Prepare to get messy: Boiling Seafood Crawfish is dishing up a different kind of finger food.
The new restaurant, 1446 Bethel Road, specializes in Louisiana-style boiled seafood.
Patrons are provided bibs and plastic gloves for reasons that will become obvious when the food arrives.
"The dining experience is definitely different," general manager Stevan Lee said.
Lee suggests diners begin their experience with a "handful" ($32) -- a pound of whole crawfish (which are alive when they enter the kitchen), a pound of shrimp, a dozen andouille sausages, a half-pound of clams, two servings of corn and two potatoes.
He said the meal easily feeds two people.
Step two of the process is selecting the seasonings: juicy Cajun, garlic butter, lemon pepper and homemade juicy, which is a mix of all three.
Next is picking one of five heat levels, from baby spice to extra spicy.
Lee recommends choosing carefully.
"I'm a medium kind of guy, but after tasting the level of spiciness, I have toned it down to mild," he said.
Those who prefer to choose their own seafood can pick from 11 types. A few examples are lobster, Dungeness crab, king crab and, of course, crawfish, which come from Louisiana.
Most seafood is sold at market price and served with one serving of corn and a potato.
All the boiled dishes are served in a bag and are eaten with one's hands.
The menu also features raw oysters, an assortment of appetizers, deep-fried basket meals, soups, etouffee, po' boy sandwiches and sides, with few dishes topping the $15 mark.
Boiling Seafood Crawfish, which seats 110, has taken over the former Panda Inn. The original Boiling Seafood Crawfish is in Cleveland Heights.
The local restaurant's interior has been redecorated and modestly reconfigured, with some minor touches still in the works, Lee said. The restaurant has a full bar.
Hours are 4 p.m. to midnight Mondays through Wednesdays and noon to midnight Thursdays through Sundays.
For more information, call 614-592-1888.
Coming soon to central Ohio: a burger joint that won't serve beef.
Eden Burger, a fast-casual vegan restaurant offering plant-based burgers, fries and milkshakes, is expected to open in a few weeks in the former DareDevil Dogs storefront at 1437 N. High St., just north of the Short North in Columbus.
Co-founder Chad Goodwin said the menu's all-organic edible foundation is "our best weapon to fight against the greatest environmental problems we face today" -- climate change, deforestation and ocean pollution, among others.
The concept has been tested over the past few months at kitchen-takeovers in the Short North, Goodwin said.
All five founders are trying to change people's opinions and perceptions of a meat- and dairy-free diet, he said.
"What we're trying to do with this is shatter the stigma of what it means to be vegan or plant-based," Goodwin said.
The second Licking County location for Moe's Original Bar B Que is scheduled to open this month.
A follow-up to the restaurant in Granville, the latest Moe's will be at 21 W. Church St. in downtown Newark.
Part of a restaurant group based in Vail, Colorado, Moe's is known for its Alabama-style barbecue, Southern sides, seafood and freshly made desserts.
Here's more proof that hot chicken is taking over the country: Donatos is launching its hot-chicken pizza and subs in all locations.
The additions are a result of the response to Donatos' hot-chicken pizza at its Nashville location, the apparent birthplace of the spicy-poultry craze, a company spokeswoman said.