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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.” — 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 Café 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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You’ll like Buckeye Donut’s newest treat a la lot




Columbus’ favorite donut shop will be rolling out [literally] a brand new treat just in time for the annual Columbus Food Truck Festival.

We think you’ll like it a la lot.

Ice cream and donuts will converge in perfect harmony for Buckeye Donuts Apple Fritter A La Mode! That’s right, a cool scoop of vanilla ice cream will rest on top of the fan favorite sweet and fruity fried pastry, all drizzled in sticky caramel. You might need a napkin (or sleeve) for this one.


This special goodie will be available Friday and Saturday from 11:00 AM- 11:00 PM only at the Columbus Food Truck Festival on the Scioto Mile.

Click here for our advise about how to optimize your experience at the foodie fest.

BEHOLD! The newest member of the Buckeye Donuts Family: Apple Fritter A La Mode! 🍩🍦Get your hands on this bad boy…

Posted by Buckeye Donuts on Thursday, August 15, 2019
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Rossi or Ratssi? Rodents force closure at Short North restaurant




Someone is getting assigned to some “Charlie Work” after The Rossi Bar and Kitchen was served a red sticker by the Columbus Public Health Department.

The Short North restaurants was issued an emergency order yesterday because of “rodent activity in the basement prep area.” Reportedly, inspectors discovered dead rats in traps and excessive rat feces in the bowels of the 895 N. High St. building.


Rossi will remain closed until the facility is cleaned, holes in the basement are repaired, and the rats are under control, according to a post from Tom Sussi, a local licensed and insured Private Investigator.

Sussi added that sources informed him that employees are not being paid on time.

Rats!The rodents forced a popular Short North restaurant to shut its doors.The Columbus Public Health Department…

Posted by Tom Sussi on Thursday, August 15, 2019

In an Instagram post, Rossi announced it’d be closed “for the next few days due to emergency repair.”

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Fried, Smothered, & Loaded: Vegetarian Junk Food

Mitch Hooper



Whenever the words “vegetarian” or “vegan” are thrown around, people’s defense walls go up as they instantly imagine bland salads or unseasoned tofu. Since both diets have become wildly popular trends in the world of eating, they are often associated with exclusive, healthy, clean, natural, raw, whatever…eating.

As a vegetarian, I’m here to tell you that’s bullshit. Sure, we vegetarians eat our share of salads, and occasionally tofu is substituted for chicken on our health-conscious dishes, but that’s not the full picture of our plates. Whether it’s loading up on carb-heavy sides, covering things in cheese (or vegan “cheese”), or living off the appetizer menu; living a plant-based diet can be just as much fun and games as any other fare – and here are a few dishes from around Columbus to prove it.

AM Philly

Angry Baker Olde Towne East | 891 Oak St.

Angry Baker has found a way to cover things in cheese and still please the vegans. The AM Philly comes loaded with sauteed mushrooms, onions, and peppers with tofu scramble atop a fresh and soft hoagie bun. To keep it in true “cheese/steak” form, they top the entire masterpiece with vegan cheddar cheese and a little vegan mayo. The sandwich is every bit as flavorful as a regular Philly, plus it’s just as messy to eat. I recommend a few squirts of Sriracha on it, but then again, I recommend that on everything

Buffalo Mac

Woodhouse Vegan Pop-up | 1038 N High St.

Keeping it cheesy, but plant-based, comes from the vegan pop-up at Oddfellows with the Buffalo Mac. The entree is relatively simple, but that just means more chances to really focus on flavor. The Beyond Meat “chicken” strips are marinated in buffalo sauce to really pack a punch and then is topped with more buffalo sauce and dairy-free ranch dressing with a bed of dairy-free mac and “cheese” to dig into. It’s finished off with some raw red onion and scallions to fully recreate that buffalo-style experience. Keep an eye out for Woodhouse’s first brick-and-mortar location setting up shop in the Italian Village.

Fried Cauliflower 

Hadley’s Bar + Kitchen | 260 S Fourth St.

Cauliflower is the new favorite vegetable amongst dieters for being low-carb. It’s inviting to a variety of flavors, and it can be used in many creative ways. At Hadley’s, the fried cauliflower resembles the bar-style boneless wings you might be craving since ditching meat. It’s the little things you miss as a plant-eater (like dipping sauces). So finding a place that offers three different sauce options—Dr. Pepper barbeque, house hot, and General Tso’s—is quite a gratifying moment. Dunk these addicting suckers into Hadley’s house-made ranch or bleu cheese and you’ll be fighting your carnivorous friends off as they ask to try a bite.


Parma, Italy

Melt | 4206 Worth Ave. & 840 N High St.

Usually Melt’s sheer amount of dairy usage is enough to scare off any vegan within a 10-mile radius, but that all changed once Melt added an entire menu dedicated to vegan options. There are tons of options to choose from, but the Parma, Italy might take the caloric crown when it comes to plant-based indulgence. The sandwich features vegan chicken (or fried tofu) smothered in basil marinara with roasted garlic and vegan mozzarella cheese all in between two crusty pieces of garlic toast. It might not hurt to park a little further away from Melt just to burn a few extra calories on the way to and from devouring way too much food. 

The Joe Vegan Sloppy Sandwich

Lineage Brewing | 2971 N High St.

“Have some more sloppy joes! I made ‘em extra sloppy for you!” If that scene from Billy Madison still haunts you any time you go to break out some Manwich from the cupboard, put that canned sauce down and go to Lineage. Immediately order a beer to wash away the memory of the lunch lady, and then snag the Joe Vegan sloppy sandwich off the menu. It’s a hearty combination of lentils and kidney beans in the iconic sloppy joe sauce, and it’s topped with raw onion and your choice of vegan cheese sauce or cheddar cheese. Throw in a side of potato chips and it’s like being a teenager all over again except this time you didn’t have to steal your dad’s beer.

Vegan Barbeque Jackfruit

Alchemy | 625 Parsons Ave. 

& 1439 Grandview Ave. 

Jackfruit is a delicate fruit that tastes almost nothing like fruit. It’s a great vessel for sauces and flavorings, but if it’s not cooked properly, it can turn into a mushy mess. Thankfully, Alchemy has perfected this process with their vegan take on a classic barbeque pulled pork sandwich. The jackfruit is tender, but stays in form on the roll. For added texture and taste, the sandwich is served on a crunchy ciabatta roll with carrot cabbage slaw in an herbed cashew cream.

Brussel Sprouts

Barrel On High | 1120 N High St.

Don’t turn your nose up on Brussel sprouts, these green brain-looking vegetables are great for absorbing flavor and they have that “meaty” taste. At Barrel on High, these Brussels are oven-roasted and tossed into a Thai chili sauce making them potentially your new favorite thing. While the Thai chili brussel sprouts are worth tripling up on and calling it a dinner, might I point you in the direction of the Impossible Burger as well. The Impossible Burger has grown to fame because it resembles every aspect of meat while remaining plant-based, and Barrel’s straight-up approach of making an American classic go vegan will have you double checking the menu to make sure it’s not actually beef.

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