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What to expect during a Shake Shack Easton visit

Linda Lee Baird



I’m waiting in line to get into the opening at Shake Shack Easton, and I’m totally OK with that. If you’ve ever been to the original Shake Shack in New York City’s Madison Square Park, you know that the line is part of the experience: you wait, you order, you wait again while trying to track down a table. And then, when your order comes up at last, you get summer in a basket: burgers, dogs, fries, beer—a barbecue on your lunch break that makes the wait feel totally worthwhile.

Columbus’ first Shake Shack brings all of the flavor of the New York experience without the need to muscle your way into a table at a crowded park. At over 3,500 square feet, there’s plenty of seating inside and out (with more outdoor seating at Easton should you take your order “to go”). There are even kiosks where you can customize your order and pay your ticket, further reducing that wait time. 

The more difficult question will be deciding what your order contains. In addition to traditional “ShackBurgers” and hot dogs, the menu offers chicken sandwiches and crinkle cut fries. There are also some twists on the classics: the SmokeShack burger piles spicy cherry peppers and bacon on top of a ShackBurger, elevating it far above your basic burger. The “ ‘Shroom Burger” featuring a fried portabella serves as a vegetarian main.


And while a shake, made from frozen custard, is the obvious choice to satisfy your sweet tooth, there are several other dessert options that are a few notches above what you can get at most fast casual burger joints. The intensely chocolate Shack Attack piles truffle cookie dough and Mast chocolate on top of custard. The Easton Bound combines Fox In The Snow pecan sticky buns with banana and salted caramel sauce, while the Pie oh My blends in Fox in the Snow custom pie treats.

Collaborating with local purveyors is a key way that Shake Shack sets itself apart from other burger joints, even as it’s grown to over 200 locations around the globe. In addition to partnering with Fox In The Snow, local breweries will be well-represented on the Shack’s taps. Beers from Platform Beer Co., Lager Heads, Royal Docks Brewing Co. and Kindred Brewing will all be available for your patio-drinking pleasure. 

On top of its dedication to working with the community is a commitment to the planet: all of Shake Shack’s menu is hormone- and antibiotic-free, and the restaurant was built with sustainability in mind. (In a fitting tribute to the Midwest, the wooden tables are made from reclaimed bowling lanes.)

We’re lucky that Shake Shack’s opening coincides with the beginning of summer. I’m planning to spend some hot afternoons eating ShackBurgers while my kids run around in Easton’s fountain—after I’ve loaded them up with chocolate shakes, of course. And while summer lasts only a few fleeting months, the ShackBurger is, happily, here to stay.

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




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

@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

614now Staff



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.

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 for more information.

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

Regina Fox



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 for more information.

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