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    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    The Weekender wrote WHERE I EAT

    LISA DILLMAN

    AGE: 31 RESIDENCE: COLUMBUS OCCUPATION: SERVER/BLOGGER (WWW.RESTAURANTWIDOW.COM)

    Thursday, May 10, 2007 3:45 AM

    Q What’s your favorite new restaurant?

    A The Mi Mi Cafe off Cleveland Avenue. It’s a Vietnamese restaurant. They have the best Vietnamese sandwich — crusty French bread, pate, ham, pickled vegetables and mayonnaise. They’re, like, $2.50.

    Q What’s a great no-fuss lunch place?

    A El Arepazo (Downtown, in Pearl Alley), hands down. It’s mostly Venezuelan food. Everything is homemade. I love the pork arepas with cheese. They have this mayonnaise-based spicy cilantro sauce. I could drink the stuff.

    Q Who has good desserts?

    A Pistachio (Short North). I am in love with their cookies, especially their macaroons, which are really light and airy, just a little chewy and sweet — but not too sweet.

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    #126842
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    The Weekender wrote Where I Eat

    Ashley Kennedy Smith

    Age: 22 Residence: Downtown Occupation: law student, Capital University

    Thursday, May 24, 2007 3:43 AM

    Q If you could eat at only one place, ever, where would it be?

    A Well, it used to be the old Wendy’s because it was cheap and it was right next to the law school. But, of course, that’s been taken out now. So now I eat at Potbelly (near Broad and High streets). I suppose I like Potbelly because of the live music.

    Q Where’s the best place to take somebody on a first date?

    A There used to be Liu Pon Xi, up sort of north of the Arena District. It was a really cute sort of yuppie place, but it’s out now; I don’t know how long it’s been gone, and I don’t know what’s in its place, but that would be the perfect place.

    Q And of the places people could actually go?

    A Molly Woo’s at Polaris — kind of the same feel, sort of a younger crowd. People in their 20s go there a lot.

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    #126843
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    The Columbus Dispatch wrote WHERE I EAT

    Walker evans

    AGE: 27 RESIDENCE: GERMAN VILLAGE OCCUPATION: GRAPHIC DESIGNER

    Thursday, June 7, 2007

    By Kevin Joy

    Q You’ve lived in Columbus for a decade. How has the dining scene changed?

    A It’s growing and diversifying. There are a lot of ethnic restaurants we didn’t have before — Japanese, Puerto Rican, Salvadoran.

    Q What’s your latest discovery?

    A I’m looking forward to trying the new Tip Top Kitchen and Cocktails (Downtown). I’ve been in there for drinks. They all have Columbus-centric names — Commit To Be Lit, Jungle Jack Hanna. I think there’s one named after Alex Keaton from Family Ties.

    Q You also run a Web site (www.columbusunderground. com) that boasts plenty of food chat and user-generated reviews. What niche do you serve?

    A Anyone can get on our site and share a good or bad experience. We also link to stories in The Dispatch and Alive! — wherever anyone’s talking about food. It’s an outlet to share opinions.

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    #126844
    vestanpance
    vestanpance
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    looks who’s famous

    #126845
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Everyone feel free to bring me their copy of the Weekender if they’d like it autographed. :lol:

    Seriously though, I felt like I had to sort of limit my choices when I did this interview. I had read Lisa’s contribution (which was the only one that had been published at the time) and I didn’t want to overlap with her even though some of her picks would have been my first picks as well. I wanted to give props to El Arepazo, Pistachio, Jeni’s, The North Market, and a couple other good places. And of course, some places I did mention didn’t make the edit for the paper, but I’m happy with the way it turned out.

    Always glad to support the local restaurant scene! (Notice how many chains I mentioned!) 8)

    #126846

    hobbesOSU
    Member

    Always glad to support the local restaurant scene! (Notice how many chains I mentioned!)

    Just out of curiosity, what is everybody’s opinion on when a local favorite opens too many locations and becomes a “chain”?

