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5 of Columbus’ greasiest, guiltiest, most glorious dishes

Mike Thomas

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When food is described as “greasy,” it’s usually not meant as a compliment—but maybe it should be. Fats and oils are on the dang food pyramid right along with veggies and the rest, and trendy diets like Keto have people rethinking the place of fatty food in a healthy diet. Ask any chef—fat, and by extension, grease, is flavor. It’s all about balance.

I’m not telling you to guzzle rendered bacon fat by the cupful. All I’m saying is grease is an underrated and misunderstood component of many foods we know and love, from brownies to fish ‘n’ chips and beyond.

Much-maligned as grease may be, someone must see it my way, as today is National Greasy Food Day. In the spirit of celebrating all things fatty and delicious, here are five of the top greasy delights from menus throughout Columbus.

Melt | The Dude Abides

Melt has no shame in their game when it comes to piling on the calories, and neither should you! From Melt’s deep-fried appetizers to its towering grilled cheeses, there’s really no wrong choice—but may we suggest a very special sandwich called “The Dude Abides.” With homemade meatballs, fried mozzarella wedges, and tons of provolone, this is one sandwich that simply exudes dudeness. But that’s just like, my opinion, man.

Roosters | Dumpster Fries

From the name “Dumpster Fries,” it’s clear that Rooster’s has a sense of humor—and they’re not shy about piling toppings onto carbs, either. With bacon, cheese, and special sauce loaded onto crisp curly fries (or wedges, tots, or chips, if you prefer) this go-to appetizer at the fun casual joint is a meal unto itself.

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Hot Chicken Takeover | Anything

Fried chicken is one of the best examples of grease’s power to create amazing flavor. Nashville style chicken takes this truth to the next level, applying a spicy coating of heat-infused oil directly onto the crispy, juicy bird we know and love. In Central Ohio, diners need look no further than Hot Chicken Takeover for a finger-lickin’ fix that’s sure to please.

Mikey’s Late Night Slice | Cheesus Crust

For a decadent pizza experience that pushes the limits of taste in more ways than one, look no further than the Cheesus Crust at Mikey’s Late Night Slice. Any two slices of Miley’s ‘za joined together in unholy matrimony by melted American cheese? Nothing short of sacrilicious.

Hangover Easy | Take your pick

Rounding out our exploration of all things good and greasy is the ultimate hangover cure from the experts in the field, Hangover Easy. With menu items like “Struggling to Get Up” (pancakes) or the “Make your Bed” omelet, Hangover Easy puts grease to work in curing what ails you.

What’s your go-to greasy spoon favorite? Let us know in the comments.

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See what “big changes” are coming to The Market Italian Village

Regina Fox

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Fans of The Market Italian Village certainly aren't enjoying this temporary closure while it undergoes renovations, but the restaurant promises the wait will be worth it.

The neighborhood restaurant recently announced in a release "big changes" coming to the space to create more "experienced-based dining."

"We’ve teamed up with incredible designers, architects, and artists to give our space a beautiful update and we can’t keep our mouths shut about it any longer!" wrote The Market Italian Village on Facebook.

The Market is currently closed and will reopen to guests the weekend after Thanksgiving with two very special additions:

  • Columbus’ FIRST chef's table - A unique experience to get up close and personal with one of the city’s most unique chefs, Tyler Minnis. The reservation-based tasting counter seats four and will face toward the kitchen, giving guests direct access to Chef Tyler throughout the dining experience as he creates a four-course tasting menu. Available for $50-60 per person on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Community Table Seating - Perfect for group dining, this intimate booth is reservations-only for large parties, seating up to 16 guests. Those seated at the community table will order from a pre-set family-style menu, pre-determined by Chef Tyler on a monthly basis.

The post went on to say the restaurant "just scratched the surface" of its announcements.

https://www.facebook.com/MarketItalianVillage/posts/2719875781402957:0

The Market Italian Village is located at 1022 Summit St. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.

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Too Good To Eat: SuperChef’s stuffed Scriddle Pancakes

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Pancake my eyes off you, sweet cakes, cause no one stacks up to you.

Feast your eyes on the thickest thiccest pancakes that Columbus has to offer. SuperChef Ohio serves up these jumbo stacks of comfort in style, by combining the culinary flavors of savory and sweet—essentially, the best of both worlds.

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Stuffed to the brim with scrambled eggs, deliciously sweet candied bacon, and house-made sausage all covered up in warm maple syrup, these cakes are not to be missed.

Picture this: four of the thiccest, fluffiest, and softest pancakes stacked one on top of each other with hot maple syrup cascading down the sides.

Grab that knife in your hand and take that first slice down all four pancakes all at once. Watch as the warmth from the layered cakes is released, and along with it all the combined flavors of sweet and salty bacon and sausage.

Shove a generous helping of the cakes into your mouth and close your eyes. Feel instantly comforted by the penultimate flavors of breakfast all in one bite.

Take a big swig of coffee (or milk, whatever suits you) and prepare for another bite of breakfast dream come true. Fancy yourself a one-stop-shop for all your breakfast needs? SuperChef Ohio has got you covered.

SuperChefs has locations in Downtown and Gahanna. Visit mysuperchefs.com for more information.

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5 tasty merchants announced for North Market Dublin

Regina Fox

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You now have five more reasons to be excited for Dublin's North Market with its recent announcement of merchants. North Market veterans and newbies alike are coming together for the first phase of committed businesses for the Bridge Park public market.

Momo Ghar, Dough Mama, Market Bar, Coastal Local Seafood, and The Dublin Farmer's Daughter will occupy five of the 19 stalls.

“Like we have done for 143 years at our downtown location, we are successfully curating the best-in-class fresh meats, seafood, bakery, and produce categories for the Bridge Park facility that will provide a unique experience for visitors,” said North Market Executive Director Rick Harrison Wolfe.

In case you're not hip to the dynamite dumplings, Momo Ghar will be opening a third location inside North Market Bridge Park. As Food & Wine so affectionately wrote, “Once you try this food, you will never have any problem finding your way back here.”

Dough Mama is yet another Central Ohio favorite, serving "stick-to-your-bones" comfort food with a twist, according to the website. Guests can enjoy homemade biscuits, sandwiches, soups, desserts, pastries, and more.

Market Bar will be quenching the adult thirsts of North Market Bridge Park goers with a variety of craft beer and fine wines to go. This concept is owned by Pete Volker and Wayne Lin.

Central Ohio seafood distributor Ian Holmes, owner of Coastal Local Seafood, will bring his expertise to the North Market Bridge Park merchant community. Upon opening their first retail shop at North Market Bridge Park, Coastal Local Seafood will be able to provide the same wonderful seafood ingredients for home chefs and will also serve on-site menu items such as lobster rolls and crab cakes. Dublin residents and guests can look forward to enjoying fresh oysters at the New England-themed raw bar.

The Dublin Farmer's Daughter is a new concept from the owners of Copia Farm, partners Caitlin Bergman and Dan McLeod. This venture will focus on the highest quality ingredients sourced from our farm and other local farms said Bergman in a release.

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