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ThisWeek Community News host Abby Armbruster moderates debates on the central Ohio food scene, with a variety of guest panelists weighing in on what's good and what's not.

ThisWeek Community News host Abby Armbruster moderates debates on the central Ohio food scene, with a variety of guest panelists weighing in on what's good and what's not.

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ThisWeek Community News host Abby Armbruster moderates debates on the central Ohio food scene, with a variety of guest panelists weighing in on what's good and what's not.

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English


Episodes

Dining from a tasting menu (with Chef Josh Dalton)

7/12/2019
When Chef Josh Dalton moved Veritas Tavern from Delaware to downtown Columbus, he dropped "tavern" from the name and added a unique spin with the menu: a seven-course price-fixed chef's tasting option. This tasting menu allows customers to have a relaxing dining experience without needing to make any decisions, as well as lets the chefs at Veritas, 11 W. Gay St., to create interesting dishes with higher-end products, Dalton said. But if a tasting menu isn't your thing, Dalton also keeps busy...

Duration:00:32:59

Dog-friendly restaurants

7/6/2019
According to House Bill 263, establishments that allow a person to bring a dog to an outdoor dining area must adopt a policy that requires patrons to control their dog, with a leash or otherwise; prohibit the dog in the inside of the establishment; and comply with sanitation standards in the Ohio uniform food-safety code. So where can you take your furry friends around central Ohio? Our guests, Experience Columbus senior visitor services manager Alexis Perrone and ThisWeek photojournalist...

Duration:00:22:56

The work behind the perfect pastry

6/28/2019
People often have a romantic view of owning a bakery. Whether customers think of "It's Complicated," "Moonstruck" or another classic cinematic bakery scene, the real work required to make pastries or run a store isn't as glamorous, according to two local business owners. This week's episode of "The Great Food Debate" dives into the work behind making pastries delicious, which treats didn't make their way to the menu and the story behind their unique restaurant names. This week's panelists...

Duration:00:45:14

In-depth look at starting a rooftop bar

6/14/2019
Rooftop bars are having a moment in central Ohio -- from Seventh Son Brewing Co. adding a retractable rooftop to their second-story space last year to the brand-new Lincoln Social Rooftop opening in downtown Columbus. For this week's episode of "The Great Food Debate," host Abby Armbruster discussed the work that goes into opening a rooftop restaurant and bar in a one-on-one interview with Orcun Turkay, the general manager of AC Hotel Columbus Dublin, which has VASO on its top floor. Turkay...

Duration:00:22:56

Restaurants Inside of a Store

5/31/2019
Central Ohio doesn't have that many restaurants that are inside of another establishment... right? As the conversation got rolling, our panelists came up with dozens examples of delicious eats that you can find within another store, hotel or even arcade. These restaurants do not need a storefront of their own to have a big impact with our taste buds. Listen to this week's episode to find out why our panelists are urging you to #SayYesYestoNoNo. This episode's panelists are: - Dilara Casey,...

Duration:00:35:00

International cuisine

5/24/2019
So many cultures are represented in restaurants in central Ohio -- from Ethiopian (Addis Restaurant) to Somali (Hoyo's Kitchen) to French (the new Le Vieux Lyon Bakery Cafe in Reynoldsburg). Our weekly column by Gary Seman Jr., called "Table Talk," often shares the newest cuisine available for Columbus diners. For this week's episode of "The Great Food Debate," host Abby Armbruster speaks with three central Ohio residents who spend their time enlightening people to different cuisines,...

Duration:00:37:39

Great Food Debate: Vegetarian restaurants

5/17/2019
We gathered four vegetarians (and one former vegan) to discuss the best vegetarian restaurants found in central Ohio. This episode's panelists are: - Cindy Gordon, founder of the cooking blog, "Vegetarian Mamma" - Jayme Hitchcock, community manager for Yelp! Columbus - Olivia Minnier, reporter for ThisWeek Community News - Taylor Shook, founder of the Instagram account, @CookedShook, and radio host of "Shook the Cook" for WDUB Where can you find the best vegetarian restaurant in central...

Duration:00:31:02

Great Food Debate: Technology in Restaurants

5/10/2019
In 2019, technology can be found in nearly every aspect of the restaurant industry. From food-delivery systems such as Grubhub or Uber Eats to the equipment that can keep tabs of power outages and fridge temperatures, many restaurants now need tech gurus to run smoothly. On this week's episode of "The Great Food Debate," host Abby Armbruster talked to three people who know about the technology needed to improve the dining experience. This episode's panelists are: - Stephan Harman, co-founder...

Duration:01:01:23

Best New Restaurants in Columbus

5/3/2019
Central Ohio has an ever-evolving list of restaurants for residents to try. But which restaurant has packed a punch in less than two years of opening? Our season 2 debut of "The Great Food Debate" dives into that very question. Welcome to "The Great Food Debate" podcast, where we discuss the best food, drinks and specialties found in central Ohio. This episode's panelists are: - Erin Edwards, dining editor at Columbus Monthly magazine - Megumi Robinson, director of public relations at...

Duration:00:40:44

October is National Pizza Month (last slice)

10/26/2018
As National Pizza Month comes to a close, we are ending on a high note by talking to three people who create pizza toppings that are out of this world. From a mussel pizza (with mussels still in their shell) to one based on Showtime's "Dexter," we discovered how they come up with these pizzas and how they market the oddball concoctions. Welcome to "The Great Food Debate," where we talk about the best food, drinks and more in central Ohio. Three weeks ago, we made a laundry list of the 'best...

