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October is National Pizza Month (last slice)

10/26/2018
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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...

Duration:00:44:06

October is National Pizza Month (slice 2)

10/12/2018
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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
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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...

Duration:00:36:43

Fusian's Stephan Harman rolls in for sushi

9/21/2018
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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...

Duration:00:40:23

Lamenting central Ohio's lost restaurants (part 2)

9/14/2018
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 a...

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 Armbruster...

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 ThisWeek •...

Duration:00:33:14