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Fried seafood is the order of the day at Shrimp Hut, a new delivery operation at 61 S. Hamilton Road in Whitehall.

Fried seafood is the order of the day at Shrimp Hut, a new delivery operation at 61 S. Hamilton Road in Whitehall.

Its opening marks Harold Ray’s return to the restaurant business after 10 years in banking.

Menu options include shrimp (of course), sea perch, walleye, catfish, and more, served as sandwiches, dinners, and combo platters. The homemade blended dough gives items just the right crunch, Ray said.

Whiting turned out to be a top customer favorite, perhaps because of the gargantuan nature of an order.

“You could buy a sandwich and feed two people,” Ray said.

Guests also have a choice of dishes that are hard to find in central Ohio: frog legs, breaded oysters, and clam strips.

All sandwiches are priced at $ 10 or less, and dinners – served with fries, coleslaw, and hushpuppies – are $ 13 and under. Shrimp platters are more expensive, depending on the number and size ordered.

Side dishes include southern classics, such as mac and cheese, collard greens, fried okra, and fried green tomatoes.

Ray’s wife Juanita makes all the desserts out of thin air: chess pie, sweet potato pie, and peach cobbler, to name a few. She also makes okra with seafood and spaghetti with meat sauce, which come on the side.

Ray said he could make some adjustments to the menu, but seafood will remain the top priority.

“You know Jesus fed the people fish,” he said. “I am not saying that I am Jesus, but I am part of his people.”

The restaurant has its roots in Indianapolis, where it was founded in 1973 by Dell Flemingser. Harold Ray’s family got into the business when his son, Kerry, married Flemingser’s daughter, Darlene. They own three Shrimp Hut stores in the state capital of Indiana.

Shrimp Hut is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For more information, call 614-866-6400.


The highly anticipated Valter’s du Maennerchor is scheduled to open on January 19 in the Brewery District.

Valter Veliu, co-owner of Jimmy V’s in the Brewery District, rents the Dutch House, 976 S. High St., where the Columbus Maennerchor meets.

Veliu said his menu would have a decidedly German flavor, featuring dishes such as cutlets, bratwurst, pork chops and Hamburg leek soup.

The plan is to be open for lunch and dinner on weekdays, with brunch and dinner on Fridays and Saturdays.

Guests do not need to be members of the Maennerchor, the oldest German Columbus singing society dating from 1848. However, special discounts will be given to those joining the Maennerchor, and the group’s choirs will continue to perform. practice at the Dutch House.

Valter will have a full liquor license.


Smokehouse Brewing Co.’s annual Robert Burns dinner, which is known to turn a little blue as the night progresses, is scheduled for January 23.

The 17th annual event, an ode to the late Scottish poet Robert Burns, who wrote Auld Lang Syne, will feature single malt scotch, specially made Robert Burns Scottish Export Ale, a four course meal and recitations of Burns’ work, which can be both tender and rude, said Lenny Kolada, owner of The Smokehouse, 1130 Dublin Road.

Not to be neglected, the haggis, a salty pudding made from offal, oats and light seasonings cooked in an animal casing. Kolada, who is a fan of the dish, said the inside looks like crumbled sausage.

“If we didn’t have haggis for our Robert Burns dinner, I don’t think we would be selling a lot of tickets,” Kolada said.

It is the subject of a solemn presentation, scrolls through the restaurant for all to see.

“It’s actually one of my favorite things of the night, just the look on the faces of people who don’t know what’s going on,” he said.

Tickets cost $ 60 each. Although there is no deadline to buy, only 66 tickets are available and the event often sells out. Tickets are available on or at the restaurant, 1130 Dublin Road.

For the 25th year in a row, Block’s Bagels on the East Side will be open on Christmas Day.

The restaurant, 3415 E. Broad St. near Bexley, will serve bagels, eggs, omelets, challah French toast, freshly brewed coffee and more from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Block’s other location, at the McNaughten Center, will be closed, owner Steve Block said.

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