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The Eater Columbus Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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Hudson 29, Upper Arlington, OH.
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has-map-heatmaps.jpgToday Eater returns to Columbus, Ohio to focus on 12 restaurants and bars that have opened in the past year and are garnering some serious buzz. It's been about six months since the last Columbus Heatmap, and once again Crave editor Beth Stallings has kindly offered her picks for the hottest dining her city currently has to offer.

Among her picks are a brewery restaurant raking in the local awards (Wolf's Ridge Brewing), Nashville-inspired hot chicken outfit (Hot Chicken Takeover), a much-needed ramen shop (Jobu Ramen), and a new gastropub with a quirky sense of humor (The Craft Pint). On the drinking front, one of the city's top barmen has opened up a cocktail destination (Denmark On High) and a popular local brewery's new taproom is a go-to destination for beer (Zauber Brewing Co.). Here now, and in alphabetical order, the Eater Heatmap to Columbus.


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The Crafty Pint

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The Crafty Pint makes good on billing itself as a gastropub: it’s upscale and well-executed pub grub (think meatballs, shrimp and grits, burgers, flatbreads) with a heavy emphasis on beer. And because they don't take it too seriously, — beer menus come on Trivial Pursuit boards, checks are delivered in kids’ books — locals have found it’s just a cool place to hang.

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Denmark on High

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A bar and kitchen veteran, Denmark’s Garry White has refreshed pre-Prohibition cocktails by taking a chef’s approach to the classic drinks. In the second-story space, White crafts tinctures, bitters, shrubs, and infusions from scratch. Making do without a kitchen, cheese and meat boards and bar snacks highlight some of the best local offerings around, including from nearby North Market.

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Harvest Bar + Kitchen

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The sister restaurant to Harvest Pizzeria (arguably the best gourmet pizza in town), the new Harvest has more breathing room. In addition to wood-fired pizzas, you’ll find duck and turkey burgers, veggie sandwiches, plus craft cocktails and 10 beers on tap.

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Hot Chicken Takeover

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Locals proved they were ready for Nashville-style spicy fried chicken after Hot Chicken Takeover's series of ticketed preview pop-ups sold out this Spring. The takeout-only window is now open Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. offering meaty orders of crisp fried hot chicken on white bread with mac and cheese, vinegary coleslaw, and sweet tea.

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Hudson 29

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Columbus restaurateur Cameron Mitchell has struck again, this time with a dark wood and yellow-tiled Napa meets Hudson Valley concept. Heavy on California cuisine and wine, Hudson 29 is everything locals have come to expect from CMR: attentive service, modern décor with an open kitchen, and a crowd-pleasing menu with sushi, flatbreads, sandwiches, and seafood entrees.

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Jōbu ramen

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Finally Columbus gets a serious ramen shop. The owners of this hip little space on Restaurant Row in Grandview teamed up over a shared love of noodles. And it seems the city loves them, too, with diners lining down the block on opening day. The first dedicated ramen shop in the city, Jobu is turning out deeply rich bowls of soy, miso, and veggie ramen.

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La Tavola

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After a move and then a five year shutter, chef Rick Lopez is convinced the third iteration of his popular Italian restaurant La Tavola will be the one that sticks. He just may be right. In a 66-seater with green wallpaper straight out of your grandma’s house, Lopez crafts simple Italian classics — like the herbaceous tortelloni en brodo — that prove he’s still got it.

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Strongwater Food & Spirits

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Attached to an artist collective in a refurbished manufacturing plant, Strongwater had all the trappings of a hipster hangout. Chef Will Johnston’s inventive shared plates menu includes inventive vegetarian offerings like the must-order jackfruit tacos. Johnston may be the reason locals stop asking: "Where’s Franklinton?"

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The Sycamore

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More than six months after opening, this dive bar turned neighborhood gem is only getting buzzier. The crowds keep coming for meticulously sourced, upscale comfort foods like barbecue Amish chicken. The setting is sleek and unpretentious. Tip: You can call ahead up to an hour in advance for a table.

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The Table

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The oddly charming Table on the outskirts of the Short North features a constantly changing menu that's always seasonal and fresh. Chef Donte Allen pulls flavors from Italy to Morocco, and really shines with his house-made charcuterie, including signatures country pâté and jambon blanc.

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Wolf's Ridge Brewing

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The accolades keep coming in for Wolf's Ridge. So far they've earned Columbus Monthly's Best New Restaurant of 2014 and chef Seth Lassak was recently named a 2014 Tastemaker by Crave. It’s no surprise. Creative dishes like Buffalo frogs legs and a grilled rib-eye with foie gras butter blend French classics and bar food, and are paired with the brewery's exceptional beers.

