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A salute to the kernel: 5 ways to enjoy your summer favorite

Mitch Hooper

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Corn —it’s usually the first thing anyone outside of the Midwest thinks of when they hear about Ohio. It hurts, but it’s true. Almost every true Ohioan knows the saying “knee high by Fourth of July,” and anyone who doesn’t shall be exiled to a rural small town immediately for training. But this Midwestern staple originally hails from Mexico and is considered a grain, a vegetable, and a fruit. It’s no wonder that there’s so many ways to do corn. And summer is the perfect time to try a few.

As nature intended

Simple, sweet, addictive. What more can you need? Throw some butter on that ear, add a little salt and pepper (and some Lowry’s, if you’re feeling adventurous), and proceed to munch like a typewriter.

All photos: Brian Kaiser

South of the border corn

A simply buttered ear of corn is tough to beat, but leave it to our friends south of the border to add some flair to our beloved crop. Mexican street corn, also known as elote, is essentially the loaded baked potato of corn, featuring a blend of spices like chili powder and cayenne powder with loads of crumbly cotilla cheese and drizzles of a Mexican crema on top. Katalina’s is a sure-fire spot for your elotes, and their second location in Clintonville opened recently.

Let’s get this (corn) bread

Standing as another southern treat, but more in the vein of barbeques, is cornbread. It’s a simple treat, but it delivers in flavor in so many ways. The subtle sweetness of the corn combined with the flu y and airy bread only needs a spread of butter on top to complete the masterpiece. And at Pecan Penny’s, you can do just that. Whether you serve it straight up, or pile your smoked pulled pork on top for a new creation, there’s really no wrong way to devour this side dish.

Corn cookies! Why not?

We’ve seen corn in chips; corn in breads and puddings; and even sexy south of the border corn, but corn in cookies? That’s where the line is drawn… Or maybe not. At Acre Farm To Table, the sweet corn cookie is corn as a dessert. With some extra sweetness added, the cookie is the perfect balance between enjoying a treat with none of the guilt. Okay, admittedly, some of the guilt. There’s just no way something that tastes this good can be healthy!

Transcorned

Whoever says nachos aren’t a dinner option shall be exiled with the rest of the people who don’t know the “knee high” saying. They’re just deconstructed tacos— open your imagination a little! And making them at home couldn’t be easier. Pick up a bag of OH! Tortilla Chips, grab all your favorite taco toppings, and get your napkins ready. Dealer’s choice on if you should go Modelo or Corona—just don’t forget the limes.

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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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