Elevated rustic fare from two Columbus dining veterans

While this space on King Avenue has seen some turnover in recent years, we’re hoping that its newest tenant, Alqueria, is here for the long haul. Chefs and owners Jacob Hough and Patrick Marker know the industry well; the two were long-running stars on the culinary team at Barcelona in German Village. Invoking the same sense of thoughtful cuisine and warm hospitality, Hough and Marker focus now on hearty yet elevated rustic fare that’s Spanish in name (“alqueria” means “farmhouse”) but frequently Ohio in origin.

Alqueria serves lunch and dinner, while also offering an enticing happy hour—all of which can be enjoyed on its front patio in warmer months. The eatery’s décor lends itself to the “farmhouse” moniker, with a combination of rough-cut wood and stucco punctuated by bright greenery.

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Hough, Marker and their team have crafted complex but approachable fare, starting with a fine selection of cheese and charcuterie and moving to small plates like charred octopus migas, green hummus with ras el hanout-spiced flatbread and Brussels sprouts with a smoky blue cheese. Rounding out the menu are familiar dishes given new twists: buttermilk fried chicken, cider-brined pork chops, cassoulet with duck leg and pork belly, roasted cauliflower with za’atar.

The long and short of it: Alqueria is a worthy addition to Columbus’ dining scene, an exciting new spot from two of its longtime contributors.

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