WICKED HEN

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Wicked Hen redefines traditional Southern cooking, focusing on bringing farm life to the table. Chef Bryant Walker introduced the New South Cuisine menu concept when he opened the restaurant in late 2015.

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Wicked Hen sources their food from local farms, promising to bring diners hormone free and natural regional dishes. The New South Cuisine fuses traditional southern food with Latin and Asian cultures. The favorites include their fried green tomato sandwich and roasted pumpkin seed pesto pasta for lunch. For dinner, people have been flocking to the braised short rib osso bucco and the pecan crusted salmon. Wicked Hen is open for lunch and dinner, quickly making the restaurant a go-to for delicious, upscale southern dining.

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1350 13th St (2.28 mi)
Columbus, Georgia 31901

(706) 984-7215

www.wickedhenrestaurant.com

11TH & BAY RESTAURANT

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This southern table restaurant in Uptown Columbus is inspired by south- ern hospitality and fresh creative food. 11th and Bay serves traditional southern cuisine in a fun contemporary way. You can expect mouthwater- ing twists on southern favorites such as fried chicken with orange spiced sweet potato waffles or Shrimp n’ Grits with pork belly and citrus ginger germolata sauce. With rotating specials and locally sourced seasonal ingredients, there is always something new on the menu. 

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11th and Bay is also a great bar for meeting friends after work or taking a date. Try seasonal selections from local brewery Omaha Brewing on draft or have one of the signature cocktails like the Dirty South Martini with pimento cheese stuffed olives. 

Located in a historic cotton mill on the river; the atmosphere is laid back, fun and refined. 11th and Bay is a Columbus favorite making it the perfect night out with friends or family. Reservations are accepted and gift cards are available.

HOURS: Monday-Thursday: 5pm-9:30pm
Friday: 5pm-10pm; Saturday: 4pm-10pm Sunday: Closed 

Address: 1050 Bay Ave, Columbus, GA 31901

Menu: 11thandbay.com

Reservations: 11thandbay.com

Phone: (706) 940-0202

WILD WING CAFE

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A couple of advertising executives treated some 300 guests to decadent home- made party food in Atlanta in the early 90’s, on every Super Bowl Sunday. The first dishes to disappear, year after year, were the platters of flavored wings served alongside homemade blue cheese dressing. No big surprise, re- ally, for old family recipes that were unlike anything food-loving crowds had tasted at the time. 

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As the restaurant has grown into a multi-unit company, and the company into a much-loved wings franchise, Wild Wing Cafe stayed true to their roots. While other restaurants are content to use pre-processed frozen foods reheated in microwaves, every Wild Wing Cafe serves great homemade food, dressings, marinades, soups, dips are made fresh every day. Many restaurant chains love to throw out buzzwords like “fresh” and “homemade,” but at Wild Wing Cafe it’s real. Their chicken has never been frozen. 

Their sauces are made daily, as are their batters and trademark dressings. Some of them, like the made-from-scratch blue cheese dressing based on an old family recipe, just can’t be recreated in a pre-packaged version. Their menu is extensive and some of their signature dishes are the White Chicken Chili – have a cup as a starter or a bowl as a meal; Baja Fish Tacos – ask your server to go easy on the cheese and sauce; Oriental Chicken Bowl – available in a half-size, too, so you can go extra light!; Roasted Chicken Dinner –choose two healthy sides and you’re good to go.; The Big Baker – ask for your top- pings on the side, or better yet: top your spud with tangy salsa. 

HOURS: Monday-Thursday 11am–1am; Friday-Saturday 11am-2am Sunday: 11am–Midnight. 

Address: 6525 Whittlesey Blvd, Columbus, GA 31909

Order: doordash.com

Phone: (706) 940-0963

BARE ROOTS FARMACY

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When you visit Bare Roots Farmacy, owner Olivia Amos want you to find urban oasis – a peaceful, friendly atmosphere where you feel at home. While your palate is challenged by the diversity and freshness of the food, your body, mind and spirit is fed and comforted by the world they create in the restaurant. They are ever mindful that you come for the food, but return for the experience. Often, they hope! 

