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Short Order: Once-In-A-Lifetime Potatoes

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Short Order: Once-In-A-Lifetime Potatoes

We’re now knee-deep in the heart of Fish Fry season. Its annual appearance always comes immediately before another important culinary event: Hash Brown Casserole Day. While it lasts only a brief period, Hash Brown Casserole Day is widely celebrated. In the Midwest, the dish is practically a requirement for the Easter dinner table.  You may think […]

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Short Order: Bulgogi at Tea Zone

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Short Order: Bulgogi at Tea Zone

At a place named Tea Zone, you’d probably expect to find tea. And not just regular ol’ hot herbal teas, but bubble teas and sweet, fruity beverages, too.  That’s fair. You might also expect to find a selection of baked goods. You’d be right: the house-baked products range from sweet, swirly slices of dense pound cake, […]

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Short Order: Empanadas & More

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Short Order: Empanadas & More

“Fusion” and “authentic” are pretty much culinary opposites, yet both are celebrated in the local food scene. Authentic eats are lauded for their fidelity to niche regional or historical preparations. Fusion, on the other hand, is celebrated for its creativity and unconventional sensibilities. If you can’t be one, you can probably be the other. Although […]

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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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Short Order: Block’s Bagels

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Short Order: Block’s Bagels

Block’s Bagels has long been the local Columbus headquarters for bagels — real bagels. The business made its debut as a modest bagel stop here in town back in 1967. This was well before before bagels were a mainstream midwestern snack. Over the years, bagels have grown in popularity, and perhaps waned a bit too, as […]

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Short Order: Tensuke Market

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Short Order: Tensuke Market

These days, Tensuke Market is more than just a cool grocer. It’s part of a monolithic lifestyle area in Kenny Center, a mini-mall that features acclaimed eateries such as Akai Hana and Belle’s Bread, along with a place to buy cultural knick-knacks, and an outdoor court with a mini-lawn where people sun themselves (or, at least […]

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Short Order: Portia’s Lasagna

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Short Order: Portia’s Lasagna

Lasagna is a perennial popular favorite in the entree scene. Meat sauce, cheese, what’s not to love? With this in mind, Portia’s has been offering a version in which all those lovable items are absent. There’s no dairy, there’s no meat. It’s part of the ideology that governs Portia’s Cafe, a joint with a long dedication […]

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