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July
28

The Best Wineries Near Akron and Canton

There's nothing that hits the spot quite like a glass of wine after a long day, especially when the wine was harvested, mixed and fermented right here in Ohio. Ohio's Wine Country gets all the credit for our state's best vineyards — and we agree that those wines are great — but for those who aren't in the mood for a long trip, there are several wineries close to Akron and Canton that are just as good, if not better. If you're a fan of chardonnays or cabernets, you will certainly enjoy spending a few hours at a local winery learning about your favorite varietal. We rounded up some of our favorites in the area, so next time you're in the mood to share a bottle, make sure to support your local community (and have a fun day while you're at it!).

The Winery at Wolf Creek

1637 S Cleveland Massillon Road, Norton

Photo courtesy of Jeff Gibson via The Winery at Wolf Creek

The Winery at Wolf Creek was founded in 1980 by Andrew Wineberg on his parents' property with nothing but 10 acres and a dream. The winery has since grown and fallen under new ownership, but continues to be family owned and operated. The current owner Andy Troutman and his family live on the vineyard year round, and Troutman ensures that the wines produced are top-notch and served with a smile. Locals know that the welcoming atmosphere at this local spot is second to none, and typically flock to the vineyard for fun events like the dog-friendly Yappy Hour and live music Mondays and Wednesdays.

Red Horse Winery

5326 Fairland Road, Barberton Since Red Horse Winery sits on the second highest area in Summit County, it also provides access to some of the most incredible sunsets in the state. While you're enjoying the fabulous view, make sure you have a glass of wine in hand. Owner Joseph Semannsky Junior is an eight generation Hungarian winemaker, and has spent many summers on his family's vineyards overseas learning the art of making incredible wines — and his expertise is certainly apparent once you've tasted the final product.

Gervasi Vineyard

1700 55th St. NE, Canton Gervasi Vineyard has swept the table as far as awards go, earning countless gold, double gold and silver medals for its fabulous wines. While you're sipping on your wine of choice, you can enjoy the Tuscan-inspired dining room, live music on the Piazza and breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Looking to delve a little deeper? Enroll in a culinary class, where you'll learn to make a gourmet meal to pair with one of the Gervasi wines, or enjoy an exclusive pairings tour in the winery, complete with a selection of small bites and wine tastings. Make a weekend of it by staying in a luxurious villa suite on-site!

Nauti Vine Winery

3950 South Main Street, Akron Nauti Vine Winery is nestled on the shore of Portage Lakes, and offers the ultimate wine tasting experience in a relaxing atmosphere overlooking the water. The winery resulted from the passion of local wine enthusiasts, Joe Wathey and Erica Antoniotti, whose vision was to create a Tuscan style winery with fantastic views and a welcoming community atmosphere. The two have accomplished their goal, and welcome locals and visitors alike daily to try Ohio wines and tasty bites. Beer enthusiasts will also find solace here — Mucky Duck Brewery shares a roof with the winery.

Sarah's Vineyard, Winery and Art Gallery

1204 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls Sarah's Vineyard

Photo courtesy of Sarah's Winery

Husband-and-wife team Mike and Margaret opened the doors of Sarah's Winery in 2007, realizing a years-long dream and honoring their late daughter, Sarah. The vineyard and tasting room is an incredible homage to their loved one — boasting shaded picnic tables among picturesque gardens, a rustic chic vibe in the tasting room, a cozy loft, a deck and (of course) excellent wines made from the grapes grown on-site. The newest addition to the property, an elegant pavilion, opened this April, and offers stunning views of the grape vines season to season. Rumor has it that this is a fantastic venue for watching the Cleveland Browns during the fall!

Maize Valley

6193 Edison St. NE, Hartsville Maize Valley truly has everything you could need for a fun weekend getaway, including a winery, craft brewery, farmers' market and even a family fun zone. Shop the market full of homegrown produce, savory meats, fresh breads and delectable cheeses, and create a picnic to enjoy alongside your chosen bottle of wine. The wines are made from grape varietals grown right there in the vineyard, and range from Hanky Panky (a sweet rosé), to Sinfully White (a dry white), Redneck Red (just what it sounds like) and many more. The winery also carries a few fruit wines in flavors like apple pie and blackberry in case you're looking to try something new!

