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614 Ramen Trail: Meshikou

Mike Thomas

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You rolled with us down the Donut Trail, elbowed your way through the Mac & Cheese Trail, and picked the bones clean on the Fried Chicken Trail. Now, 614NOW takes you on a new culinary excursion dedicated to the city’s best offerings of that trademark dish from the Land of the Rising Sun. Welcome to the 614NOW Ramen Trail!

With the leaves changing colors and a nip in the (still 80+ degree) air, the comforts of a hearty bowl of piping hot noodles never seemed so enticing. So long, Hot Girl Summer, hello Hot Bowl Autumn—which is my bizarre segue into the latest leg of the 614 Ramen trail: a bowl of spicy goodness from Meshikou.

Located on a poppin’ strip mall on Bethel Rd, Meshikou is a favorite with local ramen heads thanks to an upscale yet casual vibe and bountiful menu offerings. While Meshikou’s plethora of tantalizing appetizers are themselves worthy of a full writeup, the mission of the day during my recent visit was a heaping helping of scratch-made ramen.

Ramen heads unite!

Bellying up to the bar-style seating, I had a prime view of the action as cooks sautéed, boiled, and blowtorched their way through various preparations. Perusing the menu, which boasts 14 unique ramen dishes of both brothless and brothed varieties, I decided on a bowl of the Spicy Miso Paitan.

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A chicken broth infused with shio tare, this ramen broth is further augmented with a healthy splash of hot sauce. Noodles are of the wavy variety, as Meshikou rocks both wavy and straight, depending on the dish. For toppings, strips of kikurage mushroom, corn kernels, marinated softboiled egg, and finely-shredded scallions are joined by mouthwatering slices of buttery-soft porkbelly.

At first slurp, this ramen was everything you’d expect from an elevated approach to the classic dish. The broth was hearty and flavorful, the noodles tender and pleasing. The corn and mushrooms provided variety in both texture and flavor, but the shredded scallions were the unsuspecting star of the dish. Reacting with the spicy hot broth, each bite of scallion was like an explosion of flavor and spice.

Embrace the burn.

For sheer variety and quality to match, Meshikou Ramen is near the top of the pack for Columbus ramen joints.

The verdict: 🍜🍜🍜🍜🍜 (5/5 Bowls)

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The End of the Road?

Julian Foglietti

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As the economic impacts of COVID-19 continue, we are beginning to see the effects take their toll on Columbus eateries. Here's a list of some of the changes taking place.

The Sycamore+Cosecha Cocina  

Grow Restaurants, the company which owns Harvest Pizza, has listed The Sycamore and Cosecha for sale. While there hasn't been confirmation that the restaurants won’t make a reappearance in some form, Chris Crader stated in Columbus Underground, “It’s a lot of work to re-open after the pandemic and we have a considerable amount of interest in these two properties so it doesn’t make sense to open and then close again so quickly.”

Miller's Ale House

Both Miller’s Ale House locations are closing. The Florida-based company has removed mention of the Ohio locations from their websites.

Flowers and Bread Co.

In a recent article with Columbus CEO, owners Sarah Lagrotteria and Tricia Wheeler announced the closure of the cafe portion of their business. There are plans to expand the flower and bread workshop portion of the business under the new name Flower and Bread Society.

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Rémy Cointreau presents: The Sidecar

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We teamed up with Rémy Cointreau and local bartender, Ben Griest, from Giuseppe’s Ritrovo to bring you an icon of cognac cocktails. Ben's previous videos featured the art of margarita-mixology, and now we are moving on to another tasty cocktail. This timeless, opulent drink is well-balanced and fresh.

With National Cognac Day coming up, we figured it would be great to share, Rémy Martin 1738 presents The Sidecar.

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National Brisket Day is Today!

Julian Foglietti

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Photo by Brian Kaiser

With meat shortages starting to take their toll and National Brisket Day here at last - we've gathered a roundup of some spots you can go to to get your brisket fix.

Legacy Smoke House

With their main location in Hilliard and a food truck moving throughout the city, Legacy Smoke House is a solid choice for brisket on National Brisket Day, just be sure to get there while supplies last. Enjoy!

Pecan Pennys

Just off Main Street, Pecan Pennys is ready to fulfill your brisket needs. If your looking to feed a family though be sure to get your orders in advance as they're requesting 24 hours notice on dinner bundles.

Ray-Ray's Hog Pit

With locations in Franklinton, Westerville, Clintonville and Powell Ray Ray's Hog Pit is open for business with brisket stocked at all locations. #NationalBrisketDay is the best day!

Hoggy’s Restaurant and Catering

Located on Bethel Road, Hoggy’s will be stocking brisket for both dine-in or carryout. Feel free to stop in or stop by!

The Pit

With a new location opened up on Parsons Ave. The Pit BBQ will be offering brisket for the National day. Celebrate with some tasty brisket!

City Barbeque

City Barbeque will be offering brisket for the National day! So get excited and get ready for some yummy BBQ brisket!

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