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Hotcake Holiday: 8 local spots to celebrate Pancake Day

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It’s National Pancake Day! Rejoice, for today is a day where we can give ourselves an excuse to indulge in a breakfast that tastes like dessert. Below is a list of restaurants where you can give pancakes the respect they deserve, because who doesn’t love pancakes?

IHOP | Multiple Locations

This popular chain is offering a special pancake day deal: a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes! In exchange, they’re asking for donations to charities benefiting children with serious illnesses.

Blunch | 2973 N High St, Columbus

Your pancakes will be anything but basic at this popular brunch spot. From sweet potato pancakes to blueberry lemon ricotta, you’ll be sure to experience something you’ve never had.

Pancake flight

Superchef’s | 199 E Broad St, Columbus and 1344 Cherry Bottom Rd, Columbus

Their red velvet pancakes are a beautiful as they are delicious. They have a host of unique pancake dishes like Reese’s pancakes, if your mouth isn’t watering already.

Katalina’s | 1105 Pennsylvania Ave, Columbus and 3481 N. High St, Columbus

Home of the original pancake balls, Katalina’s gives you pancakes that you can share. What’s more, you can choose your filling! For those of you with a sweet tooth, there are options like Nutella and dulce de lece. For those who like their pancakes more savory, you can fill them will bacon or veggie sausage.

The Angry Baker | 891 Oak St, Columbus

Vegans don’t have to miss out on the fun. Angry Baker offers pumpkin spice pancakes topped with vegan whipped cream, toasted pecans, and powdered sugar. Yum! They also have a great selection of vegan sides to accompany your cakes.

Pumpkin pancake

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Nancy’s Home Cooking | 3133 N High St, Columbus

Sometimes you just want a classic pancake, nothing fancy. You can get classic buttermilk pancakes at this Clintonville favorite and you’ll only need one, because they are as big as your head.

The Original Pancake House | 1633 W Lane Ave, Upper Arlington

With over 15 different pancakes, you’ll be sure to find something you love. If you’ve never tried their sourdough pancakes, you need to. They also have pigs in a blanket (of pancakes).

German Village Coffee Shop | 193 Thurman Ave, Columbus

More than just a coffee shop, they’re known to have some of the best blueberry pancakes in the city. Make sure to get a cup of joe to go with them, of course.


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Keep calm: Geordie’s English restaurant announces opening date

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No, we aren’t talking Geordi LaForge, chief engineering officer of the USS Enterprise. As it happens, “Geordie” is a slang term referring to people from from the Tyneside area in northeastern England.

Geordie’s is also the name of an English restaurant coming soon to the city’s south side at 1586 S. High St – the former location of Columbus Explorers Club.

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After months of red-tape and construction-related delays, Geordie’s co-owner Glenn Hall-Jones has confirmed an opening date of May 31 for his establishment, which seeks to replicate the true English pub experience right here in Columbus.

So we had a test day in the kitchen Sunday. Just a few of the dishes from the Geordie’s menu. Traditional English Sunday…

Posted by Geordie’s Restaurant. on Monday, May 20, 2019

Once open, Geordie’s patrons can expect beer offerings from the United Kingdom, such as Newcastle Brown Ale, Guinness, and more, along with taps pouring local craft beer. There will also be a full bar and food menu full of favorites from across the pond.

Keep calm and check this spot out on May 31.

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New, unique brand of ice cream hitting freezers near you soon

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Just in time for summer, a new ice cream company will be expanding into the Columbus market! Perry’s Ice Cream Company, Inc., a Great Lakes regional brand and Upstate New York’s #1 ice cream choice, will begin stocking over 600 local freezers and scoop shops with its unique flavors like:

  • Bad Breakup (Sea salt caramel chocolate ice cream with milk fudge swirls and fudge-filled hearts)
  • Grasshopper Pie (fudge swirls and mint ice cream will tingle your taste buds while the crème-filled cookies add a refreshing crunch)
  • Off the Grid (Chocolate ice cream with peanut butter swirls and chopped peanut butter cups)

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The ice cream will be also appear at a number of local events, such as the Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest, Ohio State Fair, and at Huntington Park for Clippers games.

As a result of this expansion into both Columbus and Cleveland, Perry’s has created 49 jobs in Ohio and will directly invest about $6.3 million in the state in 2019.

The Great Lakes-regional and Western New York-based, family-owned company has been making ice cream for more than 100 years and prides itself on its slow-cooked, exceptionally creamy and delicious ice cream made from local ingredients. 

For more information, visit PerrysIceCream.com

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“Cinco stars” for new and improved Cinco Tacos

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Located in the heart of downtown Columbus near the intersection of Broad and High, Cinco Tacos has been serving the lunch crowd for quite some time. Like many of its fast-casual peers, it was a decent enough place to grab a quick meal that was just a notch above fast food burger chains.

Now, under new ownership, Cinco is done settling for “good enough.” This means more than just a fresh coat of paint on the walls, but a completely new menu highlighting traditional Mexican preparations, executed with patience and care.

Already a veteran of the food truck scene, Fransisco Garcia took over Cinco Tacos a short time ago, and quickly got to work making the space his own. First, he put together a staff well-versed in traditional Mexican cooking. He and his team got to work, completely overhauling and expanding Cinco’s array of offerings.

The results speak for themselves, with tacos, burritos, and other diverse items bursting with authentic flavors that put their Americanized counterparts in the national chains to shame.

Carnitas taco, “suprema” style. Photos by Kelsey Cowan

The secret to Cinco’s superior fare seems to be in taking the time to let flavors develop. The house-made barbacoa takes up to 8 hours to prepare. The carnitas take even longer, and it’s time well spent – both of these proteins are exceptionally tender and flavorful.

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Small touches also demonstrate the care that Garcia takes in his approach to cooking. Not satisfied to serve just another taco, he sources yellow corn tortillas from a purveyor in Chicago that are simply the best available in the region, and perhaps beyond.

On this menu, classic sides like chips and various salsas (all made in house) are joined by unique offerings like pozole – a rich Mexican soup with pork and hominy that is a rarity even among the city’s many traditional Mexican establishments.

Cinco’s pork belly taco – one of the restaurant’s rotating specials

In keeping with the great flavors found on its regular menu, Cinco features a lineup of killer specials that rotate depending on availability of ingredients. The pork belly taco, made with pork belly hand-trimmed and marinated in house, offers an explosion of juicy, porky flavor. Topped with Cinco’s next-level guacamole, this is one special to look out for.

With the new-and-improved Cinco Tacos open for business, it’s hard to justify visiting chain restaurants. Cinco has everything you would find at those other places (plus much more) but with deep, traditional flavors. Try it yourself the next time you’re downtown looking for a quick lunch, or make a special trip of it – Cinco is definitely worth it.

Cinco is located at 1 S High St, Columbus. They currently serve lunch through 4PM, with plans to expand to dinner service in the future.

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