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614 Donut Trail: Destination Donuts

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614 Donut Trail
Welcome, one and all, to the 614 Donut Trail. In the name of journalism and the great city of Columbus, we’ve taken on the honorable duty of chewing through the local donut scene. Each week, we’ll gorge ourselves on the best sweet rings Columbus has to offer and then report back to you with our powder sugar-covered findings. Because, after all, the wheels on this C-bus we’re all riding are actually 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.

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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.

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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!

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What should be the next stop on the 614 Donut Trail? Contact [email protected] so see your donut shop featured! 

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Kick off the weekend with Barroluco’s block party

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Need Friday lunch plans? How about a latin-inspired block party?

Now that warm weather is upon us, downtown Argentinian concept Barroluco is celebrating its grand opening with a block party this weekend.

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Known for South American favorites such as empanadas and paella, Barroluco’s first brick and mortar location opened back in December at the former location of El Arepazo Latin Grill at 47 N. Pearl St. Barroluco’s original food truck also remains in operation.

Photo by Emma Kate Low

The alley behind Pearl St. will be closed off for a ribbon-cutting ceremony today (Friday) at 11:00AM, with a block party to follow. Specials and giveaways will be available through Saturday, April 27 in honor of the opening festivities.

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North Star Short North getting a whole lot bigger, boozier

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The Northstar is growing! No, not the sky’s biggest star, but rather, Short North’s organic New American kitchen.

This year marks the restaurant’s 15 anniversary, and owners Kevin Malhame, Katy Malhame, and Darren Malhame have decided that it’s high time to update. Conveniently, the Malhame’s have held a lease at 945 N High St.—right next door to Northstar at 951 N High St.—for some time now and are ready to put it to use, reports Columbus Business First.

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The space will allow for an additional 1,000 square feet of dining room and, more excitingly, a full bar with wine, spirits, and dozens of Ohio beers on tap.

Work is slated to begin this summer. The restaurant will remain open during the expansion.

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Beer for Breakfast: Start the day at 4 Columbus breweries

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Is there such a thing as “too early” for a beer? We would humbly submit that no, there isn’t.

While everyone else is waiting until noon, raise a toast to the sunrise with these breakfast-themed creations from some of Columbus’ top breweries.

Note: always drink responsibly. We don’t want any angry calls from your boss saying you showed up to work completely tossed. Check yourself before you wreck yourself!

Wolf’s Ridge |215 N 4th St

The brewmaster at Wolf’s Ridge is clearly a strong believer in popping off in the AM. “Cinnamon Toast Brunch” – a cinnamon-infused twist on the brewery’s staple cream ale, is delicious at any time of the day. Need something with a little more kick to get you moving? Wolf’s Ridge cellar reserve bottle offering, “’17 All The Breakfast,” is an imperial breakfast-style ale that clocks in at 10.8% ABV.

Homestead Beer Co. | 811 Irving Wick Dr W, Heath

Columbus Beer Week is a celebration of the many, many great beers available throughout central Ohio. If you stand any chance of sampling them all, breakfast brewskis are a must. Luckily, Homestead Beer Co. has you covered with a Beer Week concoction that will take you back to the days of Saturday morning cartoons and rainbow-colored milk. Prepare yourself for Homestead’s Cocoa Pebbles porter, “Yabba Dabba Brew.”

Hoof Hearted Brewing | 850 N 4th St

Like their neighbors Wolf’s Ridge up the street, Hoof Hearted offers a sudsy take on cinnamon toast crunch. At 10.5% ABV, “Miracle Toast” will either start your day off on a strong note, or send you back to bed until noon.

Though not explicitly marketed as a breakfast beer, Hoof Hearted’s “Fitness Freak,” an imperial stout with coffee, vanilla and maple syrup added, has all of the morning-time flavors you crave. At a whopping 14%, it’s also a surefire way to transition from brunch to nap time.

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Platform | 408 N 6th St

If you don’t think a peanut butter cream puff from Schmidt’s qualifies as a breakfast item, what are you doing with your life? Cleveland-based Platform pays homage to a Columbus institution with the release of their “Schmidt’s Peanut Butter Fudge Puff” brew. This maibock style beer boasts a respectable 7.1% ABV – just enough for some AM fun without derailing your whole day.

What’s your go-to morning brew? Let us know in the comments!

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