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¡Ándele, check out these 10 Cinco de Mayo fiestas!

Mitch Hooper

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The hangovers on Monday will be brutal, but the good times on Sunday for Cinco De Mayo will all be worth it. There’s plenty of ways to get down in the city this weekend, and we’re here to give you the scoop for all your various tequila-fueled dreams.

Balboa | 1312 Grandview Ave. | All Day!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the new and improved Balboa! With a new patio and improvements to the interior, Balboa’s tequilas, tacos, and nachos will taste a whole lot better.

Chuy’s | 4154 Seward Street | All Weekend Long

Only one day of Cinco de Mayo just isn’t enough, so Chuy’s is celebrating Cinco de Mayo ALL WEEKEND LONG! One buck floaters will be on tap Friday, $1 off perfect margaritas will be offered on Saturday, plus many, many more food and drink deals on Sunday.

Los Guachos | Multiple locations | All Day!

Chow on the BEST Tacos Al Pastor in town on Cinco de Mayo because Los Guachos is offering a BOGO deal! Chips and salsa/queso is also half priced for the holiday. Check out the Sawmill Road location for a live Mariachi band, full bar, and fresh made margaritas.

Rancho Alegre | Multiple locations | All Weekend!

Friday through Sunday, Rancho Alegre is throwing down with margaritas, authentic tacos, piñata, and a patio! $5.50 blue, mango, and strawberry margaritas; $7 Patron margaritas; $14.99 buckets of beer; $2.99 bottled beer, and so much more!

94th Aero Squadron | 5030 Sawyer Rd. | All Day!

When it comes to tequila, 94th Aero Squadron is making sure you have options. Whether you’re into Mexican Mules (house tequila with fresh lime, ginger beer, and agave) or satisfying your sweet tooth with the El Mariachi (house tequila with muddled berries, grapefruit juice, and sweet and sour), you’ll only be shelling out $5 for your drinks. Or spice up your classic margarita with the Fiesta Margarita which features house tequila with fresh watermelon, simple syrup, and fresh lemon.

The Goat in Hilliard | 4265 Brooklands Dr. | 12 p.m.

It’ll take a little work, but you’ll get rewarded for your efforts. Start and finish the 5K/3.1 mile course at The Goat where runners will receive a complimentary beer from the Marathon Brewing Company in Boston called 26.2. And if you’re looking to pinch a few pennies, use the coupon code CINCO to get $8 off your entry fee.

1400 Food Labs | 1400 Dublin Rd. | 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Holy guacamole—it’s a feast! This Mexican street food-themed features all of your favorites: toastadas, tacos al pastor, esquites, and cheese quesadillas of two variations. And that’s not even the full menu. For $40, you can feast like a king, plus the bar will be serving Ohio craft beers and margs by Simple Time Mixers.

Condado Tacos | Multiple locations | All Day!

Condado is throwing a two day-long party on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 with $1 off house margaritas, $20 house margarita pitchers, $3 draft cerveza, $5 Mi Campo Reposado tequila shots. The restaurant is also giving away five $100 gift cards per day, at each location and the full menu will be available all weekend.

Chile Verde | 4852 Sawmill Rd | All Day!

You won’t want to miss Don’t miss this annual Cinco De Mayo Fiesta.
The party includes exclusive brunch features, annual cinco quiz for money, photo booth, balloon artist, face painting, and much more!

Nada | 220 W Nationwide Blvd. | All Day!

Ready, set, Cinco! Nada will be throwing down margs, tacos, & all the usual favorites May 5th! Keep up with their social media for more details.

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Too Good to Eat: Hubbard Grille’s Short Rib and Shrimp shareable

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If looks could krill, you would be on the floor. Literally.

Hubbard Grille's Short Rib and Shrimp shareable dish will knock you right out of your seat because it will hit you hard and fast with flavor and more.

Photo by Angela Lee of @findyourfork

Imagine this: the most tender and delicious pulled beef short rib layered on a bed of the creamiest and cheesiest white cheddar grits with tomato jus. Top the bite-sized goodness off with a perfectly tender and seasoned prawn, add some color and texture with delicately placed microgreens and take that first bite.

