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Brunch Review: Rooks Tavern in the University District

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Brunch Review: Rooks Tavern in the University District

Rooks Tavern is billed as upscale “boutique” barbecue, so it seems reasonable to have some concerns over whether a t-shirt is okay guest apparel. You can wear a t-shirt. The staff wears flannel. Half the guests are wearing t-shirts. It’s all good. So the boutique bit, that has more to do with the service (it’s […]

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Rooks Tavern Opens in University District

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Rooks Tavern Opens in University District

Rooks Tavern, the University District’s new upscale barbecue joint, officially opened on Tuesday after months of setbacks and a soft opening last weekend. Opening week has come with some surprises for co-owners John Havens and Aaron Mercier. Their vegetarian dishes are already among the best-selling, and guests have been favoring their cocktails over the 10 […]

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Downtown BBQ Block Party Planned at 4th & Main

Walker Evans Walker Evans Downtown BBQ Block Party Planned at 4th & Main

Several local restaurants and business owners in the South Fourth Street area Downtown are planning on hosting something big this summer. The newly dubbed “4th and Main District” has announced that it will host the first ever “4th & Main BBQ Block Party” and “Columbus 1/2K” events on August 27th. “The 4th and Main District is […]

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Photos: Best Bites Barbecue

Chrissy Adams Chrissy Adams Photos: Best Bites Barbecue

On Thursday night, hundreds of hungry patrons descended upon The Boat House on Confluence Park to take part in the first-ever Best Bites: Barbecue event, hosted by Columbus Underground. Sixteen of the top local barbecue restaurants and food trucks showcased samples of their finest pulled pork, brisket, chicken wings, ribs and more. You can CLICK […]

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Land Yacht BBQ Named Best Barbecue in Columbus

Leanne Moore Leanne Moore Land Yacht BBQ Named Best Barbecue in Columbus

We hope you had a great time celebrating the Best Barbecue in Columbus with us during our first ever Best Bites: Barbecue at The Boathouse on Thursday night. A big thank you to all the local businesses who came out to show off their barbecue. Thanks to all our guests who participated in the event, […]

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Taste the Best Barbecue in Columbus on June 23rd

Leanne Moore Leanne Moore Taste the Best Barbecue in Columbus on June 23rd

Nothing says summer better than kicking back and enjoying some barbecue with your friends. That’s why Columbus Underground is hosting the first ever Best Bites: Barbecue on the evening of Thursday, June 23rd. We have invited Columbus restaurants, food trucks and catering companies that offer the best Barbecue in the city to join us under one roof […]

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Best Bites BBQ Preview: Barrel & Boar

Walker Evans Walker Evans Best Bites BBQ Preview: Barrel & Boar

The restaurants known as Barrel & Boar have been called many things in their long history in Columbus. The company began as Yoho’s in the 1980s — one of the first commercial BBQ restaurants in the city — before a rebranding to Holy Smoke nearly twenty years later. As Holy Smoke expanded and the concept […]

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