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Bubble tea, Chinese street food spot in Clintonville will be your next obsession

614now Staff



R.I.P Momo2.

Anyone who’s lived in Columbus long enough may share my fond memories the bubble tea-and-bowling gem at University Village. I’d travel back home from college to join my friends at Ohio State for bowling or karaoke, scanning the aisles filled with an excess of Hello Kitty merchandise, and of course, enjoying a tasty bubble tea. I’d never had one before, and I was instantly hooked.

When Momo2 closed, it left a boba-shaped hole in my heart.

Luckily, Columbus boasts its fair share of restaurants and cafes of the tapioca ball-filled goodness. One of the latest shop to specialize in bubble tea is Fairy Ville (2899 N High St.), a new, brightly decorated bubble tea and authentic Chinese street food joint in Clintonville.

While bubble tea is their thing, they also sell fruit juices and fruit teas, milk caps, and an array of authentic Chinese street food, including egg puff waffles. I ordered the Jasmine Milk Tea and while waiting, I was offered my choice out of an array of Chinese snacks: chocolate cups with biscuit sticks, Sachima (basically a Chinese Rice Krispies Treat), and many others.


The bubble tea was perfect; the flavor of the jasmine tea blended smoothly with the milk, and of course the chewy boba. I also tried the Mango Jasmine Tea Slush, which had a hint of jasmine flavor beneath the frozen mango concoction, the perfect drink for a hot summer day.

Not only was the decor quaint and fairy-like, with a painted mural and fairy candles on the tables, but they were also showing a Dota 2 tournament on the big screen, which any gamer can appreciate. It was like an alternative coffee house: a tea shop, with games, manga, and Chinese candy.

Turns out, Clintonville has more than one spot for bubble tea. Cornerstone Deli & Cafe sports a modest bubble tea selection amid their bagel sandwiches, salads, and sushi bowls.

My absolute favorite is their Honey Dew Bubble Tea, which is the perfect amount of sweetness for a tea. And if you prefer to order a bubble tea while waiting on scrumptious Chinese food, you might check out the newly-renovated Lucky Dragon Chinese Restaurant.

The Original Milk Tea is a perfect pair to an order of the orange chicken or fried rice.

If you’ve been a fan of bubble tea for awhile, you probably know about Bubbles Tea & Juice, a long-standing staple of the North Market that specializes in bubble tea, smoothies, and cold-pressed juices.

If you like options when it comes to flavor, this is your bubble tea joint. They have the traditional milk or plain teas, but in a variety of flavors from fruits to coffee to chai. My personal favorite is the Thai Milk Tea, which blends two of the best types of tea, Thai iced tea and bubble tea.

Whether you’re looking for a classic milk tea or have never given those weird, chewy balls in a beverage a chance, Columbus has a place for every fix. Bounce around to find the right bubbles for you.

Fairy Ville is located at 2899 N High St Columbus. For more information, check out their Instagram page.

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Italian Lebanese hybrid restaurant coming to German Village

Regina Fox



What do you get when you cross Italian food with Lebanese fare? Bistrolino.

The new hybrid restaurant will take over the spot formerly occupied by Harvest Pizzeria at 495 S 4th St. in German Village. A December open date is expected.

Columbus Business First reports Bistrolino is owned by Samer Chedid and Francesco Todisco, who worked together at Aladdin's Eatery. As immigrants, Chedid will bring is Lebanon roots to the concept, while Todisco will contribute his Italian influence.

Todisco told Columbus Business First the menu will be small, offering single-serving baking dishes including zucchini parmesan, braciola, and a Lebanese flatbread called man'oushe.

Keep an eye on Bistrolino's Facebook for updates.

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Taft’s on Draft: Cinci Brewporium opens first Columbus location in Franklinton

Linda Lee Baird



After hearing all the hype about Cincinnati’s up-and-coming Over the Rhine neighborhood a few years back, I went to see it for myself. The first stop was Taft’s Ale House, a gigantic brewery inside of a church originally built in 1850, fully renovated for guests’ reveling pleasure. After spending the next few hours sampling beverages and snacking on beer cheese pretzels, I was inclined to believe the neighborhood hype. Did I fully explore OTR that night? I don’t actually remember. But I’m certain that I had a great time at Taft’s. So when I found out that Taft’s was coming to Columbus, the news sounded even sweeter than their Maverick Chocolate Porter.

