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Try Buckeye Lake Brewery For Unique Beer

I enjoy a beer or three occasionally like most, but I have not tried a micro-brewery like The Buckeye Lake Brewery until recently. It was a fun experience and I’ve been back a few times to get my growler refilled. 

They offer a range of different types of beer from pale to dark and everything in between. My favorite is their Irish beer. There is a sampler to try them all. They sell beer in 1/2 pint, pint, 20 ounce, and a 64 ounce “growler”. The growler is a jug that you can take home and bring back to be refilled later. 

A growler from Buckeye Lake Brewery.

A Buckeye Lake Brewery growler.

The different sizes are a plus. You can stop buy and have a 1/2 pint if you don’t want to get intoxicated and enjoy one of their fine sandwiches, then have the growler to take home to have a few more.

I found the employees to be friendly folks happy to answer any questions and they take pride in their product and service. If you’re a beer drinker, stop by and support a local business. 


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The Golden Wok Chinese Restaurant In Newark, Ohio.

The Golden Wok is a Chinese restaurant in Newark, Ohio that’s a bit of a secret. It sits in an alley on the north side of the courthouse square in the downtown area. There is a sign on North 3rd street, but it’s high and a little hard to see as time has faded it. From what I’ve been told, it used to be a speakeasy in during the prohibition era and when you’re inside it, it feels like it. The place reminds one of a scene from an old gangster movie.

Newark, Ohio Chinese Restaurant, The Golden Wok

Newark, Ohio's Chinese restaurant, The Golden Wok, has an entrance in the alley just north of the courthouse square.

I’m not qualified to tell you much about the food at The Golden Wok as I’m not a big fan of Chinese food. I enjoyed the meals I’ve had there as far as Chinese food goes though. It’s worth a try just to experience the place.

If you have trouble finding it, look for these signs. I’m also including a map.

Sign for The Golden Wok Chinese restaurant in Newark, Ohio.

Sign visible from the Newark, Ohio square for the hidden Golden Wok Chinese Restaurant.Closeup Of The Golden Wok Chinese Restaurant in Downtown Newark, Ohio.

 

The Golden Wok Chinese Restaurant Sign In Newark, Ohio.

Closeup Of The Golden Wok Sign.


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The Lucky Bamboo Chinese Restaurant In Newark, Ohio.

The Lucky Bamboo is one of Newark, Ohio’s Chinese restaurants that does a good business. It’s on the far west side of town at 1485 Granville Road. They’ve been in business for many years and remain one of the favorite unique restaurants in Newark, Ohio

There is carry-out(10% off) or dine-in. The Lucky Bamboo’s phone number is 740-344-1822. Hungry Chinese food lovers in Newark should try them. They are very close to The Cherry Valley Lodge and The Marriot. They are also a short drive from Granville, Ohio. Don’t settle for fast food on the west side of town when you could have great Chinese and Thai food. 

As of this writing, I cannot find a website for this location. 

Another longtime favorite Chinese restaurant in Newark, Ohio is The Golden Wok, which used to be a speakeasy during prohibition. 

The Lucky Bamboo Chinese Restaurant in Newark, Ohio.

The Lucky Bamboo In Newark, Ohio

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The 2011 Farmer’s Market

The Newark, Ohio Farmer’s Market is on Fridays 3-6  in the downtown off of 3rd street, just south of the square, next to McDonald’s. 

Newark, Ohio Farmer's Market

Newark, Ohio Farmer's Market. Fridays 3pm - 6pm.

 

Chopper Bob’s Motorcycle Tire And Lube In Newark, Ohio.

Newark, Ohio Motorcycle Tire And Lube

Chopper Bob's Motorcycle Tire And Lube And Jugz Tavern In Newark, Ohio

It’s an unusual combanation, Newark, Ohio’s Chopper Bob’s Motorcycle Tire And Lube and Jugz Taverm is a place where you can get maintenance done to a motorcycle while you get a drink and eat at the same time. I have not visited yet, so I’m not sure if they only do Harley-Davidson work or if other brands are services as well. There is more information and a full schedule of entertainment events on their website.

Newark’s motorcycle community is huge and I’ve often wondered why we don’t have more motorcycle repair shops. Many riders go to Mount Vernon Mid-Ohio Suzuki/Honda, The Iron Pony on the east side of Columbus, or other out-of-town shops. It’s great to see a business in Newark and the unique setup is interesting too.

Newark, Ohio Downtown Restaurants. Are They Safe?