Silver Run Vineyard & Winery

376 Eastern Road, Doylestown

Photo courtesy of Silver Run Winery

If you find yourself in Doylestown, don't miss this family-owned boutique winery. Husband-and-wife duo Ed Sunkin and Christine Sabo bought the property in 2003, pursuing a dream to build and operate a family-friendly farm to host celebrations and special events. The couple pursued a wine education, working through the Ohio State University Agriculture Research and Development Center, and coupled that with winemaking knowledge they gained from traveling across the world. Their expertise has earned them a number of accolades, including "Editor's Choice" awards in 2006 and 2007 from Wine Maker Magazine. Taste the winning wines for yourself by visiting the tasting room, and make sure to strike up a conversation with one of the owners.

ThornCreek Winery

155 Treat Road, Aurora David Thorn, a local landscaping architect, set his eyes on the ThornCreek site back in 2005. Since then he has transformed a forgotten property into one of the most popular destinations in the area, known for its unparalleled scenery, friendly service, seasonal menu, and eleven fantastic dishes that have stacked up an impressive number of awards over the years, including two silvers, a gold and a double gold (don't miss the chardonnay!). A tasting here is sure to be an experience to remember!

Cheers!

Which is your favorite winery in the area? We'd love to hear about it in the comments!
July
28

The Best Things to do in Cincinnati Over Labor Day Weekend

The kids are getting ready to go back to school, the days are growing shorter, and the afternoon barbecues are becoming few and far between. We feel like summer just started, and we're certainly not ready to let it go yet. Luckily, Labor Day Weekend provides one final chance to enjoy all of our favorite summer activities (and enjoy three days off work to boot!). It might be tempting to catch up on sleep with that extra day off, but it would be a shame to miss out on the celebrations and summery events occurring across town, because in Cincinnati, we certainly know how to throw a good party. Here are some of the Labor Day Weekend events we are most looking forward to. Have fun out there — and don't forget your white jeans!

Riverfest / WEBN Fireworks | Sunday, September 3, 12-10 pm

This traditional summer send-off began more than 40 years ago when WEBN set off fireworks to celebrate their 10-year anniversary. Now, it's one of the most anticipated events of the year! The party takes place at Sawyer Point on Sunday, and features live music, food from local vendors, and family-friendly activities. When the sun sets, people on both sides of the river find a spot to enjoy the fireworks and marvel at the light show.

Words on the Water | Friday, September 1, 10 pm - 2 am

Wear all white to this swanky riverboat celebration, which will feature DJs, two floors, food, drinks, and some of the city's best spoken word artists, including Isaiah 58:1 and Genay Hall. All of this will take place at night on the water — which is simply the best place to listen to music and poetry, if you ask us.

The 2017 Craft Beer Series and Music at the Market | September 1-3, Hours Vary

Photo courtesy of Braxton Brewing Company

Cincinnati is home to so many incredible beer entrepreneurs. Thankfully, we are able to enjoy their hop-filled creations at breweries across town, but during the summer, the Findlay Market welcomes a weekly brewer to serve at the biergarten, share their story, and pour two of their seasonal beers. To add to the experience, you'll get to listen to an incredible lineup of local artists. Over Labor Day Weekend, treat yourself to Braxton Brewing Company, and stomp your feet along to the Part Time Gents (Friday) and Liz Wu (Saturday).  

The Ohio Renaissance Festival | Saturday, September 2, All Day

Photo courtesy of Ohio's Renaissance Festival

If you're willing to make the hour-long trek to nearby Harveysburg, you will be treated to the opening day of Ohio's Renaissance Festival — a non-stop adventure that transports you centuries back in time! Enjoy sweet and savory offerings all day long, free-flowing beer, 100 shows daily on 12 different stages, and shops selling trinkets and souvenirs.

FC Cincinnati Soccer vs. The Pittsburgh Hounds FC | Saturday, September 2, 4 pm

Head over to Nippert Stadium to cheer on your local soccer team as they face off against the Pittsburgh Hounds. And don't you dare forget your orange and blue! You can find all of your matchday apparel on the FC Cincinnati website, so you're prepared to cheer in style.

