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

8/10/2018
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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...

Duration:00:52:00

Looking for a kid-friendly restaurant?

8/3/2018
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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...

Duration:00:40:52

Put us on the patio, please

7/27/2018
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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 •...

Duration:00:21:47

Who could have a beef with burgers?

7/20/2018
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Following the success of our barbecue episode, we'd be remiss if we didn't talk about the all-American burger. Where can you find the best burger in the Columbus area? That's what this week's podcast is all about. Welcome to "The Great Food Debate," where we discuss the best food, drinks and specialties found in central Ohio. This episode's panelists are: • Shane McCloskey, co-founder of Columbus Grub on Instagram • Sam Clark, co-founder of Columbus Grub on Instagram • Vince Tornero,...

Duration:00:29:18

Backpack, campfire and the great outdoors

7/13/2018
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We're spending some time in the great outdoors during this week's episode of "The Great Food Debate," a podcast about the best food, drinks and specialties found in central Ohio. But this week's topic aligns with our summer series thus far of barbecue and ice cream. We're discussing the greatest spots to go camping and the kinds of meals you should prepare while on your trip. This episode's panelists are: • Scott Felker, a naturalist with the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks •...

Duration:00:45:46

Here's the scoop on ice cream (feat. Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams)

7/6/2018
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Did you know July is National Ice Cream Month? With that in mind, we thought it was fitting to ask Jeni Britton Bauer, the founder of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, to discuss where to find best ice cream in the area, what she typically orders at other ice cream shops and why ice cream can be so tricky to make right. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams has more than 30 stores across nine states, including 10 locations in central Ohio. With Jeni being a special guest, we started our podcast by doing...

Duration:00:48:54

Praise the lard! (Behold the BBQ)

6/29/2018
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Summer is here, and we know a lot of you will be firing up the grill for July 4th. But how can you make perfect barbecue at home? We brought in four experts to share what cut of meat to buy, how to prepare it and -- if you don't feel like cooking -- where to go in central Ohio to find great food. Welcome to "The Great Food Debate," our weekly podcast where we discuss the best food, drinks and specialties found in central Ohio. This week, it’s all about the BBQ. This episode's panelists...

Duration:00:50:49

It's 5 o'clock somewhere

6/22/2018
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We want a great drink that is part performance art and all deliciousness. We talked to three local panelists about where to find the best cocktails in central Ohio. Welcome to "The Great Food Debate," where we discuss the best food, drinks and specialties found in central Ohio. This episode's panelists are: • Alex Bokeno, Beam Suntory southern Ohio territory manager • Jayme Hitchcock, community manager for Yelp Columbus • Erin Edwards, dining editor of Columbus Monthly magazine Where...

Duration:00:30:03

Diners and greasy spoons (or are they the same thing?)

6/15/2018
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What kind of food are you searching for when heading to a diner? Diners are great standbys for delicious "greasy spoon" meals, whether you're there for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We talked to three panelists this week about the American institution where you can grab a seat at the counter, eat a great omelet or sip coffee while finishing off a slice of pie. Let's get into it. Welcome to "The Great Food Debate," where we discuss the best food, drinks and specialties found in central...

Duration:00:37:47

Summer date-night picks – cheap or fancy

6/8/2018
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Want to plan a special night with your significant other but your mind is drawing a blank? Sick of stopping by the same old restaurant for a celebratory occasion? Our five – that’s right, FIVE -- panelists came up with dozens of options to keep you entertained and well-fed all summer long. In addition to finding an option for your next date night, we also debated which Cameron Mitchell restaurant is best. This is "The Great Food Debate," a podcast about the best food, drinks and...

Duration:00:40:55

Rise and shine; it's breakfast time

6/1/2018
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Is there a better breakfast spot in central Ohio than your own kitchen? One of our panelists in this week's episode believes the best breakfast can be found by heading to a grocery store and grabbing a box of cereal. But to the bigger connoisseurs of breakfast fare, including fellow panelist Nick Dekker, who created a blog 11 years ago called "Breakfast with Nick," some fantastic breakfast options are just a short drive away. Welcome to "The Great Food Debate," where host Abby...

