Restaurants & Dining

Restaurant review: Taqueria Guadalajara is bold, authentic and inexpensive

Recently opened Taqueria Guadalajara doesn’t have a kitschy Day of the Dead motif or a rock-and-roll soundtrack. It doesn’t offer craft beers, neo-margaritas or any alcohol at all. In fact, Taqueria Guadalajara’s “bells and whistles” are limited to a clean dining room with fanciful tables and chairs depicting village scenes in eye-popping, colorful bas reliefs.
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Best of Columbus 2015 Readers’ Poll

Though undoubtedly unscientific, you’d be hard-pressed to dismiss Alive’s readers’ poll as meaningless, particularly since it’s easily the largest of its kind in the city.
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Roundup: Seven pop-ups to pop into

With the Columbus food scene growing quickly, it’s natural to see temporary eateries and events pop up here and there, as chefs test concepts and recipes without the commitment of a full restaurant. Here are a handful of pop-ups in progress or coming soon. It’s their nature to be temporary, so catch them soon!
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Food News: Bodega gets revamped menu, seating

Brian Swanson, new owner of Bodega in Short North, has completed renovations on the space, including decorative updates and revamped seating inside and out. The lunch retained some favorites, but also introduced burgers, nachos and vegetarian fare; the brunch menu expanded to include burritos, waffles and huevos rancheros. Swanson is also opening Tavernesque at 260 S. Fourth St. in the early summer, next to the new brick-and-mortar Mikey’s Late Night Slice. He describes it as a hip neighborhood diner, open from lunch to late night during the week, and from brunch to late night on weekends.
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Best fine dining: Lindey’s Restaurant & Bar

The grande dame of Columbus fine dining helped launch a restaurant movement in this city decades ago, and the stylish lady has still got it.
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Best french fries: Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails

Any french fry is good, right? Maybe. You can leave it to Tip Top, though, to take the french fry mold and make something unforgettable.
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Best barbecue: City Barbeque

With seven locations around town, you’re never far from good smoked meats in Columbus. Whether its brisket, pulled pork or the (underrated) smoked chicken, you can’t go wrong … unless you don’t save room for the terrific sides.
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Best Asian: Molly Woo's Asian Bistro

Voters were wooed by Cameron Mitchell’s feel-good takes on familiar pan-Asian favorites enhanced by a snazzy lounge ambiance and popular bar.
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Best ice cream: Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

With a whopping 57-percent of the vote, Jeni's once again reigns supreme. With inventive flavors like Brambleberry Crisp and Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso, and a distribution deal with high-end grocers Dean & Deluca, it's no surprise Columbus crowned Jeni the queen of ice cream in the Arch City. You can almost taste the Ohio pride in every bite.
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Best donuts: Buckeye Donuts

The only thing better than delicious donuts is delicious donuts any time you want. With locations on the South Side and Campus, Buckeye Donuts boasts an always-open schedule to appease your donut craving whenever it comes. Pair that with a cup of joe and you've got all the study-fuel you could ever need.
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Best food truck: Mikey’s Late Nice Slice

Continuing its dominance of inexpensive and late night eats, Mikey’s food truck brings giant slices of spicy-ass pepperoni and slut sauce to the people.
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