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Bites & Sips: Seitan’s Realm Opens, North Market Partners for Delivery, Katalina’s Debuts Meal Kits & more

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Bites & Sips keeps you updated on tidbits of news from the world of drinking and dining in Central Ohio. Find new spots to try, get some of your favorite goods from North Market delivered to your doorstep, or try your hand and recreating Katalina’s at home. Read on for more to nosh!

North Market Partners with Mercato for Delivery

North Market groceries and provisions could soon be arriving on your doorstep. North Market Downtown, 59 Spruce St., has partnered with third-party grocery delivery service Mercato.

Ordering is now available between 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, and deliveries will arrive the next day (Friday orders will arrive Tuesday).

“This past Spring, the pandemic delivery bundles were hugely important for many of our merchants to stay afloat, and for guests stuck in quarantine to safely purchase groceries,” said North Market Executive Director Rick Harrison Wolfe. “We knew we had to find a permanent delivery solution to help our community. Mercato has helped North Market navigate the tricky business of grocery delivery and we are thrilled to be working with them to fulfill your orders!”

The initial list of merchants includes:

  • American Nut Company
  • Barrel & Boar
  • Black Radish Creamery
  • Block’s Bagels
  • Bubbles Tea and Juice Co
  • Coastal Local Seafood
  • Flavor & Fire
  • Green Olive Company
  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
  • Mini-Super
  • Momo Ghar Market
  • North Market Spices
  • Park Street Poultry & Game
  • Pastaria & Sarefino’s
  • Penny’s Meats
  • Stauf’s Coffee Roasters
  • The Barrel and Bottle

Additional vendors will be added soon.

For more information, visit northmarket.org or North Market’s Mercato Shop.

3 Local Black-Owned Restaurants Receive Money from Discover

Three Columbus restaurants have won funding as a part of Discover’s $5 million Eat it Forward program to support Black-owned restaurants.

Discover is handing out 200 $25,000 awards to Black-owned restaurants across the country to help them bounce back from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Winners are selected at random based on the public’s social media nominations.

Three local black-owned restaurants will receive $25,000 each:

  • Bake Me Happy
  • Hen Quarter
  • J Gumbo’s Delaware

For more information, Discover.com/EatItForward.

Budd Dairy Bumps Opening Date, Looks for New Vendor

Initially expected to open in early 2020, Budd Dairy Food Hall’s debut has been pushed back to next year. The chef-driven incubator concept from Cameron Mitchell Restaurants is now aiming for a spring 2021 opening at 1086 N. Fourth St. in Italian Village.

The Food Hall is also looking for a new vendor to join its ranks. Nine chef partners had previously been announced, including Tacos Rudos, Boni Filipino Street Food, Pokebap, Stauf’s, Cousins Maine Lobster, Modern Southern Table, Alphabetical Comfort Kitchen, Darista and Borgata Pizza. One vendor has decided not to move forward with their plans, however the identity of that vendor is not yet publicly available.

Chefs and aspiring restaurateurs can apply here. Applications are open through the end of 2020.

For more information, visit budddairyfoodhall.com.

Local Cantina Headed for Canal Winchester

Local Tex-Mex chain Local Cantina has plans for its next location. The taco joint is aiming for an April 2021 opening at 20 W. Waterloo St. in Canal Winchester.

It will be Local Cantina’s 11th restaurant in Central Ohio with locations spanning Short North to Clintonville to New Albany and Hilliard.

For more information, visit localcantina.com.

‘Tis the Season for Freedom a la Cart’s Cause Cookies

Freedom a la Cart’s end-of-year fundraiser is now in full swing. $25 scores a box of Cause Cookies, holiday cookies made-from-scratch by the free women of Freedom a la Cart. Each box features an assortment of brown butter rosemary pecan cookies, coconut macaroon kisses, lemon snowball cookies and traditional gingersnaps.

Pre-order is available now for pickup, which will be on weekdays starting November 23 at Freedom a la Cart’s kitchen, 5000 Arlington Centre Blvd. Free local delivery is available for orders of four or more boxes.

Cause Cookies will be available for pickup and delivery through December 23.

For more information, visit freedomalacart.org.

Shots & Slices Reopens

Shots & Slices is back in action, open daily from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Located at 554 E. Whittier St., Shots & Slices made its debut earlier this summer before closing in mid-September and re-opening as of November 2.

The bar and pizza joint offers an extensive menu of pies, including Pepperoni, Buffalo Chicken, Hawaiian, Breakfast and more. Happy hour runs from 3 – 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, with additional daily specials and events.

For more information, visit shotsandslices.com.

Seitan’s Realm Debuts in Clintonville

The vegan eatery with the most metal name, Seitan’s Realm celebrated its grand opening at 3496 N. High St. in Clintonville on Friday, November 6.

The food truck made it permanent, taking over the former home of A Common Table, bringing with it menu favorites Beaf N Chedduh, curly fries and more.

Seitan’s Realm will be open from 5 – 9 p.m. Thursday to Saturday.

For more information, visit seitansrealm.com and follow updates on Facebook.

Tiger + Lily Welcomes Back Dine-In Guests

Downtown’s Tiger + Lily is welcoming back guests for dine-in service. Serving up a menu of Asian inspired flavors with a modern twist, eats include appetizers like spring rolls, edamame and dumplings, entrees like lemongrass chicken, teriyaki tofu and chicken katsu, as well as an extensive lineup of noodle dishes.

Tiger + Lily is open for dine-in daily from 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday, 12 – 10 p.m. Saturday and 12 – 9 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit tigerandlilybistro.com.

Katalina’s Launches Meal Kits

If a visit or carryout order from Katalina’s is not enough, the restaurant has introduced its very own take and make meal kits.

The kits feed four to six people and are currently available in seven varieties, including Chorizo or Vegan “Na-cho Regular Nachos,” Chorizo, Pulled Pork or BLT Taco and more.

The meal kits are available for delivery, carryout or curbside pickup from either Katalina’s location, 1105 Pennsylvania Ave. in Harrison West, or 3481 N. High St. in Clintonville. Both locations are open daily from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For more information, visit katalinas.com.

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