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His goal was to open by the Michigan game and it looks like everything will go to plan. Condado is set to open on Tuesday to serve up tacos in the Short North. Doors will open at 4 p.m. with $2 tacos and $3 margaritas all day to celebrate their opening.
Previously November 4, 2014 Day of the Dead themed tacos coming soon to Cbus
Day of the Dead and tacos are about to meet in a new restaurant called Condado. The taco joint is set to open by the Michigan game at the end of this month, or possibly in early December. It is the brainchild of Joe Kahn who has owned restaurants in the Cleveland area and will take over the old Circus Bar space in the Short North. “I wanted to kind of go off on my own and the Short North is a great area and Columbus is a great area,” Kahn said. He’s hoping to test the waters in Columbus (notoriously known as a test market) to see if his Day of the Dead taco joint has what it takes to make it nationally. If the idea is successful, he said he will open another Columbus location and then go nationally from there.
The theme will be saturated through the entirety of the restaurant and Kahn found church pews to turn into banquettes along with skeletons and traditional Day of the Dead art to adorn the walls of his new restaurant. There will be margaritas galore (along with a top notch happy hour) and constant streams of fresh queso and guacamole. “Everything is just done from scratch daily which is really what made me popular back in Cleveland, so I am bringing that real fresh food,” he said. Nick Nostadt, long-time New York chef is returning to his Ohio roots to be the chef at Condado.
Plus, there will be late night tacos. It’s hard to beat 2 a.m. tacos.
Previously August 18, 2014 Cleveland restaurateur leaving for Cbus
Saturday, Whiskey Dogg closed for good in Cleveland because the owner is ready to head for Columbus. The owner, Joe Kahn, also owned Barrio taco in Tremont and Lakewood, and his plan is to expand his taco joints to Columbus. “I loved the Whiskey Dogg concept, but I couldn’t pass up this opportunity in Columbus,” he said according to Cleveland Scene Weekly. He plans to have the taco joint open in the Short North by the fall under a different name, but the same concept as his other shops. “We really love that market — it’s hopping down there,” Kahn said of the Short North.
Sometimes I think back on the food I ate as a kid and wonder how the heck I was able to go back outside and continue playing with surely fewer nutrients than the human body needs to work with. Pop a quick Little Debbie Fudge Round or inhale a bowl of Kraft mac ‘n’ cheese and go. I don’t know how I did it, but I know that today I definitely value food existing as an experience all on its own. With this list, I give you memory-making foods that will either flash you back to a simpler time, or feel like a true upgrade from the fast-meal nature you used to adore but sadly outgrew. Stay gold!
Boozy Milkshakes| HADLEY’S BAR + KITCHEN | 260 S FOURTH ST.
The shortcut to turning any kid treat into an adult favorite is simple: add booze. And at Hadley’s, they are all too familiar with this formula. The menu here features sophisticated flavors like Oreo Bonanza with Smirno Vanilla, Key Lime Pie with Absolut Lime, and a Bacon Bourbon Maple with Bulleit Bourbon. Of course, we all have a vegan friend who avoids dairy, and Hadley’s made sure they were covered with a vegan Coco Coffee Shake with Watershed Vodka. Usually, I’d say grab a few straws and share with your friends, but these are best enjoyed separately.
The Octodog | DIRTY FRANK’S | 248 S FOURTH ST.
Some of those disgusting combinations you crafted as a child have potential in the eyes of the chefs over at Dirty Frank’s. Forget cut-up hot dogs mixed into mac ‘n’ cheese, you completely neglected to consider the presentation of the dish. (Classic kid move.) Order The Octodog, an octopus-shaped hot dog sitting happily on top of a pile of mac ‘n’ cheese from Dirty Frank’s. This could also be seen as the adult-equivalent to dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets. Since when was the last time you ate something shaped like an animal? Probably before junior high. Feel young again by stuffing your face with creamy mac ‘n’ cheese and an octopus hot dog cooked to adult standards, but visually appealing to the five-year-old at heart.
Ramen Noodles | FUKURYU | 1600 W LANE AVE.
Here we transition into adulthood and arguably the first meal you ever learned how to cook: ramen noodles. Your standards have surely upgraded since the last time you made a $0.98 meal from home, so prove it at Fukuryu, where you can eat actual, authentic Japanese ramen. This quick-and-easy, Costco-style dinner has been given a bad rep for far too long, because one trip to Fukuryu will show you how ramen is supposed to taste. Piled with chicken, pork belly, soft shell crab, or tofu, and a mountain of toppings you pick like sweet corn, chili pork, naruto, leeks, chili oil, toasted garlic oil, and more, their flavors are more expansive than your under-developed child taste buds could probably take. Now, they’re right up your alley. Get slurpin’.
Edible Cookie Dough | COOKIE DOUGH CREAMERY | 7227 N HIGH ST.
