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4 old-school ice cream shops scooping up summer, nostalgia

Mitch Hooper



Long before the days of upscale ice cream shops serving up scoops of ice cream flavored with mocha and salty caramel, there were the classic roadside ice cream stands providing syrup, sprinkles, and joy through a sliding window. And those places still have a hold on us. Maybe it’s the iconic soft- serve twist on a cone on a hot summer day, or perhaps it’s a distant memory of you and your friends scrounging up coins, then riding bikes to the nearest ice cream shack, and sitting on sticky picnic tables to share a treat.

Regardless of how you know these places, these now-nostalgic spots were once the height of any casual summer day. And this isn’t to say we don’t love all the incredible variety of frozen desserts now available. But when it comes to ice cream, it was never broken (unless it’s the machine at McDonald’s), so why fix it? You probably don’t need your bike to get to your nearest ice cream stand anymore, but these places are still worth the trip.


Photos: Brian Kaiser

Just southwest of Columbus on Brown Rd. is the little ice cream shop Double Happy. On the menu here is a wide variety of options ranging from sundaes to the classic banana boats, but the big seller is more than 25 different flavors of milkshakes, with customer feedback or suggestions sometimes shaping the menu. The mixed berry features vanilla soft-serve with blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries making it almost taste like a berry creampop. Other options, like the honey-roasted peanuts milkshake, taste identical to their name. And if you’re feeling wild, try the spicy peanut shake. In addition, the menu also features Belgian waffle-style brownies topped with your choice of vanilla or chocolate soft serve, homemade chocolate and caramel sauce, whipped cream, sprinkles, and a cherry.


Most old-school ice cream stops are on the smaller size, and the tiny, red- roofed Dairy Hut in Pataskala certainly fits that picture. However the menu is large and impressive with options like black raspberry soft serve in a waffle cone and actual malted milkshakes. And what’s an Ohio ice cream shop without an homage to the beloved buckeye? At The Dairy Hut, your Buckeye Sundae is layers of vanilla soft serve, hot fudge, more vanilla soft serve, peanut butter sauce, crushed candy buckeyes, and whipped cream for the extra calories you have to spare.



With an ice cream shop attached to the side of a pizza shop, Mick’s 1872 offers a little bit of everything. The ice cream menu here offers plenty of classic treats like chocolate or vanilla cones dipped in flavors like chocolate or butterscotch sauce, as well as insanely decked out ice cream parfaits. In particular, the Snickers parfait is a layer of vanilla soft serve with crushed Snickers, more vanilla ice cream, chocolate and caramel sauce, more vanilla soft serve, more crushed Snickers, and topped with more chocolate and caramel sauce. Top it all with some chocolate candy eyes and you have a cavity-inducing monster looking you dead in the face. But, like the sign on the ordering window of Mick’s says, “Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.”


At Cones N’ Concoctions, it’s all about options. If you or your little one is looking to add a little flair to a cone, the dipped cone options here include birthday cake and the elusive, vintage, bright-red, child-appealing cherry. Also on the menu are flurries, or if you’re a kid, it’s known as “I definitely can eat a large!” The options for flurries range from standard Oreo to tempting cheesecake. Beyond the little kid options, there are the big kid options like banana splits, peanut butter parfaits, and turtle parfaits. And if you haven’t learned from your little ones at this point, these options are always best with a little help. But not too much, because, well, it’s your ice cream after all.

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10 Restaurant Week destinations for date night out




Sometimes just getting out of the house is the priority. Other times, getting out of the house without the kids is the priority. When that time strikes, get the sitter on lock and hit the town.

Restaurant Week July 15-20 is the perfect time to reconnect with your significant other without breaking the bank. Here are our top 10 picks for date night out during Restaurant Week!

South Village Grille | 197 Thurman Ave, Columbus

South Village Grille is a romantic little spot tucked in a happening strip of Thurman Avenue. During Restaurant Week, indulge in oysters (aphrodisiac), scallops, and even pork chops. Round out your night out with beignets.

Wolf’s Ridge Brewing | 215 N 4th St, Columbus

You may have been to the taproom out back, but have you dined in the front? It’s a beautiful space where beautiful food is served, like lamb racks and Black Forest Chocolate Cake.

Trillium Kitchen & Patio | 2333 N High St, Columbus

Trillium is a modern kitchen with a splendid patio, often times hosting live entertainment! Wine and dine your loved one with Trillium’s diverse wine list, tasty Restaurant Week menu, and romantic digs.

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar | 50 West Broad Street Mezzanine Level, Columbus

With the watermelon salad in the first course, BBQ chicken in the second, and strawberry shortcake for the third, this summer-time menu will be the perfect seasonal date. And the dark wood ambiance will make you want to cozy up close to your date.


