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614 Donut Trail: Destination Donuts




Destination Donuts

North Market, 59 Spruce Street Columbus

Cinnamon Roll: Sweet, authentic, plentiful cinnamon carved into the crevices of the swirling bread, topped with a yummy glaze and crunchy nuts. Hefty size and mouthwatering taste combo is oh-so satisfying.

Lemon Poppyseed Nibblers: A drier, more cakey inside with a zesty lemon exoskeleton, tied together with flavorful poppyseed. A sweet treat best enjoyed during a warm, sunny day (just be sure to check your teeth for those pesky black seeds afterwards).

Dueling Vanilla: Unbelievably doughy middle makes for a dense and satisfying bite. The vanilla glaze is very pleasant yet not overpowering. Your classic, but slightly upscale, glazed donut.

Editor’s pick!

Sorta Samoa’s: Another doughy base topped with rich chocolate frosting and a layer of shaved coconut. Chocolate flavor prevails overtop mild coconut flavor. Sweetness of caramel drizzle is the extra zip of sweet it needs!

Lemon Blueberry: Strong blueberry flavor cut by the fresh acidity of lemon. Great and nontraditional way to nab your sweet tooth.

Butterscotch & Smoked Sea Salt: Very savory, very smokey take on a donut. Butterscotch flavor presence but the smokey flavor is dominant. This surprising flavor is perfect for anyone overly sensitive to sweetness.


Cinnamon Toast: Course sugar and cinnamon topping reminiscent of the crunch of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. Great contrast to the soft and chewy donut.

Sprinkle: The classic sprinkled donut fave dressed up for adults. The sprinkles are quite Instagram-worthy but do little to contribute to flavor. The real money is in the dark chocolate, semi-sweet lather of icing atop the sweet ring.

White Chocolate Raspberry: This warm, bright tasting beauty is rich as hell. Pace yourself on this puppy!


Taste: 5 stars

Freshness: 5 stars

Instagram-ability: 5 stars

Bang for your buck: 4 stars

Creativity: 4 stars

Bonus category

Health consciousness (vegan options): 5 stars

Overall: 5 stars

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Food & Drink

Game of Cones: New ice cream contender coming to Short North

Mike Thomas



It seems a new challenger is emerging in the race to claim the Columbus ice cream crown.

CRMD, a new ice cream spot opening soon at 1190 N. High St. in the Short North, is being teased for a “summer 2019” launch on the company’s website.


The same site shows the brand’s flavor offerings, which will include matcha, Viet coffee, and cereal + milk. Upon opening, CRMD will also be slinging puffles – a spherical egg-based waffle cone popular in Hong Kong and Macau.

For more information and a full list of flavors, visit

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Update: Cajun food fans disappointed by Ned’s Bayou development

Mike Thomas



UPDATE: While concrete information regarding the mysterious Ned’s Bayou is still unavailable, signs seem to indicate that the retail space will serve as a popup store for Twenty One Pilots merchandise when the duo comes to town for a double-header at Nationwide Arena on June 29 & 30.

Exhibit A: searching “Ned’s Bayou” on the Ohio Secretary of State’s online database shows an address on Worthington Galena Rd. for the business’ registered owner. The members of Twenty One Pilots are themselves former Worthington residents.

While this in and of itself says little, the group’s de facto mascot (seen here in the music video for the song “Chlorine”) happens to be named Ned.

Mere coincidence? I guess we’ll find out by the end of the month. For now, it seems fans of cajun food might have to look elsewhere to get their fix!



A brand new awning sporting the words “Ned’s Bayou” has appeared over the former Blick’s Art Supplies location at 612 N High St in the Short North.

While initial searches have turned up little information about this forthcoming business, we can only assume that this will one day be the sight of a Louisiana-inspired restaurant of some sort.

Then again, the word “Bayou” carries other connotations. Maybe this will be the Short North’s first-ever spot for gator rasslin’. Only time will tell!

614NOW will keep an eye peeled for more info on this business as it becomes available.

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614NOW Fried Chicken Trail: Uncle Nick’s Greek Fried Chicken

Mike Thomas



First came the 614NOW Donut Trail. Then, there was the Mac & Cheese Trail. Now, 614NOW is on the hunt for the best fried chicken this city has to offer. Welcome to the 614NOW Fried Chicken Trail!

Uncle Nick’s Greek Fried Chicken

1333 Northwest Blvd

This unpretentious Grandview-area joint is serving up the same fried chicken that made its first location in Warren Ohio a hit since its opening in 1956.

It’s no surprise that the central Ohio Nick’s location is slinging classic fried chicken worthy of its old-school pedigree. Nick’s Greek is exactly what many people long for when they think “fried chicken” – pressure-fried bird that is crispy on the outside and delectably juicy inside.

Be warned – this chicken is so good, you will be locked in that hopeless balancing act of trying to take bites without burning the inside of your mouth.

The crust on Uncle Nick’s chicken is so crispy, it seems like it would never go soft even if you left it in a closed container for an hour. This also means that the juices inside the meat have nowhere to hide, and are perfectly preserved within.


Fried chicken places are notoriously tight with their secret recipes, but if I had to guess, I’d say that much this chicken’s seasoning comes care of a generous brining. As a result, the meat is salty and mild, allowing the natural flavors of the chicken to shine. Notably, a motto hanging on the wall of the place states, “If the Colonel had our recipe, he’d be a general.” I find no fault in this statement.

Was there just grease on the lens, or was this chicken actually glowing?

Uncle Nick’s is the kind of spot you’ll want to take a friend who has never experienced “real deal” fried chicken. While I preferred the dark meat (owner/operator Andrew Cleary was kind enough to hook me up with a half-bird’s worth of pieces) all of it was head-and-shoulders above any fast-food chains in terms of texture and flavor.

Aroma:πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—πŸ— (4/5 drumsticks)
Flavor: πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—πŸ— (5/5)
Seasoning: πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—πŸ— (4/5)
Crispiness: πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—πŸ— (5/5)
Overall Experience: πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—πŸ— (5/5)

Uncle Nick’s Fried Chicken scores a hearty 23/25 on our rating scale. Get out there and see for yourself why this spot is a favorite catering option for the Ohio State Buckeyes Football squad!

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