Bare Roots is celebrating their first anniversary in April as they offers a modern approach to healthy eating. They believe in maintaining balance and wellness through the power of clean, locally well-sourced ingredients and sustainability. For lunch don’t miss the delicious Organic Spring Mountain Chicken BLT and the Pan Seared Salmon is a great choice for dinner. 

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Bare Roots was created with the notion that fresh, healthy, creative food
is not out of reach for the casual diner. Bare Roots specializes in prepared gourmet soups, salads, side dishes, sandwiches and breakfasts. They use the freshest in-season ingredients, locally grown when possible, to create a menu of interesting, unusual, globally-inspired flavor combinations. Whether it’s a staff luncheon, bridal shower, or holiday celebration, Bare Roots now offers catering service to your guests.

HOURS: Tuesday-Thursday 11am-8pm; Friday 11am-10pm; Saturday 10am-10pm; Sunday 10am-3pm. 

Menu: barerootsfarmacy.com

Order: doordash.com, ubereats.com

Phone: (706) 887-0005

LUKE’S PUB & STEAKHOUSE

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Located in Ellerslie, GA, Luke’s Pub & Steakhouse combines steak- house elegance with family friendly dining. The food suggests white table clothes and candles, but the atmosphere says to kick up your feet andenjoy the time with your loved ones. 

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Their menu offers everything from steak and chicken to fresh seafood. Their kid’s menu is reasonably priced, allowing mom and dad to splurge al ittle bit on a delicious steak or grouper. If you are ready for something different we suggest to try the Boursin Shrimp, featuring six jumbo shrimp stuffed with boursin cheese covered with seasoned bread crumbs, fried to a golden brown and served with blue cheese dressing. 

Open for lunch and dinner, Luke’s Pub is worth the short drive up to Ellerslie.Bring the family and have a great night out at a good price room and wine bar.

HOURS: Tuesday - Friday: 11am–2pm, 4–11pm Saturday 11am–11pm

Sunday: Closed Monday: Closed 

Address: 6080 GA-85, Ellerslie, GA 31807

Phone: (706) 582-2630

DON CHUCHOS

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For the most authentic Mexican food in Columbus, head over to Don Chuchos. Owned and operated by the Ramos family, Don Chuchos offers great Mexican food at a reasonable price.

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Their menu has plenty of options for everyone. From the classic tacos and flautas to steak dinners, it’s hard to go wrong with anything they of- fer. Open for lunch and dinner, Don Chucho's menu variety satisfies even the pickiest of eaters. 

You’ve worked all day, it's evening time and you’re looking for a place to kick back and relax with your friends and family. Often times you find yourself in the dilemma of deciding not only what type of food you want to eat, but where you want to go. There are many Mexican restaurants in Columbus, so how do you choose? Think about what Mexicans call your “antojo”. It’s that voice inside that says, “I’m hungry for” or “I’d like to experience something different”. We’ll help you decide. Make today’s “antojo” Don Chuchos, your place for an experience different than any other Mexican restaurant in Columbus. 

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Don Chucho's are open for lunch and dinner, but are closed on Mondays. The family atmosphere makes it a wonderful place to bring the kids or even the entire soccer team. The Ramos’ and their staff work hard to make every diner feel like family.

HOURS: Monday-Friday 11am–1:45pm; 5–9pm Saturday-Sunday: 11am–9pm

Address: 5770 Milgen Rd, Columbus, GA 31907

Order: doordash.com

Phone: (706) 561-3040 

EPIC

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Epic stands alone in Columbus as the premier dining experience. Located in the heart of Uptown Columbus, Epic presents an intimate dining experience for everyone who steps through its doors. 

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Whether you try the main dining room, the private library or the Chef’s Table, you are in for an evening of fine dining. Their menu is seasonal and pulls from local farmers and artisans. The wait staff is trained in curating a unique and unforgettable dining experience. 

