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Wendy's Testing Premium 'Black Label' Burgers in Wichita and Columbus

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 7 comments

Wendy's is classing it up with a new line of Black Label Burgers—tagline, "The perfect harmony of signature taste and select ingredients"—currently being tested in Wichita, Kansas, and Columbus, Ohio. The quarter-pound burgers come in Bacon Portabella (with mushroom sauce, muenster cheese, three half-slices of bacon, thick tomato slice, and peppery sauce; $4.89) and Spicy Santa Fe (with guacamole, pepper jack cheese, mixed salad greens, thick tomato slice, red onion slices, and cilantro jalapeño lime sauce; $4.49), says GrubGrade. More

5 Incredible Tacos in Columbus, Ohio

J. Kenji López-Alt 12 comments

Who the heck woulda thunk that Columbus, Ohio, is home to some of the greatest tacos I've had anywhere? Even most Columbus residents former and current are unaware of the awesome truck scene that's unfolded in the city in recent years. I haven't done the math, but I'd be willing to wager that Columbus has one of the highest levels of taco trucks per capita in the country. More

Columbus, Ohio: Bizarrely Delicious Japanese/Korean/French Snacks From Fresh Street

J. Kenji López-Alt 8 comments

After a long day of eating tacos in Columbus, OH last week, the last thing on our minds in the late afternoon was yet more food, but our awesome guides from Columbus Food Adventures insisted that we stop at Fresh Street for some Japanese-style crepes. Knowing we were in good hands, we did. More

9 Thanksgiving-Themed Hot Dogs

Hot Dog of the Week Hawk Krall 8 comments

Two years ago when we first featured Thanksgiving hot dogs they were few and far between. But with the new wave of modern hot dog restaurants—often run by former fine-dining chefs eager to experiment—Thanksgiving has become a serious hot dog holiday. Check out this slideshow for Thanksgiving-themed hot dogs ranging from elegant and creative to straight up ridiculous. More

Columbus, OH: Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Is The Real Deal

Sweets J. Kenji López-Alt 12 comments

I don't have much of a sweet tooth, and I don't generally write about places that specialize in dessert, but over the course of a recent road trip through Ohio, I tasted more than one thing that has convinced me to lift my embargo on sweets long enough to write a post. More

Columbus, OH: Pat LaFrieda Burgers at Knead

A Hamburger Today J. Kenji López-Alt 8 comments

Knead's excellent burger features juicy, beefy Pat LaFrieda beef topped with local or housemade toppings that are thoughtfully applied. More

Street Food Profiles: Fusion Cafe in Columbus, Ohio

Leah Douglas 3 comments

It's time for another street food profile. This time we chat with the people behind Fusion Cafe in Columbus, Ohio, where the menu combines Caribbean, Latin and American flavors—jerk chicken wings with blackberry dipping sauce, bison sliders, mango-blueberry crème brûlée, veggie kebabs, and stewed goat. More

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in Columbus, Ohio

Sweets Brad Thomas Parsons 28 comments

After one spoonful Jeni's won me over for life and, based on the spirited discussion in the comments section, I'm not the only ice cream lover who's wild for Jeni's. I thought it would be worth the trip to sample these seasonally inspired, locally sourced flavors as close to the source as possible. More

Mail-Order Ice Cream from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in Columbus, Ohio

Sweets Brad Thomas Parsons 70 comments

Ordering ice cream online can be a pricey endeavor. But when you're talking about Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams out of Columbus, Ohio, there's very little arm-twisting needed when you can choose from signature and seasonal flavors like Salty Caramel, Chocolate Cornflake Crunch, Gooey Butter Cake, and Brown Butter Almond Brittle. More

Columbus, Ohio: Johnnie's Tavern, Home of the Super Johnnie Burger

A Hamburger Today Nick Solares 14 comments

"I went back to Ohio, but my city was gone. There was no train station. There was no downtown" —The Pretenders [Photographs: Nick Solares] Johnnie's Tavern 3503 Trabue Road, Columbus, OH 43204 (map); 614-488-0110; johnniesbythetrack.com Cooking Method: Griddled Short Order:... More

Standing Room Only: Jeni's Ice Cream

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 18 comments

"Honey Vanilla Bean, Thai Chili, Wildberry Lavender, and Smoked Chocolate aren't exactly the flavors found at most ice cream shops." [Photographs: Nick Kindelsperger] Jeni's Ice Cream 59 Spruce Street, Columbus Ohio 43215 (map); 614-228-9960 The Short Order: Creamy and complex... More

Zaharakos: A Wonderful Trip Back in Time with Burgers and Floats in Columbus, Indiana

A Hamburger Today Daniel Zemans 7 comments

"I loved the feel of Zaharakos so much that even if the food was inedible, I would gladly become a regular visitor." [Photographs: Daniel Zemans] Zaharakos 329 Washington Street, Columbus IN 47201 (map); 812-378-1900; zaharakos.com Cooking Method: Stovetop Short Order:... More

Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace in Columbus, Ohio

Hawk Krall 22 comments

Photos courtesy of Harold LaRue, Jen Killius and Kiesha Jenkins. In early July, Columbus, Ohio became home to Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace, quite possibly the best-looking hot dog joint I've seen in a while. The logo was designed by fellow Philadelphia artist and chili-dog aficianado Thom Lessner, whose amazing paintings of hair metal stars and classic baseball players cover every inch of the restaurant's interior.... More

Hamburger America: Thurman Cafe in Columbus, Ohio

A Hamburger Today Hamburger America 16 comments

Editor's note: Burgermeisters! Here's another excerpt from George Motz's book Hamburger America. George and his publisher were kind enough to allow us to run them here, along with George's beautiful photos. Eat up! Thurman Cafe has all of the trappings... More

Market Scene: Spring in the Midwest

Market Scene Nick Kindelsperger 8 comments

Compared to our West Coast brethren, the fresh picks in the Midwest still look slim. Sure, we have the odd morel (expensive!) and asparagus a-plenty, but compared to the West Coast’s plethora of spring greens and fava beans and the East Coast's odd eggs, we’re still waiting for something to get really excited about. And that’s when you can find an open market. In Columbus, Ohio many of the markets I relied on last year haven’t even opened yet (most open next week, I’ve heard). Of the ones that are, I had the most luck at the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market at the North Market. Even though half of the market was filled with potted plants and loads of... More

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