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Restaurant Review: Spicy Hop

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Spicy Hop

Spicy Hop looks kinda iffy when you pull in. Sure, Bethel Road itself hosts a relatively cushy stretch of strip malls, but the Hop’s parking lot has seen better days. Its digs feature a deserted drive-through window and a basketball hoop in the back, the back door is propped open with a park bench stationed […]

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Ohio’s Own: Carle’s Brats

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Carle’s Brats

Bucyrus, Ohio has been home to an annual August bratwurst festival that’s run every year since 1968. In fact, the Ohio city is the Bratwurst Capital of America. One of the businesses that has helped the city earn it this informal title is Carle’s Bratwurst. In operation since 1929, Carle’s commitment to the art of sausage […]

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Restaurant Review: Buckeye Chili & Smokehouse

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Buckeye Chili & Smokehouse

Buckeye Chili & Smokehouse opened without much fanfare Downtown. It’s a little off the beaten bath, when it comes to eating. You won’t find it on the thoroughfare on Gay Street or Fourth. Instead, it set up shop on Young Street, in a large space that is shockingly appropriate for a classic barbecue restaurant. It […]

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Treat to Try: Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery

About five years ago, Columbus was hit hard by the cupcake bus. It seemed like there was a spot on every corner, peddling artisan cupcakes.   All good things must come to an end, and many cupcake joints faded into oblivion, joining a legion of other bygone trends like fro-yo. These days, cupcakes have returned to the […]

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Unusual Eats: Black Swamp Gouda Reserve

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Unusual Eats: Black Swamp Gouda Reserve

The original mission for this week wasn’t particularly unusual. The intent was just to check out some Ohio-made cheeses loosely assembled in the refrigerator section at Weiland’s. A house recommendation called Black Swamp Gouda fairly jumped into the cart. It seemed seasonally appropriate, given that the swampy summer weather is now upon us.  But this was […]

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Restaurant Review: Hisham’s Food Truck

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Hisham’s Food Truck

Hisham’s is a food truck with a story. Then again, it’s worth acknowledging that plenty of food trucks have good stories. It comes with the territory, as it takes a certain sort of character to decide it’s a good idea to drive around town in a big box and feed people. That said, Hisham’s still […]

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Treat to Try: Gourmet Candy by Karen

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: Gourmet Candy by Karen

There are plenty of purists who’d like to see farmers markets move back to the times when locally-grown produce was king, when people who actually tilled the soil (or, whatever other stuff farmers do) comprised the vast majority of vendors. The purists make some good points on this issue. Still, from a personal perspective, it’s […]

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