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Top 10 local restaurants on Yelp right now

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The Yelpers have spoken and at this moment in time, 10 very diverse restaurants are leading the pack in Columbus. How many have you been to? 

10.  Little Lebanon Mediterranean

Location: 8495 Sancus Blvd Columbus

Rating: 4.5 stars, 251 reviews

From a light lunch, to a delicious dinner, come in and enjoy fresh, authentic Lebanese sandwich wraps, dinners, breads and treats all made in-house from scratch!

Read Danny V.‘s review of Little Lebanon Mediterranean on Yelp

9.Ray Ray’s Hog Pit

Location: University District, 2619 N High St, Columbus

Rating: 4.5 stars, 320 reviews

James Anderson gets his honest love of smoke and fire from his father, who was also a barbecue man. He is the owner and talent behind the wildly popular Ray Ray’s Hog Pit in Clintonville, Westerville and Anderson Farms in Granville, Ohio where he pasture raises, heritage breed hogs. Consistent perfection is his goal whether he’s hog farming or smoking meat.

Read Dennis C.‘s review of Ray Ray’s Hog Pit on Yelp

8. Cherbourg Bakery

Location: 541 S Drexel Avenue

Rating: 5 stars, 93 reviews

This “hidden gem” is Bexley’s best kept secret. Their ability to cater to all bakery lovers is what has people coming back for more.  They have gluten-free options as well as treats for nut-allergy sensitive customers who need, or heck just wanna try it. Along with their donuts and raved strata, the bakery is no stranger to the java junkie in your life.

Read Bill E.‘s review of Cherbourg Bakery on Yelp

7. Sababa Mediterranean Grill

Location: 6280 E Broad Street

Rating: 4.5 stars, 207 reviews

If chipotle and Greek food is a favorite, this place is just the right mix. Sababa’s fresh grill bar comes with a friendly staff, at a friendly price for the wallet. Choose from pita, rice, hummus or salad to start off and build from there. The restaurant also offers sides such as their Greek fries, which one user described as a “delicious add on”. 

Read Terri K.‘s review of Sababa Mediterranean Grill on Yelp

6. Flavor 91 Burger Bistro

Location: 5186 E Main street

Rating: 4.5 stars, 198 reviews

A flavorful restaurant that appreciates it’s first time customers so much that they get free food. Well, at least samples anyways. This bistro that supports local farmers through their locally sourced meats and also offers flavors from around the world including Ethiopian dry rub chicken wings and lamb burgers. 

Read William B.‘s review of Flavor 91 Burger Bistro on Yelp

5. Tyler’s Pizzeria & Bakery

 Location: 7516 E Main St, Reynoldsburg

Rating: 5 stars, 134 reviews

Savory-filled croissants, pepperoni and veggie rolls, and wood-fire-baked pizzas provide options like no one else on Columbus’ east side. Cookies, bars, brownies and the morning goodies continue to flow through the day. In the evening, you can get your hot pizza dinner, a dessert for after dinner, and something to start your day of right tomorrow – and, at an affordable price that leaves most customers shocked.

4. Hot Chicken Takeover

Location: 59 Spruce Street

Hours: 11am-3pm

If you haven’t already gotten a taste of this chicken, you are way behind. Give the spicy fried chicken a try, we doubt you’ll be disappointed.

Read Damion W.‘s review of Hot Chicken Takeover on Yelp

3. Scotty’s cafe

Location:  2980 E Broad street

Rating: 5 stars, 118 reviews

A meal fit for a king or queen at a price anyone in the kingdom can afford. There are latkes, eggs, various meats, coffee and tea. All served with with personal service, and, if you’re lucky, from Scotty himself.

Read David L.‘s review of Scotty’s Cafe on Yelp

2. Brassica

Location: 680 N high street

Rating:4.5 stars, 653 reviews

For all the food photographers, this is the place for you. The food is “Instagram-worthy” and with a great taste to boot. The restaurant is all Mediterranean based and the big open grill allows customers to get a piece of the action. There are also options for the vegetarian and paleo diets alike.

Read Gazal N.‘s review of Brassica on Yelp

1. Momo Ghar

Location: 1265 Morse road

Rating: 4.5 stars, 653 reviews

Coming as little surprise to anyone, Momo Ghar is the top rated restaurant in Columbus. Reviewed by top food news outlets nationwide this family business has been booming. The Nepalese cuisine is infamous for their large and in charge dumplings and for being featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives show.


Read Lindsey H.‘s review of Momo Ghar on Yelp

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You’ll like Buckeye Donut’s newest treat a la lot

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Columbus’ favorite donut shop will be rolling out [literally] a brand new treat just in time for the annual Columbus Food Truck Festival.

We think you’ll like it a la lot.

Ice cream and donuts will converge in perfect harmony for Buckeye Donuts Apple Fritter A La Mode! That’s right, a cool scoop of vanilla ice cream will rest on top of the fan favorite sweet and fruity fried pastry, all drizzled in sticky caramel. You might need a napkin (or sleeve) for this one.

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This special goodie will be available Friday and Saturday from 11:00 AM- 11:00 PM only at the Columbus Food Truck Festival on the Scioto Mile.

Click here for our advise about how to optimize your experience at the foodie fest.

BEHOLD! The newest member of the Buckeye Donuts Family: Apple Fritter A La Mode! 🍩🍦Get your hands on this bad boy…

Posted by Buckeye Donuts on Thursday, August 15, 2019
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Rossi or Ratssi? Rodents force closure at Short North restaurant

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Someone is getting assigned to some “Charlie Work” after The Rossi Bar and Kitchen was served a red sticker by the Columbus Public Health Department.

The Short North restaurants was issued an emergency order yesterday because of “rodent activity in the basement prep area.” Reportedly, inspectors discovered dead rats in traps and excessive rat feces in the bowels of the 895 N. High St. building.

