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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Posted by:sadslacker.
Time:1:38 pm.
So it seems like most the restaurants in Columbus either don't do much for Thanksgiving or are just super quiet about it. Not even the Worthington Inn website mentions their upcoming buffet that people tell me they have.

Does anyone know what places are doing a holiday buffet? I'm not having alot of luck searching on the net and checking restaurant websites.
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Monday, April 16th, 2007

Subject:Chi Thai
Posted by:laserkitty.
Time:8:25 am.
Kind of a cheesy name and certainly not what I expected from a Thai food place in a strip mall, it was fantastic. This place is located on Hamilton Road just north of Morse Rd, past Meijer on the left hand side.

The decor was pretty trendy and almost upscale. We went for lunch on the weekend and it was doing a decent amount of business. The menu is extensive and impressive. Prices were middle of the road. Service was fast and friendly. The food was excellent.

The only down side, which really isn't a down side - we went with our six month old and there were no diaper changing facilities in the bathroom. It's not really geared toward families, which is totally fine - at least we know now!

I highly recommend this place!
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Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Subject:My Favorites
Posted by:living_insanity.
Time:6:09 pm.
Now that we've moved away from Columbus I miss these places

Pig Iron BBQ, pulled pork sandwich and fried pickles and the corn pudding
Thurmans (hamburgers and the jalapeno bottle caps)
Schmidts (german buffet, love the bahama mama sausage)
Mohawk (the roast beef/chicken salad sandwich, the combo is amazing)
Buffalo Wild Wings (spicy garlic sauce on the boneless wings)
Old Bag of Nails (for the BEST fried pickles)
Amul India definately my favorite Indian restaurant, nice buffet for lunch.
Barcelona- I had the best lamb shank ever there
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Sunday, January 7th, 2007

Subject:Eddie George's 27 Grill
Posted by:quidditchgrrl.
Time:1:13 am.
Mood: cheerful.
We had dinner tonight at Eddie George's 27 Grill in the University District.

The wine was good (from what my sister said), and the drinks well-mixed (again, the opinions of others).

The food? Hit and miss.

The appetizers were, far and away, the best thing about the meal. I had roasted red pepper hummus, which was some of the nicest hummus I've had. Salty, garlicky, and red peppered. Yummy! The calamari and shrimp were very tasty as well, and the Buckeye Nachos - yum!

Entrees were a chorus of "meh" all around, however.

Two of us had a turkey burgers that were unintentionally seared within an inch of charred. Maybe the grill person thought it should be cooked like ground beef? The hamburger another person had was cooked the same way.

My husband had a chicken club wrap, which he said was "good, you can't mess something like this up."

Two of our group had fish - tuna steak and grilled salmon - overcooked and served without sauce or seasoning.

Chimichurri was ordered, deemed "pretty good."

All in all, I'd say it's definitely a place to hang at the bar, drink and have appetizers while you watch the playoffs. Then grab dinner at The Happy Greek down the block.

Anyone else have a similar/different experience?
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Monday, November 6th, 2006

Subject:good chinese?
Posted by:venustus.
Time:12:24 pm.
Does anyone have any suggestions for good chinese food on the South East side/ Bexley?  I moved from the Grandview/ Upper Arlington area where I was spoiled to death by China Dynasty.  As it is right now, I drive all the way out there to get take-out when I need good chinese.  I would love to find some place closer.  Thanks for your suggestions!!
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Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

Subject:Culinary Classes?
Posted by:laserkitty.
Time:12:46 pm.
My husband and I both enjoy cooking (and eating). I thought for our anniversary this year that I'd sign us up to take a cooking class or two together. I've done a web search and the only thing we *might* be interested in that I've found thus far is offered by Chef Handke - but I'm not sure the topic is something we'd both really enjoy. Our anniversary is in early November and he's got a class on Thanksgiving.....I'm thinking we want something a little more exotic than that. Has anyone taken any cooking classes around town that they'd recommend? I know that Sur La Table at Easton has classes frequently but they don't have a November calendar up yet.

