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Restaurant Week Preview: Smokin’ hot deals at City Barbeque

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City Barbeque is undoubtedly one of Columbus’ great gifts to the world. Its sheer volume of amazing smoked meats, sides, desserts and numerous convenient locations keeps this homegrown chain at the top of the BBQ pack in C-Bus and beyond.

Whether you’re a veteran City Barbeque fanatic or a total newbie, there’s no better time to get your smoke on than (614) Restaurant Week, when City Barbeque will offer incredible deals across all of its central Ohio locations.

Restaurant Week Deal: 2 meats, 2 sides, Texas toast, choice of dessert all for $15

To give you an idea of what you’re in for when Restaurant Week (July 15-19) kicks off, 614NOW editor Regina Fox and staff writer Mike Thomas were treated to the RW offerings at City BBQ’s Grove City location. Read their (our) thoughts on the entire experience below!

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Mike: At one time, my roommate, his girlfriend, and my girlfriend all worked for City Barbeque. Needless to say, our fridge was constantly stocked with the stuff, so I’m a veteran City BBQ eater. I’ve had everything on the menu, but I’ve never grown tired of it! I also know what to expect when it comes to their meals. That said, I was still blown away with the amount of food that comes in this Restaurant Week deal. Holy smokes.

Regina: As a rookie, I was really impressed with the parking availability right off the bat. And upon entry, I was blown away with the decadent smokey smells! I can also appreciate how simple City Barbeque makes ordering during Restaurant Week. Rather than crafting a new menu, City Barbeque offers the foods you know and love, just at a deeply discounted price.

Mike: Being that I’m such an old hand at this, I tried to mix things up a bit for my pre-Restaurant Week order. I went with the smoked sausage, greens, and french fries (underrated) but couldn’t resist the pull of old favorites brisket (my favorite anywhere) and banana pudding (the best). With so many options in a single meal, you can afford to try new things and play it safe with tried and true staples. This is seriously enough food for two people, so you could even make out like a bandit and feed two for $15!

Regina: I went with the pulled pork and ribs for my proteins, traditional mac & cheese and hush puppies for my sides, and chocolate cake for my dessert. I smothered my meats with City Barbeque’s Sweet City sauce (which I immediately splattered all over my shirt) and I was off to the races. The juiciness and flavor of the pulled pork stood out to me the most. And the hush puppies—OH the hush puppies! These little fried bundles were fresh, crunchy, and delicious. And my chocolate cake was definitely the envy of the office when we returned with the leftovers.

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Five places to snag a donut today

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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

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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

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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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