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614NOW Fried Chicken Trail: Hubbard Grille

Mike Thomas



First came the 614NOW Donut Trail. Then, there was the Mac & Cheese Trail. Now, 614NOW is on the hunt for the best fried chicken this city has to offer. Welcome to the 614NOW Fried Chicken Trail!

Hubbard Bar & Grille

793 N High St

For the uninitiated, Hubbard Grille is a swank yet welcoming neighborhood joint in the Short North known for, among other things, its killer fried chicken dinner.

Served with out-of-this-world sides in the form of white cheddar grits, crispy brussels sprouts, and black pepper gravy, the all-natural fried chicken is a dish that the staff at Hubbard Grille clearly take great pride in serving.

During my recent visit to this spot, I settled into a seat at the bar and began to mentally prepare for the meal to come. The classic rock tunes playing over the restaurant’s sound system served as the perfect prelude. Let’s dance indeed, Mr. Bowie. Let’s dance this chicken right into my face.

When my plate arrived after a very reasonable wait, I was immediately struck by the artful presentation of the food. The chefs at Hubbard Grille earn instant style points by leaving a wing attached to the breast portion.


While I could have admired the plating all day, I wasted no time diving in to this fried chicken feast. It came as some surprise that while its looks were decidedly upscale, this chicken featured some serious down-home flavor.

Billed as “all natural,” the tender and juicy meat delivered in the flavor department. I was able to detect that sort of intangible, extra-clean flavor often found in superior free-range chicken.

Those brussels sprouts are the truth

For the breading, we’re talking extra crispy—those big chunks of flaky bits that are pressed onto the meat with intention during the dredging process. Those big crispy bits don’t happen by accident!

To my taste, this fried chicken came up a little light in the seasoning department. This is not necessarily a bad thing, though—when you have natural flavors this strong, it just makes sense to let them shine.

Aroma:🍗🍗🍗🍗 (4/5 drumsticks)
Flavor: 🍗🍗🍗🍗🍗 (5/5)
Seasoning: 🍗🍗🍗 (3/5)
Crispiness: 🍗🍗🍗🍗🍗 (5/5)
Overall Experience: 🍗🍗🍗🍗🍗 (5/5)

Hubbard Bar & Grille earns a respectable 22/25 on our rating scale. For home-fried flavor with a classy twist, this bird can’t be beat!

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Five places to snag a donut today




Forgetting about Memorial Day isn’t as much a sign of how irrelevant the calendar has become as compared to this following anecdote from a cherished local business. 

When talking to the owner of Buckeye Donuts about its National Donut Day plans, it didn’t dawn on him until a few days ago that he needed to start preparing for the holiday. Now, Buckeye Donuts is more than prepared, assuming a 10 p.m. curfew, which will keep the 24/7 campus spot from operating out of its original pocket.

The following list consists of five places where you can get your donut fix on Friday.

Buckeye Donuts

A local and campus establishment for 51 years, Buckeye Donuts will again be pulling out all the stops; that is, as much as they can. Being a 24-7 establishment, Buckeye Donuts has layers of bakers on deck prepared to do big bakes every eight or so hours with all sorts of varieties and specialities to indulge in.

Duck Donuts

Duck Donuts wants to promote kindness throughout the community this Friday. Whatever way you order, you’ll be treated to a free cinnamon sugar donut, at participating locations.

Amy’s Donuts

No purchase necessary, Amy’s Donuts is offering a free bag of cake donut holes, while supplies last.

Dunkin’ Doughnuts

Stop by any participating Dunkin’ and you’ll be given a free donut with any beverage purchase.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

All week Krispy Kreme has been spreading donut kindness. If you place an order with them today, you'll receive a free donut. The promo started on June 1.

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National Cognac Day: with a Royal Twist





Happy National Cognac Day! We partnered up with Rémy Cointreau and local bartender, Ben Griest, from Giuseppe’s Ritrovo to present to you... the Royal Sazerac! Ben has shown us a thing or two about making speciality cocktails - today he's making the Royal Sazerac, fit for a King and/or Queen.

The Royal Sazerac is well-known in the cocktail world as America's first cocktail. Also known as New Orleans' official cocktail, Remy Cointreau stands out offering its aromatic richness - making the Royal Sazerac an outstanding premium cocktail.

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Condado Tacos open in select locations after closing its doors Tuesday




Condado Tacos is open once again after closing its doors to the public Tuesday following an employee walkout Monday night. Polaris and Clintonville locations remain closed until further notice.

Employees at the Polaris location walked out Monday after refusing to fulfill a catering order by the Ohio Highway Patrol, according to a press release from Condado Tacos Wednesday. The employees who walked out were given the opportunity to not work on the order, without repercussion, if they didn’t feel comfortable, according to a statement provided by Linda Powers, Condado Tacos director of marketing.

The order by the Highway Patrol was placed at the Condado Tacos Polaris location on the fifth-straight day of George Floyd protests in Columbus. Floyd’s death was ruled a homicide following an incident where a Minneapolis police officer placed deadly force on Floyd’s neck with his knee. The incident has sparked protests across the country, including Columbus.

After reaching out to Condado’s PR agency over email, the contact stated that their team has “parted ways” with the business. 

Wednesday’s statement by Condado says they “value different points of view,” but, “choosing not to serve a particular group, in this case law enforcement officers, in itself is discrimination and goes against our core values to welcome and serve everyone.”

Read the full statement here.

Read Tuesday evening’s two-part post on Condado’s Facebook page below:

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