Epic is unlike any other restaurant in the Columbus area. Chef Jamie Keat- ing is a world class chef determined to blend fine dining and the Columbus spirit. Open for dinner, Epic is the perfect place for a romantic date night or get together. 

Epic is the only Georgia restaurant to place on Gayot's Top 40 fine-dining eateries in the United States. Gayot which promotes itself as “The Guide to the Good Life”. Epic also received The Award of Excellence by Wine Ex- pectator, who recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.

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DINNER SERVICE: Tuesday-Thursday: 5:00pm -10:00pm (Prix Fixe Menu 5:00pm-6:30pm)

Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm-10:30pm (Prix Fixe Menu 5:00pm-6:00pm)

Menu: epiccuisine.com

Order: doordash.com

Phone: (706) 507-9909

THE SIMPLY GREEK

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Inspired by a concept through his CNBC reality television show, The Profit, The Simple Greek chain was founded by Marcus Lemonis in 2015. Marcus had always wanted to find an opportunity to share his love of Greek food with the world, and it was an instant success!

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Located on 1228 Broadway, The Simply Greek believes that authenticity lies in the soul and the heart that pervades Greek food.

The Simple Greek is redefining the traditional Greek restaurant with an interactive concept that combines high quality ingredients, open kitchens and Greek atmosphere in a fast casual setting. The people at The Simple Greek want their guests to experience the cuisine as if they were traveling to Greece for the very first time. Their interactive ordering process allows the customer to ask questions about the food while being able to see the products being made right in front of them. 

The Simple Greek prides itself on serving not only the most authentic Greek style food, but a fresh and healthy take on the ancient Greek recipes. The menu features a variety of dishes such as build your own bowls, salads and pitas. Toppings include Greek yogurt, a variety of proteins, veggies and cheeses all at an affordable price. Whether you choose the traditional Greek Gyro fresh off the spit, Dolmades- a combination of rice, beef, and herbs rolled in grape leaves, or the delicious Rizogalo rice pudding, The Simply Greek will satisfy your appetite.

HOURS: Monday – Sunday from 11am-9pm. 

1228 Broadway #100, Columbus, GA 31901

Order: doordash.com

Phone: (706) 507-4976

FOUNTAIN CITY

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Fountain City Coffee is a family owned and operated cafe and roastery where they are passionate about both coffee and community. Here you will find a variety of high quality coffees to sip from, strong shots of espresso, and tasty flavored lattes (hot, iced, or frozen). The majority of their flavors are made in house with the exception of their Ghirardelli chocolate, caramel, and white chocolate. In addition to coffee drinks they also boast a nice selection of loose leaf teas, craft beer and wine that you can sip while admiring the gallery walls displaying portraits of shop regulars by local artist Garry Pound from his Fountain City Faces series. 

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Fountain City Coffee also offers a great selection of edible items including design- your-own breakfast sandwiches, grilled paninis (The Grilled Chicken Pesto, The Roasted Shroom, and The Grown Up Grilled Cheese are popular), deli sandwiches (people love the rotisserie chicken salad and tuna salad), or a variety of delicious baked goods from their pastry case like their fabulous scones (bacon cheddar, blueberry white chocolate, caramel apple, and lemon lavender are some favorites) or salted chocolate chip cookies. 

Fountain City Coffee is a welcoming environment with plentiful seating, lots of outlets, and free WiFi that make it an ideal place to study, conduct business, or people watch. Pop in with the kids for some chocolate milk, Dippin’ Dots, and some time to draw on the chalk wall! For other entertainment they have a fun collection of board games available to customers and a great bi-monthly open mic night that takes place every other Thursday at 7pm.

HOURS: Mon-Wed: 6:30am-8:00pm; Thu-Fri: 6:30am-10:00pm; Saturdays: 8:00am-10:00pm; Sundays: 9:00am-8:00pm.