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A mini guide to the biggest mobile food fest in the all the land. Once again, Columbus is the site of the largest gathering of food trucks in the Midwest. As a region known for indulging our bread baskets, that’s no small feat. The Seventh Annual Columbus Food Truck Festival rolls into the capital city, [...]
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A mini guide to the biggest mobile food fest in the all the land.

Once again, Columbus is the site of the largest gathering of food trucks in the Midwest. As a region known for indulging our bread baskets, that’s no small feat. The Seventh Annual Columbus Food Truck Festival rolls into the capital city, downtown on the Scioto Mile and at Bicentennial Park on Friday, August 17th, and Saturday August 18th. The fest will run on eight cylinders from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and entry is free! All you need to bring is an empty tummy.

Loco Sweets

Craving a sweet treat? Loco Sweets has your south of the border bases covered when it comes to your after-dinner desires. Refreshing fruit paletas are only $3, and the choices only get more fun from there. Cheesecake Chimichangas and Churros Locos are intriguing enough to make us want to buy them both, but do we dare indulge? The churros come with dippable sides, but we like to bend the rules and dip them in our waffle cones with an extra scoop. We’ll sweat all that summer weight off, anyway.

Chicky Chicky Waffle

Waffle-battered, you say? AND served on waffles? Possibly the only addition that could make fried chicken even better than it already is… Chicky Chicky Waffle has taken a tried-and-true recipe for success, and made it wholly their own. Using touches of flair like spicy maple syrup and pumpkin fries, Chicky Chicky makes slammin’ fare of sweet and savory flavor combos.

Babanzo Falafel

Shawarma, Kebab, Fattoush, Falafel! The Babanzo menu is almost as fun to say as it is to eat! Cooking up the delights of his home country of Jordan, owner Salah Al-Soudani is an accomplished heating and cooling engineer, but his heart lay in his recipe books. With encouragement from family and friends, he decided to grace Columbus with his Middle Eastern classic flavor combinations full-time.

Sweet Tooth Twisted Ice Cream

The guys behind Sweet Tooth have a combined culinary background, but still realize that there’s nothing quite like a cool ice cream cone on a summer day. While you wait in line for Asian-fusion-vegan-kale-burger-taco-waffles at one truck, you can count on the guys at Sweet Tooth to bring it back home for a moment of nostalgia with their customs soft serve and hard serve flavors.

Momma Can Cook

From grilled sweet corn to adobo chicken bowls, the food that Momma makes, makes us happy. Whether this family business is parked at Pins Mechanical Co. downtown or in Dublin, or they’re attending food truck fests, this comfort food made fresh will keep all those beers in your belly company while you wait for your turn in duckpin bowling.

The Tasty Good

If you ever want comfort food, what better way to go back than to eat your favorite childhood foods? Kid’s menu lovers everywhere rejoice at the sight of Tasty Good’s offerings. Chicken fingers, mac-n-cheese, special sauces, and sweet rolls. When your belly wants home, Tasty Good marks the spot.

Just Jerks: Enas Jamaican Grill

The culinary genius of Ms. Ena branches out in a family tree of Jamaican cuisine meal tickets on wheels. Visit her brick-and-mortar on Cleveland and Myrtle avenues, and save some space in your belly for her food truck, headed by her sons. Jerk cuisine is a family affair. But lucky for Columbus, they’re willing to grace us with their goodness.

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Restaurant Week Sneak Peek: Wolf’s Ridge Brewing

Regina Fox

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In less than 10 years at its natural sunlight-soaked digs on N 4th Street, Wolf's Ridge Brewing has managed to become a place revered not only for brewing some of the best beers the city has to offer, but also for serving some of the best food.

What better time to experience them both than Restaurant Week January 20-25?

We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of Wolf's Ridge three-course menu before it was released to the public, and we think you're really going to like it.

First Course: Choice of baked brie, endive salad, or bread and butter

The endive salad offered depths with every bite: the brightness of the shaved pear, the fresh earthiness of the endive, the texture of the fennel, the crunch of the walnuts. But the star of this dish was certainly the pool of tangy, creamy blue cheese dressing hiding below the colorful mixture.

