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Restaurant Roundup: New Menus, Openings, Launches & News

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson Restaurant Roundup: New Menus, Openings, Launches & News
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New Menus

La Scala Restaurant

Italian eatery, La Scala Restaurant, recently launched a brand new bar menu. The offerings include Crab Cake Sliders, Piatto di Polpette, and Tacos di Pesce, among others. All items on the menu cost between $9.95-$11.95. La Scala Restaurant, which is located at 4199 Dublin-Granville Road, also hosts all-night happy hour every Wednesday and Thursday. For a longer look at all of La Scala’s menus, visit www.lascalaitalianbistro.com.

89 Fish & Grill

For the seafood lovers, 89 Fish & Grill, located at 89 East Nationwide Boulevard, has introduced Oyster Hour during Happy Hour at the bar. The Oyster Hour menu features half-priced, fresh-shucked oysters. Guests can enjoy East or West Coast Oysters served with 89 cocktail sauce and horseradish mignonette for $1.50 a piece, as well as Cornmeal-Dusted Oysters served with 89 tartar sauce and served-hot Bacon Tabasco Butter Oysters for the same price. Happy Hour also brings Fried Oyster Sliders with celery apple slaw, served 2 at a time, for $7, and $5 oyster cocktails: Oyster Shooters with Stoli Vodka and 89 cocktail sauce, and Oyster Bloody Mary Shooters, which can be ordered dirty or spicy. Happy Hour runs from 4pm – 7pm, Monday-Friday, and from 4:30pm – 6pm on Saturdays. For more on 89 Fish & Grill’s menu, visit http://89fish.com.

Due Amici

Modern Italian restaurant, Due Amici, has launched a new menu to ring in the summer. Guests can now enjoy Fried Tellagio with grilled bread and berry compote, Ricotta Gnocchi with spring peas and minted tomato sauce, and Wild King Salmon, served with panzanella, yogurt sauce, asparagus and finished with lemon oil. These can all be sampled, including the Wild Salmon which diners can taste as a Crudo with red onion and cucumber, during Due Amici’s Happy Hour, Monday-Friday, 4pm – 7pm, where appetizers and pizzas are two for one.  Due Amici is located at 67 East Gay Street. For a longer look at the new menu, visit http://due-amici.com.

New Openings

Jailhouse Rock

Despite a failed Kickstarter campaign, Jailhouse Rock is set to open on June 25th. Jailhouse Rock is the latest venture from Zach James and the crew at the Paddy Wagon Food Truck. They’ve built a small kitchen inside Little Rock Bar, 944 North Fourth Street in the Italian Village, and are set to start selling locally-sourced, grass-fed beef franks to the masses. Options include the Deputy Dog, topped with Paddy Wagon’s signature BBQ beef brisket, red cabbage slaw enforcement, a dill pickle, and crushed kettle chips, and the exotic Samauri, with mushrooms, sliced almonds, bean sprouts, and spicy plum sauce. There are also two tribute dogs: one for Quinn Fallon, owner of Little Rock, called the Quinn Tin Tin, which is topped with cream cheese, habanero jelly, and applewood smoked bacon; the other, Mikey’s LNS Dog, finished with pepperoni, cheese, pizza sauce, and Mikey’s own slut sauce. Jailhouse Rock will also feature the standards for which Paddy Wagon is known, including the 15-to-Life and the 3rd Degree Grilled Cheese. Franks at Jailhouse Rock will cost $4 a piece, while sandwiches will be priced the same as at the truck. For a longer look at Jailhouse Rock’s menu, and to follow the events surrounding the opening, check out www.facebook.com/pages/Jailhouse-ROCK.

