Connect with us

Food & Drink

3 summer brunches you need to experience

Mitch Hooper



When it comes to seasonal eating, it seems like breakfast is always left out of the conversation. While dinner and lunch get to feature fresh produce like tomatoes, corn, and other garden greens, breakfast is typically just your run-of-the-mill options. Eggs, bacon, and toast lead the pack followed by classic staples like biscuits and gravy or omelettes. Yawn.

Don’t get us wrong, there’s a reason breakfast staples have become breakfast staples. They are reliable, delicious, and they never go out of style; kind of like a good pair of black shoes. But what about breakfast in style? We’re talking breakfast options that remind you of your favorite classics, but a bit freshened up. Look no further, my famished friends, we woke up bright and early to do our research.


What to get: BLT Benedict
When to go: Weekends at open (11 a.m.)

Illustrations by Sarah Moore

Eggs Benedict is typically a special occasion breakfast. From making the hollandaise sauce to perfectly poaching your eggs to all the steps in between, it’s a lot of work to get your creation on the plate. Luckily, Grandview Cafe is willing to do the leg work for you, and they added some flair. The star of the BLT Benedict is the thick cut fried green tomatoes at the base which have a crispy exterior to hold up against all the toppings residing on it. Smoked bacon and arugula come next to add both flavor and color as the green of the arugula adds some needed pop to the plate. And, of course, what’s an Eggs Benedict without the eggs and hollandaise sauce? Grandview Cafe tops off the two fried green tomato masterpieces with poached eggs and hollandaise. It’s highly recommended you just stuff some of the skillet potatoes on the side into each bite you take (and maybe some hot sauce), but you’re free to live your own truth.


What to get: Chilaquiles
When to go: Weekends from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Let’s just help you now before you get there— they are pronounced CHILI-key-AYES. Say it slow, practice in the mirror a few times, then head to Lineage Brewing. While these incredible bites are simple, they pack on tons in the flavor department. The dish starts with tortilla chips tossed in a verde sauce, but this isn’t just any old verde sauce from your local Chipotle—this is blistered verde sauce. The peppers in the sauce are broiled to achieve that smoky flavor on the exterior, then they are blended into a bright green salsa with ingredients like onions, cilantro, and garlic. Is your mouth watering yet? Next comes the addition of breakfast, aka, eggs. Two fried eggs, to be exact, topped with cotija cheese, because everything is better with cotija cheese. Throw on some thinly-sliced radishes and cilantro for garnish and you’re looking at one Instagrammable start to your morning. The next question: should you get a Lineage beer to wash it down with, or should you get two Lineage beers to wash it down with?


What to get: Plant-Based Hash
When to go: Weekday mornings

It’s no secret that everyone could use more plants in their diet, and Brekkie Shack is making that easy for all of you who stick your nose up. Featuring a variety of fresh produce, the plant-based hash is a new take on breakfast skillet options. Instead of russet potatoes or hash browns, this dish uses roasted sweet potatoes, which add a subtle sweetness without being too much of a flavor diva. Your greens come in the form of asparagus and Brussels sprouts which are two “meaty” vegetables to provide a little extra “oomph” to your plant-based breakfast. This menu option continues down a powerhouse breakfast road with radishes, onions, and two sunny-side up eggs. Of course, you can always defy the name of the dish and add a side of bacon to this. And let’s be honest, you know you will.

millennial | writer | human

Continue Reading


{UPDATED} Indoor Dining: what’s NOT opening?




Los Gauchos

PINS Mechanical Co.

View this post on Instagram

Hey Pinheads. We're so excited to hear that our world is beginning to reopen! Many of you have reached out asking about our opening plans so we wanted to provide a brief update on Pins Mechanical Co. While we fully trust and support the decisions of our local leaders, it’s our responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our team members and guests, while not sacrificing the experience that makes Pins, Pins! With that in mind, none of our locations will be opening in May. There are many unknowns with COVID-19 and we hope that taking this extra time will help our guests and teammates feel better about the measures we’ve put in place to keep all of us safe. For example, on top of our already stringent cleaning procedures, we’re installing UV technology at all locations (ensuring you always have clean balls to play with). We’re looking forward to welcoming back our kick-ass team to train and adjust to this new normal. Once our people feel comfortable + confident, we’ll know it’s time to get rollin’ again! Thank you for your incredible support, online sales, photo shares + kind words over the last two months. Even when you couldn’t show up, you showed up and we’ll never forget it! We’re hopeful that everyone will be safe and smart as we begin to reopen the doors to the small businesses that make our communities so special. See you soon, Pinheads!

A post shared by Pins Mechanical Co. (@pinsmechco) on

Old North Arcade

View this post on Instagram

Dear friends, . As you are most likely aware, Governor DeWine has permitted the reopening of bars and restaurants for dine-in seating effective 5/21. We are very grateful that our leadership is now offering businesses the choice to do what they think is right. We offer no judgment for the bars and restaurants that are/have chosen to open. However, for our particular business, and for our staff, we still think it's too early. We are going to remain closed this week and next but do hope to open soon. Your understanding and patience is greatly appreciated and we cannot wait to see you all. It is important to us that we apply an extra layer of safety and precaution on top of the govermental recommendations. Tentatively, we are looking at the end of May to reopen in a very limited capacity but we're following local and national developments very closesly so will be quick to bail if things turn south. Your continued support has been quite humbling. Thank you. Stay healthy, support local, and be more than kind to one another. . Cautiously optimistic, . ONA Staff

A post shared by Old North Arcade (@oldnortharcade) on

Watershed Kitchen + Bar

101 Beer kitchen

They are delaying opening dine-in service until May 26th.

