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The Six: Brunch

For most people, brunch is just a meal that takes the place of breakfast and lunch, but for me, it’s a hobby. Columbus is an ever growing city, and with that comes new restaurants. When I moved here 5 years ago, I had no idea of all the food options Columbus had to offer, and as I started following many food bloggers, I was intrigued to try everything.

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For most people, brunch is just a meal that takes the place of breakfast and lunch, but for me, it’s a hobby. Columbus is an ever growing city, and with that comes new restaurants. When I moved here 5 years ago, I had no idea of all the food options Columbus had to offer, and as I started following many food bloggers, I was intrigued to try everything. The first time I had brunch, something clicked. I loved the options that came with combining the two meals, and, who doesn’t love have a mid-morning cocktail? From there, I wanted to be someone to help people dive head first into the wonderful world of brunching!

 #6  Forno

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Forno is pizza and my all-time favorite would have to be their Breakfast Pizza (obviously)! I am not joking when I say that I have dreams until I can get my hands on one of those bad boys. This stone fired pizza is topped with eggs, cheese, Brussels sprouts, and pancetta and is easily the best Breakfast Pizza in Columbus! If pizza isn’t your thing, be sure to try out their Chicken and Waffles or the Nutella Stuffed French Toast for a happy belly. Then, wash it down with a Bloody Mary or some bottomless mimosas!

Forno

721 N High St
(614) 469-0053

 #5  Rockmill Tavern

Tucked away in the heart of Brewery District, Rockmill Tavern easily won me over. From the quaint charm on the inside, to the amazing dishes they are serving up in the kitchen, I am positive it will make its way to the top of your brunch list. Not only do they have a great selection of beers, but their Bloody Mary’s hit the spot! I decided to give the Chilaquiles a try and all I can say is, WOW! If it has chorizo on it, I’m in, but this dish was a game changer. Their chicken sandwich, with bacon jam, is also not to be overlooked!

Rockmill Tavern

503 S Front St
(614) 732-4364

 #4  101 Beer Kitchen

If you are looking for one of the best Bloody Mary’s in town, stop what you are doing and get to 101 Beer Kitchen. Their made from scratch mix and pepper infused vodka will rock your world, but that’s not the only thing 101 has going for them. I have never had a bad experience here and their creative brunch entrees will surely have you coming back for more. From the BELT pizza, to the Crab Cake Skillet, and to, my personal favorite, the Southwest Cornbread & Chorizo Gravy. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

101 Beer Kitchen

Dublin, Gahanna, Westerville

 #3  DK Diner

If there is one thing you should know about me, it is that I am OBSESSED with donuts. Donut Fact: the center of the donut is 100% fat free!

DK Diner is not only one of my favorite places to get a classic diner brunch, but their donuts make my heart skip a beat. Be sure to try my favorite- the Blueberry Cake Donut. Their menu ranges from a plethora of omelets, scrambles, sandwiches, and pancakes. If you want every meal to include a donut, like me, be sure to try their pancakes, which are made with their donut batter! If you are looking for something a little heartier, be sure to check out the Donut Sandy, made with eggs, cheese, and bacon on a glazed DK donut! Need I say more?

DK Diner

1715 W 3rd Ave

(614) 488-5160

 #2  Katalina’s

Putting into words how much I love Katalina’s is hard. This was the first place I ever brunched (ever) and makes my heart oh so happy! Katalina’s is a small restaurant that sits on the corner of Pennsylvania Ave and 3rd Ave, but don’t let their size fool you. They are whipping up some of the best dishes in Columbus and once you try it, you will be counting down the days until you can go back.

They are known for their award-winning Nutella stuffed Pancake Balls, or as I like to call them, little drops of heaven! I’ve easily tried everything on their menu, but some of my other favorites include the Breakfast Tacos, Mazatlan Slow-Roasted Pork & Egg sandwich, and the Breakfast Chick ‘Wich. Be sure to get some Thunder-Kiss coffee to wash everything down to round out your whole experience! Trust me, Katalina’s does not disappoint.

