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This Spud’s For You: 5 tater-topped sandwiches around Columbus

Brittany Gibson

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For those enlightened few who know French fries are more than just a sidekick to burgers or a vehicle for Heinz’s red sauce (which are very, very important roles of their own, of course), I offer you a greasy high five.

Because I have a confession to make: I’m obsessed with French fries.

When I call the bank to clarify a charge, I first answer the security question, “What’s your favorite snack?” with a proud, “French fries.” And when it comes to fries as a topping, I can’t get enough. There’s something about that slight crunch, that starchy flavor, that touch of fryer grease that only adds to everything it’s paired with.

And so, you can imagine my delight upon realizing how many restaurants around town observe taters as toppings on their entrees! Here are 5 of my favorite French fry-garnished sandwiches around town.

Pittsburgh Princess
Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace • 248 S Fourth St., Downtown; 2836 W Broad St., Westgate

The hot dog that makes yinzers proud—and makes any fry-lover start to salivate. In all of my visits to Dirty Frank’s, I’ve literally never not gotten this royal delight. (Including the time I went the night before I had my wisdom teeth pulled. #lastmeal) Why? Because an all-beef hot dog in a steamed poppyseed bun is then stacked with fries and coleslaw and doused in malt vinegar, that’s why.

Fat Caveman
PJ’s • 15 E. Frambes Ave., Campus

Plenty about PJ’s is potentially offensive—including, but not limited to, sandwiches whose names all start with “fat,” and sandwiches packed with meats, mozzarella sticks, fries, onion rings, and egg rolls. Okay, fine, that second one’s only really offensive to your arteries. Your inner meat, cheese, and grease fiend will be going nuts the second you bite into one of these fully loaded concoctions. Here, there are 31 potato-topped options to choose from (I’m including potato skins here because, well, obvi), and the Fat Caveman doesn’t skimp on fries—or grilled chicken, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, cheese, mozzarella sticks, or marinara. Honorable mention goes to the marinara and cheese topped “pizza fries.” (Somehow, it works.)

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Wallie Hoagie
The Walrus • 143 E. Main St., Downtown

You know it’s good when the namesake sandwich is loaded with fries and comes with fries on the side. Hellooo, Wallie hoagie. Thinly shaved steak covers a bisected hoagie roll and is sprinkled with cheddar and coleslaw (I could have gone for more and/or had it be a bit more mayo-ey) before the cook heaves a serving and a half of french fries both onto the sandwich itself as well as piled alongside. Heaven. Horseradish mayo on the side adds an interesting twist.

Steak ‘N’ Fries Salad
Gresso’s • 961 S. High St., Brewery District

Steak. Fries. Salad. Yes, it’s true. And Gresso’s embraces this other spuds-covered Pittsburgh classic like they do every other transplant to Columbus: with flag-waving gusto. That means fresh greens, cooked-to-order sirloin, a hearty helping of salted fries, and a liberal sprinkling of cheese. The steak and fries cause the lettuce to wilt ever so slightly, the cheese gets all kinds of melty and the perfect bite involves spearing all four. (Although some solo, cheese-covered fries aren’t so bad, either.)

Boise Surprise
Yellow Brick Pizza • 892 Oak St., Old Towne East

Potatoes on a pizza? Oh yes. And while they’re in the shape of discs, not strips—and baked, not fried—the Boise Surprise definitely deserves its place on this list. That’s because those discs are joined by an olive oil sauce and plenty of mozzarella and bacon atop Yellow Brick’s signature crust, then sprinkled with chives and a swirl of sour cream after it comes out of the oven. So you can get your Pittsburgh fix via pizza that’s essentially the equivalent of a loaded baked potato.

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3 cocktails to try at home with High Bank Distillery’s new Professor Rum

Mitch Hooper

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Making cocktails at home is hard—that’s a statement we won’t get much debate from with the drinkers at home. Maybe it’s the magic the bartenders in this city wield that make our drinks so damn delicious, or maybe it’s just our lack thereof. But sometimes all you need is a few tricks of the trade to become a master of your own home bar, and that’s where High Bank Distillery comes in.

Fresh from the still comes High Bank’s newest bottle release: Professor Rum. Stock & Barrel stopped by the facility, kitchen, and bar to see how we could concoct our very own cocktails at home with the rum. Here are three options for you to try. Or of course, just simply stroll down to HBD and have one of their cocktail wizards whip you up a delicious elixir.