I recently noticed a post on the local Newark Advocate website that simply listed the downtown restaurants with some descriptions. Immediately afterwards, the blog trolls there started making comments about how dirty and unsafe the Newark downtown restaurants are. I was surprised as I’ve been to many and I never seen anything alarming.

I’ve worked in a bakery and a pizza restaurant before and I’ve been through a few inspections from the Health Department. I wouldn’t fully trust their inspections, but for the most part, they keep us safe enough. My problem with them is that they nitpick things that do not matter, but pass over some big problems. The main problem that they pass over is the trash.

How a restaurant disposes of trash is the most tell-tale sign of how clean the restaurant is kept. No employee likes to take care of trash, massive amounts of it are created in food the food prep process, and the problem can be hidden out back. If they choose the least expensive trash service, missed pickups are frequent and create a health hazard. Trash problems do not expose everything, but I won’t visit a restaurant with nasty trash area.

I was pleasantly surprised when I went to check on the the trash areas of the downtown restaurants. They were all much cleaner than I expected. Even the grease barrels, the nastiest part of any restaurant trash, were sealed and not bad enough to warrant alarm. I’m not posting all of the photos because just a few give look like every place I visited. I urge you to visit yourself if you disagree.

The Internet is the worst venue to discuss the restaurant business. All that the competition needs to do is post that their competitor has an unclean restaurant. The Newark Advocate’s health inspection database sends of false alarms too. They post every detail of the inspections and so minor, they’re not worth mentioning. The Licking County Health Department gives these minor violations to follow the law and keep the restaurant on their toes for overall big problems. When put into the perspective of “news”, it’s tough to sort through what is truly a hazard and what is not. To make matters worse, The Advocate’s “database” is created by hand input from reports that the Health Department sends them. There is room for error.

If you think that a restaurant has a health hazard, ask the management about it. Any good restaurant is going to thank you as a violation is a serious matter for them. A bad restaurant cannot stay in business long with reported violations either. Making baseless and unproven comments on the Internet doesn’t do a thing for the exception of harming the reputation of a business working hard in a very competitive climate.

As for me, I would eat in almost any of Newark’s restaurants. I’m not going to bash some of the ones that I wouldn’t eat at. For all I know, they’ve cleaned up their act and a revisit may change my mind anyhow.

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The Beverage Source In Newark, Ohio

 

 

The Beverage Source In Newark, Ohio

The Beverage Source

The Beverage Source in Newark, Ohio has a wide range of beer and wine. A patio is also provided for tasting events and relaxing.

Previously located near the Duke Station on West Church Street, they have moved to 1551 West Church Street, close to the Apple Tree Auction Center.

The Beverage Source is privately owned. They have plans for further expansion in the future as there unique business grows.

Their hours are posted on their The Beverage Source Facebook page, along with their schedule of Newark, Ohio wine tasting events.

Thanks to Cultural Offering’s post for alerting me to the new location.

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Dagwood’s – What A Shame

I read in the Advocate that Dagwood’s Restaurant was closing. Who would have guessed? The business had been in the family since the 50′s and it was a Newark, Ohio legend. What could go wrong?

Apparently, a son that didn’t care about it is all that it takes. The Advocate’s story showed a picture of the disheveled chef on the front page. Hair a mess and a shirt unbuttoned at least half-way. The article went on for Mr. Cochran to moan about everything that went wrong of about the past 15 years of the restaurants steady decline. Not one mention of what he could do to turn things around. I couldn’t believe that the Advocate bothered to run the story as anything other than one of those humanitarian articles.

I’m sure Dagwoods seen some tough times. Some of his tales would be setbacks, but nothing overrides the fact that he got handed a once booming business that was bought and paid for. So much so that it took him 15 years to run it down to nothing. Who among us would not love to have been handed an opportunity like that?

Maybe it was bad reporting, but the owner sounds like many that I have heard lately. They add up all of the bad things that have happened and make a decision that things are what they seem, and figure, “What’s the use?”. Dagwood’s owner explained in detail how he had given up. Not so many failed businesses are so revealing. He took no notice that he was sitting on a restaurant that was a Newark legend that had a name. It may now be a bad name, but everybody knows about it and they wish for it’s return to success.

It makes me think about how blinded all of us can be to our current situation. Most of the time, things are not nearly as bad as they seem. A few steps in a positive direction can reverse everything. Dagwood’s owner could have reversed everything today with that one article, but he was to telling his tale of woe. Lesson learned.

On a final note, this is one more failed Newark, Ohio business that did NOT have a website. Since I have started Newark, Ohio Links, I have yet to see a failed business that had a respectable website. I’m not claiming that is why they failed, I’m saying it’s a symptom of failure.

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