Katalina's

1105 Pennsylvania Ave

(614) 294-2233

 #1  Standard Hall

For most people, brunch is just a meal that takes the place of breakfast and lunch, but for me, it’s a hobby. Columbus is an ever growing city, and with that comes new restaurants. When I moved here 5 years ago, I had no idea of all the food options Columbus had to offer, and as I started following many food bloggers, I was intrigued to try everything. The first time I had brunch, something clicked. I loved the options that came with combining the two meals, and, who doesn’t love have a mid-morning cocktail? From there, I wanted to be someone to help people dive head first into the wonderful world of brunching!

Standard Hall

1100 N High St, Columbus

(614) 381-1112

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Restaurant Review: El Lugar and Alpine bring Spanish, German tapas to German Village

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Displayed proudly along the wall behind El Lugar’s bar are rows and rows of canned seafood—not the ingredient of choice one might expect from an upscale tapas and pinchos restaurant, located in a city with a culinary scene that typically fawns over either traditional American, or fresh and local food. Nevertheless, the Espinaler cans of tuna, razor shells, and cockles reside there like a dare for those with adventurous enough appetites to try some of the finest seafood in the world. 

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El Lugar is a shared effort by co-owners Enis and A.J. Ndreu and Elidon Hizmo to bring new and authentic European flavors to Columbus. Their two new restaurants, El Lugar and Alpine, sit next door to one another and provide different, yet complementary experiences of Spanish and German cuisines. One side boasts a more family-friendly selection of meats, cheeses and hearty vegetables, while the other is fresh Mediterranean flavors of citrus and seafood. Both share an intriguing selection of signature cocktails. 

In contrast to El Lugar, Alpine features cuisine that showcases flavors from across Germany. Nicholas Paxton, the executive chef at both restaurants who was tasked with transforming the owners’ vision into menus, is neither German nor originally familiar with German food, so he brought in consultants more familiar with the region to help develop the recipes. “I love the authenticity that we provide here on the Alpine side,” Paxton said. “There’s a broad spectrum of what German food can be.”

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Alpine is continuing the tradition of authentic regional food that has helped characterize German Village, where it and El Lugar are located. The two restaurants replaced Juergen’s Bakery, a community staple that provided Columbus with Bavarian-style fare for 50 years. Co-owner A.J. Ndreu said they’d been looking for a spot in the area to open up another German restaurant (they also own Wurst und Bier in Worthington), so when the opportunity presented itself, they jumped.

“I used to buy all my pastries from Rosemarie [Keidel, Juergen’s Bakery’s owner],” A.J. Ndreu said. 

“We just connected and she’s like, ‘I’d love for you to take over and make a German restaurant out of it.’ ”

With that, he and his cousin launched into bringing to life their concepts for German and tapas restaurants, which they’d been developing for a decade.

One of the most instrumental sources of inspiration for A.J. has been traveling around Europe. He lived in France, where he fell in love with French food. But once he experienced all the different ways Spanish cuisine used seafood, beef and pork, he was convinced otherwise. “I thought French food was the best cuisine in the world until I started going to Spain.”

The simplicity of Spanish food is a challenge for Paxton, who says his tendency when developing a recipe is to mess with its components. Spanish cuisine, in contrast, consists of ingredients that can speak for themselves; all Paxton has to do, he says, is figure out how they work together and wait for inspiration to hit.

Back in 2008, Anthony Bourdain traveled to Catalonia for his show “No Reservations” to explore the same flavors that intrigued Ndreu and Paxton. At a little bar about half an hour outside of Barcelona, Bourdain tried Espinaler’s canned seafood, and asked, “How can any chef do better for you than that?” Ndreu was captivated.

“I was like, ‘What the hell is he talking about? It’s canned,’ ” Ndreu puzzled. “So […] I went, and I was amazed. It’s unbelievable. It’s some of the best seafood I ever ate.”

