Friday Food Bites: June 11, 2021

There’s a lot happening in the Columbus restaurant world! Here’s the latest:

  • One Line Coffee shared that they would be reopening their shop on the ground floor of the Huntington Center downtown. The shop was shuttered at the beginning of the pandemic.
  • Yellow Brick Pizza owners Faith Pierce and Bobby Silver shared that, with their new location set to open in the forthcoming East Market, they have closed their original Olde Towne East location. Their Franklinton shop remains open.
  • Mission Coffee shared that they have moved out of their Italian Village annex and settled into The Fort (2000 S. High St.) on the south side of Columbus. They are currently open just for retail sales of their roasts.
  • Rime Time Pops shared they will be doing a “seasonally extended stay” this summer in a stall at the North Market Bridge Park.
  • 614 Now reported that the Red Square Grill food truck, which served Russian and Uzbek cuisine on the city’s northwest side, has moved into a brick and mortar at 2525 E. Main St. in Bexley.
  • This Sunday, June 13, is Rainbow Love, a family friendly Pride celebration in Old Worthington, with booths from community groups, music, activities, food, specials from local businesses, and more. The event runs from noon to 6 p.m.; see the full details here.

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Freedom a la Cart | Columbus, OH

Freedom a la Cafe | Facebook | T: @freedomalacart | IG: @freedomalacart
123 E. Spring St. (map it!)
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 992-3252

Open Mon-Fri, 7a-3p; Sat, 8a-3p
Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free? Y/Y/Y
Kid-friendly? Y

Freedom a la Cart has been around as an organization for several years, with the all-important mission of fighting human trafficking in central Ohio. It does this by employing and empowering survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation through its growing catering business and now – a public cafe downtown!



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Friday Food Bites: June 4, 2021

There’s a lot happening in the Columbus restaurant world! Here’s the latest:

  • Somali fast casual Afra Grill announced they’ll be adding a second location at Easton soon. This follows on last week’s announcement that Fay’s Crepes closed its original Polaris stand and will open at Easton, too.
  • The new eight-story bar and restaurant, Lumin Skybar & Kitchen, opens today at the top of the new AC Hotel Downtown Columbus. Located at 517 Park St. catty corner to the North Market, Lumin features a full bar with wine and cocktails, plus a tapas menu.
  • Chocolate Cafe shared that they’ll be adding a second location, the Chocolate Cafe Express, in the former Dough Mama space at 730 S. High St. in German Village.
  • The new Rising Sun Coffee Truck made its debut last week. The truck will make its rounds in central Ohio, serving Mission Coffee Co. roasts.
  • Columbus Food Adventures launches a new Dublin walking tour on June 19. The tour will feature six stops that explore both Historic Dublin and Bridge Park.
  • This week the Columbus Commons Food Truck Food Court returned, running every Thursday from June through October from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featured trucks include Aloha Aina, Paddy Wagon, Pitabilities, Fetty’s Street Food, Queen’s Table, and other seasonal features.
  • Finally (and maybe most importantly), today is National Donut Day! Celebrate accordingly by supporting a local donut shop. Find them at all my Complete Guide to Columbus Donut Shops.

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Brekkie Shack | Grandview, OH

Brekkie Shack | Facebook | IG: @brekkieshack
1060 Yard St. (map it!)
Columbus, OH 43212
(614) 525-0190

Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free? Y/Y/Y
Kid-friendly? Y

Visited: Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 11:30 a.m.

I feel kinda bad that it’s taken us a couple years to visit a Columbus place with breakfast specifically in the title! But we’ve finally made it to the Brekkie Shack in Grandview Yard, and already we know we’ll be back soon.

Brekkie Shack makes its home in a corner space of the new development, with tall windows on two sides and a long patio. Street parking is available all around. We caught the cafe on a busy Sunday, but the line moved quickly while servers helped guests find tables.

In addition to full breakfast and lunch, Brekkie Shack offers baked goods, coffee, and cocktails. We quickly spied out a cream-filled donut and a chocolate chip peanut butter blondie.

Perfect for summer sipping: the rosé spritzer with rosé, Downeast cider, and soda.

We ordered a solid sampling of the breakfast menu.

The Meat Lover’s Burrito wraps cheesy eggs, sausage, bacon, and roasted chicken with a spicy aioli in a multigrain tortilla. The eggs form a big chunk in the burrito, but it got a thumbs-up from Will.

The smashed avocado toast is a very nice version of the modern brunch staple: olive oil-crusted multigrain topped with properly smashed avocado, red pepper flakes, and lemon zest. We added an egg, like you do.

The Coastin’ Burrito blends cheesy scrambled eggs, black beans, avocado, fries, and a seasoned cream (which added a lovely zing), plus a side of crispy and salty tots.

