identified through one clear standard, “The more sustainable, the more rebellious against the prevailing winds in a morally corrupt industry, the better.”

Opened in 2016, The Butcher & Grocer offers Ohio beef, lamb, pork, chicken and more that is 100% pastured and antibiotic and growth hormone-free. With products available at several local restaurants, The Butcher & Grocer also recently opened meat-centric restaurant CLEAVER just a few doors down from its butcher shop.

The Butcher & Grocer was the only Central Ohio shop to make the list and one of four spots across the state.

Click here for more information and to see the full list.

BrewDog x Middle West Teaming Up on Boilermaker Series

The Boilermaker – it’s a classic combo, a glass of whiskey sipped alongside a beer. BrewDog and Middle West Spirits are teaming up to introduce an all-local boilermaker experience. Middle West has released two limited-edition whiskeys designed to be paired with two favorite BrewDog craft beers. 

Pairing combos include:

  • Soul of Scarlet is a bourbon whiskey from Middle West Spirits crafted to be paired with BrewDog’s Jet Black Heart nitro milk stout. Bottled at 47.5% ABV, it has notes of toffeed nuts, coconut cream pie, caramel corn notes, with a sweetness that is accompanied by the chocolate and coffee notes of BrewDog’s 6.0% nitro stout. 
  • Lucky Find wheat whiskey is crafted to be paired with BrewDog’s Lost Lager dry-hopped pilsner. At 46% ABV, notes of brandied cherries, vanilla bean, and caramel round out the palate, with a sweet finish that is cut through with the refreshing and crisp, citrus flavors of BrewDog’s 4.7% pilsner.

All of Ohio’s BrewDog bars are serving the boilermaker series, or imbibers can opt for an at-home experience by purchasing each. The beer is available through BrewDog’s online shop and at all BrewDog retail locations, and the whiskey can be found at Middle West Spirits’ Bottle Shop or online.

Local Restaurants Offer Gift Card Deals for Holiday Season

Several local restaurants are offering gift card deals for holiday shoppers.

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