Restaurant Roundup: New Menus & Good News
Cray Eatery & Drinkery
The city mourned the loss of Grilled Cheese Mondays when Bodega closed and reopened without the popular weekly special. It’s a good thing then that Cray Eatery & Drinkery has opened and have happily taken up the slack to fill the void. Every Monday at the new spot is $1 Grilled Cheese Slider Night. Regularly, these decadent little morsels, a combination of smoked cheddar, blue cheese, mozzarella, and provolone, are $3, so grab a cocktail and start your week in one of the best, and most delicious, ways. Cray Eatery & Drinkery is located at 697 North Fourth Street. For more, check out www.facebook.com/comegetcray.
Native Cold Pressed
Native Cold Pressed has only recently burst onto the juice scene, opening a store in the Short North at 771A North High Street that serves natural juices, smoothies, and now, vegan, gluten-free salads. They currently make and serve three flavors: The Joie with French lentils, currants, green onions and a 12-spice blend; The Anora with quinoa, kale, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber; and The Bronx with sweet potatoes, black beans, red peppers, and cilantro. These salads are made fresh, in-house daily with all organic, local ingredients. For more on Native Cold Pressed’s menu, visit www.nativecoldpressed.com.
Swoop! Food Truck
Live music is best enjoyed with great beer and even better food. At Ace of Cups, one of the city’s premier destinations for live music just about every night of the week, the kitchen is manned by Swoop! Food Truck, who have just extended their hours at the popular spot to Wednesday-Sunday, 6pm – 1:30am. Regardless of whether or not there’s a show, a simple word at the door, and customers are able to order the booze-soaking fare they crave, like Hand-Cut Fries and Chicken Fingers in the addictive k-pop sauce. Soon, Swoop! Food Truck will also introduce online pre-order for pick up, so to keep abreast of the happenings, and for updates on the menu, follow them at www.facebook.com/swoopfoodtruck.
Kingy’s Pizza Pub
Open for business since 1980, Kingy’s Pizza Pub, located at 7470 Hill Road North in Canal Winchester, has something to celebrate on a national level. Their original sandwich, the Reubert, was recently named one of the Best Sandwiches in America for 2014 by Restaurant Hospitality Magazine. The creation of owner Bert Reynolds, the Reubert received its honorable distinction in the Deli category, where it was a winner among 400 entries. This mammoth sandwich is a variation on the classic: 2 lbs. of piled-high corned beef and pastrami topped with homemade, spicy thousand island dressing. The entire contest received more than 2,000 entries this year, and less than a quarter of those won awards. For more on Kingy’s Pizza Pub, or to take a longer look at their menu, visit http://kingyspizza.com.
Elevator Brewing Company & North High Brewing Company
According to a recent Impulcity.com poll, two of our local breweries count among the best in the entire state. North High Brewing was ranked 10th with this note about their process: “Ultimately, they probably won’t have much brand recognition outside of Columbus, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not deserving of this list. North High comes from a way of thought where quality is everything, and anything else is just nonsense.” Elevator Brewing rated 7th on the list, owning to this: “While they’ve been around quite a while now, you just have to believe that they’re still one of those breweries that’s still on the rise…This leads us to beg the question: When will they expand? Guess we’ll just have to stay tuned!” With such glowing references, Columbus continues to establish itself as the Craft Beer Capital of Ohio. For a look at the entire list, visit https://impulcity.com.