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Welcome to a new series at Stock & Barrel, where we pair two establishments that highlight the restaurant/bar scene in Columbus—one with a younger footprint, and another steeped in character. The Rules:  Choose one destination for dinner and a second destination for a nightcap. One must be new—the other old. The locations must be within walking distance of [...]
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Welcome to a new series at Stock & Barrel, where we pair two establishments that highlight the restaurant/bar scene in Columbus—one with a younger footprint, and another steeped in character.

The Rules: 

Choose one destination for dinner and a second destination for a nightcap. One must be new—the other old. The locations must be within walking distance of each other.

 

Notes by Collins Laatsch

This month: German Village/Brewery District

New School: Copious/Notes

Located at 520 N High St. in the Brewery District, Copious opened its doors for business in October 2015 and has been a boon to local night life since. Three different concepts hosted at Copious fall under the same umbrella and mesh together seamlessly.

The first concept is Notes, an intimate music venue located in the basement. Notes regularly hosts Columbus Jazz Patriarch Bobby Floyd as well as other local and national jazz and blues artists. Notes offers full bar service and a limited food menu.

Most Note-ably, it also hosts the O-GEE Hip Hop dance party on the last Saturday of every month and has food and drink specials Thursday through Sunday. At Notes, there truly is something for everyone.

The restaurant on the main floor is the building’s namesake and is hip and chic with hardwood floors, open spacing and an art gallery dedicated to local artists. The art is available for purchase and creates an ambiance that is unique to Central Ohio.

The dining area is large but not cavernous, with windows that allow patrons to view the action on High Street. The dining room also hosts smaller areas allowing a limited privacy to larger parties.

There is also an informal, relaxed bar that offers ONLY Ohio drafts as well as top-shelf liquor, two televisions and a staff that pays attention to detail.

Copious’ menu is concise, offering diverse options and a nightly market-price seafood entrée. I started with the Fried Green Tomatoes, which were a restaurant week special.

Topped with jumbo lump crab meat and Old Bay Buerre Blanc, the tomatoes had a crisp outside, warm inside and contained a rich, creamy herb cheese. Copious would be well served by promoting this item to the regular dinner menu.

For my entrée, I chose the seared scallops. Expertly seared, the scallops were served with Brussels sprouts, pancetta, and a mustard white wine butter sauce. This dish was robust and lively with compeimentary and diverse textures.

For those looking to really get the party started, check out The McGowan Loft. The upstairs event space hosts weddings/receptions, corporate events and other celebrations. The space overlooks High Street and has wooden floors and an industrial vibe highlighted by a raw ceiling with exposed ductwork.

After you have finished dinner, viewed the art, seen a show or made a scene (wedding reception), it is time to keep the party going with an Old School night cap located just a half mile away.

Old School: Beck Tavern

Colloquially referred to as the ‘Low Beck,’ Beck Tavern (284 E Beck St.) is a German Village institution. The building that houses the Beck Tavern is 98 years old and has been in continuous operation as a watering hole (of some sort) since the 1930s.

Dimly lit and filled with local sports memorabilia and neon signs, Beck Tavern has a divided block U pattern bar that seats about 25. On my recent visit, the bar hosted a diverse crowd that included neighborhood locals, interns from the Statehouse, and a couple on a date night. It seemed that every group was having a private conversation while simultaneously being part of a larger and continuous bar conversation where friendly insults and inside jokes were traded with impunity.

This routine seemed comforting to longtime bartender Ashley who was serving drinks, holding court, and supplying the jukebox with a steady diet of classic Wu-Tang. She knew her regulars, what they were drinking, and their backstories. Low Beck is the kind of place where accomplishments are celebrated, defeats are softened, and people take care of each other.

The west side of the bar contains four competition-level dart boards and a Golden Tee machine, where a group of four were trading swings in between trading shots of chilled Jäger. Beck Tavern takes their darts seriously and on Friday nights, it is not uncommon to find all four boards in use with a line of competitors waiting on winners.

Ohio professional sports are also a consequential topic at Beck Tavern and all Ohio teams are represented well. There are a handful of flat screens (on this night all showing the Blue Jackets), and I am certain they are all tuned to Ohio State Football on Saturdays in the fall.

Beck Tavern also has many welcoming nooks with larger square tables that are ideal for a long evening of drinks, camaraderie and neighborhood gossip.

So there you have it, a fun-filled night just south of Downtown. In one evening you can have a modern dinner at Copious, walk downstairs to catch great local jazz at Notes and follow it all up at Low Beck for craft drafts, darts and debauchery. Park once, drink twice, support local.

