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Eating On The Fly – A Restaurant Review

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Dragonfly has been my favorite restaurant for years. Giddy, happy feelings envelop me every time I enter that space. It must be a combination of the hypnotic atmosphere and the splendiferous organic vegan food.

My boyfriend and I recently tried On The Fly, Dragonfly’s six-month-old casual “Counter + Carryout” eatery located next to the restaurant. It offers “street” food, boutique beer, and biodynamic wine at affordable prices.

With five tiny tables and an iPod cooing lounge-y beats, dining at On The Fly feels like hanging out in the hip foodie kids’ kitchen. Two minutes after sitting down I blurted out “This is perfect” followed by “I want to live here.”

We ordered the Sesame Roll with crispy sushi and ponzu sauce and the Streetfood Salad with noodles and pickled vegetables, both of which were supremely tasty. Each On The Fly dish is prepared in the Dragonfly kitchen and incorporates seasonal local produce whenever possible (the Streetfood Salad and the Falafel are made with heirloom lettuces from Dragonfly’s garden). On The Fly also offers reasonably priced Communal Boxes that feed four to six people.

Since opening in November On The Fly has been a huge hit with customers. “It’s exactly what people want,” said Cristin Austin, co-owner of Dragonfly and On The Fly. “Hand-crafted artisan food at super good prices.”

On The Fly recently added more wine and beer selections and introduced an eco-friendly high-quality boxed wine. The petite restaurant soon will carry vegan soft serve, at which point I’ll be pitching my tent in the room’s northeast corner.

Cristin would like to open more On The Fly’s in neighborhoods like downtown and Bexley and is exploring street vending opportunities using electric-powered vending trucks. “Each On The Fly would be modified slightly to fit the neighborhood but would maintain the same core values,” she said.

On The Fly is open for dine-in, carryout, and pick-up Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Call 614-298-9986 or visit dragonflyneov.com for menus and more information.

Alexandra Kelley does freelance writing, marketing, and public relations and can be reached at alexandra477.com.

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