Matt the Miller's Tavern

Stay tuned on social for patio and dine-in updates!

J. Gumbo's

J. Gumbo's will continue to stay open for online ordering for pick up and delivery - stay tuned for dine-in updates.

Mouton on High

The Whitney House

The Whitney House will be opening Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 11 am.

The Guild House

Stay tuned for opening dates!

View this post on Instagram

Stay safe everyone 💕

A post shared by The Guild House (@theguildhouse) on

Smoked On High

Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace

The Woodbury

The Woodbury will be opening its doors for dine-in service on June 1 2020.


Roosters are not opening dine-in until May 26th 2020.

The Eagle

The Eagle is temporarily closed - stay tuned on social for updates!

View this post on Instagram

In light of the government mandated closure of dine-in business for an indeterminable period of time, we’ve made the incredibly hard decision to temporarily close The Eagle Columbus. . Given the truly unprecedented and quickly evolving nature of this health crisis, we’ve been forced to make the best decisions we can, with the information we have. As the true scale of this crisis has been revealed, it’s become impossible to deny the impact this mandate will have on our business and team members. This decision was made as all of our decisions have been: with the health, happiness, well being and best interests of our guests and team members in mind. . The state of Thunderdome Restaurant Group is strong and we look forward to seeing and serving you all on the other side of this. Truth, courage, and be well.

A post shared by The Eagle Short North (@theeaglesn) on

Lavash Cafe

Tiger + Lily

Tiger + Lily is sticking to carry out for the time being. Follow them on social for updates for dine-in!

Yats Grandview

Red Lobster

Red Lobster is continuing to stick to curbside pickup, delivery, or touchless pick-up.

Harvest Pizza

Bareburger Columbus

Bareburger is opening for dine-in on May 26th, 2020.


City Barbeque

Local Cantina - Creekside, Grandview, Dublin, Westerville, Hilliard Locations

Creekside Local Cantina is delaying opening indoor dining until May 26, 2020.

OH Pizza and Brew

Continue Reading


Don’t be that guy/gal who forces your favorite bar/restaurant to permanently close; here are the rules




Once the flood of COVID-related documentaries start to infiltrate our Netflix and Hulu feeds, one of the most debated topics will be which smoking gun the auteur chooses. NBA player Rudy Gobert recklessly rubbing his hands over every microphone during a press conference days before testing positive comes to mind first. The spring break bro who wouldn’t let the virus stop him from raging will make its rounds. Even the scene at Standard Hall made some people’s skin crawl.

The Ohio Investigative Unit will be doing its best to monitor situations at restaurants and bars in order to prevent any future anecdotes like the ones listed above. Local law enforcement agencies will be assisting the OIU to make sure that establishments are complying with the Dine Safe Ohio order. With the issues that were brought up following the opening of outside dining on May 15, the OIU has made specific stipulations for patrons to follow:

  • 6-foot social distancing between employees AND members of the public
  • patrons must be seated while eating and/or drinking 
  • no more than 10 people to a table
  • no billiards, video/arcade games, dancing, or card playing
  • patrons must follow specific guidelines put in place by restaurant/bar

For those who have no shame dancing by themselves in public, you’re golden. However, patrons can be written up for not following the OIU’s guidelines. 

Some people may be able to shoulder a citation, but bars and restaurants are the ones who have the most to lose here. In a press conference on May 18, Gov. Mike DeWine mentioned that OIU will issue citations that could result in the permanent loss of liquor licenses.

So once again the ball is in the consumer’s court: follow these very simple rules and avoid the risk of putting your favorite restaurants and bars out of business for good. In 2020, being spring break bro is the worst look.

Continue Reading

Food & Drink

Craft & Vinyl pairs pints with LPs in new digital book




For almost two years, Craft & Vinyl has been pouring drinks while music-obsessed patrons flip their fingers through owner Troy Stacy’s vinyl collection. The Grandview area bar also operates as one of the handful of record stores in Columbus. Lump in a recording studio experience and a stage for live music and Stacy has essentially crafted a one-stop-shop for music enthusiasts.

Like most record stores in the area and around the country, Craft & Vinyl is feeling the economic effects of COVID-19. With no patrons to drink craft pints or musicians to fill the store with live music, every side of Stacy’s business has been blindsided.

However, Stacy has found a distinct way to quench the thirst and tame the ears of his would-be customers. With a longstanding tradition of pairing potent drinks with suitable music, Craft & Vinyl is finally bringing their mixology vision to book form with POUR and PLAY.

POUR and PLAY is chock full of combinations of cherished classic and modern albums, ranging from Amy Winehouse to Billie Eilish, Outkast to Tame Impala. Each page comes with a display of an individual album along with a brief description, ideal craft beer pairing, and an embedded Spotify link.

The digital book is currently available for presale at a 50 percent discount. You can lock in your copy of POUR and PLAY for $12 by following the link here.

Become fully immersed in the “hopsonic” listening experience by purchasing POUR and PLAY.

Continue Reading

No mo’ FOMO

Missing out sucks. That's why our daily email is so important. You'll be up-to-date on the latest happenings and things to do in Cbus + be the first to snag our daily giveaways

Shop Now!

The Magazines