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Restaurant Review: Ninja Grill

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Ninja Grill

Upon reflection, hibachi places were doing a BYO (build-your-own) schtick before it was cool. Sure, it’s a ubiquitous eating format now: BYO Asian, Mexican, Italian and organic eats are commonplace – all of them with ordering processes where customers point and pick ingredients.  But hibachi joints were always kinda doing the same thing, right? Maybe it wasn’t […]

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Barbacoa Mexican Fusion & Bar Opening Soon in University District

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Barbacoa Mexican Fusion & Bar Opening Soon in University District

Turn and face the strange, ch-ch-changes are happening in the University District. Local restauranteurs Ron Criswell, TJ Wellman, Xue Qin Chen, and Xue Gong Chen (Pokébros, Typhoon) are bringing the newest change to the neighborhood, with Barbacoa Mexican Fusion and Bar. The new restaurant has taken over the Rippers Roadstand at 2036 N. High St., […]

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Restaurant Review: Poke Bros. – Downtown Edition

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Poke Bros. – Downtown Edition

For eateries, visits from reviewers can be a source of stress. Personal practice has always been to keep visits incognito, creating less stress and also an experience that should be similar to the experiences of other diners. You know what’s more stressful than a visit from a reviewer? A visit from the Health Department. The […]

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Review: Hai Poké & PurePressed Juicery

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Review: Hai Poké & PurePressed Juicery

Hai Poké is due to open its very own poké place in the Short North this summer, but there’s no reason to wait, you know. There are plenty of urban pop-up opportunities before that. The term “pop-up” is usually associated with random, unplanned events. Honestly, Hai Poké’s style is about as non-random as it gets. […]

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Restaurant Review: Pokébap

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Pokébap

Poke hit Columbus hard in 2016, or “poked” it, rather. First there were pop-up pokeries. Then right at the end of the year, a couple of dedicated poke places opened up on the North side. Pokébap was the first of the permanent operations to make its debut, up in Dublin. The dining forecast for 2017 […]

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Pokébap Opens in Dublin this Friday

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Pokébap Opens in Dublin this Friday

After some delays in construction, Pokébap, Dublin’s fast-casual poké shop, opens its doors this Friday, November 11. Co-owner David Kim said the restaurant is focused on healthful food items inspired by Hawaiian and Californian poké appreciated by him and business partner Seas Kim. Their finalized menu features four specialty poké bowls. The Garden is vegetarian, […]

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New Poke Shop Coming Soon to Gay Street

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega New Poke Shop Coming Soon to Gay Street

Poke Doki, the newest addition to the growing number of Poke shops in the area, will open Downtown early next year. On the corner of 3rd Street and Gay street, in the space formerly home to Nosh, Poke Doki will serve sushi grade fish in the form of Poke bowls. The Poke craze, originating in […]

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