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The Football Foodie: Bar Snack Edition

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson The Football Foodie: Bar Snack Edition
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In a football town like Columbus, there’re no shortages of places to catch the game.  Whether for game day on Saturdays, or NFL showings on Sundays and Monday nights, there are over 100 bars and restaurants with over 500 screens tuned to battles featuring our favorite teams.

For many of us, watching the big game goes hand-in-hand with snacking. Whether you’re the type to nosh throughout the game, or grab bitefuls between commercial breaks, appetizers become meals a lot of the time.

Bar snacks come in many shapes, forms, sizes, and flavor combinations, but they all have one thing in common: they’re easy to eat. For the big appetites and small, for the food hoarders and the ones who insist on community plates, here are five places you might want to consider having a nibble while you cheer your favorite team:

Barley’s Smokehouse & Brewpub

  • Number of televisions: 12
  • Buckeye Capacity: 250 seats, 300 fans
  • Patio: Yes
  • Continuous Game Sound: Yes
  • Game Day Special: Happy Hour during OSU games
  • Bar Snack to HaveBBQ Skillet Nachos

Barley’s Smokehouse & Brewpub, located at 1130 Dublin Road, is known for smoking some killer ‘cue. Customers flock to Barley’s for ribs, chicken, and oh yeah, they also brew some of Columbus’ favorite ales. In fact, Barley’s customer base is summed up simply as “good people who like good food, good beer, and good times.”

And it’s all good at Barley’s. Alumni and families, young professionals and seasoned watchers – all are welcome at Barley’s. Theirs is a staff who love their jobs, and who try their hardest to always please the guest. If you like a fevered crowd to share in your team’s joys and despairs, a place where the person next to you is more likely to be your friend at the end of the day than not, then Barley’s might just be the spot for you.

Bring your friends along for the BBQ Skillet Nachos, a platter that emboodies the best of bar snack food. It’s stacked tall with tortilla chips that are topped with beef brisket, a house cheese blend, jalapenos, tomatoes, olives, salsa, and sour cream. You can choose to top it with pulled pork, chicken, or chili as well, but the beef incarnation stands as the best.

Standard bar nachos pale next to this one. The beef is smoky delicious and adds a macho heft to the dish that’s perfect for the fall weather. It’s probably best suited for sharing, but it’s tough when every bite is potentially different, and very exciting. Paired with the newly-tapped Punkt, a pumpkin porter that will neither disappoint pumpkin beer nor porter lovers, it’s game-day grub at a winning level.

Barley’s Smokehouse & Brewpub opens at 11am on gamedays. And on away games, don’t forget to look for Buckeye Guy. Rumor has it, he’s a regular.

Photos by Craig Ferance.

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