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Interviewee: Steve Nicholson, Executive Chef/General Manager
Location: 129 East Nationwide Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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Q | What are the most popular items on your menu? Why?
A | The fried chicken bucket, the burger, and our pork coppa are definitely the most popular items. I guess you can say fried chicken is having a “moment” right now that spurs a lot of sales. We have tweaked our original burger recipe and have gone with a smash-style burger. Two patties are smashed on the griddle, then topped with american cheese on a buttered bun. Simple and amazing. The pork coppa has surprised us for sure, it’s not a cut we see many people in town utilizing. It has the look of a pork chop but a more complex flavor when paired with our coconut grits and grapefruit. We always have been known for our great pork and this is a dish we are very proud of.
Q | Are there any items NOT on your menu that are staff favorites (that you’d be willing to serve up to any customer who asked)?
A | That’s a tough question! Our staff always gets to try all of our experiments and most do end up on the menu! We have been using our pastrami scraps on top of fries with cheese on top, so I’m sure those will make an appearance on the menu or as a special at some point.
Q | Your menu includes a lot of things that are smoked, BBQed, etc. That takes a lot of work! Which dish has the most complex preparation?
A | The pastrami for sure! It’s brined for about two weeks, then slow roasted for 12 hours. We smoke it for a while and then cool and slice it! Whew. But it’s worth it as it tastes amazing!
Q | In an interview with ColumbusAlive.com, you mentioned some local collaborations. What have you done so far this year, and what’s to come?
A | Well it’s been a busy year planning, testing, and tasting the new menu. This fall we are looking to do some more beer events with our friends who own local breweries (Seventh Son, The Actual Brewing Company) and maybe a pop up or two on Sundays.
I’m totally headed here for lunch in the next couple weeks. It’s so close to my downtown office!