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Restaurant Roundup: News on Poké Bros., Pokéworks and more

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Restaurant Roundup: News on Poké Bros., Pokéworks and more
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Poké Bros.

The University District now hosts a fourth location of Poké Bros. in Columbus, as of Tuesday, Jan. 8. It’s the result of a rebrand by the owners, who opened up Mexican fusion restaurant Barbacoa at 2036 N. High St. in August 2018. Due to its proximity to Moe’s Southwest Grill (next door) and Chipotle (down the street), the owners, who also own Poké Bros., made the transition this week.

Poké Bros. offers salads, rolls and dumplings as appetizers, along with a menu of signature ramen and poké bowls, and build-your-own ramen and poké bowls. 

Their hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit eatpokebros.com.


Another poké spot has landed in Columbus, with Pokéworks opening their first Ohio location on West Fifth Avenue. The company has over 30 locations across the country.

Like a lot of poké spots, guests can opt for a signature bowl or build their own. On the side there’s the option of hot miso soup or roasted seaweed.

To celebrate their grand opening, Pokéworks is offering a buy-one-get-one special this Saturday, Jan. 12 only, between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. There will also be some exclusive giveaways and prizes.

Pokéworks is located at 1011 W. Fifth Ave.

For more information, visit pokeworks.com.

Ohio Wings & Beer Festival

There seems to be a festival for just about anything these days, and we’re here for it. This year, the Ohio Wings & Beer Festival will make its debut, and tickets are already on sale.

The one-day event will take over the Rhodes Center at the Ohio Expo Center grounds on June 22, from 12 to 5 p.m. A $35 admission gets guests five beer samples, one full pint of a selected favorite, a takeaway commemorative glass, and all-you-can-eat wings. For $10 more, guests will get a VIP ticket that includes a separate, quicker entry and a t-shirt.

Local and Ohio brands involved in the festival include Actual Brewing Company, Seventh Son Brewing Company, Rhinegeist, Columbus Brewing Company, Wild Ohio Brewing Company, Pecan Penny’s, Roadhouse Grille & Brew, Woody’s Wing House, Smokehouse Brewing Company, OH Pizza & Brew, and more to be announced.

For tickets and more information, visit ohiowingsandbeer.com.

Hocking Hills Comfort Food Cruise

The Comfort Food Cruise is back for its sixth year, combining winter hiking with select dishes from the Hocking Valley region’s participating restaurants. This year it’ll take place over three weekends, Jan. 12-13; Jan. 19-20; and Jan. 26-27.

For $18, travelers will get a book filled with 12 sample tickets, with $5 from every purchase benefiting a local food bank. Each sample ticket is good for an item from any of the 16 participating restaurants, with an additional bonus stop available at the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. Tickets can be used all in one weekend or across multiple weekends.

Participating restaurants include the Boot Grill, Hocking Hills Diner, Home Tavern, Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, Jack’s Steak House, M&M Family Diner, Millstone BBQ, the Olde Dutch Restaurant, Pearl’s Diner, Pizza Crossing, Bush’s Restaurant, Hocking Hills Bakery, Hungry Buffalo, Mam’s Rusted Skillet, Nelsonville Emporium, and the Ridge Inn.

Between stops, guests can hike the trails and visit some notable areas like Old Man’s Cafe, Cedar Falls, Conkle’s Hollow and more.

Hocking Hills is located about 40 miles southeast of Columbus.

For more information, visit explorehockinghills.com.

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