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See what “big changes” are coming to The Market Italian Village

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Fans of The Market Italian Village certainly aren't enjoying this temporary closure while it undergoes renovations, but the restaurant promises the wait will be worth it.

The neighborhood restaurant recently announced in a release "big changes" coming to the space to create more "experienced-based dining."

"We’ve teamed up with incredible designers, architects, and artists to give our space a beautiful update and we can’t keep our mouths shut about it any longer!" wrote The Market Italian Village on Facebook.

The Market is currently closed and will reopen to guests the weekend after Thanksgiving with two very special additions:

  • Columbus’ FIRST chef's table - A unique experience to get up close and personal with one of the city’s most unique chefs, Tyler Minnis. The reservation-based tasting counter seats four and will face toward the kitchen, giving guests direct access to Chef Tyler throughout the dining experience as he creates a four-course tasting menu. Available for $50-60 per person on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Community Table Seating - Perfect for group dining, this intimate booth is reservations-only for large parties, seating up to 16 guests. Those seated at the community table will order from a pre-set family-style menu, pre-determined by Chef Tyler on a monthly basis.

The post went on to say the restaurant "just scratched the surface" of its announcements.

https://www.facebook.com/MarketItalianVillage/posts/2719875781402957:0

The Market Italian Village is located at 1022 Summit St. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.

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Too Good To Eat: SuperChef’s stuffed Scriddle Pancakes

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Pancake my eyes off you, sweet cakes, cause no one stacks up to you.

Feast your eyes on the thickest thiccest pancakes that Columbus has to offer. SuperChef Ohio serves up these jumbo stacks of comfort in style, by combining the culinary flavors of savory and sweet—essentially, the best of both worlds.

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Stuffed to the brim with scrambled eggs, deliciously sweet candied bacon, and house-made sausage all covered up in warm maple syrup, these cakes are not to be missed.

Picture this: four of the thiccest, fluffiest, and softest pancakes stacked one on top of each other with hot maple syrup cascading down the sides.

Grab that knife in your hand and take that first slice down all four pancakes all at once. Watch as the warmth from the layered cakes is released, and along with it all the combined flavors of sweet and salty bacon and sausage.

Shove a generous helping of the cakes into your mouth and close your eyes. Feel instantly comforted by the penultimate flavors of breakfast all in one bite.

Take a big swig of coffee (or milk, whatever suits you) and prepare for another bite of breakfast dream come true. Fancy yourself a one-stop-shop for all your breakfast needs? SuperChef Ohio has got you covered.

SuperChefs has locations in Downtown and Gahanna. Visit mysuperchefs.com for more information.

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5 tasty merchants announced for North Market Dublin

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You now have five more reasons to be excited for Dublin's North Market with its recent announcement of merchants. North Market veterans and newbies alike are coming together for the first phase of committed businesses for the Bridge Park public market.

Momo Ghar, Dough Mama, Market Bar, Coastal Local Seafood, and The Dublin Farmer's Daughter will occupy five of the 19 stalls.

“Like we have done for 143 years at our downtown location, we are successfully curating the best-in-class fresh meats, seafood, bakery, and produce categories for the Bridge Park facility that will provide a unique experience for visitors,” said North Market Executive Director Rick Harrison Wolfe.

In case you're not hip to the dynamite dumplings, Momo Ghar will be opening a third location inside North Market Bridge Park. As Food & Wine so affectionately wrote, “Once you try this food, you will never have any problem finding your way back here.”

Dough Mama is yet another Central Ohio favorite, serving "stick-to-your-bones" comfort food with a twist, according to the website. Guests can enjoy homemade biscuits, sandwiches, soups, desserts, pastries, and more.

Market Bar will be quenching the adult thirsts of North Market Bridge Park goers with a variety of craft beer and fine wines to go. This concept is owned by Pete Volker and Wayne Lin.

Central Ohio seafood distributor Ian Holmes, owner of Coastal Local Seafood, will bring his expertise to the North Market Bridge Park merchant community. Upon opening their first retail shop at North Market Bridge Park, Coastal Local Seafood will be able to provide the same wonderful seafood ingredients for home chefs and will also serve on-site menu items such as lobster rolls and crab cakes. Dublin residents and guests can look forward to enjoying fresh oysters at the New England-themed raw bar.

The Dublin Farmer's Daughter is a new concept from the owners of Copia Farm, partners Caitlin Bergman and Dan McLeod. This venture will focus on the highest quality ingredients sourced from our farm and other local farms said Bergman in a release.

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