Thanks for any tips!
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Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

Subject:Catering reviews
Posted by:living_insanity.
Time:11:15 am.
Whole Foods
We ordered the small quesadilla trio from Whole Foods. When we ordered the person at the counter didnt exactly know what the flavors were. We ended up getting black bean, chicken, and mushroom. The small was a HUGE amount of quesadillas, we had 11 people and everyone got plenty to eat at the party between the quesadillas and other food. The black bean were the biggest hit, I had the chicken which were very good. Mushroom was a huge bomb. Whole Foods will make whatever you want, so if you are throwing a party and want to order these quesadillas I would chose either a different third option or have them do just the black bean and chicken. It came with 3 hollowed out bell peppers, one was filled with sour cream, one with guacamole, and one with salsa. I picked up the trio on Saturday for a graduation party on Sunday. I just threw them in the oven and made them hot and melty. Very yummy :)

Fresh Market
We ordered a small Signature Sandwich platter. The sandwiches were all a little strange. I had a turkey sandwich with some sort of fruity spread in it. There werent a ton of sandwiches and we had leftovers because I think people didnt like them. The roast beef may have been good, but the turkey with fruity spread wasnt good. The other sandwich on the platter was a turkey with artichoke which sounded good but was also a little weird.

Both platters were about $40. The Whole Foods Quesadilla trio was definitely worth it
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Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Posted by:jonesing.
Time:5:33 pm.
My mom found a pretty awesome Vietnamese restaurant at Polaris, called Ha Long Bay. I've been there only a few times, so I'm not that familiar with their menu. They do have these great "Summer Rolls," with mango, avacado and cilantro, a pretty good Mango Salad (but next time I get that, I think I'll ask for the sauce on the side, I think they put too much), and really yummy Beef Noodle Soup with lots of beansprouts and basil. The service isn't too awesome, the first time I went there was just one lady serving probably 10 or more tables (last time I went there were about 3 servers, though). But if you have patience it's okay and they all seem pretty friendly. Oh yeah, they also have good Vietnamese coffee and ginger lemonade!

I also wanted to tell everyone about my own family's restaurant. We have a Chinese restaurant called Lai Lai (it's actually our third restaurant), on East Broad Street. It's much smaller and not as fancy as our previous restaurants (which we were aiming for), and this one has only been opened for about a year now. We have some really authentic dishes as well as typical Americanized dishes (almost sadly our best sellers). Some of my favorite dishes are: Fish Filet with Black Bean Sauce, Beef Udon, Mala Green Beans, Ginger Shrimp, Silver Rainbow, Crispy Garlic Tofu, Kung Po Tofu, Ma Po Tofu, and Fiery Szechuan Fish Filet. We're asked to make really traditional dishes sometimes; we've made hot pot for parties a handful of times. We're really flexible with our dishes as well; if there's something you want spicy or you don't want spicy, we can do that, if you want to add or take away some sort of vegetable or meat, we can do that too. I'm not kidding when I say we have a customer who asks us to make chicken noodle soup for their kid. We make desserts, too. Sounds weird, I know, but we make tiramisu, cheese cake, mango/raspberry/greentea/chestnut/passionfruit/chocolate mousse and black forest cake and also yummy almond cookies. Our bakery department isn't like crazy professional, but we make good stuff. We also have a Sunday lunch buffet. If you're into buffet, it's $10.95 with drinks and I guess it's pretty much "all you can eat" since we sometimes have customers that stay ALL FOUR HOURS. The menu for the buffet changes every week so there's lots of variety for that.

Here is a thing Grumpy Gourmet made about us. It's an okay article (but the no carry-out tipping pissed me off cause THAT'S WHERE MY COLLEGE MONEY COMES FROM :X)

Anyways, check us out if you're interested. My name is Jessica, by the way. If you want to look for me, I'm usually at the front taking carry-out orders, answering the phone, and seating customers.
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Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

Posted by:living_insanity.
Time:5:58 pm.
We tried Bravo! last night because we wanted Italian and its around the corner. I've seen it get good reviews too and I'm surprised. I didnt taste anything special. We've decided that we'll go to Macaroni Grill the next time.

