Restaurant Roundup: Specials, Celebrations, and New FoodSeptember 7, 2013 6:50 pm Ayana Wilson
Arch City Tavern
During Buckeye games this year, Arch City Tavern will be offering their pizzas at only $7. Usually running at $10-$12, it’s one of the best deals in the Short North this football season. Choose from their Margherita with roasted garlic oil and fresh mozzarella, Mediterranean topped with kalamata olives and sun-dried tomatoes, or the Fig Pizza, with an eclectic blend of arugula, proscuitto, and truffle oil. Arch City opens at 10am for noon games, and at 11am for later kickoffs. This special is also good for Sunday NFL game ticket. Arch City Tavern is located at 862 North High Street.
The Pint House
Another Buckeye game special can be found at The Pint House, one of the newest restaurant-bars to open in the Short North, at 780 North High Street. From 11am-4pm on home game days, they will host a clam bake, where for $10, guests can indulge in 1 lb. of clams served with fries and clarified herb butter. Their full menu will also be available. The Pint House boasts over 10 taps serving craft beers, multiple screens, and large projectors. Their garage door setup and large viewing rooms make this an ideal Buckeye game viewing spot, so if you like clams, and you like the Bucks, then you should like The Pint House if you don’t have tickets to the game.
As the end of summer approaches, Latitude 41, located inside the Renaissance Hotel at 50 North Third Street, is celebrating the last of the sunshine with Reggae on the Rooftop on September 16 from 5pm-8pm. The menu will include Grilled Jerk Wings ($4), Shrimp Skewers on the Grill ($6), and Jar of Ceviche ($4). Guests will be able to wash down the island fare with cans of Red Stripe beer or an island cocktail, like the Dr. Funk or Jamaican Wind, as they groove to the beats provided by the All Star Jammerz. Reggae on the Rooftop will be held on the 4th floor rooftop pool deck, and is free for all.
The Refectory has been celebrating their 37th anniversary as one of Columbus’ premier dining spots since August 26th. The commemoration continues till September 12th, where every Monday through Thursday, Chef Richard Blondin will offer a $37 prixe-fixe, three-course dinner. From the 9th-12th, patrons can choose from a Seasonal Soup or Salmon Gravlax for an appetizer, Steak au Poivre or Duck L’Orange for the main course, and enjoy the sinfully good Chocolate Pot du Crème for dessert. The Refectory’s anniversary menu is a throwback to 1976 (the year they opened), so for a true taste of the classics, make your reservation today at www.therefectoryrestaurant.com.
Moe’s Southwest Grill
Moe’s Southwest Grill opened its first store in Columbus as a grass-fed, steroid-free and hormone-free restaurant in March of this year. On September 12th, they celebrate the opening of their second campus-related location, at 2040 North High Street, the former site of campus dive, Larry’s Bar. The doors open at 11am, and customers will be able to spin Moe’s prize wheel for a chance to win free food and swag, as they munch on $2 burritos all day. This includes Moe’s Joey Bag of Donuts burrito – seasoned rice, beans, and shredded cheese, with choice of protein (100% sirloin grass-fed steak, all-natural chicken breast, grain-fed pulled pork, ground beef or organic tofu) in a flour or whole grain tortilla, and the Art Vandalay, a vegetarian burrito with lettuce, all-natural sour cream and handmade guacamole. Moe’s Southwest Grill plans to open some 14 stores in and around Central Ohio over the next 8 years.
Dine Originals is still observing their 10th anniversary with another Dine Originals 10: 10 days of original menus from Dine Originals member restaurants, which will also include special events like whiskey tastings, cooking classes and wine pairings. Each restaurant will offer a value-priced menu at either $10, $20, or $30, making it the ideal time to try that place you’ve always wanted to go, but haven’t for whatever reason. Like Spinelli’s Deli, which has a new lineup of burgers, including a Cuban with spicy ham, and a Parmesan Black Bean topped with sautéed red onions and fresh mushrooms that you can pair with a choice of side for $10; or Surly Girl Saloon, which will offer a three-course menu featuring a taste of NOLA for $20 (Cajun Crab Pizza anyone?) Ella Restaurant will serve a $30 menu anchored by Smoked Salmon Ravioli (among other offerings) for a starter, Five Spice Cider-Glazed Pork Belly for a second course, and Grilled Barrel Cut Strip Loin with smoked tomato polenta for the main dinner. This customers can combine with complementary wine pairings for $15. For more on all the Dine Originals 10 restaurants and menus, visit www.dineoriginalscolumbus.com.
Roaming Goat Coffee
The Dublin Farmers’ Market, located at 4261 Dublin-Granville Road, welcomes a new vendor to the family: Roaming Goat Coffee. This local outfit produces Arabica coffee sourced from across the globe. Their many varieties include Ethiopian Yiragacheffe Kochere, Hueheutenango Huixoc, and Organic Guatemala Ceylan. They have been regulars at the Powell Farmers’ Market this spring and summer, and now, fans of the local brew will be able to pick up their favorite beans in Dublin. The Dublin Farmers’ Market is open every Wednesday from 3pm-6pm through the end of September.
The Angry Baker
The Angry Baker, the popular Olde Towne East bakery and sandwich shop located at 891 Oak Street, has just launched a new menu. Known for their vegetarian and vegan offerings, The Angry Baker’s new choices is poised to draw an army of carnivores as well. Pulled Pork Sandwiches topped with an onion lime relish, a Thanksgiving Sandwich with roasted turkey and cran-apple chutney, and a Sushi Melt made with rare Ahi tuna jump off the menu, which still has a strong vegetarian influence. Fork & Knife Burritos, Urfa Burgers, and PBLTs with portobello “bacon” grace the menu as well. All of the Angry Baker’s items cost anywhere from $5-$11, making it a great place to stop in for breakfast, lunch, or a quick to-go dinner. The Angry Baker is open from 7am-6pm daily.
Manifesto Tuscan Grato & Scotch Bar
On Monday, September 9th, Manifesto will launch new menus for lunch, happy hour, and dinner. The ultra chic restaurant stays true to its Italian roots by adding dishes like Chicken Vesuvio and Lemon Basil Chicken Salad to their list of already scrumptious fare that features a Beef Cheek small plate and a Spicy Tomato Bisque that sets Manifesto apart from other Italian joints. From 11am-6pm, everything on the menu is under $10, even during the 3:30pm-6pm happy hour, which also features $5 wines, half off beer, $5 Bartender Choice cocktails, and an impressive lineup of scotches for $4-$5. Dinner entrées are priced between $16-$26, which is really a fair price to pay for homey, comforting meals like Roasted Duck Legs, and Gnocchi Short Ribs. Manifesto Tuscan Grato & Scotch Bar is located at 21 East State Street.