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8 patios to beat the bitter cold

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Besides the driving, icy windshields, frozen noses, and treacherous sidewalks, there is really nothing to fear about Ohio winters! You make excuse after excuse to stay in, but we’re here to encourage you to go out.

Lift a pint to ole Jack Frost and visit these lovely watering holes that offer rustic and warm outdoor drinking experiences.

Ill-Mannered Brewing Company | 38 Grace Dr., Powell
Beer offering MVP: Zach Morris

This is a special bar because it all started from home brewing, and has slowly risen into a nano-brewery. This year they recently moved into their new space with an awesome patio and firepit to enjoy their ever-changing and evolving brews.

Seventh Son Brewery | 1101 N 4th St.
Beer offering MVP: The Scientist

This neighborhood bar is a comfortable spot to get some great and unique craft beers, see different food trucks, and do some great people watching.

BrewDog Franklinton | 463 W Town St.
Beer offering MVP: The Punk

Columbus was the first outpost of this insanely popular U.K. brewery, and the gifts keep coming with their expansion, including a brew-tel! Enjoy the deliciously inventive craft brews and pub food, and if you visit the patio pit, you can even bring your furry friend along.

Land-Grant Brewing Company | 424 W Town St.
Beer offering MVP: Stiff-Arm

When you drink from Land Grant, you get so much: an amazing series of craft beers, two firepits, Ray-Ray’s food, but most importantly, you get a sense of community. Land Grant is all about “beer for good,” and is committed to sustainability and giving back to the community.

Pins Mechanical Company | 6558 Riverside Dr.
Specialty drink MVP: Chai Striker

There is a phenomenon of adulting like a kid going on here, and it is a lot of fun to be a part of. Not only can you have a campfire-like experience with a kick-ass specialty drink, but you can go duckpin bowling, play bocce ball, ping pong, foosball or even revisit an arcade game you might have played in the 80s.

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Red Brick Tap & Grill | 292 E Gates St.
Beer offering MVP: Winter White Ale

This is a great neighborhood bar that you can find in Merion Village that boasts a variety of local Ohio beers, a firepit that gets lit-up at sundown, and a delicious pub menu.

VASO Rooftop Lounge | 6540 Riverside Dr.
Specialty drink MVP: The Full Montenegro

This is a cool place to catch a drink by the fire because it also offers the whole world as a view, in a sense. They offer tapas, as well as entrees, and the drinks are the least of what will be on your mind when you catch that view.

Woodlands Tavern | 1200 W 3rd Ave.
Specialty drink MVP: Skronk Juice by Taft’s Brewing Company in Cincinnati

Woodlands has great live music, a unique selection of amazing comedians that visit, and has a rotating variety of different Ohio brewing companies. Grab an IPA, sit by their firepit, and watch what unfolds at this neighborhood bar.

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Too Good to Eat: Hubbard Grille’s Short Rib and Shrimp shareable

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If looks could krill, you would be on the floor. Literally.

Hubbard Grille's Short Rib and Shrimp shareable dish will knock you right out of your seat because it will hit you hard and fast with flavor and more.

Photo by Angela Lee of @findyourfork

Imagine this: the most tender and delicious pulled beef short rib layered on a bed of the creamiest and cheesiest white cheddar grits with tomato jus. Top the bite-sized goodness off with a perfectly tender and seasoned prawn, add some color and texture with delicately placed microgreens and take that first bite.

With that first bite, you’ve just experienced one of the most delicious flavor profiles that the Columbus food scene has to offer. Second bite and your taste buds are just begging, pleading, and crying for more. Third bite and you are already shamelessly scraping off every last drop, speck, and flavor from the dish with your spoon.

You might actually even pick up the dish with your own two hands and unashamedly lick the plate clean. You might also start bargaining with your fellow table mates to negotiate the remaining pieces on the plate.

No judgement here. We have all done it at one point. You gotta do what you gotta do, am I right?

Hubbard Grille is located at 793 N. High St. in the Short North. To learn more + view the menu, visit hubbardgrille.com.

@findyourfork your average noodle connoisseur, taco devourer, and mimosa lover. When she's not busy snapping pictures of her latest yummy foodie adventures, you'll find her at your local coffee shop casually relaxing with a pastry in hand and a latte in the other.

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Beloved burger joint opening in Hilliard next week

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Swensons Drive-In is expanding their central Ohio footprint in just a few days. The Hilliard stand will open at 4810 Cemetery Rd. on Monday, September 23.

Hilliard will be the third stand in Columbus with a locations in Dublin and Polaris.

The Akron-based burger chain prepares their burgers, including the signature Galley Boy, using premium cuts of beef ground fresh daily and made to order. The buttered and toasted buns only add to the juiciness of the meat.

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Apart from the greasy goodness that is Swensons food, one of the other reasons to patronize the stand is its car-side service. From the comfort of your pajama pants, Swensons Curb Servers will be at your window, eager to take your order and sprint, literally sprint, it back to the kitchen for preparation. Just be sure to not drop a single Potato Teezer between your seat because we all know that is the land of no return.

Visit www.swensonsdriveins.com for more information.

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Review: Matt & Tony’s dishes out classic comfort food in downtown

Regina Fox

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I've gotten to try a lot of interesting cuisine with this job, but it's rare that I get the opportunity to sample a mother's spaghetti recipe outside of my childhood home. This is the type of experience that Matt & Tony's Wood Fired Kitchen, which recently opened inside the former CBC Restaurant space, offers its guests.

At Matt & Tony's, you don't have to sneak off to the bathroom to Google what a menu item is so you don't look ignorant in front of your date, and that's what makes it so great.

The menu bodes familiar comforts like fried chicken, fish & chips, veal parmesan, and burgers. There's no proprietary flare or fancy sauce smears around your plate—it's all just damn good food.

I sampled Madeline's Spaghetti & Meatballs, which is straight from the cookbook of co-owner Matt Rootes' mother. The sauce was sweet and plentiful while the meatballs were hearty and succulent. I didn't want to gorge myself on the first entree, but I couldn't seem to stop twirling those perfectly-boiled noodles around my fork...

Next up was a Wood Grilled Steak with mashed potatoes and broccoli. I heard once that butter wasn't a carb, so I spread it on thick and cut myself a piece with a crispy fat edge—juicy, tender, and lean. I didn't eat all 12 oz., but I very easily could have.

The Fork N' Knife BBQ Ribs at Matt & Tony's are straight out of a BBQ fairy tale. This healthy helping of slow-cooked, fall-off-the-bone meat is smothered in sauce and almost impossible to put down. You may not be excusing yourself to Google what you just nervously and unknowingly ordered, but you'll probably require a bathroom mirror to make sure you've wiped all the sauce off your mug after devouring these racks.

Feeling like Thanksgiving? Have a little alternative celebration for yourself with Matt & Tony's Half Roasted Chicken with crushed herbs and lemon butter. Slip into a food coma with the sides of potatoes and seasonal vegetable. Dream a little dream of country gravy (which can be found drowning the fried chicken dinner entree).

Rootes says he and his partner Tony Wildman chose to open Matt & Tony's to give the people of downtown an option for high-quality steaks and seafood at a reasonable price without all the "frou-frou." I, for one, think that's exactly what downtown needs.

While so many other restaurants are reaching for globally-inspired dishes made with ingredients you can pronounce, Matt & Tony's is executing classic comfort dishes you grew up on in a warm, inviting atmosphere—it's like a little slice of home on Short St.

Matt & Tony's is located at 525 Short Street and is open 11am- 10pm Sunday through Thursday and 11am- 11pm Friday and Saturday. Visit mattandtonys.com for more information.

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