Beneath the Wonder Bread sign's iconic block lettering sits Cray Eatery and Drinkery, where midwestern flavors mingle with international influences. Longtime Columbus resident Crystal Park hatched the idea for the small-plates-and-cocktails spot while traveling in Cambodia, where she found herself charmed by a bar selling infused spirits. When she returned from her travels, the concept came with her. ?I wanted to bring that back to the states with me,? she told a Columbus Alive writer, ?After that, my basement essentially became a laboratory.?
The results of Park's experimentations can be tasted in specialty drinks such as the Dirty Filthy martini, which features garlic-infused vodka, or the Rum Raisin mojito, which muddles raisin-infused rum with fresh mint. Though the cocktails can stand alone, they're perhaps best when paired with snacks from the menu of seasonal salads and 14 gourmet sliders, including a concoction stacked with fried chicken, waffles, and sage-infused maple syrup. Weekend brunchers can also mow down on treats such as miniature omelets made with technology pilfered from the set of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.