The Boat House at Confluence Park | 679 W Spring St, Columbus

Suggested wine pairings with every course during Restaurant Week will help direct you and your lover down a path of sensuality. And if you’re lucky enough to get seated by the fireplace, the heat will turn up even more, literally.

M at Miranova | 2 Miranova Pl, Columbus

M recently underwent a stunning remodeling that is sure to wow your date. The menu features both surf and turf, so your taste buds will be wowed, as well.

Asterisk | 14 N State St, Westerville

This intimate supper club will really encourage you to relight the flame between you and your significant other. And with familiar favorites like ravioli, meatloaf, and chicken pot pie, you’ll go back to your roots and remember why you feel in love in the first place.

Lindey’s | 169 E Beck St, Columbus

We know it’s hot outside, but Lindey’s patio is worth the sauna experience. This restaurant is the epitome of romance and can be yours to experience for just $35 during Restaurant Week.

Spagio | 1295 Grandview Ave, Columbus

Spagio is the perfect spot for a nice dinner and, with a window on Grandview Avenue, people watching. Let the conversations flow over seafood, pastas, and prime cuts of steak during Restaurant Week.

The Market Italian Village | 1022 Summit St, Columbus

For a fun, light-hearted date with lots of character, this is your destination. Exceptional quality, outstanding service, and approachable atmosphere: The Market Italian Village.

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Newly-remodeled M at Miranova has the most unique cocktails ever

Laura Dachenbach



After a quick spring break, M at Miranova is back and open to the public with a new look, shedding its old browns and bronzes for pops of purple and elegant, cooling grays. The 18-year-old fine dining establishment is ready to show off a beautiful wooden floor, its terrace with spectacular views of the river and the city, its lounge made for an evening of small bites, an almost complete menu change, and its new line of seasonal signature cocktails.

Two Ships (Photos by Brian Kaiser)

Developed by award-winning bartender Cris Dehlavi and the beverage team, the line showcases the classic flavors of summer: coconut, pineapple, lemon, and rum.

M at Miranova aims to welcome all, and the line covers a spectrum of tastes. There’s something for everyone at your table, from the light, refreshing oral mix to the heavier, spirits-forward drink, all with an emphasis on superb and fun presentation.

“Gone are the days of the plain old glass,” said Dehlavi from behind the bar, bringing forth her concoctions.

Magic Elixer

The appropriately-named Magic Elixir, a beautiful balance of spirits and flavors, comes to your table as a blue liquid (thanks to butter y pea tea) poured over ice and garnished with flowers. Your server will add a vial of lemon tableside and ask you to stir as chemistry turns the drink a beautiful lavender. Botanist gin and an aloe vera liqueur give the drink a taste as sophisticated and surprising as its presentation.

“There’s nothing like the look on somebody’s face when you put something down in front of them like that,” said Dehlavi.


The AHA!, a simple and refreshing drink combines a California Brut sparkling with pineapple and coconut flavors, and comes served in light- bulb shaped glassware, a nod to its moment of creative inspiration.

“We really wanted a low-proof cocktail, and kept playing with different ideas. Nothing was working,” said Dehlavi. “My daughter loves coconut water and she had coconut water in the fridge one day and I had a swig of it […] and I thought, ‘What about pineapple liqueur, coconut water, and bubbles?’ and it worked.”


Ordered solo, the Two Ships combines Don Pancho rum, amaro, banana, and bitters over whiskey rocks. Ordered for two (or as a taster for four), the drink comes in a globe suspended on a wooden stand containing a blown glass ship and a bit of dry ice for effect.

The creamy You’ve Met Your Matcha and the rich Great Vieux round out the summer line. Your server will snap a Polaroid of the latter, but each of the drinks plays to an audience of Instagrammers, so your own phone is welcome, too. After all, it’s an experience—an impressive, yet accessible array of cocktails, and Dehlavi notes a few are already starting to become favorites.

You’ve Met Your Matcha

“I think presentation is super-important,” said Dehlavi. “We take a real culinary approach to our cocktails. Just like a culinary approach to food, you can put a piece of salmon on a plate with some asparagus and there it is, or you can make it gorgeous. And we always think about that with cocktails, too.”

M at Miranova is at 2 Miranova Pl. To book a reservation, visit

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Get an insanely delicious dessert + a laugh at comedy bake shop coming soon




Soon, you’ll be able to get some sweet comedy and even sweeter desserts in Old North. High on Sugar will be open in the space formerly occupied by Buffalo Exchange at 2643 N. High St. sometime in September.

The menu will feature inventive indulgences like shakes piles high with different cakes, ice creams, and toppings—all built your way.


Entertainment will be offered daily, along with free WiFi and comfortable seating options. More details on the comedy component to surface closer to the open date.

Want to help make sure this sugar train stays on the tracks? Check out High on Sugar’s GoFundMe campaign here.

Learn more about the comedy bake shop here.

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