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Restaurant review: Dog-friendly Moretti’s of Arlington is an enduring classic

For Moretti’s of Arlington, the dog days aren’t just the tail-end of summer, they run the entire al fresco season. See, weather permitting, Moretti’s invites guests to hang out with their pooches in the restaurant’s comfortable and handsome courtyard. It’s a Mondays-only tradition called “Pups on the Patio,” and it’s how I found myself enjoying robust Italian-American food while relaxing to a fountain splashing and a fuzzy face nuzzling my arm.
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Restaurant review: Dog-friendly Moretti’s of Arlington is an enduring classic

For Moretti’s of Arlington, the dog days aren’t just the tail-end of summer, they run the entire al fresco season. See, weather permitting, Moretti’s invites guests to hang out with their pooches in the restaurant’s comfortable and handsome courtyard. It’s a Mondays-only tradition called “Pups on the Patio,” and it’s how I found myself enjoying robust Italian-American food while relaxing to a fountain splashing and a fuzzy face nuzzling my arm.
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Zauber Brewing Company releases 4 new beers

From Belgium IPAs, to Hefeweizens, Zauber releases a brew for every beer nerd
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Distilled: Crabbie’s offers alcoholic ginger beer, and it’s glorious

Ginger beer has quickly become a popular beverage the last few years. Nearly everywhere has a Moscow mule (or Kentucky mule, made with bourbon instead of vodka) on their cocktail menu. And for good reason — ginger beer is a refreshing mixer with a tasty flavor profile. Now let me blow your mind, ginger beer fans.
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Salad days: From vegan to beefy, six green giants you shouldn’t take for granted

Salads are often taken for granted — if they’re taken at all. This happens even in summer, when the weather can become an appetite-zapping bummer, and a tricked-out, fresh and big salad could be a complete and appealing meal. Unfortunately, the reality of sad crap mostly dumped out of some bag and ambushed by a factory-made dressing shatters this delicious dream of eating healthfully. It doesn’t have to be that way.
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Happy hour review: Arch City Tavern

The only way to nurse a bad case of the Mondays is with a little taste of the weekend. If you did the weekend right, though, your bank account might pump the brakes on that plan. Don’t fear, a happy hour spent at Arch City Tavern (862 N. High St. ) can help you mitigate the post-weekend comedown in a chic and calming atmosphere, without giving up too much loot. Arch City’s no-fuss attitude and happy-hour offerings are the perfect way to ease into the workweek.
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Restaurant review: Good fried chicken and chef-cooked Southern classics are a dual threat at Double Comfort

The timing of Double Comfort couldn’t be better. A fried chicken specialist enamored with Southern classics, month-old Double Comfort rides in on a wave of fried chicken mania that’s approaching tsunami levels in Columbus. Credit Chef Dan Varga (formerly of Explorers Club) and owner Mary Lyski (it’s her recipe) that Double Comfort’s chicken surfs near the crest of this movement.
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Restaurant review: A more perfect Union Cafe

People-watching doesn’t get any better than when perched at Ground Zero of the uninhibited Columbus party scene: the patio at Union Cafe. However, did you know that these days deliciousness at Union extends to more than just a wiggly eyeful, giggly earful and wobbly snootful?
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Wine: Columbus by way of California

Columbus is famous for plenty of things, including, of late, a craft-beer scene that's attracted a lot of attention (and rightly so).
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Bar profile: Oddfellows brings quirk back to Short North

At Oddfellows Liquor Bar, consider “odd” both a moniker and a promise.
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Downtown Abbey: Silky at Mint

The final Silky event at Mint on a recent Saturday ended the four-part party series — and all other parties along with it.
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Restaurant review: Between a rock and a hot dog place, Little Rock sells good and fun frankfurters

You’ve undoubtedly noticed that Columbus has become a serious food truck city. Other cities are starting to notice too. For evidence this not-so-well-kept secret is leaking out, check out next week’s broadcast of “Eat Street” on the Cooking Channel.
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Restaurant review: Local ingredients and bold flavors enliven Katalina’s new menu

The old adage about good things coming in small packages rings true for Katalina’s. That’s nothing new for longtime fans who regularly pack this hip, quirky and quaint Harrison West stronghold. What is new is Katalina’s revamped menu and improved patio.
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Distilled: Rambling House soda a cut above the rest

When Rambling House opened last year and began serving its gourmet, craft sodas, I was intrigued. Unfortunately, I hadn’t had the opportunity to hit up the Hudson Street retreat until this summer. I found excellently made sodas — far from the typical big brand stuff — ideal for commendable libations.
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Downtown Abbey: On a Tuesday; topics discussed: Hula-hoops. Blonde mohawks. Demi Lovato.

The DJ’s shaggy blonde mohawk covered her face as she violently thrashed her body to the bass, her moves perfectly syncopated to every beat and glitch she pushed through the speakers. Smoke machines and strobe lights fired during dramatic sound shifts and beat drops. To watch Risik, Trance Tuesday’s resident DJ, you’d never know the room was nearly empty.
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Restaurant review: AJ’s Cafe is an affordable deli with a few surprises

From its physical trappings, AJ’s Cafe — which replaced C-Town Market and Deli about four months ago — seems like just another ho-hum Downtown sandwich shop with limited hours. A board outside advertises a few familiar-sounding subs and wraps. Inside, AJ’s Cafe is reassuringly clean and all, but its big and bare open space sorta resembles a generic lounge in a non-distinct office building. Until you see “AJ” that is, and you begin to understand this deli has a bit of Delhi in it.
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Bar profile: The Oxley Tavern and Grillery

When co-owners Martin Lamp and Chip Franz of The Oxley Tavern and Grillery moved into the South Campus Gateway, a wrecking ball came with them.
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Restaurant review: B Spot doesn’t make the A-team

When I stepped into the hectic new B Spot, Tom Petty’s “American Girl” was playing. Since B Spot is patriotically burgers-and-fries-focused, that seemed like an appropriate song. It’d be the first of several apt tunes I’d hear.
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