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10 cozy bars and restaurants you’ll never want to leave

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Be it low lighting, candles, fireplaces, friendly service, inviting decor or all of the above, cozy establishments are a must now that the weather is cooling off.

Throughout Central Ohio, there are countless joints that we could just curl up in and never leave. We’ve done the difficult job of selecting ten standouts (but don’t forget to comment your personal faves below).

Here are some of our favorite cozy eateries and drinkeries around central Ohio:

Harvest Pizzeria

Bexley: 2376 E. Main St., Bexley
Clintonville: 2885 N High St., Columbus
Dublin: 45 N. High St., Dublin

The laid back vibe of a pizza shop meets an intimate date setting at Harvest Pizzeria. The inviting atmosphere and low lighting will allow your sauce-covered chin to fly under the radar.

Seventh Son Brewing

1101 N 4th St, Columbus

Grab your boo or invite the whole gang for bench-style hangs in Seventh Son’s OG taproom and patio, or set the vibe by grabbing a pint among the many plants in the newly renovated upstairs crib.

Mission Coffee Co

11 Price Ave., Columbus

For ultimate coziness, can anything really beat a neighborhood coffee spot? Exposed brick, broke-in couches, natural lighting, the ever-present aroma of coffee beans…yeah, Mission is cozy, alright.

Katalina’s 

1105 Pennsylvania Ave, Columbus

Katalina’s is so cozy that you’ll most likely be rubbing elbows with your new best friend at the table next to you. Winter, spring, summer, or fall, this little cafe will wrap you up in a warm hug you’ll never want to leave.

Nancy’s Home Cooking

3133 N High St, Columbus

Nancy’s is as cozy as your grandma’s kitchen on a Sunday morning. Nothing fancy—just some booths, stools, coffee, and conversation.

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Cravings Cafe

114 N. Front St., Columbus

Cravings’ wood floors, exposed brick walls, tasteful foliage, and chalk board menu, give this spot a cozy-yet-sophisticated feel.

The Bottle Shop

237 King Ave, Columbus

The Bottle Shop is a cocktail lounge tucked away along King Ave. with 20 craft beers on draft and a wide selection of bottled wine and craft cocktails. Get there early to grab a spot at the bar or in the eclectic seating area near the front.

The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek

1370 E. Johnstown Rd., Gahanna

Enjoy conversation with loved ones as flames dance across your faces and fend off the cold. Cozy up on the comfy furniture with a winter warmer and bore in to the home-spun environment.

Rockmill Brewing

5705 Lithopolis Road NW, Lancaster

Both the interior and exterior of Rockmill are absolutely breathtaking. Take a stroll by the frozen pond or swap stories by the fireplace inside the wood cabin brewery. Tote in your own food, get yourself a brew, and enjoy.

The Top Steak House

2891 East Main St., Columbus

Intimate lighting, check. Fireplace, check. Indulgent food, check. All they need is you.

Did we miss one of your favorite cozy establishments? 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

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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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