Butter, flour, sugar, and a secret ingredient...don’t worry, it’s not eggs. No one’s getting hit with a spoon for eating raw cookie dough around here, they’re just getting tips at Cookie Dough Creamery. Fill a cup with one of six cookie dough flavors and pile it high with ice cream and toppings the way you always over-did as a kid. They have five main flavors of cookie dough: chocolate chip, sugar cookie, Oreo, peanut butter, and brownie batter. Plus, every few months they offer one to three seasonal flavors to try. (This summer it’s lemon!) As far as making your own cookie dough at home goes, quit the risk and trust whisk at Cookie Dough Creamery. I can tell you from experience it’s just like Mom’s, minus the lecture for eating it.
The picky eater in all of us died at age 12 when we quickly became aware of how good food combinations foreign to us actually taste. In other words, we aren’t as stuck to only strawberry or grape jelly as we used to be. We’re not as hard on our friends who were scared to try peanut butter and fluff as a kid. Today, we go gourmet. Krema’s has a wide variety of PB&Js, all with an unconventional twist. Strawberry preserves are used instead of strawberry jelly, and fresh slices of strawberries sit in the sandwich with it. Other combos include The Kicker, or peanut butter and spicy raspberry preserves for the kid who made sure everyone knew it was his rock, not the neighborhood rock. Plus other game-changers like PB Apple Cheesecake, and almond or cashew butter instead of peanut butter are up for grabs at this one-of-a-kind nut company serving classic American favorites with a twist.
Cotton Candy Cocktail | FORNO | 721 N HIGH ST.
The days of begging your parents for overpriced u at baseball games are over, but the days of making our everyday cocktails more Instagrammable are coming quickly. As a result, Forno is now serving a new cotton candy cocktail served in two glasses: one for the drink, and the other to hold a cloud of pink cotton candy, set aside for you to dissolve when your iPhone ash is ready. Sip one and you’ll start acting like those sugar-high cartoon characters who were actually acting drunk to get a laugh from the parent viewers helicoptering over their kid’s TV shows. Grow up and spike your cotton candy this summer!
Every year, beer enthusiasts flock to Express LIVE! to sip, sample, and savor brews from 90+ of the best breweries this country has to offer. That's right, lushes, Columbus Summer Beerfest is back this weekend with food, entertainment, and, of course, lots of great craft beer.
Some of you may be first-timers, others have had their pretzel + string cheese + beef jerky necklaces on lock for years. No matter, there are always ways to improve the way you experience this celebration of beer.
Welcome to the 614NOW Summer Beerfest Surivival Guide. As always, drink responsibly.
It is not a race, seriously
Sometimes, kegs do kick, but it's not going to happen within the first hour of doors opening. Relax, there is more than enough beer to go around. I'm talking to you, Kevin, who feels the need to elbow throw the queue and sprint inside the venue every year.
There's truly no need to pregame
The Beerfest-issued plastic mugs may be small, but those samples add up fast. You're gonna wish you hadn't shotgunned that mango White Claw before you left your apartment, we promise.
You're not going to miss anything if you take a five minute hydration hiatus. It'll most likely be hot and the only thing that will quench your thirst from all those salty pretzels is a cup of cold agua. Do yourself a favorite and spend some time near the water stations throughout the night.
Don't wait to use the restroom
The lines are going to be long—real long—all night long. Rather than waiting until the absolute last minute to visit the restroom, grab a sample and head that way before your bladder deems necessary. That way, when the agony sets in, you'll already be next up for a stall.
No really, it's not a race
Slow. Down. This is your chance to try tons of new exciting brews and decide which ones you'd like to add to your normal drinking roster. Brewers from all over the U.S. worked tirelessly to perfect their beers—don't disrespect them by chugging.
Feed your face
Don't let the excitement of the festival distract you from your growling stomach. There will be plenty of food trucks present to tide over even the most specific craving, though everyone knows the best options are always deep friend and covered in cheese.
Walk, bike, rideshare
Most people exiting the Express LIVE! gate at the end of the night are in no shape to drive and neither should you. Not only would you have to deal with parking if you drove yourself, but walking, biking, or ridesharing to and from the festival is the only way to ensure safety.
Tickets to the Columbus Summer Beerfest are still available. Visit columbusbeerfest.com for more information.
Late is always better than never, especially in the case of a new local brewery. After setbacks, Gemut Biergarten is officially open at 734 Oak St. Prost!
The brewery was supposed to open to the public on August 16, but ran into a "little bump with the state."
Guests can expect European and German-style lagers and pilsners brewed by former Four String Brewing Co. employees Kyle Hofmeister, Rob Camstra, and Nick Guyton. Gemut Biergarten is owned by Camstra, Guyton, Hofmeister, and his wife Chelsea Rennie.
In addition to brews, the venture will serve wine, cocktails, and traditional German and European fare.