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Restaurant Roundup: New Menus, New Hours and Beer News

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New Menus & Hours

Katalina’s Café Corner

On Monday, July 21st, popular breakfast spot, Katalina’s Café Corner, located at 1105 Pennsylvania Avenue, will unveil a new menu that will reflect, and remind folks, what Katalina’s is all about – traditional fare with a twist and a little Latin touch. A Maque Choux Salata, finished with spiced pepitas and 3-herb lime vinaigrette, has been added to the salad menu, and a Housemade Hominy Bowl with Cracklins is now on the Tacos & More list. Breakfast brings the addition of Boylan’s Brown Betty Biscuit Balls – soda biscuit balls filled with ham from Beeler’s Farms, the ethical, GMO-free company that pioneered the Heluka method for raising pigs, apple butter from Cooper’s Mill, and local Amish cheddar. There are also 3 new sandwiches:  Bret’s Chorizo Patty-O, Sunday Supper Turkey, with avocado, local corn, and mint spread, and a recasting of the wildly delicious Mazatlan Slow-Roasted Pork & Egg, this one made with Beeler’s pork instead of Bluescreek. And no meal at Katalina’s would be complete without the Guajillo Cuban Cob Corn, which is already being offered at the restaurant. Katalina’s Café Corner is open Monday-Sunday, 8am – 9pm. They have a brand new patio and gift cards now for sale, so stop on by for your new favorite meals and a side of their trademarked Original Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Bacon today. For more info, visit www.katalinascolumbus.com.

Grass Skirt Tiki Lounge

Launched on Wednesday, July 16th, Grass Skirt Tiki Lounge, located at 105 North Grant Avenue, has made every hump day Wings Wednesday at the Polynesian-themed restaurant. These wings are char grilled, then fried crisp, and come in 3 mouthwatering flavors: Teriyaki (mild), Peanut (medium), and Honey Sriracha (hot). They’re served with a side of grilled pineapple and lime sour cream for dipping. Wings on Wing Wednesday can be purchased by the 5 ($4), 10 ($9), or 15 ($11), and is perfect with a Grass Skirt Mai Tai or Dark ‘n’ Stormy, so swing by after work next week. For details, visit www.grassskirttiki.com.

J. Gumbo’s

Through the end of the month of July, the downtown branch of J. Gumbo’s, located at 31 East Gay Street, will offer a Buy One Dinner, Get One Free Special. Good every day they’re open, this deal is available for dine-in or carryout, but cannot be used in conjunction with any other coupon or offer. All guests have to do to claim this offer is print the coupon, or show the cashier the posting on J. Gumbo’s’ facebook page. J. Gumbo’s is open Monday-Saturday, 11am – 7:30pm. For more details on this offer, or to print your coupon, visit www.facebook.com/jgumboscolumbusohio.

Skillet, Rustic. Urban. Food

For the duration of the month of July, Skillet will be offering abbreviated hours of service. They will serve lunch Wednesday-Friday, from 11am – 2:30pm, and offer weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday, from 8am – 2pm. Skillet Rustic does not take reservations, so be sure to arrive early if you want to be seated and fed. Skillet Rustic is located at 410 East Whittier Street. Their menu changes daily, so to know the day’s offerings, follow them at www.facebook.com/skilletruf.

BBR Columbus

BBR Restaurant is best known for burgers, beers, and rock ‘n’ roll. This summer, they’re rocking a new menu that features less burgers and more healthy options for the summer crowd. New to the Teaser lineup – Taterchips, which come in regular and buffalo, and Fresh Stuffed Jalapeños. There’s a new Fresh Seasonal Berry Salad, with grilled chicken, strawberries, blueberries, and candied pecans, as well as 3 new turkey options: a Roast Turkey Wrap, with pesto, avocado, and ranch dressing, a Turkey Philly (which also comes in Steak), and a Turkey Reuben, with house-made cajun coleslaw. Among the Headliners, find the Southwest Steak Kabobs and Fish & Chips, both new to the lineup. The biggest menu change, however, comes with the addition of a Build Your Own Burger (or Chicken) option, which finally allows guests to customize their burger at their own discretion. There are meat and vegetarian patty options, as well as several toppings, including a fried egg, gorgonzola cheese, and grilled pineapple. All items on BBR’s new menu range from $4 (soups) to $15 (entrées). For a longer look at this new menu, visit www.bbrcolumbus.com.

Beer News

Seventh Son Brewing

Joining the ranks of Four String Brewing and Elevator Brewing Company, Seventh Son Brewing has began utilizing the services of Buckeye Canning to can two of their signature brews. Lovers of the local brewery will now be able to find the Humulus Nimbus, their  Super Pale Ale at 6% ABV, and the Seventh Son Strong Ale, which clocks in at a delicious 7.7% ABV, now on sale at Corner Stone Craft Beer & Wine, The Barrel & Bottle, Tobacco for Less, House Beer, and Weiland’s Market. The Humulus Nimbus retails for $9.99, while the Strong Ale sells for $10.99 per six-pack. Seventh Son has only canned 100 cases of the Humulus and 50 cases of the Strong Ale in this initial canning, but plans to double that amount during the second canning session in August. Seventh Son Brewing is located at 1101 North Fourth Street. They have also recently released the Karate Kyle, a 5.5 % ABV, 40 IBU Pale Ale brewed with black rice and lots of Sorachi Ace hops. There are extremely limited amounts of this brew, so stop by for a sip before taking your cans home. For more on Seventh Son Brewing’s beers, visit http://seventhsonbrewing.com.

Columbus Brewing Company

A leader in the craft beer scene in Columbus, Columbus Brewing Company has been selected to participate in this year’s Ales for ALS. Every year, breweries from around the country participate in this charitable venture, which raises money to discover and develop effective treatments and a cure for ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. A portion of all sales will be donated to the ALS TDI, the ALS Therapy Development Institute, the world’s leading ALS research organization. All 22 of this year’s contributing breweries received a proprietary blend of hops featuring Citra, Mosaic, Equinox, and 3 other experimental varieties to create a beer whose sale would then benefit the charity. The Columbus Brewing Company’s beer is called Ale for ALS IPA, and it clocks in at 7.5% ABV and 85 IBU. The brew can be found on draft around the city, so be sure to try a pint, not only because it’s delicious, but because it supports a good cause. Fat Head’s Brewery, which hails from Middleburgh Heights, is also participating with a Double IPA. Columbus Brewing Company is located at 535 Short Street. For a complete list of all participating breweries, www.alesforals.com.

Strongwater Food & Spirits

Strongwater Food & Spirits, located at 401 West Town Street, is ready to debut their brand new patio early next week. They will also be adding hours of operation, remodeling the kitchen, and adding a large draft system. Strongwater’s new patio will be roughly 1,500 square feet, and will be able to seat around 36 guests. This new patio will be smoker-friendly and a great addition to the summer patio lineup as this one offers an intriguing view of the downtown skyline. So stop by today for a glass of wine, a cold draught, or The Conductor, an inspired summer cocktail made with Bulleit Rye Whiskey infused with habanero and port-brined black peppercorns, which is then muddled with oranges and orange bitters, and topped with a splash of soda. Strongwater Food & Spirits is open Tuesday-Thursday, 4pm – midnight and Friday-Saturday, 4pm – 1:30am. For more on events at Strongwater, follow them at www.facebook.com/strongwatercolumbus.

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