They do have a huge portion of lasagna, its good but nothing spectacular. I tasted some of my husbands

I had chicken marsala, the wine sauce was good, the chicken was well cooked, the green beans were perfect. The mashed potatoes werent exciting, they taste the same as the ones I make at home. Cheesecake Factory has better mashed potatoes. I'm not positive if the mushrooms were fresh, they were a bit rubbery and could have been canned. yuck

They put small portions of bread at the table with olive oil and seasonings. We tore through it quickly, but had to wait a while to get it refilled because some more was baking in the oven... our drinks were always refreshed, and not that they simply poured coke into your glass to refill it, they would get you another glass so it wasnt all watery.
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Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

Subject:Review: Anna's Restaurant
Posted by:columbus_foodie.
Time:11:45 pm.
Hubby and I used to love Anna's Restaurant, and thought it was hands down the best Greek food in Columbus. Unfortunately, we had an experience with the food last time (a dish being sent back 3 times - first underdone, then burnt, and then tough) that had left a bad taste in our mouth, and kept us away for a while. After some really good Greek food in Cleveland a few weeks ago, we decided to give it another try locally.

There's a complete review of tonight's experience in my journal, complete with lots of pictures.
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Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Subject:Supper Club?
Posted by:swampkitty.
Time:7:16 pm.
Is there any interest locally in starting a supper club? If you're not sure what one is, here is the web site of an existing group somewhere else that will give you some ideas of what it is. If there's some interest, maybe we can all meet at a restaurant somewhere in town to talk about it. :)
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Monday, April 3rd, 2006

Subject:Smokey Bones review
Posted by:dansrobe.
Time:11:02 am.
This is a review of the new Smokey Bones restraunt in Grove City on Stringtown Road.

Food was ok, but I was so annoyed by the fact that it is impossible to sit in any spot without being able to see at least two of these huge TV screens hanging from the ceiling that I was unable to enjoy my food or the company I was with.

So, this will end up being a rant about enjoyable eating out instead of an actual review, so, I'll just hit "post" now
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Sunday, March 26th, 2006

Subject:Amazon Grill Steak House
Posted by:las.
Time:1:53 pm.
This is a new Brazilian-style steak house that opened up very recently at 245 E. Campus View Boulevard (it's in the Crosswoods shopping center off High north of 270 in Worthington). It's pleasant place to go if you're looking for nicely grilled all-you-can eat steak, chicken, sausage, turkey, and beef kabobs. All the meats I had were very good, and the iced tea was unusually tasty. I was pleased with everything but dessert (we had the flan, which was extremely average and thus seemed overpriced).

It's good for a date or a special occasion, but too expensive for regular visits on a student budget (it's a flat rate of $22 for dinner, not counting drinks, dessert, and tip). Vegetarians can get a very decent meal from the food bar, which offers salads and tasty side dishes. Vegans and those keeping strictly kosher will want to give this place a pass, though.

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Saturday, March 18th, 2006

Subject:In honor of St Pattys
Posted by:living_insanity.
Time:1:18 pm.
I'll review Claddagh Irish Pub on Polaris!

We had the corned beef and cabbage rolls appetizer. The corned beef, cabbage, and cheese come fried in an eggroll type wrapper and you have thousand island as dipping sauce. They were good, its something I would make as an appetizer at home!

Then I had the Connemara Chicken which was a chicken breast stuffed with herb cream cheese and ham, a lot like chicken cordon bleu. It came with a choice of side salad or soup, mashed potatoes which had a really yummy dark brown gravy, and some steamed veggies on the side. I took a big portion of this meal home because it was a ton of food plus we had the appetizer to start!

My Husband got the half order of Fish and Chips and he seemed to enjoy those, again it was a lot of food and he took some home with him!