Taft’s Brewpourium Columbus spans nearly 6,000 square feet in the Gravity development, including over 2,000 square feet of patio space. Like the development itself, Taft’s is building an artistic theme into its new offering. “Our actual design is going to be kind of focused on ‘80s/‘90s pop art,” said David Kassling, Managing Partner for Taft’s Brewing Company. “Being that Franklinton definitely has its art roots, we think that’s a great way to ingrain ourself in the community.”

Kassling said that the word brewpourium literally means the place where the brew is poured. That they’ve chosen to make “brewpourium” part of their name tells you everything you need to know about what Taft’s wants to be known for: its carefully crafted suds. The brewpourium will have at least 10 taps serving Taft’s original varieties, including its signature Gavel Banger IPA, which was voted best beer in Cincinnati last March by the city’s residents.

Taft’s will offer a full food menu as well. Kassling is particularly proud to introduce New Haven-style pizza to Columbus. “We’re recreating a style that doesn’t exist anywhere else in Ohio,” he said. (The style is also known as apizza, which is pronounced "a piece," as in, I’d like a piece of that crisp coal-red cheesy goodness right now, please.) Kassling describes it as a cross between New York and Neapolitan style. Taft’s version features our and tomatoes imported from Italy.

Rounding out the menu is another ‘90s-inspired treat, this time in dessert form. Remember Dunkaroos, those cookies that came in a package with icing designed for dipping, perhaps consumed while you watched episodes of Saved By the Bell? Taft’s will serve up Taftaroos, its unique take on the snack.

Kassling plans to use the brewpourium’s large space to offer patrons activities beyond food and drink. The stage will be open for games of darts when not in use for performances. On the floor, guests will find shufflepuck and Killer Queen, an arcade game utilizing 8-bit graphics in line with the old-school theme. Video game fans will also find gaming stations inlaid in the bar, with several retro options to choose from.

With three Cincinnati locations in operation, Kassling is not new to the business. Even so, expanding to Columbus marks a milestone, and one he wasn’t always seeking to meet. “We didn’t necessarily look at this as we needed to expand to a new city or we needed to expand to Columbus,” he said.

But when the opportunity to join the Gravity Project presented itself, Kassling said it proved too good to pass up. “We’re really excited, not only because of the nature of the building being so modern and unique, not just to Columbus, but to anywhere. But also the shape of our space is funky, and that led to different ideas in what we wanted to do with our build out.”

Kassling acknowledged that in coming to Columbus, Taft’s is joining a few of our communities: the community of Franklinton, to be sure, but also the well-established community of independent breweries operating across the city. An installation built into Taft’s countertop will pay homage to this fact, incorporating crushed cans and packaging from breweries like Seventh Son, Land-Grant, and North High. “It’s gonna be totally an art piece,” he said.

Rather than focusing on the potentially competitive aspect of the brewing scene, Kassling emphasized the camaraderie and common goals within the industry. “At the end of the day, craft beer is a great way to bring people together,” he said. “And at the end of the day, we’re all preaching community and good times.”

While Taft’s new location may not be in a church, Kassling’s words are the type of preaching that I can get behind.

Taft’s Brewpourium Columbus is located at 440 W Broad St. in the Gravity project. For more details about Taft’s, visit

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New “relaxed” wine house now open in Dublin

614now Staff



Next time you're in Dublin, make sure to stop and smell the rosé at the city's newest wine bar. Coast Wine House recently opened at 75 S High St., offering a contemporary wine bar + bottle shop inspired by a blend of the spirit of coastal California and traditional wine country cafés, markets, and bodegas, according to the website.

Coast assures they don't take themselves too seriously "in contrast to the conventional wine world," describes the website.

"The mood is decidedly relaxed. The wine is pleasantly chilled," Coast says.

The wine bar is run by Dustin Snow, who his wife, Molly, believes brings a "warm and relaxed" feel to Coast.

"A visit to our house is by no means fancy, but Dustin makes it special, because he genuinely wants to make you feel at home," she wrote on Instagram. "And since Coast is an extension of our home you will have this same warm and relaxed experience."

Coast is open Wednesday and Thursday from 12pm- 9pm, Friday and Saturday from 12pm- 10pm, and closed Sunday through Tuesday. To learn more visit

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