The Rubber Duck Regatta | Sunday, September 3, 3 pm

This charity event is just as fun as it sounds. Buy a duck to compete in the race, and Kroger will donate 15 meals to hungry children in our community! You can purchase your duck of choice (or flock of ducks) at your neighborhood Kroger in the weeks leading up to the race — just make sure to choose a fast one. The winner of the Regatta will drive away with a 2017 Honda and cash prizes.

Free Shakespeare in The Park | Sunday, September 3, 7 pm

To be or not to be at this event is really not a question if you're a fan of Shakespeare. The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company puts on free performances of the playwright's most famous hits in various parks throughout the summer. The series concludes with a bang on Labor Day Weekend, with a performance of Romeo & Juliet in Montgomery Park. Don't miss it, "for never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo."

The Fireworks Train | Sunday, September 3, 6 pm

All aboard! A ride on the Fireworks Train is not an event you and your family will soon forget. Enjoy a 25-mile round trip ride through the city on a vintage passenger car. The wide open windows are perfect for seeing the city sights in all their glory, but you'll be especially thrilled when pull up to the riverfront in style to see the famed WEBN fireworks show.

Labor Day Picnic at Stricker's Grove | Monday, September 4, 1-8 pm

Send summer off with a scream! Strickers Grove Amusement Park will open its doors on Labor Day for a popcorn and cotton candy-filled celebration. After you've twisted and twirled on the roller coasters to your heart's content, the park will close for a picnic-style dinner from 4-5 pm. Then, you can twist and twirl some more until the park closes at 8!

Enjoy Your Long Weekend! 

July
27

Meet the Man Behind Blueberried Alive, A Local Columbus Farm

Even if you're not planning to buy anything, meandering through a farmers' market is an experience in and of itself. You'll smell bright flowers, sample freshly baked pastries, and get to rummage through the piles and piles of fresh produce that the farmers are showcasing. A conversation with one of these farmers can reveal so much about their passions, their hardships, and about why shopping local is always the best way to go. Martin Stehli, owner and founder of Blueberried Alive, is one such farmer. A born-and-raised Ohio native, Stehli has drawn a lot of support from his family and the surrounding community to make his dream of growing and selling fresh blueberries a reality. We spoke to him about his Columbus roots, the beginnings of his blueberry business, and how he keeps those pesky birds away from his crops.

Photos courtesy of Blueberried Alive

Cutler: Tell me about the beginning! How did Blueberried Alive get its start?

Martin: I started it in 2010, but I had some experience in it because my family grew blueberries in Northeastern Ohio. I grew up in that area, learned about which varieties I liked the most, and learned from my failures and successes. I went to college in Columbus and lived there for about ten years, and then planted the farm in Ashland.

Cutler: What did you do before becoming a blueberry farmer?

Martin: I did a number of things. I taught piano lessons and I worked as an arborist planting trees, and I also invested and worked a little bit at UPS — but mostly I've been self-employed.

Cutler: Are you happy with your career now?

Martin: Yes! Definitely. The blueberry business is definitely not a get-rich-quick scheme. It takes a lot of time to get rolling, but now it really seems like things are starting to come together. It gets better every year! The plants are getting bigger and looking healthier, I'm getting a lot of return customers, word is getting out at the market, and I've been branching out to try new things. I also like that it's an occupation that demands a lot of different facets of a person. You have to be part business person, part sales person, part designer, part engineer, part irrigation whiz, etc. So I think I like the challenge. And of course I love being outside! I'm in a really pretty area of the state.

Cutler: So why the name?

Martin: I love puns! At the market, we dump out a lot of empty pint baskets and fill 'em up until they're overflowing, so I thought of the name because I like to think of myself as a little person sitting in that pint basket just being completely covered in blueberries. It's a dream.

Cutler: Birds are definitely an obstacle many farmers face. We read a bit about the farm's eco-friendly efforts to keep birds away, including nets. How have these nets been working so far? What are some of the tactics that have worked best?

Martin: Everything kind of works for a while, and it seems like using nets has been the best strategy so far, but the birds — especially the starlings — are very smart, and it's tough to get them to go away. It's like once they try blueberries, they forget that other kinds of food exists. The nets definitely work, but so do scare tactics like putting out fake hawks or using predatory bird sounds, and sounds of birds in distress. That seems to work pretty well, but I think the best strategy is to use a big combination of tactics, because there is no cure-all.

Cutler: I guess the birds want the blueberries as much as the people do!