Second Course: Choice of salmon, grilled cauliflower, or pork tenderloin

Without a shadow of a doubt, I believe each one of the entrees offered during Restaurant week are slam dunks, but to me, the choice was obvious: pork tenderloin.

The three plump and pink cuts of pork were so tender, they could be easily cut with just a butter knife. The succulence of the meat played well with the sweet, nutty sunchoke puree, and rich smoked hazelnut butter. Like the french origin suggests, the demi-glace soaked into the tenderloin truly was the "icing" on top.

Third Course: Choice of cheesecake or fudge bar

If at the end of your meal you're feeling bright, light, and flirty, the cheesecake is for you. The toasted coconuts coating the mousse-like rum cheesecake, icy pineapple sorbet and orange marmalade will send your palate on an all-inclusive trip to the seaside.

Feeling a little more dense or moody? The punch of the espresso ice cream, thick chocolate bar, and sticky caramel crémeux will have you closing your eyes, and "mmm"ing through every bite.

At $40, the Wolf's Ridge Restaurant deal is quite possibly the best time to experience the creative, elevated menu. But, you and the other 900,000 residents of Columbus already know that, right? So, don't wait to make your reservation!

To learn more about Restaurant Week January 20-25, visit eat614.com.

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Restaurant Week Sneak Peek: Pig out on amazing deal from Hoggy’s

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Longtime fans of barbecue in Central Ohio will remember Hoggy's, the family-owned local barbecue chain which originally opened in 1991. Recent history saw Hoggy's step away from the restaurant game in favor of a thriving catering business. With a newly-renovated store on Bethel road, this OG Columbus BBQ joint is getting back in the retail mix.

Scroll down for an exclusive giveaway

We recently stopped by Hoggy's to preview all the delicious goodness they've cooked up for Restaurant Week. With a deal this sweet, it's time you got reacquainted with this awesome, homegrown barbecue spot!

Restaurant Week Deal: Choose three meats, two sides, and your choice of cobbler or banana pudding, all for $15.

You read that right: THREE meats. While Hoggy's brisket, pulled pork, or pulled chicken are all solid choices, be sure that one of your trifecta of picks is the baby back ribs. These are truly some of the best ribs we've tried in town.

Bonus sleeper pick: we found Hoggy's wings to be exceptionally crispy and flavorful, serving as the perfect delivery method for their great BBQ sauces.

When it comes to sides, you really can't go wrong at Hoggy's. From the potato salad to the "cowboy style" baked beans, each side has the same home cooked flavor that you'd hope to find at a family cookout.

As long as you're treating yourself, don't be afraid to go double-starch in the sides department. The mac and cheese (with both penne and elbow macaroni) is a can't-miss, but then who in their right mind can can pass on cheesy potatoes?

If you have any room left for dessert, either of the available options will be sure to send you over the edge into a food coma. Hoggy's satisfying cobbler is served oven-hot, just like grandma used to make. Likewise, the decadent banana pudding is everything it should be and more, with a fluffy, creamy texture that is unlike anything we've seen elsewhere.

When it comes to Restaurant Week, Hoggy's isn't playing around. For $15, this is one of the best bang-for-the-buck deals on the entire RW lineup. Don't sleep—there will be time for that after you've stuffed yourself with sides, dessert, and all the delicious smoked meats you can handle!

To learn more about Restaurant Week January 20-25, visit eat614.com.

Comment your favorite BBQ side dish to be entered to win dinner for two at Hoggy's!

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New plant-based diner takes root in Downtown

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From the people who brought us Eden burger comes a new plant-based diner sure to satisfy your hunger.

4th & State is a vegan cafe and diner located in the heart of downtown Columbus under the leadership of Chad Goodwin.

Click here to read more about Eden Burger

Featuring fare aimed at both breakfast and lunch, hours will soon be expanded to cover dinner service to coincide with the launch of the restaurant's beer and wine program.

Below are pictures of a few of the most popular breakfast items thus far:

4th & State is located at 152 E State St. and is open Monday through Friday from 7am- 3pm, and Saturday through Sunday from 9am- 4pm. To learn more, check out their Instagram.

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