I went big with their All The Feels Egg Sandwich: fluffy multigrain overflowing with souffled egg, bacon, white cheddar, crispy brussel sprouts, and a slightly sweet maple sauce. A mess to eat but nicely composed; I loved the touch of the crispy sprouts, but could use a little more of the maple sauce.

We got to say hi to Lisa Rusch, who co-owns Brekkie Shack with her twin sister Lindsey, and she shared a couple more seasonal treats with us, including a lemon bar and a strawberry strudel coffee cake.

Like I said, I’m sorry it’s taken us this long to check out Brekkie Shack, although I’m very glad we remedied it. Nice, open space. Creative menu that offers some modern takes on breakfast classics. Solid coffee service (I enjoyed my shot of espresso) and some fun cocktails. Well worth the visit!




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Friday Food Bites: May 28, 2021

There’s a lot happening in the Columbus restaurant world! Here’s the latest:

  • A new brewery and bar from the owners of Seventh Son Brewing and Antiques on High, Getaway Brewing, opens this weekend at 108 N. High St. in Dublin. Getaway Brewing features a travel theme, with cocktails, wine, and a roster of house-made international styles of beer.
  • ‘Plas Food and Drink has opened at 21 E. Fifth Ave. in the Short North (former home of The Table). It’s focused around “crafted rustic cuisine” and cocktails, and is currently open for dinner hours Monday through Saturday.
  • Faye’s Crepes announced that the last day for their original Polaris Fashion Place location will be Sunday, May 30, but that they’ll also be adding a new location at Easton this summer. Fay’s is also working on a store in the upcoming Bubbly Hall in New Albany.
  • The owners of Short North Food Hall shared that it’s permanently closed, and the space will become an expansion of Standard Hall.
  • Rockmill Tavern announced that it will close up temporarily and re-open as a new concept this September.
  • A new coffee trailer called Honey Cup Coffee Company makes its debut this Saturday, May 29 at the corner of Hudson and Summit
  • Watershed Kitchen & Bar re-opened this week after being closed since March of last year.
  • Fusian in Westerville hosts a night market next Wednesday, June 2 from 6-9 p.m., featuring local vendors like Angie’s Rainbow Cookies, Honey Cup Coffee, Good Vibes Winery, Dodo Donuts, as well as live music and food/drink specials from area restaurants.

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Beyond Breakfast: Nile Vegan – Breakfast With Nick

Look, I never want to waste an opportunity to praise good Ethiopian food. We’ve documented our love of Addis Restaurant and Lalibela in Columbus, and Little Africa in my hometown of Grand Rapids is perhaps our favorite restaurant of all time.

So I have to take the opportunity to highlight our couple visits to Nile Vegan over the past months. Nile Vegan is a relatively new Ethiopian spot with two locations, the first down a side street just south of Ohio State’s campus (pictured above) and the second along Goodale Boulevard in Grandview (below).

The Grandview location is a little larger, with a size-able dining room and full bar.

The campus spot is a smaller, with a collection of booths along the wall; it was only open for carryout when we visited last summer.

Ethiopian food is best shared as a group around the table, but it translates fairly well to carryout as well. It’s served on a bed of injera, a spongy and lightly sour flatbread that’s a staple of the cuisine. Typically you tear off pieces of the bread and scoop up bites of the various stews. For carryout, expect the veggies to soak into the injera a bit, but that’s not a bad thing.

For dine-in, they’ll serve everything on platters, with rolls of injera on the side (and we always end up ordering extra).

Nile Vegan’s menu is pretty detailed, and they explain each dish. We can’t say we’ve had a bad thing there. As you can guess from the name, everything is plant-based here. But honestly, much of our favorite Ethiopian dishes are veggie-centric already, so if you love this type of food, you’ll be happy here.

Our preference is to order large platters with a little bit of everything. Most of the dishes are hearty stews based on lentils, mushrooms, split peas, cabbage, potatoes, chickpeas, kale, tofu, beets, tomatoes. All wonderfully rich and colorful.

I’m a big believer in food bringing people together, and Ethiopian fare, shared over a common platter while you eat with your hands, is one of the best vehicles for it. So as things re-open and we reconnect with friends and family face-to-face, consider a visit to a spot like Nile Vegan!

