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Restaurant Review: Windward Passage

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Windward Passage

Windward Passage has been around for awhile. It is not retro or vintage, as such terminology usually suggests reproductions. Windward Passage is the real thing, with a history of its own that dates back to 1971. So, the real thing is dark. Perhaps suspiciously dark. But between the darkness, the woodwork, and the nautical themes, […]

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Unusual Eats: Streb’s Pork Cracklins

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Unusual Eats: Streb’s Pork Cracklins

After this summer’s challenging encounter with pickled pork skin, it seemed like the pork industry deserved another chance. After all, the animal that gave the world bacon and and ham was surely entitled to an opportunity to create a better impression when it comes to its own “variety products.” And so, we have Streb’s Hickory […]

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Ohio’s Own: Foraged & Sown

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Foraged & Sown

Dumpster dining got trendy again a few years ago. In the process, it popularized the euphemism “urban foraging” for the practice of retrieving edible food from restaurant and grocery waste containers. An operation called Foraged & Sown is based in Columbus proper, but it doesn’t do that sort of foraging. No dumpsters are involved. Instead […]

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Restaurant Review: Oshio

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Oshio

For a strip mall joint, the Fifth Avenue address that hosts Oshio has enjoyed a robust culinary history. It was once a Hawaiian joint, and then a GoCupz Korean place. Now it’s a sushi stop. The basic bones of the place are similar to its former incarnations, but with clean lines and a neutral color […]

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Treat to Try: Mrs. Goodman’s Bakery

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: Mrs. Goodman’s Bakery

Mrs. Goodman’s has been in operation since 1986. It’s a sweet shop with enough cupcakes, cookies and pastries to inspire full-blown analysis-paralysis. Visitors might be greeted by the proprietor, a sparkly-eyed, outgoing woman with a wide smile and a vague southern drawl. That’s gotta be Mrs. Goodman, right? Nope, it’s Mrs. Tackett. The Tackett family […]

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Restaurant Review: Laguna Mexican Street Food

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Laguna Mexican Street Food

It’s been a couple years since the last visit to Raspados Y Nieves La Laguna for its frozen confections. At the time, it was located on the West Side, at the back of a laundromat. Things change. Lots of things change: these days the project’s social media page redirects diners to the other side of […]

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Ohio’s Own: Walnut Creek Cheese Curds

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Walnut Creek Cheese Curds

Cheese curds have been occupying more culinary space in the local dining scene, since poutine started making appearances on Columbus menus. While curds can be a little challenging to find in the dairy case at big box grocers, the cheese variants are a fixture at more local or artisanal joints. Case in point: Walnut Creek’s […]

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