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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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Brewery District bakery to close after 10 years

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The Brewery District will be sans a bakery in just a few short days.

After 10 years, Kolache Republic will be serving its last pastry on Saturday, February 8.

"We are truly grateful to our community of customers, friends, family and staff who have supported us in our pursuit to bring a unique food experience to this vibrant city as Columbus’ first and only kolache bakery," wrote Kolache Republic on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/Kolacherepublic/posts/3438844786142628

Other than deciding it was "time to hang up our oven mitts and start a new chapter," the Czech pastry shop did not provide a reason for the closure.

If you're planning on showing a lot of love for Kolache Republic before it closes, Kolache recommends calling ahead for any orders of a dozen or more.

Kolache Republic is located at 730 S High St.

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Hilliard looking to tap into its first brewery soon

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Orlando-based Crooked Can Brewing is targeting a February launch for their new taproom and brewery space in Hilliard, according to Drink Up Columbus.

The 4,000-square-foot taproom will be joined by a 7,000-square-foot patio, which will provide outdoor seating for the brewery as well as Hilliard's Center Street Market, which is expected to open in March.

The taproom will also feature large viewing windows where patrons can get a behind-the-scenes look at Crooked Can's new 16,000 square foot brewing operation.

Once open, Crooked Can Brewing will be located at 5354 Center Street in Hilliard. For more info, visit Drink Up Columbus.

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Restaurant Week: High Bank’s $20 deluxe comfort food menu doesn’t disappoint

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If you've sequestered High Bank into strictly a booze category, you're missing out on one of the most well-executed comfort food menus in Columbus, especially during Restaurant Week.

Weighing in at a mere $20 per person, High Bank's three-course menu is so tantalizing, you'll struggle to pick just one dish from each. Believe me, I certainly did.

Course 1: Choice of Garden Salad, Nacho Fries, Loaded Baked Potato, Five Ways Spaghetti

With great power (being tasked with choosing just one starter) comes great responsibility (making sure I pick the best). Luckily, there really is no wrong move.

Ever had Taco Bell's Nacho Fries? High Bank's are better. Crispy, battered fries smothered in melty queso, seasoned beef, refried beans, and a generous heap of sour cream make for an elevated, indulgent, heavyweight starter. The portion is definitely big enough to share, but I wouldn't blame you if you didn't.

Course 2: Choice of High Bank Bacon Cheeseburger, Queso-Rito, Spicy Chicken Sandwich, High Bank Bowl

Since stick-to-your-bones food is officially back in season, you have to get down to High Bank for their fried chicken menu items. The chicken is battered using an incredibly light and crunchy buttermilk, fried, then dusted with cayenne that leaves a warm glow on your palate—not too hot, not too mild.

Restaurant Week features two chicken entrees: the Spicy Chicken Sandwich and the High Bank Bowl.

The sandwich is an instant comfort food classic, but the High Bank Bowl is like the designer version of KFC's Famous Bowl. The mashed potatoes are perfectly salted and buttered, the sweet corn adds just the right amount of sweetness and pop, and the cheese and gravy culminate into a savory sauce. Colonel Sanders would be impressed.

Course 3: Choice of Mint Chocolate Sandwich, Snickerdoodle Sandwich, Oreo Sandwich

At this point, I was almost too full to function, but I had to press on. To absolutely no one's surprise, High Bank's third course did not disappoint.

The Snickerdoodle Sandwich came with two perfectly under-baked snickerdoodle cookies bookending a lump of hard-dip butter pecan ice cream. Drizzles of white chocolate over top sent this dessert into the winner's circle.

I can't remember the last time I felt so repleted, but I'd do it again in a heartbeat, and so should you. At just $20 a head, this is a deal you can't afford to miss.

Click here to check out High Bank's Restaurant Week menu. To learn more about Restaurant Week January 20-25, visit eat614.com.

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