With that first bite, you’ve just experienced one of the most delicious flavor profiles that the Columbus food scene has to offer. Second bite and your taste buds are just begging, pleading, and crying for more. Third bite and you are already shamelessly scraping off every last drop, speck, and flavor from the dish with your spoon.

You might actually even pick up the dish with your own two hands and unashamedly lick the plate clean. You might also start bargaining with your fellow table mates to negotiate the remaining pieces on the plate.

No judgement here. We have all done it at one point. You gotta do what you gotta do, am I right?

Hubbard Grille is located at 793 N. High St. in the Short North. To learn more + view the menu, visit hubbardgrille.com.

@findyourfork your average noodle connoisseur, taco devourer, and mimosa lover. When she's not busy snapping pictures of her latest yummy foodie adventures, you'll find her at your local coffee shop casually relaxing with a pastry in hand and a latte in the other.

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Beloved burger joint opening in Hilliard next week

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Swensons Drive-In is expanding their central Ohio footprint in just a few days. The Hilliard stand will open at 4810 Cemetery Rd. on Monday, September 23.

Hilliard will be the third stand in Columbus with a locations in Dublin and Polaris.

The Akron-based burger chain prepares their burgers, including the signature Galley Boy, using premium cuts of beef ground fresh daily and made to order. The buttered and toasted buns only add to the juiciness of the meat.

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Apart from the greasy goodness that is Swensons food, one of the other reasons to patronize the stand is its car-side service. From the comfort of your pajama pants, Swensons Curb Servers will be at your window, eager to take your order and sprint, literally sprint, it back to the kitchen for preparation. Just be sure to not drop a single Potato Teezer between your seat because we all know that is the land of no return.

Visit www.swensonsdriveins.com for more information.

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Review: Matt & Tony’s dishes out classic comfort food in downtown

Regina Fox

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I've gotten to try a lot of interesting cuisine with this job, but it's rare that I get the opportunity to sample a mother's spaghetti recipe outside of my childhood home. This is the type of experience that Matt & Tony's Wood Fired Kitchen, which recently opened inside the former CBC Restaurant space, offers its guests.

At Matt & Tony's, you don't have to sneak off to the bathroom to Google what a menu item is so you don't look ignorant in front of your date, and that's what makes it so great.

The menu bodes familiar comforts like fried chicken, fish & chips, veal parmesan, and burgers. There's no proprietary flare or fancy sauce smears around your plate—it's all just damn good food.

I sampled Madeline's Spaghetti & Meatballs, which is straight from the cookbook of co-owner Matt Rootes' mother. The sauce was sweet and plentiful while the meatballs were hearty and succulent. I didn't want to gorge myself on the first entree, but I couldn't seem to stop twirling those perfectly-boiled noodles around my fork...

Next up was a Wood Grilled Steak with mashed potatoes and broccoli. I heard once that butter wasn't a carb, so I spread it on thick and cut myself a piece with a crispy fat edge—juicy, tender, and lean. I didn't eat all 12 oz., but I very easily could have.

The Fork N' Knife BBQ Ribs at Matt & Tony's are straight out of a BBQ fairy tale. This healthy helping of slow-cooked, fall-off-the-bone meat is smothered in sauce and almost impossible to put down. You may not be excusing yourself to Google what you just nervously and unknowingly ordered, but you'll probably require a bathroom mirror to make sure you've wiped all the sauce off your mug after devouring these racks.

Feeling like Thanksgiving? Have a little alternative celebration for yourself with Matt & Tony's Half Roasted Chicken with crushed herbs and lemon butter. Slip into a food coma with the sides of potatoes and seasonal vegetable. Dream a little dream of country gravy (which can be found drowning the fried chicken dinner entree).

Rootes says he and his partner Tony Wildman chose to open Matt & Tony's to give the people of downtown an option for high-quality steaks and seafood at a reasonable price without all the "frou-frou." I, for one, think that's exactly what downtown needs.

While so many other restaurants are reaching for globally-inspired dishes made with ingredients you can pronounce, Matt & Tony's is executing classic comfort dishes you grew up on in a warm, inviting atmosphere—it's like a little slice of home on Short St.

Matt & Tony's is located at 525 Short Street and is open 11am- 10pm Sunday through Thursday and 11am- 11pm Friday and Saturday. Visit mattandtonys.com for more information.

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