    For example, Jimmy V’s now has two locations, Jeni’s is working on opening a 3rd. Old bag of Nails has 8 locations in central Ohio plus 5 other group owned locations. Burgundy Room has got two. Cameron Mitchell has quite a little empire these days.

    A group of friends and I have a slow moving bar crawl where we visit a different “bar” every week for a few drinks. One of our little rules is that it can’t be a chain. For example, we’re not going to the bar at Applebee’s. We’ve gotten in to many a fun bar conversation on if Old Bag of Nails is now to “chain-y” for us to visit. Whatever that means is of course subjective, but I’d like to know other people’s thoughts.

    #126847
    Anne Evans
    Anne Evans
    Keymaster

    Let’s keep this thread about the “where I eat” thoughts.

    Chain restaurant talk was recently talked about here

    Thanks!

    #126848
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Ha! I was just about to link to that! You beat me to it!

    :lol:

    #126849

    I was thrilled when you changed your avitar from the last one, but damn it is now glorified in print. How great!

    #126850
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    I’m currently in talks with Orange Barrel Media about getting that photo plastered up on a downtown building roughly 30 feet by 30 feet.

    :)

    #126851
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    The Dispatch wrote WHERE I EAT

    Sharon Santino

    Age: 23 Residence: Gahanna Occupation: graduate student, Marietta College

    Thursday, July 19, 2007

    Q Where is the best place to go on a lunch break?

    A I was a waitress at Bon Vie in Easton, so I would say there.

    Q What restaurant has the best appetizers?

    A Lemongrass on High Street. They have sushi appetizers, and one is called a dragon appetizer. It’s shaped like a dragon. I love going there for that.

    Q What’s your favorite hot spot for dinner?

    A I really like Spice Bar. It has a really cool atmosphere. It seems like Columbus is turning into a big city, and Spice is going along with the renovation of High Street in terms of making it more modern.

    Q What’s your favorite Sunday brunch spot?

    A It has to be Bob Evans.

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    #126852

    Just out of curiosity, what is everybody’s opinion on when a local favorite opens too many locations and becomes a “chain”?

    For example, Jimmy V’s now has two locations, Jeni’s is working on opening a 3rd.

    how many locations is “too many?” i would submit that it’s when quality is sacrificed in the name of expansion. is this the case with jeni’s? certainly not!

    perhaps a better questions would be what’s the definition of a “local, independent business?”

    the boulder independent business alliance (one of many such independent alliances across the country) defines a local, independent business thusly:

    private ownership

    owned in majority by area (within a 60-mile radius) residents

    full decision-making function of the business lies with its owners(s)

    no more than six outlets

    base of operation lies within a single state

    i think this is instructive. mitchell’s: no. bag of nails: no. burgundy room: yes. jimmy v’s: yes.

    (not perfect, though, if it precludes stauf’s from consideration, i don’t think. but moving in the right direction.)

    the fact that a business is local and independent doesn’t ALWAYS = quality. but, aside from the merits of an original experience, generally speaking — and there are numerous objective studies which support this — local, independent businesses have a greater local economic impact than most chain retailers do.

    doesn’t mean i’ll EVER eat at jimmy v’s. but i will eat at the banana bean.

    http://offbeatcolumbus.com/2007/07/12/the-civic-economics-of-retail/

    #126853

    Anonymous
    Inactive

    The weekender has gone from bad to worst and this article is a great example.

    They interview some vapid chick who thinks Bob Evans is a brunch destination and whose fave restaurant is the one she knows the directions to.

    Oh…and she thinks dragons are cute.

    Is this a cry for help?

    Are they trying to lose subscribers on purpose? (Keeping Stahler is another good indicator of that)

    In other words…WTF dispatch???

    #126854

    dKilla
    Member

    BCOZ wrote …who thinks Bob Evans is a brunch destination…

    I’m gonna have to agree with you on this one.

    #126855
    Coremodels
    Coremodels
    Participant

    Yeah, seems like a strange interview candidate for this column.

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