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12 Columbus Meals for $12 in The Alive

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This week in The Alive, G.A. Benton highlights 12 great meals in Columbus that cost 12 dollars or less. Many of the featured items come from Columbus Underground favorites such as El Arepazo, BonoToGo, Betty’s Food and Spirits, Pita Hut, Danny’s Deli, Starliner Diner, and The Northstar Cafe. A few of the others are a […]


Brio Tuscan Grille: Alive Review

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The Alive wrote Nine bites to make your tongue, wallet and hours happy By G.A. Benton June 5, 2008 Weekdays from 3 to 6 and again from 9 to close, the Easton Brio has nine nifty nibbles it sells for a paltry $3 — and there’s not an underachieving slouch among them. I know this […]

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The Great Best Burger in Ohio Hunt – Alive Edition

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The Alive wrote Hamburg, an Akron-ism By G.A. Benton April 17, 2008 Most people don’t know that a civil war is raging in Akron. It has been for over half a century. And the rabid combatants are as adamant in their opposing positions as the North and South, the Hatfields and McCoys, tastes great and […]


Wolfgang Puck Express on Lane Avenue

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The Alive wrote Rotisserie league By G.A. Benton March 27, 2008 Wolfgang Puck is an instantly recognizable chef who cemented his name-brand reputation with his L.A. restaurant Spagio. Though some of that famous place’s luster may have faded, the one-time eatery to A-list Hollywood stars helped catapult Puck into multi-business mogul and multi-millionaire status. While […]


Cafe Lola – New Downtown restaurant

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The Alive wrote High on Lola By G.A. Benton March 6, 2008 Cafe Lola, in the heart of Downtown, has only been open for a couple of weeks now, but it’s already a sensation. By noon, the line in the teeny-tiny breakfast-and-lunch joint frequently reaches to the front door, and every seat is taken. Why? […]


Veg out at Dragonfly Neo-V

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The Alive wrote Veg out By G.A. Benton January 10, 2008 Here is a word that can instill dread, derision and fear into the hearts and palates of cuisine aficionados like me: vegan. Because unfortunately, more often than not, that term refers to a view of food as morality and medicine as opposed to food […]


Trattoria Roma in Grandview Heights

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The Alive wrote Frankie goes to Grandview By G.A. Benton January 3, 2008 Trattoria Roma is a cozy little Italian place on Grandview Avenue with lots of regulars. Those neighborhoody folks show up to be warmly and personally greeted, seated at their favorite table and then served a hearty, well-made pasta dinner. For this, the […]

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