Martin: Yeah, and you really can't blame them for it. If I was a bird, I'd do the same thing.

Cutler: How many people work with you at Blueberried Alive?

Martin: It varies depending on the time of year and what all needs to be done, but right now in the summer, I'd say it's about 10 people, and it's mostly picking that they're doing. Some people go out there and pick bucket after bucket, sometimes seven or eight buckets in a day. One girl is 13 and she's really good, and another girl is in her 80s and she's also really good. As far as other tasks on the farm, it's really amazing what a talented few can do. I've found a few people that are really good at what they do, for example Christine Soliman. Christine is like a ray of sunshine — she's the one who takes the berries to the market. She has this car that is painted all over and has pieces of magazine glued to it — she calls it the art car — and it's usually parked right next to where she's selling the berries. She's also working on becoming a great juggler, and her presence seems to really draw people in.

Cutler: Blueberried Alive grows five cultivars, Duke, Spartan, Toro, Bluecrop and Elliot. What are the differences between these?

Martin: There are many different cultivars, and one of the main distinguishing factors is when they ripen. I pick a variety that ripen at different times so I can have a nice long season. The Duke and the Spartans ripen pretty early, the Toro and the Bluecrop are more of a midseason (I like the Bluecrops a lot), and the Elliots are more of a late season. They're not ripe yet, but they'll carry our season even through late August. The mid and late season blueberries have a complicated flavor — sweet and sour at the same time.

Cutler: Can you tell us a bit about the health benefits of blueberries?

Martin: They are one of the best things you can eat! They are high in antioxidants, and like most healthy fruits and veggies, a lot of the health benefits are in the pigment, and the anthocyanins that make up that rich blue pigment are really good for you. There are also polyphenols, vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, folate and fiber. And it doesn't hurt that they're also delicious!

Cutler: How many blueberries do you think you eat per day?

Martin: During the season I eat them all day — I'd maybe say about three pounds.

Cutler: Wow. Do you ever get sick of them?  

Martin: Nope! Never.

Cutler? How do you like them best?

Martin: I like them chilled! I like to put them fresh in the fridge and eat them later. But I also love frozen blueberries, blueberry pies, and there's a recipe for blueberry gingerbread that I love a lot.

Cutler: How do you think the Columbus community has supported or affected your business?

Martin: The Columbus community is very enthusiastic and very friendly. When I go to North Market, I always see people recognizing each other, and I see a lot of friendly faces. It's amazing in such a big city with a population of hundreds of thousands of people, that you still see so many people you know. It feels a lot like a small town. It's fun to see what they're doing with the blueberries. They'll tell me about recipes and such, and they'll be excited to see me too and hear about what I'm planning to do next. I also think it's a wonderful thing that people are willing to buy local. People's food, on average, travels thousands of miles to get to them and comes from countries all over the world. That's such a waste of resources! I don't know if my blueberries are particularly exceptional or not, but I have no doubt that they lose a little bit of something traveling from Argentina. It means a lot to me that they are willing to seek me out at market, buy fresh delicious blueberries, and support my business.

Cutler: Do you have any plans for the future?

Martin: Last year I got together a list of people who would be interested in buying frozen blueberries throughout the year. Not everybody has a big freezer to keep them around, so I saved up a bunch of frozen ones and sent out an email offering to deliver the blueberries to their door. That worked out really well! It's like a frozen blueberry CSA. I plan to keep doing that. If you're hankering for a blueberry fix, you can find heaping baskets of fresh blueberries at Pearl Street Market in Columbus on Tuesdays and Fridays, and North Market on Saturdays. If you can't wait that long, you are always welcome to visit the farm in person for a pick-your-own experience! Blueberried Alive is located at 532 County Road 2302, Loudonville, OH. Contact the farm (and get your name on that frozen blueberry list) by calling 330-221-7764.  
July
14

9 of the Most Beautiful Homes for Sale in Columbus, Ohio

Columbus is on the rise as one of the most desirable places to live. It's in the list of the top 20 cities for business and careers (according to Forbes), one of the top 6 big cities in the country (from Time's Money Magazine), and a prominent fashion hub (USA Today) among other accolades. Aside from national recognition, locals also love Columbus for its friendly people, incredible cuisine and thriving culture. To us, it seems like a pretty incredible place to settle down. There's also the matter of the beautiful homes here! From condos and town homes to sprawling ranch houses and mansions, our beloved town boasts some of the most stunning properties in the state. Whether you're a local looking for new digs, or a newcomer trying to find your first home, we're sure you'll find a perfect fit on this list of charming homes currently for sale. Happy shopping!

