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Restaurant Review: Spaghetti Warehouse

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Spaghetti Warehouse

In spite of writing about food in Columbus for umpteen million years, the longstanding Spaghetti Warehouse has never been the subject of any personal focus. This is probably because the Warehouse is part of a chain, and chains are seldom the subject of restaurant reviews — unless there is some novel local angle. But given […]

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School Issues: 2014 Columbus City Schools Report Card

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: 2014 Columbus City Schools Report Card

Last year, when the Ohio Department of Education released the report card for Columbus City Schools, there was no shortage of hoopla. Mayor Coleman had a press conference, Superintendent Good looked somber, and the buzzword describing the 2013 results was “unacceptable”. The report card’s scores included four failing grades. This year is different. There was […]

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Treat to Try: Fried Snickers & Ice Cream

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: Fried Snickers & Ice Cream

Sadly, the Ohio State Fair’s fried food freak show lasts only a few precious days each summer. Happily, it’s not the only place that fries desserts. Fried gummi bears may have already enjoyed their day in the sun this year, but there’s still a spot to score Fried Snickers in Columbus, and you can get […]

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Restaurant Review: Danny’s Deli

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Danny’s Deli

If you’re building a collection of places to hit during BLT season, Danny’s Deli needs to be on the list. First, because it does BLTs in purist style: toasty bread with layer on layer of crunchy bacon slices, tomatoes, and tender lettuce leaves dressed with a whisper of mayo. It’s crunchy and cool, every bite’s […]

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Dish Deathmatch: Burrito Brawl, Korean Style

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Dish Deathmatch: Burrito Brawl, Korean Style

You say Korrito, I say Korean Burrito. Or vice versa. You can’t really call the dish a fusion craze. Merging Mexican and Korean dishes together in a global burrito is certainly not as ubiquitous on Columbus menus as, say, chicken wings or sliders. But the merger is delicious, and you can find this tortilla-wrapped deliciousness […]

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Restaurant Review: The Market Italian Village

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: The Market Italian Village

You know a neighborhood has arrived when it starts getting gourmet stuff. So, a fancy market and bistro smack dab in the middle of Italian Village, on Summit and Third: that makes a statement. The fact that this little bistro is positively bustling with well-heeled customers makes an even bigger statement. The market and bistro […]

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Treat to Try: Coppa Gelato

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: Coppa Gelato

Wait, something called a “gelateria” opened in Westerville? That’s worth the trek through Polaris traffic, just to say, “We hit the gelateria last night! North Siiiiiide!” Sophisticated types might be rolling their eyes. Doesn’t everyone call gelato shops by their proper names? The answer to that question is “no”; the term “gelateria” is novel in […]

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