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Zauber Brewing Co.

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Zauber made its mark on the city with its tongue-in-cheek German style beers. But its 6-month-old taproom is a place where beer drinkers can find some of the best local brews in the city on tap, a fresh list of cocktails filled with local spirits, and a food truck almost always parked out front.

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The Crafty Pint

The Crafty Pint makes good on billing itself as a gastropub: it’s upscale and well-executed pub grub (think meatballs, shrimp and grits, burgers, flatbreads) with a heavy emphasis on beer. And because they don't take it too seriously, — beer menus come on Trivial Pursuit boards, checks are delivered in kids’ books — locals have found it’s just a cool place to hang.

[Photo]

Denmark on High

A bar and kitchen veteran, Denmark’s Garry White has refreshed pre-Prohibition cocktails by taking a chef’s approach to the classic drinks. In the second-story space, White crafts tinctures, bitters, shrubs, and infusions from scratch. Making do without a kitchen, cheese and meat boards and bar snacks highlight some of the best local offerings around, including from nearby North Market.

[Photo]

Harvest Bar + Kitchen

The sister restaurant to Harvest Pizzeria (arguably the best gourmet pizza in town), the new Harvest has more breathing room. In addition to wood-fired pizzas, you’ll find duck and turkey burgers, veggie sandwiches, plus craft cocktails and 10 beers on tap.

[Photo]

Hot Chicken Takeover

Locals proved they were ready for Nashville-style spicy fried chicken after Hot Chicken Takeover's series of ticketed preview pop-ups sold out this Spring. The takeout-only window is now open Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. offering meaty orders of crisp fried hot chicken on white bread with mac and cheese, vinegary coleslaw, and sweet tea.

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Hudson 29

Columbus restaurateur Cameron Mitchell has struck again, this time with a dark wood and yellow-tiled Napa meets Hudson Valley concept. Heavy on California cuisine and wine, Hudson 29 is everything locals have come to expect from CMR: attentive service, modern décor with an open kitchen, and a crowd-pleasing menu with sushi, flatbreads, sandwiches, and seafood entrees.

[Photo]

Jōbu ramen

Finally Columbus gets a serious ramen shop. The owners of this hip little space on Restaurant Row in Grandview teamed up over a shared love of noodles. And it seems the city loves them, too, with diners lining down the block on opening day. The first dedicated ramen shop in the city, Jobu is turning out deeply rich bowls of soy, miso, and veggie ramen.

[Photo]

La Tavola

After a move and then a five year shutter, chef Rick Lopez is convinced the third iteration of his popular Italian restaurant La Tavola will be the one that sticks. He just may be right. In a 66-seater with green wallpaper straight out of your grandma’s house, Lopez crafts simple Italian classics — like the herbaceous tortelloni en brodo — that prove he’s still got it.

[Photo]

Strongwater Food & Spirits

Attached to an artist collective in a refurbished manufacturing plant, Strongwater had all the trappings of a hipster hangout. Chef Will Johnston’s inventive shared plates menu includes inventive vegetarian offerings like the must-order jackfruit tacos. Johnston may be the reason locals stop asking: "Where’s Franklinton?"

[Photo]

The Sycamore

More than six months after opening, this dive bar turned neighborhood gem is only getting buzzier. The crowds keep coming for meticulously sourced, upscale comfort foods like barbecue Amish chicken. The setting is sleek and unpretentious. Tip: You can call ahead up to an hour in advance for a table.

[Photo]

The Table

The oddly charming Table on the outskirts of the Short North features a constantly changing menu that's always seasonal and fresh. Chef Donte Allen pulls flavors from Italy to Morocco, and really shines with his house-made charcuterie, including signatures country pâté and jambon blanc.

[Photo]

Wolf's Ridge Brewing

The accolades keep coming in for Wolf's Ridge. So far they've earned Columbus Monthly's Best New Restaurant of 2014 and chef Seth Lassak was recently named a 2014 Tastemaker by Crave. It’s no surprise. Creative dishes like Buffalo frogs legs and a grilled rib-eye with foie gras butter blend French classics and bar food, and are paired with the brewery's exceptional beers.

[Photo]

Zauber Brewing Co.

Zauber made its mark on the city with its tongue-in-cheek German style beers. But its 6-month-old taproom is a place where beer drinkers can find some of the best local brews in the city on tap, a fresh list of cocktails filled with local spirits, and a food truck almost always parked out front.

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