The Scoop: Five things to know in Columbus dining news
Crave is excited to introduce our weekly column, The Scoop. Every week, our editors dish on five things we're eating, drinking and gabbing about in Columbus food news. Here's the latest, including an ode to the mac and cheese sandwich at Explorers Club, Hoof Hearted Brewing's new cans, BrewDog and more.
We got word on Monday morning that the Latin-leaning Explorers Club closed its Merion Village doors. We'd like to take this opportunity to bid adieu to their addicting Mac and Cheese sandwich-a carb-on-carb behemoth we're not ashamed to say was one of our favorite gluttonous eats. Fried slices of bread added texture to a creamy, oozing interior and tomato-bacon jam gave it a sweet-acid balance. While we're sad to see the brick-and-mortar go, the upside is Explorers Club won't be disappear completely. The food truck and catering business will continue on.
Hoof Hearted Brewing is now canning and distributing its beer. Picking up a six-pack of Musk of the Minotaur IPA is one of a few things we recommend grabbing for your Fourth of July festivities.
Speaking of beer, the Scottish invasion is official: BrewDog will make its American home on 42 acres at 96 Gender Road in Canal Winchester.
We'd known for some time that L'Appat Patisserie was destined for a move to Clintonville (though the exact location is yet to be announced). The African-French bakery closed earlier this summer in Olde Towne East. Thankfully, the building at 1159 Oak St. won't stay vacant long. The Flamingo Room Bar & Restaurant, a concept from former Mouton owner Yusef Riazi, will bring Southern-style food to the neighborhood.
Campus gourmet hot dog spot DareDevil Dogs (a spot we frequent for the buttermilk fried chicken brat) is looking to take its concept mobile. They've launched a Kickstarter to raise money for a new food truck.