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How to Infuse Vodka and Other Liquors

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson How to Infuse Vodka and Other Liquors

For the past few years, infused liquors have been making their presence felt throughout the drinking world, showing up in reimagined versions of traditional cocktails, as well as headlining their own new classics. Indeed, there are over 70 different varieties of flavored spirits out there, running the gamut from vodkas to bourbons. And their popularity […]

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Catch Up With: Custom Chef Gourmet Café

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson Catch Up With: Custom Chef Gourmet Café

When Chef Bo Carter opened Custom Chef Gourmet Café in June 2011, he was excited to bring something new to the Downtown lunch landscape. Up against similar eateries in Lexi’s on Third and Market 65, Chef Carter employed a craft-your-own approach to the sandwiches and salads on his menu. That approach was only marginally successful. […]

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First Look: Yats Cajun Creole

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson First Look: Yats Cajun Creole

Bringing some much-needed bayou flavor to the Columbus food scene, Yats Cajun Creole held its grand opening this past Sunday, August 24th at 1386 Grandview Avenue. This franchise of the popular Indiana-based company is run by brothers Michael and Jason O’Rourke, whose excitement for their new venture is only rivaled by the delicious – and […]

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zpizza Opening Fourth Store on Grandview Avenue

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson zpizza Opening Fourth Store on Grandview Avenue

When California-based zpizza launched in Columbus six years ago, it was met with enthusiasm and gratitude. Their approach to pizza-making – using less-processed, fresher ingredients, like hormone and preservative-free meats and cheeses, and orgainc flour – was bold, refreshing, and essential. With three local franchised branches currently in operation — the original Short North store […]

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Restaurant Roundup: New Menus & Good News

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson Restaurant Roundup: New Menus & Good News

New Menus Cray Eatery & Drinkery The city mourned the loss of Grilled Cheese Mondays when Bodega closed and reopened without the popular weekly special. It’s a good thing then that Cray Eatery & Drinkery has opened and have happily taken up the slack to fill the void. Every Monday at the new spot is […]

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First Look: Arepazo Latin Grill

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson First Look: Arepazo Latin Grill

We announced this past April that popular Venezuelan restaurant, El Arepazo, would be expanding to include a third venue in the city at 515 South High Street. Just four and half short months later, Arepazo Latin Grill is open for business. With seating enough for 145 guests, Arepazo Latin Grill is the ideal spot for […]

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Best Bites Breakdown: Bar 145

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson Best Bites Breakdown: Bar 145

What’s more American than Apple Pie? How about an Apple Pie Burger? It’s a creative challenge put to Chef Robby Lucas at Bar 145 by one of his line cooks. It’s a challenge he met head on, and we get to taste the results at Best Bites: Burgers in its inaugural year. Chef Lucas is […]

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