Revived Frezno Brings New Life To Brewery District

| July 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Frezno Bar and Grill in the Brewery District.

Frezno Bar and Grill in the Brewery District. Photo by Steve Stover.

Remember Frezno Eclectic Kitchen on North High, a casual, creative spot that was a favorite in the earlier days of the Short North?

Kevin and Lori Ames have done it all, from food carts to Dagwoodz, The Press Grill, and more recently Cafe Lola, Burgers, Dogs & Fries, and Cinco.

Now comes the new Frezno Bar and Grill, tucked in an alcove at 460 S. Front St., just South of Livingston Avenue.

The new Frezno is large, with two dining rooms and two pleasant patios. The dining rooms feature vintage tile, bricks, high ceilings; the bar room is best for conversation.

One of two patios at Frezno Bar and Grill in the Brewery District.

One of two patios at Frezno Bar and Grill in the Brewery District. Photo by Steve Stover.

The menu covers all of today’s bases – small plates, a must these days, with seven ranging from $6 to $12; soups and salads, including six from $5 up to $15 for an entree salad; pizzas costs between $10 to $15, and are a good size; six pasta from $8 for a half portion to $18, and large plates, including four from $12 for the burger to $28 for the grilled filet.

The portions at Frezno are large, and most dishes can be shared.

Our favorite was the beer braised short rib tacos with jicama slaw. Marlene’s fried chicken was a standout, fried just right and served with crispy polenta, wilted greens with pancetta, and chili garlic sauce, which seemed unnecessary.

We also enjoyed the grilled shrimp “BLT” pizza with oven dried tomato, pesto, bacon, mozzarella, feta, and wilted greens; and the pasta with chicken, wild mushrooms, and asparagus, tomato, feta, and basil olive oil.

From the small wine list, we enjoyed the 2009 Marques de Caceres Crianza (Rioja), a temperanillo blend, Wine Spectator rated and fairly priced at $27.

For being so new, Frezno Bar and Grill is humming right along.

Frezno Bar and Grill is located at 460 South Front Street in the Brewery District.
Open Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturday 4 p.m. to midnight
More information is available through the Frezno Bar and Grill Facebook page.

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Steve Stover is passionate about food. He has taught cooking with Rich Terapak for more than 31 years, and has reviewed restaurants and judged cooking for more than 25 years. He currently teaches cooking at the Franklin Park Conservatory after stints at La Belle Pomme at Lazarus, Columbus State, Sur la Table, and Faire la Cuisine. In addition, he frequently cooks for charity events and speaks to community groups all over Central Ohio. Steve had a weekly restaurant and food commentary program 610 WTVN AM radio from 1996 to 2008. From 1992 to 2004, Steve was the Ohio editor for Zagat Survey, edited five Zagat Survey Ohio editions, and was a contributing editor for several editions of Zagat Survey America’s Top Restaurants. Steve is currently a contributor to Edible Columbus magazine, and a regular guest on WOSU’s Allsides with Ann Fisher. In "real life," Steve retired in January 2012 as the Legislative Counsel for the Ohio State Bar Association, and is involved in numerous community activities.