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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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Ohio’s Own: Betty’s Dressing

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Betty’s Dressing

Betty’s Dressing is a famous Ohio thing.  We’re not talking about the bygone beloved Short North Betty’s; this Betty hails from Northwestern Ohio.  This revelation came as something of a surprise. In spite the fact that more than half of my life has been spent in the Buckeye State, Betty and her dressing were heretofore unknown […]

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Restaurant Review: Ninja Grill

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Ninja Grill

Upon reflection, hibachi places were doing a BYO (build-your-own) schtick before it was cool. Sure, it’s a ubiquitous eating format now: BYO Asian, Mexican, Italian and organic eats are commonplace – all of them with ordering processes where customers point and pick ingredients.  But hibachi joints were always kinda doing the same thing, right? Maybe it wasn’t […]

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Ohio’s Own: Ezzo Sausage Company

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Ezzo Sausage Company

Columbus’ very own Ezzo Sausage Company is a legend in the pepperoni game. Alton Brown’s Serious Eats once referred to Ezzo as “one of the finest pepperoni makers,” using its wares as prototypes in pepperoni experiments. Ezzo’s has also been lauded in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Thrillist.  The thing that’s special about Ezzo […]

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Restaurant Review: George’s Linworth Diner

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: George’s Linworth Diner

As the north side of town continues to fill in all its pastures and green space with apartment complexes, the eating scene in Linworth is blossoming. Once defined by a largely vacant stretch between 315 and Sawmill, eateries have multiplied exponentially, providing Mexican fare, ice cream and pizza galore. Amidst this culinary explosion is George’s Linworth Diner. […]

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Treat to Try: Omega Cinnamon Rolls

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: Omega Cinnamon Rolls

The longstanding Omega Artisan Baking has been artisan long before artisan was a thing. The North Market mainstay is renowned for its croissants, challah, and a host of breads and treats made in small batches.  And although Omega makes lots of (artisan) things, it’s also on everyone’s Cinnamon Roll Bucket List. In fact, “everyone” includes national […]

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