Bring your earplugs and appetite
Rock on the Range is this weekend, bringing three days of hard rock and heavy metal to Mapfre Stadium. Whether you're rocking at the festival or even outside of it, extend the festivities with these local dishes or destinations that rock.
Little Rock Bar
This beloved Italian Village dive is known for a solid beer selection and a rotating collection of events, from singer-songwriter nights to karaoke to stand-up comedy.
The Rock Filet at Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
Order the filet or the surf and turf at the Elevator's century-old restaurant space and the dish arrives with a sizzling hot tulikivi firestone in the center. You can cook your tenderloin or ahi tuna to preference on the rock and then dip it in the accompanying sauces.
The Lancaster-based brewery known for Belgian farmhouse ales opened its Brewery District tavern late last year. Chef Andrew Smith takes the lead in crafting a rich menu of tavern burgers, seared trout and spicy chicken sandwiches, all of which pair beautifully with house brews.
The Bierock at Kolache Republic
The city's only kolache shop produces both sweet and savory versions of the Czech pastry. One of its signature savory lunch specials is the bierock. The lightly sweetened yeast dough is wrapped around a filling of seasoned ground beef, sauerkraut, cabbage and onion.
Let your inner kid go wild at this colorful candy, soda and kitsch store. Shop for gimmicky toys, pick your favorite childhood candy and snag bottles of sodas ranging in flavor from cherry cola and root beer float to bacon and sweet corn.
The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek
Cameron Mitchell's steak and bourbon house sits on the Rocky Fork Creek in Gahanna. After a dinner of filet mignon or NY strip and a sample or two of the eatery's bourbon cocktails, sit on the back patio by the fire pit and gaze out at the creek itself.
This faux- '50s diner chain hits all the right notes: oldies playing from the jukebox, servers with paper hats, black-and-white checkered floors, classic burgers, fries and giant milk shakes.