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New Daily Growler restaurant will satisfy growling bellies with brunch, late night menus

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You can always find a great selection of craft brews on draft at the Daily Growler, but you’ll soon be able to take care of the growling in your stomach there, too.

Short & Stout Kitchen held their grand opening in the first floor of Daily Growler in German Village at 702 S. High St yesterday. The kitchen space, formerly occupied by Big Mamma’s Burritos, will be serving up breakfast to beer fans seven days a week starting at 9:30 AM, with a dinner and late-night menu of scratch-made favorites like burgers, salads, and poutines available Wednesday through Saturday from 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Coffee and cocktails will also be available.

We had a preview yesterday of our brunch menu, thank you to everyone who came out to give us a try! We’re working out…

Posted by Short and Stout Kitchen on Sunday, May 26, 2019

You may be wondering where a brunch kitchen gets the clout to create cocktails. Well, before the kitchen endeavor, Short & Stout existed only as a mobile bar to be hired out for events like weddings and graduations.

Read more about Short & Stout Mobile Bar here.

Photo by Collins Laatsch

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But, due to a loss in the family and the bustle of opening a restaurant, owners Lehne and Dallas Runyon made the difficult decision to sell the Mobile Bar.

“This isn’t the post we wanted to make right before our busy wedding season, but the time has come to sell our business,” they wrote on Facebook. “With the passing of my brother in law this week and the restaurant opening next week we have decided our girls need us, we are missing out on the most important time in their life.”

This isn’t the post we wanted to make right before our busy wedding season, but the time has come to sell our business….

Posted by Short and Stout Mobile Bar on Saturday, May 18, 2019

While we will miss Short & Stout Mobile Bar, we are very much looking forward to the Runyon’s dedicating all their time and attention to Short & Stout Kitchen inside Daily Growler. Congrats on the accomplishment, we look forward to devouring all your hard work!

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Game of Cones: New ice cream contender coming to Short North

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It seems a new challenger is emerging in the race to claim the Columbus ice cream crown.

CRMD, a new ice cream spot opening soon at 1190 N. High St. in the Short North, is being teased for a “summer 2019” launch on the company’s website.

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The same site shows the brand’s flavor offerings, which will include matcha, Viet coffee, and cereal + milk. Upon opening, CRMD will also be slinging puffles – a spherical egg-based waffle cone popular in Hong Kong and Macau.

For more information and a full list of flavors, visit www.getcrmd.com.

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Update: Cajun food fans disappointed by Ned’s Bayou development

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UPDATE: While concrete information regarding the mysterious Ned’s Bayou is still unavailable, signs seem to indicate that the retail space will serve as a popup store for Twenty One Pilots merchandise when the duo comes to town for a double-header at Nationwide Arena on June 29 & 30.

Exhibit A: searching “Ned’s Bayou” on the Ohio Secretary of State’s online database shows an address on Worthington Galena Rd. for the business’ registered owner. The members of Twenty One Pilots are themselves former Worthington residents.

While this in and of itself says little, the group’s de facto mascot (seen here in the music video for the song “Chlorine”) happens to be named Ned.

Mere coincidence? I guess we’ll find out by the end of the month. For now, it seems fans of cajun food might have to look elsewhere to get their fix!

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A brand new awning sporting the words “Ned’s Bayou” has appeared over the former Blick’s Art Supplies location at 612 N High St in the Short North.

While initial searches have turned up little information about this forthcoming business, we can only assume that this will one day be the sight of a Louisiana-inspired restaurant of some sort.

Then again, the word “Bayou” carries other connotations. Maybe this will be the Short North’s first-ever spot for gator rasslin’. Only time will tell!

614NOW will keep an eye peeled for more info on this business as it becomes available.

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614NOW Fried Chicken Trail: Uncle Nick’s Greek Fried Chicken

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First came the 614NOW Donut Trail. Then, there was the Mac & Cheese Trail. Now, 614NOW is on the hunt for the best fried chicken this city has to offer. Welcome to the 614NOW Fried Chicken Trail!

Uncle Nick’s Greek Fried Chicken

1333 Northwest Blvd

This unpretentious Grandview-area joint is serving up the same fried chicken that made its first location in Warren Ohio a hit since its opening in 1956.

It’s no surprise that the central Ohio Nick’s location is slinging classic fried chicken worthy of its old-school pedigree. Nick’s Greek is exactly what many people long for when they think “fried chicken” – pressure-fried bird that is crispy on the outside and delectably juicy inside.

Be warned – this chicken is so good, you will be locked in that hopeless balancing act of trying to take bites without burning the inside of your mouth.

The crust on Uncle Nick’s chicken is so crispy, it seems like it would never go soft even if you left it in a closed container for an hour. This also means that the juices inside the meat have nowhere to hide, and are perfectly preserved within.

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Fried chicken places are notoriously tight with their secret recipes, but if I had to guess, I’d say that much this chicken’s seasoning comes care of a generous brining. As a result, the meat is salty and mild, allowing the natural flavors of the chicken to shine. Notably, a motto hanging on the wall of the place states, “If the Colonel had our recipe, he’d be a general.” I find no fault in this statement.

Was there just grease on the lens, or was this chicken actually glowing?

Uncle Nick’s is the kind of spot you’ll want to take a friend who has never experienced “real deal” fried chicken. While I preferred the dark meat (owner/operator Andrew Cleary was kind enough to hook me up with a half-bird’s worth of pieces) all of it was head-and-shoulders above any fast-food chains in terms of texture and flavor.

Ratings:
Aroma:🍗🍗🍗🍗 (4/5 drumsticks)
Flavor: 🍗🍗🍗🍗🍗 (5/5)
Seasoning: 🍗🍗🍗🍗 (4/5)
Crispiness: 🍗🍗🍗🍗🍗 (5/5)
Overall Experience: 🍗🍗🍗🍗🍗 (5/5)

Uncle Nick’s Fried Chicken scores a hearty 23/25 on our rating scale. Get out there and see for yourself why this spot is a favorite catering option for the Ohio State Buckeyes Football squad!

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