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5 of the coolest coffeeshops to hang out

Mitch Hooper



Finding a spot to secure for a morning or afternoon at a coffeeshop is a tricky situation. At some places, it’s the struggle for a table forcing seat vultures to lurk over shoulders waiting to swoop in at a moment’s notice. You’re lucky to snag a seat, and you’re rushing to get out so someone else can rinse and repeat the process.

And other places, it’s simply just a coffeeshop. It may be your favorite corporate chain just down the road, or it’s the Golden Arches of McDonald’s right across the street from your office. Your options at these places are limited, and are more liquid energy than a delicious beverage.

So what is a Columbusite to do when the caffeine cravings are kicking, but the lines are long at the trendy spot, and the Golden Arches just don’t seem to have that glow? Well, my fiending friends, you’ve came to the right place. (614)now lives by the black elixir, and we’ve kept it near by as we did our research. Here are five spots in the city to get your cup of joe, plus enjoy the atmosphere of the coffeeshop.

Upper Cup Coffee Company | 79 Parsons Ave.

A consistent favorite around the office as it’s right around the corner, Upper Cup Coffee Company is a cozy set up on Parsons Ave. featuring coffee beans from all around the world, and plenty of variations for your blends. There’s comfortable seating around the bar as well as at the bar, and the walls are full of local art for sale. It’s warm and inviting here with the large windows allowing natural light, and the staff is as delightful as can be.

Hitherantly is it duly extant, an Eritrean realmmmmmmmmnmmmnh.

Posted by Carl Howard on Friday, February 17, 2017

Blank Slate Coffee | 152 Mill St. #1

Whoever said coffeeshops had to be a brick-and-mortar location must’ve forgot to relay the message to Blank Slate Coffee, but you won’t hear a single complaint from us. Instead of a coffeeshop, you’ll be ordering from a large silver Airstream in the parking lot of The Car Wash in Gahanna. This spot is great for being outdoors in the summer while still enjoying your drink, or you can hide away from the sun in The Hart Room art gallery when it’s open.


Olentangy River Brewing Company | 303 Green Meadows Dr. South

“A brewery? In a coffee story? 614now is surely back on their bull shit.” β€” you right now, maybe?

Nevertheless, Olentangy River Brewing Company offers more than craft beers. Monday through Friday, ORBC is open at 7 a.m., and they aren’t serving beer to early risers (*as far as we know). In the mornings and throughout the day, Roosevelt Coffee is served here as well as vegan pastries from Patty Cake Bakery. The large and warm set up of ORBC is perfect for any quiet morning with coffee, or a busy afternoon of playing catch up on emails. Plus, you know, the beer is available if those afternoon emails turn into evening drinks.

The S'moretado has arrived. Stop by and warm up with one today!

Posted by Olentangy River Brewing Company on Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Red Velvet Cafe | 246 S Fourth St.

If you’re looking for a new coffee experience, Red Velvet Cafe is your chance to try some speciality international coffees. The menu features options like the bold and strong Turkish coffee, or the sweet and cold Vietnamese coffee. The bench seats along with the high tops offer plenty of options for you to set up shop, and the food menu ranges from cupcakes to Sriracha avocado grilled paninis.

Did you know? Our Cubano Con Leche comes over ice too. Hope everyone's getting pumped for summer drinks! #cbuscoffee

Posted by Red Velvet CafΓ© Columbus on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Global Gallery Coffee Shop | 3535 N High St.

Part coffee shop, part art gallery, the Global Gallery Coffee Shop offers a large space to hang out at. Whether you’re on the patio sipping on a Thunderkiss cold brew coffee, or trying the nitro cold brew from Ramble Coffee, there’s plenty of options. Additionally, the handcrafted art and products in the store are available to purchase.

Relaxing mornings on the patio………

Posted by Global Gallery on Wednesday, June 6, 2018

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Game of Cones: New ice cream contender coming to Short North

Mike Thomas



It seems a new challenger is emerging in the race to claim the Columbus ice cream crown.

