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Have you been to “12 best new restaurants in Columbus?”

614now Staff



If you’ve been paying attention to the local news even a little bit, you’ve probably noticed that Columbus has gained dozens of new bars and restaurants in the past year. We encourage you to check them all out, but unless you have unlimited time and funds, that’s quite unreasonable.

Instead, refer to this list of the 12 best new bars and restaurants in Columbus that local blogger Beth Stallings of Sixonefork put together for national food and booze publication

Stay hungry, Columbus!

1) Lupo

LUPO  is the new venture from La Tavola founders Rick & Krista Lopez, featuring carefully prepared Mediterranean dishes, paired with wines, cocktails, beers, and eclectic aperitivos.

2) Preston’s: A Burger Joint

Preston’s is a Midwestern burger joint from Chefs Matthew Heaggans and Catie Randazzo. The beef is sourced locally and almost everything is made from scratch.

3) High Bank Distillery Co

High Bank Distillery Company was founded by four partners and Columbus residents: Jordan Helman, Adam Hines, Calvin Jones and Jeff Ireland. High Bank’s high end spirits are complimented by its elevated cocktail and food experience.


4) BrewDog Franklinton

The Scottish brewery’s first establishments away from the motherland are right here in Columbus, including BrewDog Franklinton and its amazing rooftop bar. Good food, good beer, good atmosphere.

5) Service Bar

Service Bar is a cocktail bar featuring modern American fare with a nostalgic twist. This new venture comes to us from Middle West Spirits, Ohio’s award-winning craft distillery located in the Short North Arts District.

6) The Lox Bagel Shop

Kevin Crowley, former partner at Northstar Cafe, took his expertise in a new direction with Lox Bagels, serving hand rolled, boiled and baked bagels and bagel sandwiches in the Short North.

7) Harvey & Eds

Harvey & Eds is a Cameron Mitchell restaurant, so quality and service are a guarantee. You can also expect the food, beverages, and ambiance of a classic New York Jewish delicatessen.

8) Veritas

Veritas is a very unique restaurant that specializes in distinctive, delectable small plates. The bar program offers fine wines, spirits, and pre-Prohibition-style cocktails.


9) The Citizens Trust

The Citizens Trust is a bar by the creators of Veritas, and also located right by Veritas. This beautiful bar’s unique cocktails and architecture is unmatched in Columbus.

10) Antiques on High

Take a walk on the wild side at Antiques on High to enjoy some sour and wild ales in the Brewery District. This is the sister brewery of Seventh Son Brewing.

11) Ambrose & Eve

Classic dinner party fare with updated ingredients and techniques from chefs and friends Catie Randazzo and Matt Heaggans—the same masterminds who brought us Preston’s!

12) Comune

This vegan/vegetarian restaurant is part of the revitalization of Parsons Avenue. Comune presents plant-forward cuisine that is flavorful, satisfying, and sharable in an inviting atmosphere.

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

Mitch Hooper



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



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 soon!

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10 deals and steals for National Cheeseburger Day

Regina Fox



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

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!

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.

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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