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Restaurant Review: Belly Burger

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Belly Burger

Expectations were not high for Belly Burger. It seems like a quick-flip, a random burger shop set up pell-mell inside the shell of Oliver’s. A month after opening and half the shelving in the bar was still barren.  Then again, to be fair, Oliver’s old shelving behind the bar runs all the way up the walls. […]

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Treat to Try: B.Y.O.B.

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: B.Y.O.B.

B.Y.O.B. is based out of Louisville, Ohio. It’s a home bakery and custom catering business run by Chef Robert Monter, and the B.Y.O.B. doesn’t stand for Bring Your Own Beer. It stands for…Bring Your Own Bob? Nope, that’d be super cool though. The acronym stands for Be Your Own Boss. A baking operation can certainly allow for […]

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Short Order: Bulgogi at Tea Zone

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Short Order: Bulgogi at Tea Zone

At a place named Tea Zone, you’d probably expect to find tea. And not just regular ol’ hot herbal teas, but bubble teas and sweet, fruity beverages, too.  That’s fair. You might also expect to find a selection of baked goods. You’d be right: the house-baked products range from sweet, swirly slices of dense pound cake, […]

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Restaurant Review: Sargam Restaurant & Bar

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Sargam Restaurant & Bar

Columbus is home to a thriving Nepali community. In fact, the largest community of Bhutanese-Nepali in the whole U.S. calls Central Ohio home. At last count, the community was over 27,000 strong, and filled with hopeful entrepreneurs who, according to the internet, have contributed dozens of successful businesses in Reynoldsburg.   You can’t fuel innovation without some […]

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Treat to Try: El Rico Pan

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: El Rico Pan

Bakery El Rico Pan is, as the name might suggest, a Mexican Bakery. Guests walk through the doors, and into a room that is wall-to-wall gluten goodness. Breads and rolls and muffins and cookies, all piled high behind plexiglass doors, all waiting to be picked and purchased by guests. Grab a tray, serve yourself.  Fair disclosure: there […]

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Treat to Try: PolkaDot Cupcakery

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: PolkaDot Cupcakery

February 14 is a little more than a big business day for PolkaDot Cupcakery. It’s not only Valentine’s Day, it’s the bakery’s seventh birthday.  It has been in business long enough to see the meteoric rise…and subsequent culling of boutique cupcake shops. When it comes to long-term success, PolkaDot’s got the secret down pat.  And the […]

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Restaurant Review: SIP Local

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: SIP Local

SIP slipped right into the Clintonville brewing space left behind after the Actual Brewing debacle. SIP Local, a branch of Somewhere in Particular Brewing, kept the physical features of the address the same, but the decor comes from a different angle. Gone is the science theme and narwhal skeleton. Now, macrame reigns supreme, centered around a […]

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