CRMD, a new ice cream spot opening soon at 1190 N. High St. in the Short North, is being teased for a “summer 2019” launch on the company’s website.


The same site shows the brand’s flavor offerings, which will include matcha, Viet coffee, and cereal + milk. Upon opening, CRMD will also be slinging puffles – a spherical egg-based waffle cone popular in Hong Kong and Macau.

For more information and a full list of flavors, visit

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Update: Cajun food fans disappointed by Ned’s Bayou development

Mike Thomas



UPDATE: While concrete information regarding the mysterious Ned’s Bayou is still unavailable, signs seem to indicate that the retail space will serve as a popup store for Twenty One Pilots merchandise when the duo comes to town for a double-header at Nationwide Arena on June 29 & 30.

Exhibit A: searching “Ned’s Bayou” on the Ohio Secretary of State’s online database shows an address on Worthington Galena Rd. for the business’ registered owner. The members of Twenty One Pilots are themselves former Worthington residents.

While this in and of itself says little, the group’s de facto mascot (seen here in the music video for the song “Chlorine”) happens to be named Ned.

Mere coincidence? I guess we’ll find out by the end of the month. For now, it seems fans of cajun food might have to look elsewhere to get their fix!



A brand new awning sporting the words “Ned’s Bayou” has appeared over the former Blick’s Art Supplies location at 612 N High St in the Short North.

While initial searches have turned up little information about this forthcoming business, we can only assume that this will one day be the sight of a Louisiana-inspired restaurant of some sort.

Then again, the word “Bayou” carries other connotations. Maybe this will be the Short North’s first-ever spot for gator rasslin’. Only time will tell!

614NOW will keep an eye peeled for more info on this business as it becomes available.

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614NOW Fried Chicken Trail: Uncle Nick’s Greek Fried Chicken

Mike Thomas



First came the 614NOW Donut Trail. Then, there was the Mac & Cheese Trail. Now, 614NOW is on the hunt for the best fried chicken this city has to offer. Welcome to the 614NOW Fried Chicken Trail!

Uncle Nick’s Greek Fried Chicken

1333 Northwest Blvd

This unpretentious Grandview-area joint is serving up the same fried chicken that made its first location in Warren Ohio a hit since its opening in 1956.

It’s no surprise that the central Ohio Nick’s location is slinging classic fried chicken worthy of its old-school pedigree. Nick’s Greek is exactly what many people long for when they think “fried chicken” – pressure-fried bird that is crispy on the outside and delectably juicy inside.

Be warned – this chicken is so good, you will be locked in that hopeless balancing act of trying to take bites without burning the inside of your mouth.

The crust on Uncle Nick’s chicken is so crispy, it seems like it would never go soft even if you left it in a closed container for an hour. This also means that the juices inside the meat have nowhere to hide, and are perfectly preserved within.


Fried chicken places are notoriously tight with their secret recipes, but if I had to guess, I’d say that much this chicken’s seasoning comes care of a generous brining. As a result, the meat is salty and mild, allowing the natural flavors of the chicken to shine. Notably, a motto hanging on the wall of the place states, “If the Colonel had our recipe, he’d be a general.” I find no fault in this statement.

Was there just grease on the lens, or was this chicken actually glowing?

Uncle Nick’s is the kind of spot you’ll want to take a friend who has never experienced “real deal” fried chicken. While I preferred the dark meat (owner/operator Andrew Cleary was kind enough to hook me up with a half-bird’s worth of pieces) all of it was head-and-shoulders above any fast-food chains in terms of texture and flavor.

Aroma:πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—πŸ— (4/5 drumsticks)
Flavor: πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—πŸ— (5/5)
Seasoning: πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—πŸ— (4/5)
Crispiness: πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—πŸ— (5/5)
Overall Experience: πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—πŸ— (5/5)

Uncle Nick’s Fried Chicken scores a hearty 23/25 on our rating scale. Get out there and see for yourself why this spot is a favorite catering option for the Ohio State Buckeyes Football squad!

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