I really liked the atmosphere in the restaurant. The server was really great and I will definitely go back because there were some other items on the menu that sounded awesome :)
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Subject:review of z cucina in grandview
Posted by:dowen.
Time:12:29 pm.
my husband and i love italian food, and we're always looking for new restaurants to try out. needless to say, we were delighted to see z cucina take over the storefront formerly occupied by zing in grandview. about two weeks ago, we decided to dine there, and i'm sad to say we were sorely disappointed by the experience.

when we arrived at the restaurant, it seemed busy for a weeknight (it was a monday) but we only waited a few minutes to be seated. it was completely downhill after that. our waiter did not approach us for almost 10 minutes after we sat down. we saw him bustling around the other tables, and he walked by our table several times, but not once did he make any indication that he had either seen us or that he was going to attend to us any time soon. when he finally made it to our table, he asked us if we wanted anything to drink, and we declined, asking only for waters with lemon. at this point we were ready to order our meals, but he hurried away before we could do so. it took him almost 10 more minutes to return with our waters, during which time he brought out salads to another table, desserts to another table, and chatted with the occupants of yet another table. after several trips back to the kitchen, i wanted very much to suggest that he learn to multi-task and bring out items for multiple tables in the same trip. (in case you're wondering, despite his inadequacies he seemed like a seasoned waiter, rather than a newbie.)

we started with the calamari, the highlight of which was the marinara dipping sauce that it was served with it (a little sweet, but overall tasty). the calamari itself was somewhat bland, largely due to the fact that the breading did not at all adhere to the squid. by the time we finished eating it, we had half a plate left of just breading.

i ordered the chicken parmesan, and received an enormous chicken breast that was drowned in sauce and cheese. it was completely unimpressive for a number of reasons. first and foremost, the chicken was extremely dry because it requires an inordinate amount of cooking time to prepare an entire chicken breast. it was not at all pounded out, and it was tough. the sauce it was served with was plain and yet overwhelming because of sheer quantity. and finally, the pasta was somehow not al dente, not overdone, and also not underdone. it was just...alarmingly chewy and gross.

my husband's meal was not much better. he ordered some kind of pasta alfredo with chicken, and the sauce was extraordinarily greasy, rather than smooth and creamy. in addition, his pasta was also chewy, and stuck to his teeth terribly. we left most of our respective meals uneaten on our plates.

some other observations of note:
-our waiter continued to provide less than stellar service. he did not once check back with us after we received our meals, even after the crowd cleared out of the restaurant.

-also, halfway through the meal, i looked back towards the kitchen and noticed one of the chefs guzzling soda from a pitcher in full view of the dining room.

our bill totaled approximately $50 with the tip (not money well spent), and we left the restaurant disappointed and vowing never to return.
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Monday, February 27th, 2006

Subject:Kroger issues
Posted by:sadslacker.
Time:11:58 am.
Has anyone else had issues with Kroger products being sold after the sell by date or spoiling before the sell by date? In the past month I've had two gallons of milk go bad, one before the sell by date. One turned out to have a sell by date that expired the day before we purchased it (yes I didnt think to check...partially my bad but who expects a large chain to have an issue like that?). More recently we bought pre made chicken kabobs from the butcher counter. Kept in a 36 degree cooler they spoiled two days later, two days before the sell by date. By spoiled I mean when the plastic was removed it was so spoiled it smelled liks sulpher.
When I took them back, I didn't make a fuss, just asked for an exchange so I could safely eat what I planned to eat. They didn't have the same kind, when I asked for slightly differently prepared chicken kabobs (no marinade vs the ones I had were marinaded) they asked I pay the difference between the two. I didn't think that was kosher, after all it wasn't my fault that their product was misdated and they couldn't offer me an exact exchange. Admittedly, the difference was only four dollars (for the same friggin weight of chicken! love those price fluctuations) but the onus was on their side not mine. Finally, after going back and forth with the counter lady for a few minutes, she rolled her eyes, deleted the purchase and said "just take them".
As she didn't give me a reciept, I'm assuming that the exchange wasn't recorded either.
Yes I did eventually get a fair trade, but it wasn't through an automatic effort of their customer service policies. I would suggest people keep an eye out for the "sell by" date when they shop there.
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Subject:Review: Spain Restaurant
Posted by:swampkitty.
Time:11:55 am.
x-posted to my journal and cols_foodies

Spain Restaurant is beyond compare for lunch. With several filling lunch specials at $6.95 each, it's a great value. Given that fact, and given the fact that we had been to this restaurant for dinner before and been very pleased, we decided to head out on Saturday night after we heard that they had added a churrascaria - a Brazilian steakhouse where servers come to your table with meat on skewers and cut it right onto your plate.