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Rossi will remain closed until the facility is cleaned, holes in the basement are repaired, and the rats are under control, according to a post from Tom Sussi, a local licensed and insured Private Investigator.

Sussi added that sources informed him that employees are not being paid on time.

Rats!The rodents forced a popular Short North restaurant to shut its doors.The Columbus Public Health Department…

Posted by Tom Sussi on Thursday, August 15, 2019

In an Instagram post, Rossi announced it’d be closed “for the next few days due to emergency repair.”

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Fried, Smothered, & Loaded: Vegetarian Junk Food

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Whenever the words “vegetarian” or “vegan” are thrown around, people’s defense walls go up as they instantly imagine bland salads or unseasoned tofu. Since both diets have become wildly popular trends in the world of eating, they are often associated with exclusive, healthy, clean, natural, raw, whatever…eating.

As a vegetarian, I’m here to tell you that’s bullshit. Sure, we vegetarians eat our share of salads, and occasionally tofu is substituted for chicken on our health-conscious dishes, but that’s not the full picture of our plates. Whether it’s loading up on carb-heavy sides, covering things in cheese (or vegan “cheese”), or living off the appetizer menu; living a plant-based diet can be just as much fun and games as any other fare – and here are a few dishes from around Columbus to prove it.

AM Philly

Angry Baker Olde Towne East | 891 Oak St.

Angry Baker has found a way to cover things in cheese and still please the vegans. The AM Philly comes loaded with sauteed mushrooms, onions, and peppers with tofu scramble atop a fresh and soft hoagie bun. To keep it in true “cheese/steak” form, they top the entire masterpiece with vegan cheddar cheese and a little vegan mayo. The sandwich is every bit as flavorful as a regular Philly, plus it’s just as messy to eat. I recommend a few squirts of Sriracha on it, but then again, I recommend that on everything

Buffalo Mac

Woodhouse Vegan Pop-up | 1038 N High St.

Keeping it cheesy, but plant-based, comes from the vegan pop-up at Oddfellows with the Buffalo Mac. The entree is relatively simple, but that just means more chances to really focus on flavor. The Beyond Meat “chicken” strips are marinated in buffalo sauce to really pack a punch and then is topped with more buffalo sauce and dairy-free ranch dressing with a bed of dairy-free mac and “cheese” to dig into. It’s finished off with some raw red onion and scallions to fully recreate that buffalo-style experience. Keep an eye out for Woodhouse’s first brick-and-mortar location setting up shop in the Italian Village.

Fried Cauliflower 

Hadley’s Bar + Kitchen | 260 S Fourth St.

Cauliflower is the new favorite vegetable amongst dieters for being low-carb. It’s inviting to a variety of flavors, and it can be used in many creative ways. At Hadley’s, the fried cauliflower resembles the bar-style boneless wings you might be craving since ditching meat. It’s the little things you miss as a plant-eater (like dipping sauces). So finding a place that offers three different sauce options—Dr. Pepper barbeque, house hot, and General Tso’s—is quite a gratifying moment. Dunk these addicting suckers into Hadley’s house-made ranch or bleu cheese and you’ll be fighting your carnivorous friends off as they ask to try a bite.

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Parma, Italy

Melt | 4206 Worth Ave. & 840 N High St.

Usually Melt’s sheer amount of dairy usage is enough to scare off any vegan within a 10-mile radius, but that all changed once Melt added an entire menu dedicated to vegan options. There are tons of options to choose from, but the Parma, Italy might take the caloric crown when it comes to plant-based indulgence. The sandwich features vegan chicken (or fried tofu) smothered in basil marinara with roasted garlic and vegan mozzarella cheese all in between two crusty pieces of garlic toast. It might not hurt to park a little further away from Melt just to burn a few extra calories on the way to and from devouring way too much food. 

The Joe Vegan Sloppy Sandwich

Lineage Brewing | 2971 N High St.

“Have some more sloppy joes! I made ‘em extra sloppy for you!” If that scene from Billy Madison still haunts you any time you go to break out some Manwich from the cupboard, put that canned sauce down and go to Lineage. Immediately order a beer to wash away the memory of the lunch lady, and then snag the Joe Vegan sloppy sandwich off the menu. It’s a hearty combination of lentils and kidney beans in the iconic sloppy joe sauce, and it’s topped with raw onion and your choice of vegan cheese sauce or cheddar cheese. Throw in a side of potato chips and it’s like being a teenager all over again except this time you didn’t have to steal your dad’s beer.

Vegan Barbeque Jackfruit

Alchemy | 625 Parsons Ave. 

& 1439 Grandview Ave. 

Jackfruit is a delicate fruit that tastes almost nothing like fruit. It’s a great vessel for sauces and flavorings, but if it’s not cooked properly, it can turn into a mushy mess. Thankfully, Alchemy has perfected this process with their vegan take on a classic barbeque pulled pork sandwich. The jackfruit is tender, but stays in form on the roll. For added texture and taste, the sandwich is served on a crunchy ciabatta roll with carrot cabbage slaw in an herbed cashew cream.

Brussel Sprouts

Barrel On High | 1120 N High St.

Don’t turn your nose up on Brussel sprouts, these green brain-looking vegetables are great for absorbing flavor and they have that “meaty” taste. At Barrel on High, these Brussels are oven-roasted and tossed into a Thai chili sauce making them potentially your new favorite thing. While the Thai chili brussel sprouts are worth tripling up on and calling it a dinner, might I point you in the direction of the Impossible Burger as well. The Impossible Burger has grown to fame because it resembles every aspect of meat while remaining plant-based, and Barrel’s straight-up approach of making an American classic go vegan will have you double checking the menu to make sure it’s not actually beef.

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