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Ohio’s Own: Carle’s Brats

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Carle’s Brats

Bucyrus, Ohio has been home to an annual August bratwurst festival that’s run every year since 1968. In fact, the Ohio city is the Bratwurst Capital of America. One of the businesses that has helped the city earn it this informal title is Carle’s Bratwurst. In operation since 1929, Carle’s commitment to the art of sausage […]

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Unusual Eats: Black Swamp Gouda Reserve

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Unusual Eats: Black Swamp Gouda Reserve

The original mission for this week wasn’t particularly unusual. The intent was just to check out some Ohio-made cheeses loosely assembled in the refrigerator section at Weiland’s. A house recommendation called Black Swamp Gouda fairly jumped into the cart. It seemed seasonally appropriate, given that the swampy summer weather is now upon us.  But this was […]

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Treat to Try: Gourmet Candy by Karen

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: Gourmet Candy by Karen

There are plenty of purists who’d like to see farmers markets move back to the times when locally-grown produce was king, when people who actually tilled the soil (or, whatever other stuff farmers do) comprised the vast majority of vendors. The purists make some good points on this issue. Still, from a personal perspective, it’s […]

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Treat to Try: Tulip Cafe

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: Tulip Cafe

The original attraction to the baked goods put out by Tulip Cafe was a particular Nutella cookie. Nutella-anything is a pretty good idea, but its cookies happened to be awfully pretty too. Fancy and tasty can be an uncommon combo. That said, Tulip has other wares that are distracting, not so much in terms of looks, […]

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Short Order: Columba’s Food Truck

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Short Order: Columba’s Food Truck

Columba’s Food Truck has a pretty clever name, right? Say it out loud, and it’s a ringer for “Columbus Food Truck.” This auditory issue caused a little confusion at first, because there are lots of Columbus food trucks in the local dining scene. That said, we’re good now: belongs-to-Columba, got it. In addition to a host of […]

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Restaurant Review: Service Bar

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Service Bar

Middle West Spirits’ Service Bar is a heavy-hitter on the local dining scene. Frequently spotted at the top of dining lists, it secured the number-one spot on the most recent Columbus Underground’s reader favorite list. There’s a reason for its success. The kitchen works an angle that infuses popular favorite foods with extra and vaguely […]

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Ohio’s Own: Koki’s Tortillas

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Koki’s Tortillas

Koki’s Tortillas are something of a niche find. They’re not just an Ohio business, they’re from right here in Columbus, made out on Sullivant Avenue. Although produced nearby, the tortillas went unnoticed until a friend recommended them. This friend is a tortilla snob, and the term is meant affectionately. For our purposes, it refers to […]

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