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One of ‘Bon Appetit’s’ best new restaurants of 2023 is coming to Columbus for a limited time

One of ‘Bon Appetit’s’ best new restaurants of 2023 is coming to Columbus for a limited time

Sav McKee

Fishmonger, the seafood sensation featuring fresh-caught fish, raw oysters, and peel-and-eat shrimp, has been making waves in Atlanta recently. In 2022, they claimed Eater’s “Breakout Hit of 2022” award, and most recently, their accolades include a spot on Bon Appetit’s exclusive “Best New Restaurants of 2023’ list.

Photo of Fishmonger’s Peel-And-Eat Shrimp via Instagram

Now, Columbus residents don’t have to embark on a road trip or catch a flight to Atlanta to get a place in line for Fishmonger’s Blackened Grouper Sandwich (although many people probably have done just that). Thanks to Parable Cafe’s commitment to collaborating with the best and the brightest, Fishmonger will be popping up and taking over the kitchen at Parable’s 149 S. High St. cafe location on October 6th and 7th, from 6pm until they sell-out.

Parable Cafe, a well-known coffee shop in Columbus, recently opened a natural wine and cocktail bar called Parable After Dark. “We were thinking now that we have our evenings open, we’d experiment around with a food program,” explained one of Parable’s owners, Benjamin Willis. 

Their High St. location opened in the now-closed restaurant, Nosh on High, so they have a fully-equipped kitchen in the back of their cafe, ready for some action. But Willis emphasized that they’re not ready to rush into dinner or snack service on their own just yet. Instead, Parable aims to create a collaborative culinary experience with industry tastemakers — a “meeting of the minds” type of concept.  “There are leaders in our industry that are doing things really and well and very differently, and it would be wise to bring them on and partner up with them before we start our own faction of that at Parable,” he remarked.

This two-day pop-up will showcase Fishmonger’s blackened & grilled fish, raw offerings, such as fresh-caught oysters from a local fisher in Florida, and of course, their iconic grouper sandwiches with a house-made “Florida” sauce, pickled peppers, herb salad, tomato, topped on a butter-toasted Martin’s seeded bun.

Photo of Fishmonger’s Oysters via Instagram


“You could make the mistake of writing Fishmonger off as just another buzzy new restaurant. On the contrary: Chef Bradford Forsblom’s fish market and raw bar feels like an instant institution, where classics get thrilling new spins,” said Kate Kassin of Bon Appetit. We can’t wait to see what the buzz is about. 

Parable will also offer hand selected sake and natural wines to compliment Fishmonger’s award-winning seafood. And keep your eyes peeled for more pop-ups — Willis hinted that another restaurant on Bon Appetit’s “Best of” list is making their way to Parable’s kitchen, too.

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