Duration:00:44:06

October is National Pizza Month (slice 2)

10/12/2018
Welcome to "The Great Food Debate," where we discuss the best food, drinks and specialties found in central Ohio. For the whole month of October, we are celebrating "National Pizza Month" by focusing on a different topic relating to pizza each week. Last week, we made a laundry list of the 'best-ofs," from favorite deep dish to best high-end pizza found in central Ohio. This week, we interviewed three pizza experts who own local shops in central Ohio, some of whom have national and...

Duration:00:44:58

October is National Pizza Month (slice 1)

10/5/2018
How can you crown just one pizza place "the best" when you have so many categories to judge them on? We asked three pizza lovers to name their favorite local pizzerias in many sects: from the place that makes the best deep dish to the best high-end slice. Welcome to "The Great Food Debate," where we discuss the best food, drinks and specialties found in central Ohio. And welcome to pizza month! America has known October to be "National Pizza Month" for more than 30 years, and with so many...

Duration:00:36:43

Fusian's Stephan Harman rolls in for sushi

9/21/2018
In July, we dared to try the "Hot Fusian Takeover" sushi roll that combined the taste of Hot Chicken Takeover with Fusian. In this week's podcast episode, we talked to the co-founder of Fusian about why he wanted to have the convenience of a fast-food restaurant combined with delicious sushi, and what initially drew him to Columbus' food culture. Welcome to "The Great Food Debate," where we discuss the best food, drinks and specialties found in central Ohio. This episode's panelists are: •...

Duration:00:40:23

Lamenting central Ohio's lost restaurants (part 2)

9/14/2018
With Ritzy's opening Sept. 6, we wanted to take a walk down Memory Lane and remember some of the great restaurants that used to be in central Ohio that are no longer. At one point in time, Ritzy's had 100 locations nationwide, but the last restaurant in central Ohio closed in 1991 -- until now. What other restaurants do we wish would make a comeback like Ritzy's has? This is "The Great Food Debate," where we discuss the best food, drinks and specialties found in central Ohio. This week's...

Duration:00:26:27

Lamenting central Ohio's lost restaurants (part 1)

9/7/2018
With Ritzy's opening Sept. 6, we wanted to take a walk down Memory Lane and remember some of the great restaurants that used to be in central Ohio that are no longer. At one point in time, Ritzy's had 100 locations nationwide, but the last restaurant in central Ohio closed in 1991 -- until now. What other restaurants do we wish would make a comeback like Ritzy's has? This is "The Great Food Debate," where we discuss the best food, drinks and specialties found in central Ohio. This week's...

Duration:00:25:32

Cameron Mitchell's Brian Hinshaw talks seafood

8/31/2018
Just before the end of summer, we're talking about where to find the best seafood in central Ohio. On this week's episode, we were joined by Brian Hinshaw, the executive corporate chef for Cameron Mitchell Restaurants. He discussed which dish you should order if you aren't familiar with seafood and how the various restaurants under Cameron Mitchell ensure the freshest fish and crustaceans on a daily basis. As fate would have it, we talked to Brian just weeks before the Cameron Mitchell...

Duration:00:40:24

Buffets = eat, repeat, repeat

8/24/2018
Looking for a bargain and to eat a lot of food (or both)? One of our panelists has a growing list of nearly 20 buffets that he's been to around central Ohio, so we have plenty of suggestions of where to go We talked buffets on this week's episode of "The Great Food Debate," a podcast about the best food, drinks and specialties in central Ohio. This episode's panelists are: • Sam Clark, @ColumbusGrub on Instagram co-founder • Lee Cochran, ThisWeek Community News managing editor • Scott...

Duration:00:35:13

On fried chicken – you call it skin; we call it 'the crisp'

8/10/2018
Our staffers have loved Hot Chicken Takeover for a long time: Exhibit A, Exhibit B and Exhibit C. To indulge ourselves, we asked a member of the Hot Chicken Takeover team to tell us about their process of making fried chicken and what sets it apart from other places in central Ohio. But just because we love HCT doesn't mean there aren't others that make fried chicken oh-so-well. This week on "The Great Food Debate," we're talking fried chicken. "The Great Food Debate" is a podcast where we...

Duration:00:52:00

Looking for a kid-friendly restaurant?

8/3/2018
If you want to skip a night of cooking, but need to please not only yourself but your kiddos, too, this is the episode for you. We talked to four women who gave plenty of suggestions for where to find the best kids menus and where to grab the best meal without worrying about being too loud or disruptive. Welcome to "The Great Food Debate," where we discuss the best food, drinks and specialties found in central Ohio. This episode's panelists are: • Bethia Woolf, co-founder of Columbus Food...

Duration:00:40:52

Put us on the patio, please

7/27/2018
Take advantage of the warm weather while you can by sitting on one of the dozens of patios that restaurants throughout central Ohio have to offer. Four panelists shared where you can find the best restaurant or bar patios in this week's episode of "The Great Food Debate." "The Great Food Debate" is a weekly podcast about where to find the best food, drinks and specialties around central Ohio. This episode's panelists are: • Nikki Seeley, creator of the @SweetlyCbus Instagram account • Julie...

Duration:00:21:47