Taquerias are beginning to rival burger joints as preferred places to get a casual meal in central Ohio.
Tio's Tacos and Tequila is the latest laid-back fresh-Mex joint to join the growing downtown Columbus dining scene.
The restaurant takes over the long-and-narrow storefront that formerly housed DeNovo Bistro & Bar, 201 S. High St.
Esteban Macias, the managing partner of Tio's, said he hopes to use the back room for salsa-dancing lessons and live music.
"I think I'm in a great position," Macias said. "I want to be the place where people meet after work."
One draw could be the margaritas and tropical drinks. Patrons should look for smoked ingredients, fresh herbs and exotic fruits in their beverages.
Naturally, the menu offers a range of tacos, costing $3.50 to $4 each.
One option uses a base of jicama as the tortilla; it is filled with coconut-crusted shrimp or chicken, pico de gallo and chipotle sauce.
Other taco choices include chorizo, carnitas, steak, shrimp and fish, but Tio's also features lomo verde (roasted pork chopped and finished in green sauce) and pork belly topped with avocado sauce and pickled onions.
Vegetarian options are available, too, and a lettuce wrap can be substituted for corn or flour tortillas.
Most entrees are $11 to $18.
Special entrees include molcajete stew served in a stone pot, the burrito Mexicano smothered with cheese and red and green salsas, and a Mexican-style shrimp cocktail served in tomato salsa, pico de gallo and avocado.
On Sundays from noon to 3 p.m., Tio's will offer a $20 special with unlimited chicken fajitas and margaritas.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to midnight Thursdays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.
For more information, call 614-914-8818.
Dublin is getting a Katzinger's Delicatessen.
Central Ohio's third Katzinger's will be in the Shops on Muirfield in two vacant storefronts adjacent to NAPA Kitchen + Bar, 7148 Muirfield Drive.
Tim Rollins, president of CityBrands, owner of NAPA, Katzinger's and other restaurant concepts, said a fall opening is planned for the 4,000-square-foot deli. It will sit about 80.
Rollins, also a co-founder of local developer Metropolitan Partners, said it would be similar to the original Katzinger's, 475 S. Third St. in German Village, but with an expanded specialty-grocery section and full-service deli.
CityBrands, the restaurant division of Metropolitan Partners, bought Katzinger's in 2016 from founder Diane Warren. A smaller version, Katzinger's Little Deli, is in the North Market.
The original Jewish-style deli is known for its extensive list of sandwiches and sides, plus artisan cheeses, meats and other boutique-grocery items.
Meanwhile, CityBrands is getting ready to open a second NAPA Kitchen + Bar in a month or so in the Cincinnati suburb of Montgomery.
The Goat at LC RiverSouth has introduced a quick-serve, weekday lunch menu for busy diners in downtown Columbus.
The deals offer soup-and-salad or soup or salad and sandwich combos until 3 p.m. In addition, the Goat offers a smattering of sliders -- including its vaunted pizza rolls -- and wrap sandwiches.
Also, a coffee bar will open at the front space of the restaurant, 219 S. High St.
Serving Crema Coffee from Tennessee, the Goat also has an in-house pastry chef making buttermilk biscuits, baked-apple cinnamon rolls, muffins and breakfast sandwiches from scratch.
It also has a rare find for Columbus: coffee over gelato, known as affogato.
The coffee shop is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Kraft House No. 5 reopened last week with a new look and seasonal menu.
Orion Trifoni, who purchased the Powell restaurant from Louie and Michael Pappas, closed Kraft House No. 5, 5 Liberty St., after Mother's Day to start a remodeling project and reboot the menu.
The bill of fare will be "upscale American ... with a hint of Italian," Trifoni said.
On a related note, the local restaurateur said he plans to open a Koble Grill in Powell, a follow-up to the original in Westerville.
The PGA TOUR Grill has opened at John Glenn Columbus International Airport.
The restaurant, a concept introduced by HMSHost, the airport's food and beverage contractor, is in Concourse C.
The PGA restaurant at the airport joins Land-Grant Brewing Co., American Craft Tavern, Bob Evans, Max & Erma's and Eddie George's Grille 27 as some of the airport's primary food options.