A Charming, Cottage-Style Residence

This Home is for Sale at 1289 Arlington Avenue, Columbus | Listed by Linda Wasil

This cottage-style home looks like it was snagged straight from Pinterest. The 5-bedroom beauty covers more than 5,000 square feet, and includes seven fireplaces throughout, a custom designed, hand-dipped cedar shake roof, a spacious swimming pool, and a marble bath with steam shower. Plus, enjoy looking out at the 1.6-acre, wooded lot from the great room which is surrounded by three walls of windows.

A Home Worth Daydreaming About

This Home is for Sale at 792 S 5th Street, Columbus | Listed by Conley & Partners

Pinch us please, because we think we might be daydreaming. This stunning home on 5th Street is filled with the charming and elegant touches that are most desirable in today's market, including exposed brick walls, a spacious kitchen with marble countertops, a secluded back patio, hardwood flooring throughout, and lots of natural sunlight.

A Darling Home Perfect for Entertaining

This Home is for Sale at 3927 Tarrington Lane, Columbus | Listed by Tom & Marsha Amicon

This 3-bedroom home sits in the desirable, Upper Arlington community. If you aren't instantly taken with the charming exterior (just look at those blue shutters!), maybe you'll like the large kitchen with cherry cabinets, the open layout, the stunning landscaping, or the screened porch perfect for entertaining.

A Modern and Luxurious Condo

This Home is for Sale at 50 W. Broad Street, Unit 3501, Columbus | Listed by Meyer & Dial

Maybe you're looking for more modern, luxurious digs. If that's the case, look no further than this stunning condo, which overlooks the Scioto River from the 35th floor. Inside, you'll find high-end finishes, including marble countertops, stainless steel appliances, marble flooring, and recessed and pendant lighting throughout.

An Upper Arlington Dream Home With Custom Woodwork

This Home is for Sale at 2361 Middlesex Road, Columbus | Listed by Joan Thompson

This 5-bedroom home in Upper Arlington is accented by a huge dining room, a large living room, beautiful hardwood floors throughout, two decks, and an enclosed mudroom. Pair that with the charming wood-burning fireplace and the custom woodwork throughout, and you've got yourself a dream home.

A Conveniently Located Home with Character

This Home is for Sale at 316 W. 1st Avenue, Columbus | Listed by Karleya Chard

If you're looking for a charming home with great character in a convenient location (who isn't?), this 3-bedroom home is for you. The property is overflowing with desirable attributes. Take for instance the southern-style wrap-around porch, the hardwood floors throughout, the modern kitchen, or spacious second-floor master bedroom! There's just so much to love.

A Spacious Home in the Gahanna School District

This Home is for Sale at 6350 Casado Drive, Columbus | Listed by Wendy Witker Stahanczyk

This home in the desirable Gahanna school district is the largest in the area, and also one of the most stunning. It's got curb appeal, a spacious two-car garage, a charming front porch, new flooring, an oversized kitchen island and stainless steel appliances — but that's not even all of it. Click here for more details!

A Penthouse Loft in the Heart of Downtown

This Home is for Sale at 106 N. High Street, Columbus | Listed by Meyer & Dial

This penthouse loft in downtown Columbus manages to be rustic, modern, charming and elegant all at the same time. With more than 2,500 square feet, there is plenty of space to spread out, and those views of the Columbus skyline are difficult to come by.

A Beautiful, Traditional Home in Sycamore Hills

This Home is for Sale at 1247 Smallwood Drive, Columbus | Listed by Bill Benninghofen

Experience the best of Sycamore Hills living in this gorgeous, traditionally constructed, 4-bedroom home. The property sits on a nicely manicured lot, and features formal living and dining areas, an updated kitchen with white cabinets and a tile backsplash, and a cozy family room that opens onto the deck — perfect for summer entertaining!
July
13

The 11 Best Places to Get A Burger in Columbus

Columbus is not lacking in incredible food options. In fact, our beloved town is quickly climbing the charts as one of the best foodie towns in the nation, featuring trendy upscale staples, food trucks, and local haunts alike. Even surrounded by all of these incredible choices, there are some days when nothing hits the spot quite like a big, greasy burger topped with all the fixin's. On those days (which occur more often than we'd like to admit), we hit up one of our 10 favorite burger joints in Columbus, so we decided to share the love. From elegant and trendy to just plain delicious, there's a burger for everyone on this list. Enjoy!