After that, A.J. spent years trying to find a way to bring Espinaler’s products to Ohio, and he finally uncovered an opportunity in El Lugar. But besides the seafood, El Lugar also features Vermut Lacuesta—not the vermouth used for lining a martini glass, but a wine-like drink to be enjoyed on its own or in a cocktail. It also offers the Spanish serrano and ibérico hams, which can be cured for years. The more expensive of the two, ibérico ham comes from black pigs fed an acorn diet and can take up to five years to reach peak flavor.

Next door, Alpine’s menu describes dishes like leberkäse (a meatloaf) and wurstteller (a selection of sausages). Diners can also order raclette, available by the scrape, over any meal. But not forgetting that it’s still in the United States, Alpine offers a handful of American classics during happy hour. These include mini cheeseburger sliders, tater tots with beer cheese dip, and fried chicken wings, among others. 

Alpine and El Lugar present their guests with foreign foods that encourage diners to explore the culinary diversity of Europe. Portion sizes, particularly at El Lugar, may be a bit smaller, but Paxton hopes Columbus diners will recognize the value in great, unique-tasting food and finding excellence in unexpected places.

“We don’t want you to fill up on it. We want you to taste some amazing flavors that nobody else is doing,” Paxton said.

Alpine and El Lugar are located at 525 S 4th St. in German Village. Find out about Alpine at alpine614.com and El Lugar at ellugar614.com.

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They’ll be nothing to wine about at these 9 local wineries

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Everyone knows that Columbus is a craft beer city, but fortunately for those who never got acclimated to the yeasty drink, there’s wine. We may not have the best climate for grape growing, but these nine wineries around Columbus are breaking down barriers and serving up delicious bottles to vino lovers.

Camelot Cellars Winery | 901 Oak St, Columbus

Camelot Cellars, an award-winning Urban Boutique Winery, handcrafts all their own wines sourcing premier juices from vineyards all over the world. Offerings include retail wines by the bottle, wine tastings, flights, and event spaces.

Via Vecchia Winery | 2050 S High St, Columbus

This family-owned, urban winery is tucked away off a private lane and hosts 7700 square feet of exclusive venue space. With original exposed brick archways, wood ceiling beams and limestone walls, every experience is sure to be unforgettable.

Wyandotte Winery | 4640 Wyandotte Dr, Columbus

Wyandotte Winery is the first and oldest winery in Central Ohio, conveniently located just miles from Easton Town Center. With wines made from Ohio grapes and a beautiful patio to enjoy them on, you’re sure to enjoy your experience at Wyandotte Winery.

Signature Wines | 3816 April Ln, Columbus

Unlike many urban wineries, Signature Wines makes wines predominantly from whole grapes  and juices brought into Columbus from predominately California and Ohio using traditional, small scale winemaking techniques.  Stop into the Winery to enjoy a glass of wine in a comfortable atmosphere.

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Hidden Lakes Winery | 650 Winchester Pike, Canal Winchester

Hidden Lakes offers a delightful selection of house-made, award-winning wines and unique craft beers. Along with beverages, enjoy food from the newly-updated kitchen while taking in the scenic lakeside view.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant | 4230 The Strand, Columbus

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants celebrates moments that matter with chef-crafted food, award-winning wines, and life-long friendships. Outstanding wine, modern fare, Napa-inspiring tasting room: Cooper’s Hawk.

Good Vibes Winery | 2 S State St, Westerville

Good Vibes Winery is an urban winery located in Uptown Westerville, offering guests a wine experience, bistro samplings, and a beautiful environment to be enjoyed by friends and family.

Plum Run Winery | 3946 Broadway, Grove City

Plum Run Winery is a family-owned winery focusing on small batches of quality wines made from locally sourced fruit. A 3-acre vineyard located five miles south of the winery provides many of the grapes for the estate wines. Stop by and enjoy the wine and hospitality!

Powell Village Winery | 50 Liberty St, Powell

As one of the first wine négociants in Ohio, Powell Village Winery sources, blends, and produces small lots of high quality vinifera wines from America’s notable grape-growing regions. From bold & dry to sweet & fruity, they strive to create a diverse range of distinct wines for every taste.

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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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