Nile Vegan
1479 Worthington St. (campus)
1223 Goodale Blvd. (Grandview)
nilevegan.com

Find them on Facebook and @nilevegan on Instagram
They offer carryout through their website, or delivery through Uber Eats, DoorDash, Postmates, and Grubhub




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Friday Food Bites: May 21, 2021

Image courtesy of Saddleberk

There’s a lot happening in the Columbus restaurant world! Here’s the latest:

  • The big news this week is that Cameron Mitchell Restaurants mainstay M at Miranova has closed permanently. Located on the ground floor of Miranova Place downtown, M shuttered when the pandemic started last year.
  • North Market Bridge Park also announced its newest vendor: Saddleberk. The Berkshire pork-producer will serve as the market’s butcher, produce vendor, and operate a chef-driven cafe. It’s set to open sometime this summer.
  • The Flowers & Bread Society announced this week that they have sold their building at 3870 N. High St. and that the new owners will be none other than Clintonville’s own Pattycake Bakery.
  • That’s not all that’s coming to Bridge Park! Kona Craft Kitchen was just announced as coming soon to 6757 Longshore St. The locally owned eatery will focus on coffee (using Hawaiian Kona coffee), breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • A new food truck called Biscuit Boss begins hitting the streets of central Ohio this weekend. They’re in Plain City today and will appear at Ballantrae Park in Dublin tomorrow morning (Saturday, May 22).
  • Chapman’s Eat Market also shared that they’ll celebrate their official grand opening today, May 21. Located at 739 Third Ave. in German Village, Chapman’s has been open for carryout and limited dine-in during the pandemic.
  • Playa Bowls opens a location today across from Ohio State at 1952 N. High St.
  • Wings Over Worthington held its grand opening at 7170 N. High St. this week
  • Bee Bubbly Juicery is coming to 4013 Main St. in Hilliard
  • The vegan frozen pops business Too Good Eats announced they’ll be opening inside The Hills Market Downtown starting June 1. They’ll be open at Hills on Tuesdays and Fridays from noon to 6 p.m.

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Highline Coffee Co. | Worthington, OH

Highline Coffee Co. | Facebook | IG: @highlinecoffeeco
693 High St. (map it!)
Worthington, OH 43085
(614) 992-2899

Open 7a-3p daily

It’s been a while since I’ve hawked our neighborhood coffee shop, Highline Coffee Co.! I last wrote about Highline almost six years ago, when they still held the title of smallest coffee shop in Columbus. A lot’s happened since then – not just a pandemic – so I thought it was worth an updated look.

When Highline first started, they were in a single room in downtown Old Worthington, a storefront just large enough for the coffee counter, a restroom, a couple seats in the windows, and space for a line to form. It was cozy and charming, to be sure, but certainly understandable that owner Christie Bruffy would want to upgrade when given the chance.

And that chance came a couple years ago. When the retail space to the right of them – and a corner one at that – opened up, Highline knocked out part of a wall and expanded its footprint!

As of this writing, things are a bit closed up and stacked due to the pandemic, but here’s what it looks like normally. (And hopefully we’ll get to see this sight again soon!)

Now they have a clearly marked flow from the front door to the coffee counter, which still sits in the original space (but is expanded). In addition to all the coffee and tea you could want, Highline serves a regular selection of fresh-baked goodies from The Flaky Baker.



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Friday Food Bites: May 14, 2021

Image of Dodo Donuts by Abigail Reed Photography

There’s a lot happening in the Columbus restaurant world! Here’s the latest:

  • A new donut truck (what?!) called Dodo Donuts makes its debut this Saturday, May 15 outside the Beechwold Farm Market (4662 Indianola Ave.) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Multiple sources shared this week that Hank’s Texas BBQ is now open at 2941 N. High St. in Clintonville, former site of Old Skool
  • Tasty Dawg will open its first brick-and-mortar location this summer at 107 S. High St.
  • J’s Sweet Treats and Wedding Cakes on Parsons Avenue shared that they’ll open a second location at Polaris Fashion Place this summer
  • Charmy’s Persian Cuisine announced that they’ll be moving operations back to the Hills Market Downtown starting next week Wednesday, May 19
  • Both BRIO Italian Grille and BRAVO! Italian Kitchen debut Sunday brunch this week Sunday, May 16
  • And I haven’t shared it yet, but Pelino’s Pasta is coming soon to 245 King Ave., former site of Yellow Brick Pizza

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The Locust Table | Powell, OH

The Locust Table | Facebook | IG: @thelocust_table
16 Crossing St. (map it!)
Powell, OH 43065
(614) 553-7322

Open Tuesday-Friday, 7a-2p; Sat & Sun, 8a-3p (bfast served till 11a weekdays)
Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free? Y/Y/Y
Kid-friendly? Y

We’re always happy to have more breakfast options across the city, so it was exciting to hear of The Locust Table opening in the heart of Powell. Sitting at a visible front corner of the new Powell Crossing development, the cafe is owned by Karla Woolley, who has a long history with companies like Northstar Cafe. You’ll find echoes of Northstar’s service style, care of ingredients, and interesting construction of dishes on the menu.

The Locust Table has you order at the counter, then grab a number and find a seat in the spacious cafe.



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