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On a Roll: 5 claw-some lobster rolls in the 614

Mike Thomas

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Sorry, Sebastian—there’s nothing quite like the decadent experience of dining on deep sea crustacean. Name another category of food that is served with a side of melted butter for dunkin’. I’ll wait.

While lobster is the unequivocal king of edible sea bugs, finding the right time and place to enjoy it can get a little tricky. For one, lobster is usually reserved for fine-dining situations. And then there’s all that shell to deal with.

Luckily, there’s one solution that allows hungry seafood fanatics to enjoy their favorite clawed food item on the go: the lobster roll. Lobster meat, bread, and some sort of dressing—it’s everything you crave without any of the hassle.

For your consideration, here are five of the best places in Columbus to get your roll on.

Cousins Maine Lobster | Food Truck

With lobsters sourced from the frigid waters of the Maine coast, this mobile eatery has proven a hit with Columbus food truck fans. To find the truck on any given day, check out this convenient tracker on the Cousins website.

Del Mar SoCal Kitchen | 705 N High Street

Local restaurant magnate Cameron Mitchell puts his spin on the lobster roll in this new laid-back California dining concept. Del Mar keeps it simple with buttered poached lobster on a New England toasted bun, topped with cole slaw.

South Village Grille | 197 Thurman Ave

This German Village hub gives diners the choice between a lobster roll served hot or cold. Either way you go, the meat is tossed in a satisfying truffle-herb aioli with chives and served in that signature split-top bun.

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Soul at the Joseph | 620 N High St

With their elevated take on an already-highbrow menu item, Soul at the Joseph presents a lobster roll with their house-made aioli, shaved brussels, lime vinaigrette, roasted red peppers, pickled shallots, and—as if that weren’t enough—CAVIAR, all on a split top bun.

The Wicked Lobstah | Food Truck

Bringing a twist on New England to the Midwest, Wicked Lobstah is another mobile food truck experience to help you get your fix on the go. Check them out on Instagram to keep track of the truck, and to drool over some tantalizing lobster roll shots.

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We Sheet you not, Sheetz is coming to Columbus

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Regional gas station chains seem to accumulate cult followings of loyal customers. While word of a new convenience store coming to town may not seem like a big deal at first, just ask your friends from Pennsylvania about Sheetz.

The popular chain of convenience stores and coffee shops headquartered in Altoona, Pennsylvania has announced an expansion into the Columbus market with this remarkable hype video posted to Facebook:

Sheetz locations offer fresh, made-to-order food options that set the chain apart from the usual gas station fare.

No open date for the Central Ohio location has been announced at this time. For more, visit www.sheetz.com/

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Raising the Steaks: Ruth’s Chris returns to Columbus with new Short North digs

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With no shortage of local competitors welcoming carnivores, Ruth’s Chris Steak House has opened its doors in the Short North. After shuttering its Crosswoods location in 2016 due to “market changes,” the Florida-based steakhouse is back in the Bus.

The new restaurant promises a fine-dining experience tailored especially to the Columbus market and its location.

Photos: Rebecca Tien

“Knowing that we are across from the convention center, this is one of our bigger locations to allow room for a larger bar, private dining rooms and main dining room,” says Maria Policastro, general manager of Ruth’s Chris Columbus. “We kept the Short North Arts District culture in mind during every step of the design process as well, making sure we included elements that incorporated the downtown skyline and ever-present Ohio buckeye trees.”

Indeed, the entrance feels homey and features local art on display to bring some “Columbus” to the space. The building was once home to a hotel, and while undeniably formal, the dinner-only restaurant nevertheless offers a warm and welcoming feel. The waitstaff has its service down to an absolute science. Hand-polished wine glasses top each table and every element of the dining experience is expertly attended to.

Regardless of whether diners care to indulge in one of its more than 250 wines or a vintage-inspired craft cocktail, the main event here is the food. Its extra-thick-cut, wet-aged USDA prime steaks are broiled in a trademark 1800-degree oven and served sizzling on a 500-degree plate so every last bite stays warm.

“From our food to our service, Ruth’s Chris really stands out on its own,” said Policastro. “Ruth believed in treating her guests and employees as family, so that’s how we treat them too—by being warm and welcoming and paying attention to every little detail.”

Ruth Fertel mortgaged her home in 1965 and purchased Chris’s Steak House, a 60-seat restaurant located in New Orleans. After a fire forced her to move locations and rename the restaurant, she settled on Ruth’s Chris Steak House, hence the somewhat strange moniker.

Fertel, who died in 2002 at 75, would likely be shocked to see the size of the private dining rooms in the Columbus restaurant that bears her name. “Our private dining rooms are some of the largest at any Ruth’s Chris,” says Policastro. “When designing our private dining rooms, it was important to us that we made enough space to accommodate our customers in this busy area, along with larger parties who choose to dine with us after visiting the Convention Center or coming from the Ohio State University nearby.”

The private dining rooms each have their own unique Columbus vibe, with names like the Goodale, Victorian and Buckeye Rooms. Which is fitting because, “we’re around the corner from Columbus’ historic Goodale Park, we’re part of the Victorian Village, and we are in the heart of Buckeye nation,” Policastro said. Ruth’s Chris Steak House Columbus is already seeing its private rooms booking up for upcoming events and holidays. “We cannot wait to host these special moments for those who live in and visit the Short North Arts District.”

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is located at 511 N High Street. Learn more at ruthschris.com/restaurant-locations/columbus.

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Easton’s “dramatic” rooftop bar and restaurant opens this week

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Heads up, Easton, a snazzy new concept is opening this week. Restoration Hardware, or RH, will open The Gallery at Easton Town Center and RH Rooftop Restaurant & Park and Wine & Barista Bar on Thursday, December 12, at 11am.

According to a release, The Gallery "represents the brand’s quest to revolutionize physical retailing," with "immersive experience features artistic installations of luxury home furnishings in a gallery setting."

The three-story, 55,000-square-foot space will serve as "one of the most comprehensive collections of luxury home furnishings in the world."

The "dramatic" Rooftop Restaurant will offer "a year-round, skylit garden escape offering a timeless, ingredient-driven menu beneath a soaring atrium with retractable glass walls, and sparkling crystal chandeliers.

The restaurant will open onto a landscaped park with outdoor lounge spaces and trellised London plane trees.

Situated just off the grand stair, the Wine & Barista Bar will serve craft espresso, fresh-baked pastries, and artisanal wines to enjoy in the Rooftop Park.

This development will act as the anchor for Easton's new $500 million expansion.

RH Columbus, The Gallery at Easton Town Center is located at 4120 Worth Ave., Columbus. For more information, visit eastontowncenter.com.

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