Genghis Grill

Genghis Grill, the nation’s largest Mongolian Grill chain, has finally moved into the Columbus market. They opened their first branch here on June 2nd at 8742 Sancus Boulevard in the Polaris Towne Center. The eatery features chef-crafted noodle bowls, salads, and tacos, several of which are new to the menu. Guests can enjoy Korean BBQ Steak Tacos, Drunken Noodles, or a Bombay Chicken Bowl with all-natural ingredients tossed in an Indian-spiced butter sauce, among other items. Dishes at Genghis Grill costs anywhere from $8.49-$9.99. Genghis Grill is open Sunday-Thursday, 11am – 9:30pm, and Friday-Saturday, 11am – 10:30pm. For a longer look at Genghis Grill’s menu, visit www.genghisgrill.com.

New Launches

Velvet Ice Cream

In commemoration of their 100th anniversary, Velvet Ice Cream, based out of Utica, has created a timeless cookbook. The book contains 96 pages of Dager family recipes and traditions, as well as a history of the Velvet Ice Cream brand. Released this Spring, readers will be able to replicate some of Velvet’s best creations, including a Grasshopper Milkshake and the ever popular Pumpkin Sundae. The cookbook sells for $19.95 with a $5.50 shipping fee. You can order your copy of Velvet Ice Cream 100th Anniversary Cookbook by visiting http://velveticecream.com. There are a limited number of signed copies available, so order yours today.

Katalina’s Café Corner

This Spring, Katalina’s Café Corner, located at 1105 Pennsylvania Avenue, has upgraded their patio by adding communal tables. The popular breakfast and brunch spot can now seat roughly 60 guests at a time for al fresco dining, making Katalina’s patio the largest in the Harrison West neighborhood. Katalina’s also has new menu items, including Veggie Tacos, Guajillo Cuban Cob Corn, and Salmorejo, a gazapacho thickened with bread. Katalina’s Café Corner is open seven days a week, from 8am – 9pm. For a longer look at their menu offerings, visit  www.katalinascolumbus.com.

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

In an effort to save guests time and expedite the ordering experience, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, with 2 locations in Central Ohio, has introduced a new app that combines the swiftness of online ordering with the accessibility of mobile access. This new app allows customers to order ahead and pay when they choose in order to figuratively and literally, move up in line. The app launched on June 10th, and customers have the option to use either the Dine-In Order Ahead, Take-Out Order Ahead, or Mobile Pay features individually or in tandem. The new app is designed to save customers as much as 20 minutes per dining experience. BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse is located at 5141 Tuttle Avenue and at 1414 Polaris Parkway. To download the app, and to take a look at BJ’s’ menus, visit www.bjsrestaurants.com.


Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace

Food & Wine Magazine, one of the nation’s leading publication for everything epicurean, recently released their list of the Top Hot Dog Spots around the county, and our very own Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace made the cut. The magazine praised the over 20 styles of dogs offered at Dirty Frank’s, as well as the creativity in the toppings, giving special mention to the brisket, corn relish, and the wickedly good Sriracha cream cheese. A shout out was also reserved for the Tofurky Pups. Dirty Frank’s ranks among some of the best-known hot dog joints in the country, including Hot Doug’s from Chicago, Puka Dog from Hawaii, and Pink’s, the West Coast originators from Los Angeles. Senate Restaurant from Cincinnati was the only other Ohio eatery to make the list. Stop in and taste what all the fuss is about. Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace has 2 locations: downtown at 248 South Fourth Street, and in Westgate, at 2836 West Broad Street.

Columbus State Community College

Columbus State Community College’s Culinary Program has been named one of the Top 20 in the nation by Full Service Restaurants Magazine, a publication that caters to innovation and practices in full-service eating establishments. The magazine praised Columbus State’s combination of classroom curriculum and hands-on experience as one of the most comprehensive when it comes to producing restaurant-worthy personnel. Columbus  State’s Chef Apprentice program began back in 1978, and since then has grown to include two fill-service kitchen labs and three distinct degrees: in Baking & Pastry, Culinary Apprenticeship, and Restaurant & Food Service Management. All of Columbus State’s culinary graduates apprentice at local restaurants, bakeries, and other food-service companies as part of their degree program. For more on Columbus State Community College’s culinary program, visit www.cscc.edu.

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