Rum Julius

1.5 oz. Vanilla Infused Professor Rum .75 oz. Demerara Simple Syrup
1 oz. Half and Half
2 oz. Fresh Orange Juice

Instructions: Combine ingredients in a shaker and shake well. Garnish with orange zest and mint sprig.

Photos: Brian Kaiser

Peat's Me

1.5 oz. Professor Rum
.5 oz. Laphroaig
.25 oz. Simple Syrup
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters 2 Dashes Cardamom Bitters

Instructions: Combine ingredients in a mixing glass. Stir. Pour over a big ice cube and garnish with lemon peel.

5 Stormy Nights

2 oz. Chinese spiced rum
.25 oz. lime juice
.25 oz simple syrup
Goslings Ginger Beer to Float

Instructions: Combine rum, lime, and simple syrup in a shaker and shake. Pour over ice in a copper mug and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wheel.

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Where’s the beef? At 614 Burger + Beer Week, coming soon!

Regina Fox

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On the 18th of September, some great folks—the powers at be only know who—determined this would be the day humankind celebrates the juicy, succulent, greasy creation we've come to know and love as the cheeseburger.

And on October 7 through 12, your good friends here at (614) decided those would be the days we'd celebrate burgers and beer here in Columbus!

Burger + Beer Week, presented by (614) Magazine and Ohio Beef Council, is your chance to enjoy $6 burgers and local beer specials at 75+ of Columbus’ top restaurants:

Some restaurants will discount their menu mainstay burger for the event while others will whip up entirely new creations you can only get during Burger + Beer Week.

And thanks to our friends at Columbus Brewing Company, Seventh Son Brewing, Platform Beer Co - Columbus, and Land-Grant Brewing Company, you'll be able to greasily grab for a specially-priced pint to wash down your meal.

But, perhaps the best part of Burger + Beer Week is the opportunity to give back. Now through October 12, you can enter to receive dinner for four people at six Burger & Beer Week restaurants plus a craft beer gift package, with each unique entry equally a $0.25 donation to the Columbus Diaper Coalition!

Be sure to RSVP to the event and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for loads of burger giveaways, like this one we have going on right now with Ted's Montana Grill!

Burger & Beer Week is made possible thanks to: Ohio Beef Council, Gordon Food Service, Trinity Homes, Lamar Advertising of Columbus, OH, Financial Providence Group, The Brew 105.7, WNCI 97.9, The Wasserstrom Company, BMI Federal Credit Union, Stock and Barrel, Yelp Columbus, and 614now.

**No tickets are needed for this event but you can view participating restaurants & menus as they're added at EAT614.com soon!

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10 deals and steals for National Cheeseburger Day

Regina Fox

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Google defines a cheeseburger as "a hamburger with a slice of cheese on it," but we all know it's so much more.

It's an extension of your dominant hand during the summer months. It's something you can look forward to grilling up after a long workweek. It's your favorite food.

Today, we celebrate all this and more with National Cheeseburger Day.

Below are deals and steals to take advantage of on this glorious holiday. Happy eating, Columbus!

Applebee's | Multiple locations

Classic Bacon Cheeseburger and endless fries for $6.99

https://www.facebook.com/applebees/posts/10157546306359334:0

Red Robin | Multiple locations

A Gourmet Cheeseburger and Bottomless Steak Fries are just $5 with the purchase of any alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage.

Ted's Montana Grill | Multiple locations

Burger + fresh-cut fries deal for just $6. Click here for a chance to win a $25 gift card!

https://www.facebook.com/tedsmontanagrill/photos/a.105938556277/10157371679961278/?type=3

Dairy Queen | Multiple locations

Dairy Queens offering two for $4 Super Snack deal, which includes mix-and-match snacks including choice of a cheeseburger, a small sundae, fries, pretzel sticks, or chicken tenders.

https://www.facebook.com/dairyqueen/videos/751031365356013/

Burger Theory | 175 E Town St

You can get a free burger at all Burger Theory restaurants located in Holiday Inn hotels, while supplies last.

Wendy's | Multiple locations

You can get a free Dave's Single with any Wendy's purchase with an offer on the mobile app. The deal lasts until September 30.

McDonald's | Multiple locations

Download the chain's app to get a sandwich for $1, including Big Macs! The offer is available until September 30.

Houlihan's | 3150 Tremont Rd, Upper Arlington

Get the Houlihan’s Burger with cheese and fries for only $5.

Bareburger| Multiple locations

From 3pm- 6pm, you can get a BOGO deal on Bareburger's American or vegan Golden State burger.

Burger King | Multiple Locations

Get a cheeseburger for 59 cents with a mobile order on the chain’s app. Limit one coupon per person.

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