Food and Drink

Ohio food banks partnering with delivery companies

Illustration of a traffic light with place setting shaped lights.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Food banks and pantries nationwide are increasingly relying on donated services from delivery companies like DoorDash and Amazon to get food to people who need it.

Libby Lou's Fun Factory offers decadent Harry Potter milkshakes

Harry Potter themed butterscotch milkshake topped with glasses, cake and a wand.
The ButterBeer milkshake at Libby Lou's Fun Factory is butterscotch ice cream topped with Harry Potter glasses, gold coins, whipped cream and caramel popcorn. Photos: Mary Jane Sanese/Axios

๐Ÿ‘‹ Mary Jane here. If you're a Harry Potter fan and love milkshakes, I found the perfect place for you.

Driving the news: Libby Lou's Fun Factory, which recently made Yelp's list of the most outrageous milkshakes, offers decadent shakes filling enough to count as a whole meal.

Where to celebrate National Coffee Day in Columbus

Animated illustration of a suited hand with the finger pushing a coffee cup on the screen
Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Dedicating just one day to something as crucial as coffee seems like a massive oversight, but hey, we don't make the made-up-holiday rules.

Looking for some coffee shops off the beaten path? Give these a try:

Columbus on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives"

Guy Fieri holds a tray with a stack of waffles
Photo: Business Wire

You know it's good eatin' when the mayor of Flavortown gives a restaurant his stamp of approval.

  • Guy Fieri may travel the country in search of killer cuisine, but we know we're in the Columbus-born host's favorite state.

๐Ÿฆ Soft serve worth every penny

Photo of a sundae called "The Penny," a Little Ladies latest seasonal sundae featuring fall flavors of pumpkin and chai, topped with cardamom caramel sauce and homemade corn puff brittle
Little Ladies' seasonal sundae, The Penny, tastes like fall with flavors of pumpkin and chai topped with caramel. Photo: Mary Jane Sanese/Axios

๐Ÿ‘‹ Mary Jane here. Looking for a new ice cream spot around town? You're in luck. Whenever a new one opens, I'll be there to investigate.

Driving the news: I have an affinity for ice cream. I used to work for Jeni's and have eaten my share over the years.

๐Ÿบ Ohio's breweries rebound

Credit: Data: Brewers Association; Table: Thomas Oide/Axios

Most of Ohio's breweries bounced back in 2021 after pandemic-related shutdowns crippled the industry.

Driving the news: Of the 10 largest breweries in the state, eight increased production in 2021 compared to 2020, according to an exclusive Axios analysis of data from the Brewers Association, the industry's trade group.

๐ŸŽฃ Catch of the day: Windward Passage

Perch. fries, asparagus, a lemon and tartar sauce on a plate on a wooden table
A Windward Passage fried perch dinner. You're gonna need a bigger plate. Photos: Alissa Widman Neese/Axios

๐Ÿ‘‹ Alissa here. As someone who grew up in a Lake Erie town, there's no delicacy quite as nostalgic as a deep-fried perch dinner.

  • Sadly, they aren't easy to find around these parts.

New restaurants to check out this week

Data:ย OpenTable; Chart: Axios Visuals

New data should give local restaurant owners a reason to toast.

What's happening: For the first time since 2019, Columbus reservations booked through OpenTable exceeded pre-pandemic levels for a sustained period and appear to be on the upswing, according to new data from the company.


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