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5 of Columbus’ greasiest, guiltiest, most glorious dishes

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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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Rye In July

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Rye in July featuring the Algonquin! We teamed up with Brown-Forman, Woodford Reserve, and local bartender Ben Griest from Giuseppe’s Ritrovo for this tasty Rye, perfect for July! Today's Rye is featuring the Algonquin, with notes of spice, tobacco, and fruit balanced throughout this cocktail - it's sure to please!

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Milestone 229 overcomes 2020 challenges, to reopen soon

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Every industry has taken a hit this year. It’s cliche to generalize it. With that being said, some businesses have taken more damage than others.

Milestone 229, located on the river’s Scioto Mile, was forced to closed in March along with all the other restaurants across Ohio, as the restaurant industry took a hit despite the uptick in carryout orders.

Just as things seemed to be coming back to normal, as restaurants and bars were allowed to reopen, the protests demanding change during the Black Lives Matter movement brought an unexpected rioting component that had devastating effects for Milestone 229.

The downtown, upscale eatery with the playful fountain for kids and adults alike, took an extra hit when rioting, looting, and vandalism broke down the windows of the restaurant on Thursday, May 29. Milestone 229 was supposed to reopen the upcoming Monday.

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Griggs has tried his best to stay positive through it all, finding some valuable and much-needed help along the way.

“A good friend of the restaurant, Cathy King, executive vice president of Wasserstrom, started a GoFundMe page for Milestone 229. We are using that money to help relaunch the restaurant.  We also had many friends and family come down the morning after the riots to help clean up the broken glass.”

Doug Griggs, co-owner of Milestone 229


Now, recovering once again, Milestone 229 is set to open back up on Wednesday, July 8. The fine-dining establishment will offer patio and dining room seating, as well as a new curbside pickup. Co-owner Doug Griggs said in an email that the restaurant was able to keep the majority of its patio seating and over half of its dining room seating. 

Milestone 229 has a new venue revamped for the summer as well. You can view it here.

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And the winner of the (614) National Ice Cream Month poll is…

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Columbus has been a culinary hotspot for pretty much the entire 21st century. But what if we told you that you, Columbus, were just as obsessed with fine dining as you are with devouring ice cream?

Jeni’s. Whit’s. Greater’s. The list goes on. But out of the everlasting, Willy Wonka-esque fountain of ice cream stores that exist in Columbus, which one is the favorite of (614) readers?

In reverse order, here are the top seven ice cream choices in Columbus!

7. Cream & Sugar – 2185 Sullivant Ave.

6. Velvet Ice Cream – Your favorite grocer

5. United Dairy Farmers – EVERYWHERE

4. Johnson’s Real Ice Cream – 2728 E. Main St.; 55 W. Bridge St., Dublin; 160 W. Main St., New Albany

3. Whit’s Frozen Custard – Find Ohio locations here

2. Jeni’s Ice Cream – Find Columbus locations here

And after 12 rounds, the winner of the (614) ice cream championship belt is…

1. Graeter’s Ice Cream – Find Ohio locations here.

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And it just so happens that Graeter’s is celebrating its 150th birthday this month! Celebrate in style with them by buying this specialty birthday cake ice cream. In addition to selling the ice cream online and at a Graeter’s near you, you’ll also be able to pick some up at Kroger, Giant Eagle, The Fresh Market, Dorothy Lane Market, or Jungle Jim’s.

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