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Restaurant Roundup: New Ventures, New Food & Thanksgiving Dinner

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson Restaurant Roundup: New Ventures, New Food & Thanksgiving Dinner
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New Ventures


If you don’t know about Grilled Cheese Mondays, then you haven’t been to Bodega, located at 1044 North High Street. It’s one of the most popular specials in the Short North, and one of the many specialties for which Chef Marcus Meacham is known. If you’re a fan of his, then you can help support him as he represents Ohio and makes his bid at the World Food Championship in Las Vegas this year. The competition is fast approaching, and this year, the event celebrates Bacon, so you know Ohio needs to have its voice tasted. You can make a donation to help Chef Marcus offset costs at www.indiegogo.com, or better yet, stop in to the restaurant, have a beer, and make a friend. Donations are accepted through October 28th.

The Brewery District

The Brewery District Trade Association (BDTA) and the Central Ohio Food Truck Association (COFTA) have recently partnered to introduce Dia de los Food Trucks – an event featuring 15 food trucks from around the city, as well as beer trucks and live music from The Lovebenders, all housed at Brewmaster’s Gate and along Liberty Street. The inaugural running is set for Friday November 1st, from 4:30pm-9pm, and will have Pitabilities, MoJo TaGo, and Ajumama among others ready to serve. Liberty Street will be closed during this festival, which both COFTA and the BDTA hopes becomes a monthly affair. Dia de los Food Trucks is an attempt to draw more visitors to the Brewery District to check out its revitalized food and entertainment scene. For more, follow the event at www.facebook.com.

New Food

The Jury Room

The Jury Room, located at 22 East Mound Street, is one of the Columbus Food League’s most popular restaurants. In fact, they’ve made Smartertravel.com’s prestigious list of America’s Most Haunted Bars, so it’s the perfect time to stop in and check it out – and enjoy their new fall menu offerings while you’re at it. There’s of course Chili, and you can indulge in it on its own, or get it loaded up on Chili Cheese Fries. The BBQ Fried Chicken and Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwiches will stick to your ribs and keep you warm even as the weather gets colder and meaner, and the Roasted Chicken is comfort food refined. For the vegetarians, there’s Pumpkin Ravioli and Smoky Tofu Hash that aims to please. The Jury Room is open Sunday – Thursday, 11am-11pm, and Friday – Saturday, 11am-1am. For a look at their complete menu, visit www.juryroomcolumbus.com.

The Rossi Bar & Kitchen

For an unforgettable dinner in the Short North, you’re hard pressed to find a more comfortable, or delicious, place to dine than The Rossi, located at 895 North High Street. The Rossi is known for producing high-end food with an unpretentious feel, which is only further realized by their new fall offerings, featuring hearty and familiar flavors. There’s Grilled Filet Mignon, Gerber Chicken, and Pork Sugo – a slow-cooked, meat-happy dish that’s exactly what Ohio’s autumn demands. The Rossi will also feature Spiced Leg of Lamb served with caramelized onions, Stuffed Poblanos and Brined Duroc Rib Pork Chops. Any of these dishes will go perfectly with one of The Rossi’s signature cocktails, or a glass or three of wine. The Rossi’s hours of operation are Monday – Sunday, 5pm-2:30am. The new menu should be up soon, so check back at www.rossibarandkitchen.com for updates.


Dan The Baker

So, you can’t wait for all the decadence and overindulgence that comes with a Thanksgiving meal, but you have neither the inclination nor talent to pull off all the baking that goes into said stuffing of the face? Well, worry not, because Dan the Baker, located at 1028 Ridge Street in Grandview, has you covered. His lineup of pies and breads are not only delicious, they’re affordable and available for holiday pick-up. Customers can choose from Apple, Pecan, Sweet Potato (with and without Torched Marshmallow Meringue), Lemon Meringue, and Apple Band Pies ranging from $22 – $32 for a 9-inch size that serves 6-8. There are also biscuits and brioche dinner rolls available for purchase. Orders must be placed by Sunday November 10th, at which point clients should pre-pay and select a pick-up time: 11/26 morning – 9am-2pm, 11/26 afternoon – 2pm-8pm, and 11/27, 9am-2pm. To place an order with Dan the Baker, call 614-928-9035 or visit www.facebook.com/danthebaker1.

Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace

Franksgiving is almost here! If you’re not familiar with the event, plan to acquaint yourself this year when it returns to Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace, 248 South Fourth Street, on Friday November 1st. Franksgiving celebrates the ultimate Thanksgiving hot dog: a frankfurter topped with stuffing and mashed potatoes, smothered in turkey gravy, and served with a side of cranberry sauce. It’s quick bite meets mama’s meal, and a dish that regulars wait all year to devour. This year, the staff at Dirty Frank’s has committed to creating a vegan Franksgiving for the many who’ve asked, and they promise that it will be just as scrumptious as its meaty cousin. Franksgiving will only be around till New Year’s Day, so stop in early and often for yours. Dirty Frank’s is open Sunday – Thursday, 11am-2am, and Friday – Saturday, 11am-1:45am. For a look at Dirty Frank’s entire menu, check out www.dirtyfrankscolumbus.com.

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