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Treat to Try: Sugarplum Macchiato

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: Sugarplum Macchiato

Since its debut this December, the Sugarplum Macchiato from Dunkin’ has made headlines on CNN, The Today Show and Food & Wine. For all its viral popularity, it’s pretty easy to get here in Columbus…way easier than something like a PS5 console. There wasn’t even a line at prime donut hours (8 a.m.). And it’s served-up surprisingly fast. […]

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Short Order: Beef Shawarma at Olive & Thyme

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Short Order: Beef Shawarma at Olive & Thyme

Panera is fine. Good, even, when it comes to something like a cinnamon twist. Beyond the edibles, its emptied structural shell has made an excellent, spacious home for a new project in Clintonville: Olive & Thyme. Space is, of course, unduly popular during these endless pandemic days, and the particularly giant shell of the former High […]

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Restaurant Review: Chapman’s Eat Market

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Chapman’s Eat Market

Chapman’s Eat Market is a Columbus restaurant project that has bucked the prevailing trends and opened its doors in German Village during the pandemic. To that end, its plan from day one has been accommodating for differing customer perceptions of risk. For dine-in types, Chapman’s takes reservations for parties of up to four for an eight-course […]

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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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