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Brunch Review: Rooks Tavern in the University District

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Brunch Review: Rooks Tavern in the University District

Rooks Tavern is billed as upscale “boutique” barbecue, so it seems reasonable to have some concerns over whether a t-shirt is okay guest apparel. You can wear a t-shirt. The staff wears flannel. Half the guests are wearing t-shirts. It’s all good. So the boutique bit, that has more to do with the service (it’s […]

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Florentine Restaurant Lives On Through Marinara Sauce

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Florentine Restaurant Lives On Through Marinara Sauce

The beloved Florentine announced its unexpected departure from the local restaurant scene with a little hopeful hint. Careful readers might have noticed a mention of a possible afterlife, or second act. Incontrovertible proof of the afterlife has now arrived. The Florentine has experienced an early resurrection in jars of Marinara. They debuted on grocery shelves […]

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Ohio’s Own: Milk Drinks from Arps Dairy

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Milk Drinks from Arps Dairy

In the Ohio regional dairy scene, Snowville and Reiter are both beloved players. That said, right next to their wares in the grocery cooler was a hot pink bottle of strawberry milk. That’s hard to ignore. And when it turns out that the bottle is the product of Ohio’s very own Arps Dairy, well… that […]

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Restaurant Review: Ye Asian Bistro

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Ye Asian Bistro

For a while there, Chinese buffets were everywhere. While quality control was an issue, you couldn’t argue with the quantity for a price tag that was typically less than ten bucks. After years and years of existence as a Chinese buffet, the new operators at 139 Graceland quietly did something new with the restaurant space. […]

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Ohio’s Own: A Bit of A Bite Salsa

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: A Bit of A Bite Salsa

Ohio grocers make space for lots of locally-produced edibles. There are breads, chips, nut butters, cheese, cookies, noodles… but if you made a pie chart of all those things, it’s a good bet that the salsa/chip-dip section would be the largest piece of the pie. Ohio eaters just love putting chips in stuff. A Bit […]

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Restaurant Review: Standard Hall

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Standard Hall

There are not many booths at Standard Hall, but the seats are worth fighting for. Perfectly curved for 10 percent extra privacy and situated facing the big TV, it’s tempting to #OccupyBooth for hours. That would be ideal. It would probably be socially acceptable too, if a dedicated diner could stay on an eating and […]

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Restaurant Review: D&L Sandwich Kings

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: D&L Sandwich Kings

A new sandwich shop made its official debut this fall. D&L Sandwich Kings has opened its doors on East Main, serving something a little more special than your regular deli fare. It does its own house brisket and corned beef (and a few other things) with homespun style. You know you’re close to the establishment […]

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