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Short Order: Chicken and Biscuit from Dough Mama

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Short Order: Chicken and Biscuit from Dough Mama

In an age where restaurants are struggling to stay afloat, Clintonville’s Dough Mama expanded its operations and opened its second spot at 730 S. High St. in German Village in August. The new joint is a smallish, counter-order cafe, with a big indoor table that might be good for community seating in future, plague-free years. There’s […]

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Short Order: Vida’s Plant Based Butcher’s Reuben

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Short Order: Vida’s Plant Based Butcher’s Reuben

When one thinks of a plant-based butchery…well, one doesn’t usually think of a plant-based butchery. Normally, we think of animal-based butchers, with perhaps a couple of carcasses hanging from the ceiling somewhere.  But, Vida’s Plant Based Butcher has a name that practically speaks for itself. So in developing expectations, one would imagine…perhaps giant hanging disemboweled gourds? Nope. […]

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Treat to Try: Basic Biscuits, Kindness & Coffee

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: Basic Biscuits, Kindness & Coffee

First and foremost, Basic Biscuits, Kindness & Coffee lives up to most of its name. It serves up a bevy of biscuits, and the counter team engages guests with warmth and smiling eyes, plus pleasant conversation that doesn’t feel the least bit canned or rehearsed.  About the biscuits: They are not basic. They come in a […]

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Treat to Try: Libby Lou’s Fun Factory

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: Libby Lou’s Fun Factory

Libby Lou’s is a newish joint on the Indianola strip, just spitting distance from the immortal Studio 35. Of course in 2020, there is no “spitting distance,” as everyone is masked. Spitting is distasteful anyway.   Sitting in an older building, Libby Lou’s is homespun as opposed to sleek. It is packed full of hobnob bins of candies […]

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Restaurant Review: What the Waffle

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: What the Waffle

What the Waffle made its splashy, mid-summer King-Lincoln debut in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, when your business is waffles, it’s hard to do anything quietly. People get excited about starch and sugar.  As it turns out, the excitement almost did the waffler in. Lines of customers queued up all the way down the […]

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Short Order: Walking Pasta at Pastaria

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Short Order: Walking Pasta at Pastaria

As COVID-19 continues to work its way through Ohio, there is ongoing solace in comfort foods. When it comes to comfort, starchy foods are our go-to. Think about it: noodle-things, bread-things…they’re oddly calming. Now you can enjoy them together in a wondrous starch sandwich, which provides all the comfort you need, all in a portable […]

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Restaurant Review: Frank & Carl’s

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Frank & Carl’s

In the best of times, the Columbus restaurant scene is brutal. Sure, we’re good eaters, and homogenous, familiar chain operations actually do pretty well here. But for the independent, it’s a constant balancing act…on a tight rope, suspended over a big ol’ cliff of debt and desolation.  Now COVID-19 has changed the rules, requiring not […]

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