Duration:00:26:37

Comamos tacos y burritos

5/25/2018
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Have you ever met someone who loves tacos but despises salsa? One of our panelists shared this secret on this week's episode of "The Great Food Debate," which is all about tacos. ¿Muy loco en la cabeza, correcto? This episode's panelists: • Bethia Woolf, co-owner of Columbus Food Adventures and co-founder of "Taco Trucks in Columbus Ohio" blog post • Julie Miller, founder of "What Should We Do Today?" blog, about what to do in Columbus • Neil Thompson, assignment editor for...

Duration:00:33:14

Coffee -- I gotta have COFFEE!!!

5/18/2018
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As journalists, it's kind of a given that most of us will start our morning with a cup of coffee (or two or three). Heck, many of us need that daily dose of delicious -- magical even -- caffeine just to function. So grab a cup and (big yawn) wake up to this week's episode of "The Great Food Debate," a podcast where we discuss the best food, drinks and specialties found in central Ohio. This one is all about coffee. This episode's panelists are: • Katy Nye, co-founder of the Columbus...

Duration:00:28:27

Gourmets on wheels: Not your father's factory food truck

5/11/2018
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If you ask your parents about food trucks back in the day, they might recall the old shiny-silver box trucks they probably referred to as roach coaches. Every weekday, one would pull into the factory parking lot, and its trio of gates would swing open for you to grab a lunchmeat sandwich on stale white bread and a bottle of pop. Then you would hand the driver a Lincoln and wait for him to push the button on his change belt so you could enjoy the remaining 10 minutes of your break. Food...

Duration:00:31:39

May the Fourth Be With You

5/4/2018
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Would you eat a porg? Yes, we went there on this week’s “Great Food Debate” podcast. It’s the May 4, 2018, episode, so we were forced to do a “Star Wars” theme. Get it? May the Fourth? This episode's panelists are: With whom would you want to share a meal on the Star Wars universe? With whom would you hate to share a meal? Oh, yes, the porg question: Neil and Patrick would eat one. Andy, who has a pet bird, absolutely would not. New episodes are released every Friday. Subscribe to...

Duration:00:27:56

Not all wings are created equal

4/27/2018
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Let’s face it. A lot of restaurants have chicken wings on their menus. Some simply are better than others. This episode's panelists: Where can the best wings be found in central Ohio? 1542 N. High St Other wings mentioned: New episodes are released every Friday. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher. Have any suggestions on what we should talk about? Email us at online@thisweeknews.com or tweet us at @ThisWeekNews. Find them here: * On iTunes, go to...

Duration:00:21:09

Doughnuts -- Oh, Those Yummy Doughnuts

4/20/2018
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ThisWeek Community News host Abby Armbruster and guest panelists Jim Fischer, Vince Tornero, Erin Edwards and Lisa Proctor like doughnuts -- a lot! They have their favorite flavors and top picks for doughnut shops in central Ohio, and they weigh in on what types and flavors aren’t getting it done. This episode's panelists: Where can the best donuts be found in central Ohio? 4061 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus1998 N. High St., Columbus59 Spruce Street Other donuts mentioned: New episodes...

Duration:00:29:50

ThisWeek Great Food Debate: Best Local Pizzas -- and Who's Got 'Em

3/30/2018
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ThisWeek Community News host Abby Armbruster and guest panelists Andrew King, Neil Thompson and Rebecca Zimmer toss around their views on the best style of pizza and which central Ohio pie-makers have the best ones. Armbruster is a page designer and social-media coordinator for ThisWeek Community News. King is a ThisWeek staff writer covering Westerville and Worthington. Thompson is a ThisWeek assignment editor. Zimmer is a production manager for ThisWeek and The Columbus...

Duration:00:24:08

ThisWeek Great Food Debate: Local Brewery Scene

3/30/2018
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ThisWeek Community News host Abby Armbruster and guest panelists Andrew King, Lorrie Cecil and Rebecca Zimmer chat about the central Ohio brewery scene and give their "expert" opinion on local suds. Armruster is a page designer and social-media coordinator for ThisWeek Community News. King is a ThisWeek staff writer covering Westerville and Worthington. Cecil is a ThisWeek photojournalist. Zimmer is a production manager for ThisWeek and The Columbus Dispatch. Produced by Scott Hummel,...

Duration:00:20:39