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Restaurant review: Bareburger has a great aesthetic, inconsistent execution

Bareburger talks the talk and sometimes walks the walk. A popular and ostensibly enlightened New York City-based chain specializing in all organic, pasture-raised burgers (which include beef and vegan options, but also elk, bison and boar), the new Bareburger in the Short North shows plenty of zeitgeist-y style, plus some room for improvement.
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Restaurant review: Bareburger has a great aesthetic, inconsistent execution

Bareburger talks the talk and sometimes walks the walk. A popular and ostensibly enlightened New York City-based chain specializing in all organic, pasture-raised burgers (which include beef and vegan options, but also elk, bison and boar), the new Bareburger in the Short North shows plenty of zeitgeist-y style, plus some room for improvement.
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When Hungry Met Thirsty: Six Columbus restaurants that pair great food with terrific drinks

In sync with the spirit — and spirits — of Alive’s bar guide, here are places that serve terrific drinks, but also cook great versions of regular cravings like burgers and tacos, pizza and sushi. See, sometimes you can have it all.
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Downtown Abbey: On a Saturday; topics discussed: Cupcakes, Happy Pills, Sludge vomit

It was impossible to tell who was modeling in a show, and who was just embracing their inner club kid; but it isn’t called “Drauma” for nothing.
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Restaurant review: Greek Express delivers the expected gyro goods in a handsome setting

When the gyro hankering calls — and hey, it happens — and you want it cheap, easy and right away (let’s be frank, those modifiers usually come with the gyro-craving territory), the newish Greek Express in Grandview is a solid option. Though in essence a fast-food joint with a drive-through, this family-owned Greek Express (it’s a mini-chain of five spit-slicers) doesn’t look a bit like those depressing prefab operations common to the fast-food genre.
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Happy hour review: Shrunken Head’s $.75 drafts are worth leaving work early

The Shrunken Head’s happiest hour is one of the Columbus bar scene’s better kept secrets. For one hour, six days a week at the Victorian Village psychobilly bar, you can catch a buzz for what it costs to catch the bus.
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Distilled: Rivertowne beers are going to be popular this summer

It finally started to look a lot like spring last weekend in Columbus (though hopefully Tuesday’s snow was the last winter blast), which was perfectly timed with Rivertowne Brewery releasing some good spring/summer seasonals last week.
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Restaurant review: Charming new La Tavola in Grandview is off to an impressive start

Hopefully, the third time’s a charm for La Tavola. I know I’ve been charmed by it. And so were swarms of other Grandview-alighting diners last week, digging the new La Tavola’s soulful, carefully sourced and “ain’t fakin’ it” scratch-made Italian food whipped up by talented chef/owner Rick Lopez.
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Wine: Warm temps, hot sips

You know that feeling you get when temperatures start to rise? Suddenly, you want to get outside and grill meat, potatoes … anything under the wonderfully warm sun.
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Bar Profile: Circus reinvents itself as a restaurant and bar

Circus Restaurant & Bar may be in the same big top, but the show has completely changed.
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Event preview: Surprising pop-up restaurants spice up Moonlight Market

After prudently taking the last three frigid months off, the Moonlight Market is returning with renewed purpose and passion on Saturday, April 12. If you’re not familiar with the Moonlight Market, its name might suggest some sort of shady or bootlegger operation at first, but of course it’s not.
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Downtown Abbey: On a Saturday; topics discussed: Jawas, roeVy, spiritual enlightenment

On March 29 at The Bluestone, roeVy delivered the gospel of EDM from a double-laptop pulpit and baptized their flock of loyal party-goers in a tidal wave of heavy bass. Somewhere between the flashing pentagram projections and the neon angel wings, I remembered I was in a defunct house of the Lord.
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Restaurant review: 101 Beer Kitchen brunch delivers a comfort-food punch

The newish brunch service at 101 Beer Kitchen aptly displays this place’s charms. Its hearty and sneakily crafty fare is unabashedly masculine, yet smart, stylish and accessible enough to have broad appeal. Plus, while 101’s scratch-made, relatively inexpensive brunch dishes exhibit many down-home Southern and zesty Southwestern influences, there’s a decent-enough range of meats, seafoods and sweets to please a wide swath of eaters. No, it’s not vegan-accommodating, but the only other thing in super-short supply on 101’s succinct brunch menu is effete fussiness.
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Restaurant review: Rishi Sushi pops with fresh flavors

Rishi Sushi Kitchen and Bar takes fun seriously. Even saying “Rishi Sushi” aloud while attempting a straight face practically makes you slur into a smile. Then there’s Rishi’s Downtown space, which formerly housed ill-fated Fleur. Rishi worked hard to convert that odd-angled, two-floored building with the eye-catching wall of windows facing Third Street into someplace so full of fizzy whimsy, that the best descriptor for it would be an all-caps “POP.”
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Wine: Exploring riesling’s range

Consider it a riesling mini-flight.
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Distilled: Jameson offers new whiskey, excites columnist

I can’t believe it, but this is the first time I’ve written about Jameson for this column, which has been around for more than a year now. Given my proclivity for the Irish whiskey — I am kissing a bottle of it in that lovely, slightly embarrassing profile picture — I’m not sure how this happened. Whatever the case, I’m very pleased to write about a Jameson product, and especially pleased with how good this one is.
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Food truck review: Teodora’s Kitchen trucks out good Panamanian food

Panamanian food is rare around these parts — in fact the only specialist in the fare I know of is a mobile vendor called Teodora’s Kitchen. A mother-and-daughter-starring food truck, Teodora’s has been garnering buzz at weekly concession-dishing gigs for kitchen-less beer halls such as Seventh Son and Zauber Taproom. Since I hadn’t yet visited the new Zauber locale, I caught up with the less-than-a-year-old Teodora’s during its regular Sunday stop there.
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Ugly Tuna Saloona named one of American's best college bars

Girls+Cheap drinks+Fun times =scientific equation for fun.
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Bar profile: One door closes, another opens for Front Street Bar and Grill

The freshly minted Front Street Bar and Grill came with a built-in fan base.
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Downtown Abbey: A Sunday. Topics discussed: Divas. Industrial music. Conjoined twins.

They were completely unapologetic. They were outrageous and gracious and terrifyingly confident all at once. Most noticeably, they weren’t sorry about any of it. "How are my tits?" the host asked rhetorically. Huge, was the answer.
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Best of Columbus 2014 readers poll winners

It’s fitting some of our Best of Columbus winners earned their designations during March Madness. See, this year featured multiple buzzer-beaters, including the closest-ever finish in the competition’s history.
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