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Feature: El Arepazo family’s newest eatery is a terrific Brewery District addition

The T-shirt was mocking me. “Got Patacon?” it taunted from the back of an otherwise friendly server. No, I didn’t have a patacon. Why? Because the Columbus-bred El Arepazo mini-chain’s famously craveable Venezuelan-style patacon “sandwich” (think plantain-based tostada) is only available for lunch at Arepazo Tapas Bar Grille in the Brewery District, where I’d come for dinner.
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Happy hour review: Red Brick Tap & Grill is a people-pleaser of a happy hour hangout

Red Brick Tap & Grill may have ditched its dive-y aesthetic of the past for a revamped sports pub, but the Merion Village stalwart is still offering dive-worthy deals at happy hour. A comfortable atmosphere, tasty nosh and a happy hour list that runs the gamut of boozy selections, Red Brick is the after-work spot in the South Side.
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Columbus Food News: Bye-bye, Stone Brewing. Hello, Land Grant and local pumpkin brews!

Well, in case you didn’t hear, Stone Brewing Co. has opted to build their new facility in Richmond, Virginia, and not Columbus. Stone founders Greg Koch and Steve Wagner penned a letter to Columbus — especially to the hard-working Stone2Cbus group — to thank everyone for their enthusiasm. As another thank you, Stone is brewing a special beer to be released only in Central Ohio.
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Wine: Just barely of age

Even an introduction to Spanish should give you enough background to roughly translate “vinho verde” (“green wine”).
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Feature: El Arepazo family’s newest eatery is a terrific Brewery District addition

The T-shirt was mocking me. “Got Patacon?” it taunted from the back of an otherwise friendly server. No, I didn’t have a patacon. Why? Because the Columbus-bred El Arepazo mini-chain’s famously craveable Venezuelan-style patacon “sandwich” (think plantain-based tostada) is only available for lunch at Arepazo Tapas Bar Grille in the Brewery District, where I’d come for dinner.
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Restaurant news roundup: Alchemy Juice Bar, Katzinger's, Four String and more

Alchemy Juice Bar + Cafe opened on Parsons Avenue in Olde Towne East this week. Brought to you by the same crew behind The Crest, The Market Italian Village and Ethyl & Tank, the café is serving house-made juices, vegan bakery items, salads, smoothies, acai bowls, sandwiches and artisanal toast.
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The List: Top ten weird soda pops

When most people grab a soda pop, it’s one of the usual suspects like Coke, Mountain Dew or Pepsi. But there are actually a ton of weird flavors out there. (One even uses hentai porn for its deplorable namesake, so we left it out.) Here’s a rundown of 10 of the weirdest soda pops out there, using only the most scientific methods.
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Bar profile: Barrel & Bottle’s North Market bar enhances dining experience

Enjoying an adult beverage with a meal at the North Market used to be reserved for take-out only; that all changed in September. Roughly a year after announcing plans for expansion, The Barrel & Bottle is well into its first month of offering on-premises sips for North Market patrons, allowing diners to grab a drink while enjoying some next-level nosh.
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Restaurant review: New fall menu at Heirloom Café maintains spot’s best-place-to-eat-on-campus status

Among the provocations of “Transfigurations,” the newest must-see Wexner Center show, are: a video in which Les Wexner does his best to appear humble about his Picasso collection (it’s Dora Maar-heavy); the absence of a transfigured face to transfigured face conversation among the works of Transfiguration’s three great featured artists — they mostly stew alone in their own rooms (except for the unusual pairing of the Giacomettis with the Rothenbergs); plus this apt-for-my-article, highlighted-on-a-wall quote from Dubuffet: “Without bread, we die of hunger, without art, we die of boredom.” This is where I transition from the commanding art in the Wex to the compelling food in the Wex, and that means Heirloom Cafe, i.e. the best place to eat on OSU’s campus.
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Downtown Abbey: On a Friday, topics discussed: Lesbian dance parties, music videos and Taylor Swift

Even in Wall Street Nightclub’s expansive interior, there was no room for inhibitions at the “First Friday” dance party on Oct. 3. The Midwest’s largest lesbian dance party (according to Wall Street) welcomed all creeds and cultures to purge the week’s stress on the floor in a magnanimous atmosphere fueled by stiff drinks.
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Main Squeezes: Alchemy and five more Columbus juice bars to sample

Columbus is riding a wave of juice. Health conscious city-dwellers have been seeking out juice and smoothie bars to amp up their active lifestyles or simply to offset some poor culinary choices. With the opening of Alchemy Juice Bar + Café in Olde Towne East, it had us thinking about the local juice bars where you can grab a bottle of the good stuff.
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Restaurant review: Lalibela serves inexpensive but terrific Ethiopian fare in a relaxed tavern setting

A dogged commitment to convention is best left to people who lack imagination. That’s not you is it?
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Editor's picks: 20 things to do this first weekend of October

Including Gallery Hop, Cloud Nothings at Double Happiness, Crestoberfest and...
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Distilled: Four String Brewery turns three, brews special stout

It’s hard to believe, but Four String Brewery is about to be three years old. It seems like just yesterday I was talking with owner Dan Cochran about starting a brewery.
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Restaurant review: The Carvery slices up quick, cheap and great scratch-made lunches downtown

I didn’t expect to hear “Kick Out the Jams,” MC5’s proto-punk anthem from 1969, cranked up when I entered a sleek new Downtown lunch spot recently. Turns out that smart and terrific, six-week-old sandwich shop was full of surprises.
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Foodwire: News you can chew, featuring Columbus Coffee Trail, Sweetwater Brewing, Mozart's and more

Celebrate International Coffee Day by taking part in Columbus' first coffee...
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Staff Pick: 49th Annual Oktoberfest

Full disclosure: Despite the obvious Scottish connotations of my last name, I come from a long line of proud Germans. (My mother is a Haas, and, as family lore goes, her great-great grandfather was a German brewer.)
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Grub crawl: A tour of Columbus taverns raising the bar on pub food

Once upon a time, writing a story about Columbus bar food was easy. Just round up the usual suspects serving the usual greasy kid’s stuff that wobbly people mindlessly chew to soak up the hooch, and you’re done. There really weren’t a ton of handmade — let alone interesting or distinct — tavern-y nibbles out there. My, how times have changed.
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Dining (with)out: Where to eat and drink on a special diet

I’m a gluten-free vegetarian and my girlfriend is vegan. Though we are admittedly homebodies, we both love food and enjoy the occasional night on the town with friends.
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Bar profile: Spacebar hits the right key

When Spacebar owner Ben DeRolph took over at 2590 N. High St., the task to transform the dive-y North Campus rock joint into a sophisticated music venue seemed as ambitious as putting a man on the moon for the first time. But after a long and grinding remodel, DeRolph’s vision is almost complete. With a brand new sound system, an eye-popping new look and a wildly successful launch weekend, Spacebar is finally off the ground.
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Food made with booze

Few things beat an expert pairing of liquor and fine fare, and a few Columbus purveyors are cutting out the middle man. Expertly cooking the libations directly into the dish allows both food fanatics and liquor lovers to double down on the alcohol intake — though, obvs, it won’t get you drunk; we’re not talking jello shots here — while enjoying some delicious nosh. Whether it's a sweet treat or a beer-brushed burger, chowing on booze-fueled fare is better than ever.
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