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I had Popsicles for breakfast today. A grilled cheese from Melt for lunch, Marcus Meacham’s hanger steak for dinner, and a calimocho (wine and cola) at Ace of Cups for dessert. I am Columbus’s developing palate. Yes, the Editor-in-Chief is a bit less than advanced when it comes to the nuances of food and drink [...]
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travis 4.jpg I had Popsicles for breakfast today. A grilled cheese from Melt for lunch, Marcus Meacham’s hanger steak for dinner, and a calimocho (wine and cola) at Ace of Cups for dessert. I am Columbus’s developing palate. Yes, the Editor-in-Chief is a bit less than advanced when it comes to the nuances of food and drink – which, to me, is perfect: we’re gonna do this together. Besides, that’s not really the way this works anymore. Within the pages of our very first Stock & Barrel, you’re not going to find many traditional reviews. How could one person with one tongue tell you how and what to eat or drink? Our army of passionate contributors will help shape your taste collectively, much better than the singular opinion of a man who didn’t eat sushi until he was 26. We’re never going to tell you what the “10 Best Restaurants in Columbus” are. This isn’t BuzzFood. We’d rather tell you who the best chefs in Columbus consider the best chefs in Columbus to be. Or about the bar that’s only open once a month. Or why a Long Island Iced Tea doesn’t have to taste like watered-down Sprite. We’re gonna do things like traipse around in a Marengo pig pen with a bunch of beer brewers who love fart jokes. (As they say, if a cow doesn’t lick your photographer now and then, you’re not doing it right). Stock & Barrel isn’t just a nod to meat, sauce, whiskey, and wine (although we thought it pretty clever). It also speaks to the totality in which these pages will examine the increasingly dynamic food and drink scene in this town. This is about dragging a fork through Columbus, stirring up whatever interesting things we can find. Which, if you haven’t noticed, isn’t hard. After all, we ARE dedicating four extra issues a year to it. In the last five years, Columbus’s food and drink celebrities have become our celebrities, not to mention our flagship businessmen, businesswomen, and most treasured artisans. And it is truly an artistic endeavor. Look at the plating. The careful garnish of a classic cocktail. What’s even cooler is that in Columbus, such polish is no longer reserved for the white tablecloth joints. Today, there doesn’t even need to be a table. You wait in line to eat fried-chicken takeout next to a condemned building; you can slosh down a pint of the best beer in the city, along with locally sourced food, next to a carousel where the mall used to be. There was so much left on the cutting board, we have already gotten started on the next one, out in September. I can’t wait to dig back in. So what are you waiting for? Let the feast begin.

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It’s Restaurant Week! Enter grand prize, view menus, make reservations

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It’s finally here! Happy Restaurant Week July 15-20! What’s Restaurant Week you ask? You must be new. Thats OK! We’ll get you up to speed and in the know.

This week, you can enjoy 3-course meals at 120+ of Columbus’ best restaurants for a fraction of the cost. Dig into deep discounts from local favorites such as City Barbeque with special menus starting at just $15! Restaurant Week is also your to scope out some of the swankiest spots in town on the cheap like Smith & Wollensky and Mezzo !

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Or, you could get meals for FREE if you’re the lucky winner of our grand prize! In our Restaurant Week giveaway, one lucky winner will receive a $500 Marathon Gift Card AND dinner for 4 at 5 Restaurant Week restaurants! Plus, 25 additional winners will receive dinner for 2 at a participating Restaurant Week restaurant!

Your giveaway entries could help you score big, but they also do good in the community. During Restaurant Week Columbus presented by (614) Magazine & Marathon Petroleum Corporation, $0.25 donation will be made to Pelotonia for each unique giveaway entry, up to $5,000.

To view menus, make reservations, and enter the grand prize giveaway, visit eat614.com. And be sure to keep an eye on 614’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for additional giveaways all week!

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Tuttle Mall getting a lot sweeter thanks to 2 newcomers

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Malls have changed a lot over the years. Remember Waldenbooks? Was KB Toys your go-to as a kid? Heck, even Sears will soon be nothing more than a memory.

While mall establishments are frequently lost to the sands of time, it’s rare that you see a former retailer return to a mall it’s already vacated once. Well brace yourselves, sweets fans, because a gooey, sugar-frosted favorite is making a comeback at Tuttle Mall.

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Of course we’re talking Cinnabon, which was last in operation at Tuttle some years ago, and is now listed as “coming soon” on the mall’s directory. But wait! As tempting as it will be to fill up on cinnamon rolls after this long absence, you’ll want to save room for this other coming attraction: it seems Duck Donuts is also setting up shop in Tuttle.

Hop on the treadmill and give your dentist a heads-up, mall lovers—sweets are back at Tuttle in a big way!

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Dive into Guy Fieri’s picks for best BBQ in nation, including one local spot

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Columbus native and mayor of Flavortown Guy Fieri has always had a soft spot for his hometown, especially its BBQ. He’s been around the country to enjoy some of the best food America has to offer for his show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, but it’s right here in Columbus where some of the meats are being smoked: Ray Ray’s Hog Pit.

The Food Network recently posted a list of Fieri’s top barbecue picks from DDD including James Anderson’s smokin’ hot food truck.

Guy Fieri just named us to his “Best BBQ from DDD” list. Thanks for the massive honor Guy, come back and see us anytime. http://bit.ly/DDDBestBBQ

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“Chef and Owner James Anderson raises his own pigs for the succulent smoked offerings at Ray Ray’s Hog Pit, a one-of-a-kind barbecue truck in Columbus, Ohio,” reads the Food Network description. “Guy tried the super-moist Mangalitsa Brat Burger and St. Louis Spare Ribs.”

Ray Ray’s was originally featured on the “College Town Champs” episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives in 2017.

Click here to view Fieri’s 59 top BBQ picks.

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