We had been hearing that another churrascaria had just opened up shop in town, and had been wanting to try it. Given that we had good experiences with Spain Restaurant previously, we decided to try it there before heading out to the chain restaurant.

Spain Restaurant is located in a Best Western on East Dublin Granville Rd (Rte 161), near Giant Eagle. Because it is in a hotel, it's pretty hard to find -- you need to keep an eye out for the sign, and go around to the back of the Athletic Club attached to the Best Western to park. We had made reservations previously, and when we came in at 9PM the dining room was packed.

The ambiance was typical hotel restaurant, fitting for the type of food but nothing impressive. It neither added to or detracted from the experience. We were immediately seated, after which it took 10 minutes for a person to approach us to get our drink orders.

All three of us in our party decided on the churrascaria, at $21.95 a head. It was billed as including side dishes, and advertised linguica, filet mignon, pork tenderloin, chicken, and other meats as being offered. After ordering, they directed us to a salad bar - which was sparse in its offerings. It consisted of several obscure dishes, like calamari salad, mussels in tomato sauce, asparagus in vinaigrette, potato salad (obviously store bought), rice and black beans, and a terribly lonely looking and near empty bowl of mixed greens. To say we were disappointed with the salad bar would be an understatement, but at the time, we thought it was just that - a salad bar. It wasn't until later that we found out that the salad bar WAS the side dishes.

On to the meat. Delivery was fairly slow but acceptable most of the time. It seemed as if they took longer to bring out the more expensive cuts of meat, which is a common complaint among most churrascarias in the US. The quality of the meat and the cooking was uneven and mediocre. The lamb was super-fatty and almost inedible. The linguica (sausage) was excellent on the first pass, undercooked on the second. The bacon-wrapped filet mignon was acceptable, but I feel that the bacon may have been there to hide a multitude of sins due to bad cut - filet should never be tough unless they are cutting from the chain or failing to remove silver skin. The medium rare top sirloin melted in my mouth - there is a reason that Alton Brown sings the praises of medium rare steaks - they are both flavorful and tender at the same time. The well done top sirloin could have resoled a boot. The pork loin was dry on the first pass, tender and flavorful on the second. The barbecued chicken breast was wonderful, but we only got one pass of that. The absence of side dishes during the meat carving was very obvious, though. After we had our fill of meat, we decided on dessert.

Unfortunately, they were out of their wonderful tres leches cake, so instead, our party got both the chocolate cake and the tiramisu. Neither were anything exceptional, and the tiramisu was very dry.

The high point of the night was my husband's discovery of his new favorite drink - the caipirinha (see his entry for a description).

Overall, we were disappointed. At almost $22 a head, we expected more and better. I think that next time we go for dinner, we'll order from the regular menu and avoid the churrascaria. Needless to say, next time we won't avoid the caipirinha - it made a bad meal almost acceptable.
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Saturday, December 31st, 2005

Subject:Hole in the Wall reviews
Posted by:living_insanity.
Time:9:21 am.
List your favorite hole in the wall restaurant and tell us what you like about the restaurant, what you usually order, etc!

Hope to get this community going again :)
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Friday, October 21st, 2005

Subject:Another Hole In The Wall With Great Eats!
Posted by:quidditchgrrl.
Time:10:03 pm.
Mood: full.
We're just finishing up our take-away dinner from Scalawags (6857 Flag Center Dr., southwest corner of Cleveland and Schrock).

I had a awesome Reuben - light sauerkraut, swirled rye bread. Their homemade chips are excellent - crispy potato chips with a garlicky ranch dipping sauce.

We tried the fried mushrooms and popcorn shrimp, which were good as well. Can't say enough about the chips, though.

The place is a bar and grill; I think it's located where El Acapulco used to be. You can call 895-7885 for carryout.
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Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

Subject:Dine for America
Posted by:starrchilde.
Time:6:35 pm.
Don't forget, Dine for America is tonight at participating restaurants.
Here is the list for Columbus.

Cross-posted columbus and columbus_eats
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