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9 cozy bars and restaurants you’ll never want to leave

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Everyone has their own, unique style but coziness is a taste everyone has a soft spot for.

Be it low lighting, candles, fireplaces, friendly service, inviting decor or a combination of all, cozy establishments are a must now that the weather is cooling off.

There are countless joints that we could just curl up in and never leave but we’ve done the difficult job of selecting nine standouts (but don’t forget to comment your personal faves below).

Here are some of our favorite cozy eateries and drinkeries around central Ohio:

Harvest Pizzeria

German Village: 495 S. 4th St., Columbus
Clintonville: 2885 N High St., Columbus
Dublin: 45 N. High St., Dublin

The laid back vibe of a pizza shop meets an intimate date setting at Harvest Pizzeria. The low lighting and friendly crowds will allow your sauce-covered chin to fly under the radar.

Seventh Son Brewing

1101 N 4th St, Columbus

Grab your boo or invite the whole gang for bench style hangs in the front room or chic garage feels in the back.

Mission Coffee Co

11 Price Ave., Columbus

Exposed brick, broke-in couches, natural lighting, the ever-present aroma of coffee beans…yeah, Mission is cozy, alright.

Katalina’s 

1105 Pennsylvania Ave, Columbus

Katalina’s is so cozy that you’ll most likely be rubbing elbows with your new best friend at the table next to you. Winter, spring, summer, or fall, this little cafe will wrap you up in a warm hug you’ll never want to leave.

Nancy’s Home Cooking

3133 N High St, Columbus

Nancy’s is as cozy as your grandma’s kitchen on a Sunday morning. Nothing fancy—just some booths, stools, coffee, and conversation.

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Cravings Cafe

114 N. Front St., Columbus

Cravings greets you with wood floors, brick walls, tasteful foliage, a chalk board menu, and down homes feels.

The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek

1370 E. Johnstown Rd., Gahanna

Enjoy conversation with loved ones as flames dance across your faces and fend off the cold. Cozy up on the comfy furniture with a winter warmer and bore in to the home-spun environment.

Rockmill Brewing

5705 Lithopolis Road NW, Lancaster

Both the interior and exterior of Rockmill are absolutely breathtaking. Take a stroll by the frozen pond or swap stories by the fireplace inside the wood cabin brewery. Tote in your own food, get yourself a brew, and enjoy.

The Top Steak House

2891 East Main St., Columbus

Intimate lighting, check. Fireplace, check. Indulgent food, check. All they need is you.

Did we miss one of your favorite cozy establishments? Let us know in the comments!

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Too Good to Eat: Hubbard Grille’s Short Rib and Shrimp shareable

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If looks could krill, you would be on the floor. Literally.

Hubbard Grille's Short Rib and Shrimp shareable dish will knock you right out of your seat because it will hit you hard and fast with flavor and more.

Photo by Angela Lee of @findyourfork

Imagine this: the most tender and delicious pulled beef short rib layered on a bed of the creamiest and cheesiest white cheddar grits with tomato jus. Top the bite-sized goodness off with a perfectly tender and seasoned prawn, add some color and texture with delicately placed microgreens and take that first bite.

With that first bite, you’ve just experienced one of the most delicious flavor profiles that the Columbus food scene has to offer. Second bite and your taste buds are just begging, pleading, and crying for more. Third bite and you are already shamelessly scraping off every last drop, speck, and flavor from the dish with your spoon.

You might actually even pick up the dish with your own two hands and unashamedly lick the plate clean. You might also start bargaining with your fellow table mates to negotiate the remaining pieces on the plate.

No judgement here. We have all done it at one point. You gotta do what you gotta do, am I right?

Hubbard Grille is located at 793 N. High St. in the Short North. To learn more + view the menu, visit hubbardgrille.com.

@findyourfork your average noodle connoisseur, taco devourer, and mimosa lover. When she's not busy snapping pictures of her latest yummy foodie adventures, you'll find her at your local coffee shop casually relaxing with a pastry in hand and a latte in the other.

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Beloved burger joint opening in Hilliard next week

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Swensons Drive-In is expanding their central Ohio footprint in just a few days. The Hilliard stand will open at 4810 Cemetery Rd. on Monday, September 23.

Hilliard will be the third stand in Columbus with a locations in Dublin and Polaris.

The Akron-based burger chain prepares their burgers, including the signature Galley Boy, using premium cuts of beef ground fresh daily and made to order. The buttered and toasted buns only add to the juiciness of the meat.

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Apart from the greasy goodness that is Swensons food, one of the other reasons to patronize the stand is its car-side service. From the comfort of your pajama pants, Swensons Curb Servers will be at your window, eager to take your order and sprint, literally sprint, it back to the kitchen for preparation. Just be sure to not drop a single Potato Teezer between your seat because we all know that is the land of no return.

Visit www.swensonsdriveins.com for more information.

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Review: Matt & Tony’s dishes out classic comfort food in downtown

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I've gotten to try a lot of interesting cuisine with this job, but it's rare that I get the opportunity to sample a mother's spaghetti recipe outside of my childhood home. This is the type of experience that Matt & Tony's Wood Fired Kitchen, which recently opened inside the former CBC Restaurant space, offers its guests.

At Matt & Tony's, you don't have to sneak off to the bathroom to Google what a menu item is so you don't look ignorant in front of your date, and that's what makes it so great.

The menu bodes familiar comforts like fried chicken, fish & chips, veal parmesan, and burgers. There's no proprietary flare or fancy sauce smears around your plate—it's all just damn good food.

I sampled Madeline's Spaghetti & Meatballs, which is straight from the cookbook of co-owner Matt Rootes' mother. The sauce was sweet and plentiful while the meatballs were hearty and succulent. I didn't want to gorge myself on the first entree, but I couldn't seem to stop twirling those perfectly-boiled noodles around my fork...

Next up was a Wood Grilled Steak with mashed potatoes and broccoli. I heard once that butter wasn't a carb, so I spread it on thick and cut myself a piece with a crispy fat edge—juicy, tender, and lean. I didn't eat all 12 oz., but I very easily could have.

The Fork N' Knife BBQ Ribs at Matt & Tony's are straight out of a BBQ fairy tale. This healthy helping of slow-cooked, fall-off-the-bone meat is smothered in sauce and almost impossible to put down. You may not be excusing yourself to Google what you just nervously and unknowingly ordered, but you'll probably require a bathroom mirror to make sure you've wiped all the sauce off your mug after devouring these racks.

Feeling like Thanksgiving? Have a little alternative celebration for yourself with Matt & Tony's Half Roasted Chicken with crushed herbs and lemon butter. Slip into a food coma with the sides of potatoes and seasonal vegetable. Dream a little dream of country gravy (which can be found drowning the fried chicken dinner entree).

Rootes says he and his partner Tony Wildman chose to open Matt & Tony's to give the people of downtown an option for high-quality steaks and seafood at a reasonable price without all the "frou-frou." I, for one, think that's exactly what downtown needs.

While so many other restaurants are reaching for globally-inspired dishes made with ingredients you can pronounce, Matt & Tony's is executing classic comfort dishes you grew up on in a warm, inviting atmosphere—it's like a little slice of home on Short St.

Matt & Tony's is located at 525 Short Street and is open 11am- 10pm Sunday through Thursday and 11am- 11pm Friday and Saturday. Visit mattandtonys.com for more information.

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