Ringside Cafe

19 North Pearl Street, Columbus

Photo courtesy of the Ringside Cafe

Cozied up in an alley in downtown lies a century-old tavern serving up some of the best burgers in town. The Ringside Cafe, which has been around since 1897 (wowza), is a little taste of history in an otherwise modernized, urban area. The dining area is decorated with charming memorabilia from days gone by, including antique paintings and stained glass windows, and features a friendly, pub-like ambience that invites you in to stay awhile. After you've ordered a pint, move on to the "Heavyweights" section of the menu. Here, you'll see an impressive list of burgers, all named after famous wrestling champions — the Oscar de La Hoya, with roasted red pepper, provolone and garlic aioli, is our favorite.

Oliver's

26 North High Street, Columbus Oliver's manages to be cozy, accessible, elegant, and low-key all at once — we suspect the intimate booths and exposed brick walls have something to do with it. Once you've settled down in your seat of choice, the next step will be to choose a burger, which is not a simple task. The menu features seven choices, all wildly different, and all wildly impressive. One that catches our eye is the poutine burger, topped with crispy cheese curds and a rich bourbon demi glace…yes please.

Third and Hollywood

1433 West 3rd Avenue, Grandview Heights

Photo courtesy of Third and Hollywood

If you're looking for a burger experience that's a bit more elevated, Third and Hollywood is your place. The dimly-lit dining room is perfect for a romantic date night, and the menu features chef-driven, cleverly-crafted comfort food with an urban twist. Start your meal off with some whole grilled artichokes or an iron skillet of cheddar herb biscuits before moving on to the main event. The Hollywood Burger is your target, and features Niman Ranch brisket and chuck ground in-house daily, topped with cheddar and served with french fries. This is honestly one of the most beautiful meals we've ever seen, which is why it made our list of The Most Instagram-Worthy Meals in Columbus.

Flipside

3945 Easton Station, Columbus Excuse us for the pun, but the burgers at Flipside really are worth flipping over. The namesake "Flipside" Burger is made with two-year-aged cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, charred red onions, balsamic vinegar and house-made BBQ sauce. Pair that with your choice of hand-cut fries (options range from chili-cheese to truffle) and a milkshake, and you've got a meal that's tough to beat. All of this is served up with a smile in chic, rustic digs — perfect for casual hangouts and date nights alike.

Eden Burger

1437 North High Street, Columbus

Photo courtesy of Eden Burger

We didn't think we'd live to see the day a meatless burger made a top-ten list, but today is that day. Eden Burger opened in early July on North High Street, and has already made a splash in the Columbus food scene with its creative combinations and fun atmosphere. Carnivores, vegetarians and vegans alike will swoon over the hearty cheeseburgers, fried pickles, milkshakes and hand-cut fries — all plant-based, all organic, and all delicious.

Melt Bar & Grilled

4206 Worth Avenue, Easton Gateway, Columbus OR 840 North High Street, Columbus This iconic Ohio chain might be famous for its drool-worthy grilled cheeses, but burger seekers will not be disappointed. Most of the stacked sandwiches at Melt Bar & Grilled are piled high with meat anyway, and the cheeseburger is no exception. This beauty is a mouthwatering collision of two American classics, and features a freshly ground steak burger nestled between two melted layers of cheese and grilled, buttery bread. It's sure to have you cheesin' in no time.

O'Reilly's Pub

2822 North High Street, Columbus O'Reilly's Pub is a local gathering place that you just can't help but love. The venue itself is about as old school as it gets, with leather booth seating, low lighting, and a long wooden bar serving as the centerpiece. The kitchen, which is open until 11:30 nightly, whips up no-frills, inexpensive burgers that are simply mouthwatering. Enjoy it in the bar or outside on the patio during the warmer months.

