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Tastebud Trip: Food of Philippines in Grandview

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Welcome to our ongoing feature highlighting the best international cuisine in Columbus. Consider this your challenge to try something new!

After centuries of Spanish rule followed by decades of insular governance under US authority, the cuisine of the Philippines is like a living record of the nation’s complicated history. The colonial past of the archipelagic South Pacific nation has resulted in a unique cultural synthesis, combining aspects of Asian tradition and western influence.

Colonialism is a word that carries many negative connotations. Likewise, no one word in the culinary sphere may be regarded with more disdain than “fusion.” Nevertheless, the remarkable Filipino cuisine at Grandview’s Bonifacio shows that a collision of cultures can, it certain cases, yield very great things.

When I visited Bonifacio on a mid-week afternoon, I was treated to a trio sampling from the bar’s stock of fresh-squeezed juice, including familiar topical favorites like mango and guava. The star of show was the juice of the calamansi, featuring a hybrid citrus fruit that is a ubiquitous in Filipino cuisine (think lemon/lime flavor, but with the tartness dialed way down).

Guava, calamansi, and mango juices

The first course served was Tinola, which is a Filipino chicken soup prepared with ginger, garlic, onion, green papaya, and spinach. The rich broth was deep with flavor, and came with two succulent pieces of bone-in chicken thigh hiding beneath spinach leaves. The chicken was somewhat unwieldy in this pool of broth, but for a soup this satisfying, there are worse problems to have.

As a special main course, I was served a mixed sampling of all of the protein choices available in the restaurant’s primary lunch offering, the Bonibowl. Whichever protein you choose, the accompanying side is a sous-vide egg atop a heap of garlic rice. Once you’ve had rice this way, it’s hard to go back to anything else.

Bonibowl

Meat-wise, the Spanish influence on Filipino cuisine shines through in Bonifacio’s Longanisa sausage, which is more reminiscent of a teriyaki preparations in flavor than its latin cousin.

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For the more adventurous, there’s the Sisig: tender chunks of pork shoulder sautéed with garlic, onion, ginger, and bell pepper, finished with lime juice and chili pepper. This spicy creation is traditionally prepared using meat from the face of the pig, but this Americanized version still packs plenty of flavor.

For first time visitors to Bonificio, or those new to Filipino cooking in general, the adobo is requisite eating. Another word borrowed from the Spanish, adobo refers to a preparation of meat (usually chicken) marinated and simmered in a mixture vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, and black peppercorns. Bonifacio’s adobo chicken is tender and juicy. Remarkably, the adobo process manages to create some novel flavors (to the western palate) for America’s go-to protein.

With a full bar, including South-Pacific-inspired craft cocktails and draft beer from Ohio mainstays like Rhinegeist and Brewdog, Bonifacio is just as well suited to a night out as a fast and tasty lunch. Be sure to save room for dessert, whether its in the form of ube ice cream sandwich or leechee flan (talk about east meets west). For the total dessert package try, Halo Halo, a creamy mix of shaved ice topped with with a medley of preserves, ube ice cream, and leche flan.

For anyone who thinks fusion is just another played-out trend in cooking, the OG culinary mashup found in Filipino food may make you reconsider. The fare at Bonifacio combines familiar aspects of Asian, Spanish, and American cooking traditions to create flavors that are truly original.

Is there an international restaurant you’d like to see us cover? Let us know in the comments!

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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!

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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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{UPDATED} Indoor Dining: what’s NOT opening?

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PINS Mechanical Co.

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Hey Pinheads. We're so excited to hear that our world is beginning to reopen! Many of you have reached out asking about our opening plans so we wanted to provide a brief update on Pins Mechanical Co. While we fully trust and support the decisions of our local leaders, it’s our responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our team members and guests, while not sacrificing the experience that makes Pins, Pins! With that in mind, none of our locations will be opening in May. There are many unknowns with COVID-19 and we hope that taking this extra time will help our guests and teammates feel better about the measures we’ve put in place to keep all of us safe. For example, on top of our already stringent cleaning procedures, we’re installing UV technology at all locations (ensuring you always have clean balls to play with). We’re looking forward to welcoming back our kick-ass team to train and adjust to this new normal. Once our people feel comfortable + confident, we’ll know it’s time to get rollin’ again! Thank you for your incredible support, online sales, photo shares + kind words over the last two months. Even when you couldn’t show up, you showed up and we’ll never forget it! We’re hopeful that everyone will be safe and smart as we begin to reopen the doors to the small businesses that make our communities so special. See you soon, Pinheads!

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Old North Arcade

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Dear friends, . As you are most likely aware, Governor DeWine has permitted the reopening of bars and restaurants for dine-in seating effective 5/21. We are very grateful that our leadership is now offering businesses the choice to do what they think is right. We offer no judgment for the bars and restaurants that are/have chosen to open. However, for our particular business, and for our staff, we still think it's too early. We are going to remain closed this week and next but do hope to open soon. Your understanding and patience is greatly appreciated and we cannot wait to see you all. It is important to us that we apply an extra layer of safety and precaution on top of the govermental recommendations. Tentatively, we are looking at the end of May to reopen in a very limited capacity but we're following local and national developments very closesly so will be quick to bail if things turn south. Your continued support has been quite humbling. Thank you. Stay healthy, support local, and be more than kind to one another. . Cautiously optimistic, . ONA Staff

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Watershed Kitchen + Bar

101 Beer kitchen

They are delaying opening dine-in service until May 26th.

Matt the Miller's Tavern

Stay tuned on social for patio and dine-in updates!

J. Gumbo's

J. Gumbo's will continue to stay open for online ordering for pick up and delivery - stay tuned for dine-in updates.

Mouton on High

The Whitney House

The Whitney House will be opening Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 11 am.

The Guild House

Stay tuned for opening dates!

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Smoked On High

Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace

The Woodbury

The Woodbury will be opening its doors for dine-in service on June 1 2020.

Roosters

Roosters are not opening dine-in until May 26th 2020.

The Eagle

The Eagle is temporarily closed - stay tuned on social for updates!

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In light of the government mandated closure of dine-in business for an indeterminable period of time, we’ve made the incredibly hard decision to temporarily close The Eagle Columbus. . Given the truly unprecedented and quickly evolving nature of this health crisis, we’ve been forced to make the best decisions we can, with the information we have. As the true scale of this crisis has been revealed, it’s become impossible to deny the impact this mandate will have on our business and team members. This decision was made as all of our decisions have been: with the health, happiness, well being and best interests of our guests and team members in mind. . The state of Thunderdome Restaurant Group is strong and we look forward to seeing and serving you all on the other side of this. Truth, courage, and be well.

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Lavash Cafe

Tiger + Lily

Tiger + Lily is sticking to carry out for the time being. Follow them on social for updates for dine-in!

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Red Lobster

Red Lobster is continuing to stick to curbside pickup, delivery, or touchless pick-up.

Harvest Pizza

Bareburger Columbus

Bareburger is opening for dine-in on May 26th, 2020.

Mezze

City Barbeque

Local Cantina - Creekside, Grandview, Dublin, Westerville, Hilliard Locations

Creekside Local Cantina is delaying opening indoor dining until May 26, 2020.

OH Pizza and Brew

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