Stack City Burger Bar

600 N. High St., Columbus

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This cheerful burger joint never fails to impress with its hearty burgers, thick shakes, and a la carte sides. The burgers are all made with locally sourced, grass-fed beef and served on a sesame seed bun, and come in standard and large sizes (always get the large). We recommend the Red White & Blue burger, which comes with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle — and we always add that bacon because 'Merica.

Gahanna Grill

82 Granville St., Gahanna Since 1939, Gahanna Grill has grown its reputation for friendly service, a welcoming atmosphere, and straight-up great food. The restaurant has recently become popular for hosting one of the best St. Patrick's Day parties in town, but the incredible burgers make it a go-to destination year round. Take, for instance, the Beanie burger. The classic stack of beef, bacon, tomato, lettuce homemade slaw may include typical ingredients, but tastes well above average. This is thanks to the expertise of local legend Beanie, who ran the kitchen at Gahanna for a long time, and can still be found hanging around the dining room from time to time!

The Thurman Cafe

183 Thurman Ave, Columbus Of course no list would be complete without an oversized, toppings-loaded burger from Thurman's. Since 1942, this spot has earned a reputation as one of the best burger hot spots in the state — not only because of the expansive burger menu (more than 20 to choose from), but also because of the high quality ingredients and welcoming atmosphere. If you're up for a challenge, square up to the Thurmanator, which includes two 12-ounce burgers, sautéed mushrooms, onions, ham, bacon, lettuce, tomato, pickles, banana peppers, mayo and three kinds of cheese. You might need a few friends for this one.

Bareburger

4560 North High Street, Columbus  OR 463 North High Street, Columbus This New York-based chain might be big now, but it started from humble beginnings. With a hope, a prayer and a love for burgers, a group of friends from California decided to open up a sustainable, locally sourced burger joint in Queens. 15 years later, the restaurant has expanded from its small, run-down ex bakery to locations across the world, including two right here in Columbus. If you're looking for a fresh, organic burger served up with a smile (and a side of fries of course), look no further than Bareburger.

Bon Appétit! 

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The 25 Most Instagram-Worthy Dishes in Columbus

Columbus is quickly climbing the charts as one of the top foodie towns in America. Regardless of what you're craving, be it a heaping grilled cheese, a street taco, or an elegant seafood meal, you can bet to find a pub, restaurant or booth within city limits to curb your hunger. We've gathered up some of the most Instagram-worthy dishes across town, so you can see for yourself. Nowadays, traveling across town, or even across the world, is possible just with the tap of your thumb on a small screen. So enjoy flipping through these completely drool-worthy images of Columbus' best meals, but make sure to actually go and experience them in person afterward. These pictures might look good enough to eat, but the real deal is even better. Ice Cream Almost Too Pretty to Eat from Simply Rolled

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It's BYOB at Poke Bros! (Build Your own Bowl)

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    Just Look at This Crispy Panini from Caffé Apropos
      Or This Incredible Example of a Cheeseburger from Third and Hollywood
Please get us This Grilled Cheese/Burger Combo from Melt Bar & Grilled
A Gyro Wrap from Zaki Grill
This Ice Cream Extravaganza from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
All of This from Brassica Short North
A Spicy, Pickle-Topped Number from Donatos Pizza

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These Sweet Treats from Laughlin's Bakery
A Crispy Stack from Bakersfield Short North
    A Rainbow of Juices from Native Cold Pressed
A Hearty Boxed Lunch from Hot Chicken Takeover
A Family of Unicorns from the Flour Exchange

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    A Beautiful Pie from Goremade Pizza
A Pretzel that EVERYONE Wants from Brezel

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    A Literal Tower of Meat from Lexi's on Third
    A Vegan Burger Good Enough for Carnivores from Eden Burger
    The Perfectly Crispy, Ahi Tacos from Forno Short North

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    A Swoon-Worthy Spread from Condado Tacos

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    Sweet Dreams are Made of Cheese, Thanks to This Creation from Sweet Carrot
    Scrumptious Veggie Toast from Rockmill Tavern
    Fried Chicken Goodness from Standard Hall

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    These Poptarts that are Almost Too Pretty to Eat from Trism

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    This Patriotic Treat from Hadley's Bar + Kitchen
    A Bowl of Goodness from Aloha Streatery
    We hope this didn't make you too hungry! Make sure to follow us on Instagram for more swoon-worthy lifestyle images of Columbus.   

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