Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Columbus, Ohio: The New Foodie Mecca

Basi Italia's Parmesan Crème Bruleé
Basi Italia's Parmesan Crème Bruleé

I didn’t know until I stepped foot in Columbus, Ohio, that it had become a foodie mecca. Sure, I knew they’re near some of the most valued farmland in the US. But I didn’t realize that Ohio’s capital was so gourmet.

Le Chocoholique is in Columbus's Short North neighborhood. Get a frozen chocolate drink or indulge in a chocolate/wine/cheese tasting. I sampled a few chocolates, including a blue cheese truffle. I recommend the "Rosy Posey"; it has a deep chocolate and red rose water flavor and is covered in a crystallized sugar coat.

Pistacia Vera serves in a bright café atmosphere some of the most exquisite macaroons and sweets – as written about in Destinations Magazine – in the world. Their drinks are made with Valrhona chocolate. I had a food epiphany with their orange brioche: with its rock sugar coat and subtle flavor, it would be a perfect foil for fois gras.

At Columbus’s finest bars, you can order Middle West Spirits' OYO Vodka, Honey Vanilla Bean Vodka and Whiskey. I’d always heard that Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla is the best vanilla, but the finest actually comes from Uganda. Middle West Spirits braves the political turmoil to support a woman farmer who grows the crème de la crème. They also use 100% Ohio red winter wheat handpicked from certain farms for their spirits. The rich honey comes from Lancaster, Ohio.

Head to the awesome North Market for North Market Poultry and Game. You'll no doubt stop at some of the other purveyors, selecting from local green grocers, mouth-watering pastas, cornmeal pizza crust beloved by Anthony Bourdain, and other delectables. Be prepared to be wowed by the fresh-never-frozen, mostly grass-fed and free-range organic bison, pheasant, rabbit, venison, elk, drakes, hens, Muscovy ducks (which I learned are from warmer waters and thus less fatty and thinner skinned) and more from small local farms. Their cooked-food side, Kitchen Little, makes a scrumptious cassoulet with ducks, wild boar bacon, roasted turkey, chicken and white beans.

Bon Appetit magazine named Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams one of the top 10 in the US. The ice cream is made from milk and cream coming from one hand-selected farm, Snowville. Check out the funky flavors, such as blackberry-sweet corn.

Lindey’s is a chic, upscale place where the city’s movers and shakers definitely go to see and be seen. While I hear that not many people indulge in the house-made charcuterie plate, it’s a secret treasure. Maybe folks are intimidated by the generous size – definitely enough for at least two. The meats are excellent: rich and flavorful, not gamey. It had a touch of smokiness to it and was thinly sliced, enhancing its melt-in-the-mouth qualities. The pork pâté had crushed pistachios. The chef clearly had a great sense of how flavors work together.

The Franklin Park Conservatory – a gorgeous conservatory located in a neighborhood with stunning architecture – has all kinds of events designed for foodies. Along with special farm-to-table dinners, they have a "From Field to Table" dinner series, Market Days, Harvest Thursdays, Food Truck Sundays and Community Garden Campus tours.

Surly Girl Saloon has a cowgirl, badass-yet-grownup vibe, and the food is good. The menus are made from hand-tooled leather. The menu is described as “Southwestern comfort, but with upscale twists”: you’re not going to see burgers. Surly Girl infuses OYO vodka with natural ingredients for seasonal flavors.

One of Columbus’s restaurants is about as secret – and cherished by locals – as a speakeasy: Basi-Italia. Located in an alley of a quiet residential neighborhood, the restaurant has the feeling of a private party. If you eat in the courtyard, you’ll feel like you’re at a garden get-together. A “must-order” is the Parmesan Crème Bruleé. It’s a sweet, buttery crème bruleé with fresh, savory herbs and flatbreads. It’s kind of genius, really.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Mostra Coffee is finally caffeinating 4S Ranch

Local micro roaster of the year replaces a boring chain coffeeshop
Next Article

Two poems by Julia Wehner

A reminder of how richly good it is to feel, and to live
Basi Italia's Parmesan Crème Bruleé
Basi Italia's Parmesan Crème Bruleé

I didn’t know until I stepped foot in Columbus, Ohio, that it had become a foodie mecca. Sure, I knew they’re near some of the most valued farmland in the US. But I didn’t realize that Ohio’s capital was so gourmet.

Le Chocoholique is in Columbus's Short North neighborhood. Get a frozen chocolate drink or indulge in a chocolate/wine/cheese tasting. I sampled a few chocolates, including a blue cheese truffle. I recommend the "Rosy Posey"; it has a deep chocolate and red rose water flavor and is covered in a crystallized sugar coat.

Pistacia Vera serves in a bright café atmosphere some of the most exquisite macaroons and sweets – as written about in Destinations Magazine – in the world. Their drinks are made with Valrhona chocolate. I had a food epiphany with their orange brioche: with its rock sugar coat and subtle flavor, it would be a perfect foil for fois gras.

At Columbus’s finest bars, you can order Middle West Spirits' OYO Vodka, Honey Vanilla Bean Vodka and Whiskey. I’d always heard that Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla is the best vanilla, but the finest actually comes from Uganda. Middle West Spirits braves the political turmoil to support a woman farmer who grows the crème de la crème. They also use 100% Ohio red winter wheat handpicked from certain farms for their spirits. The rich honey comes from Lancaster, Ohio.

Head to the awesome North Market for North Market Poultry and Game. You'll no doubt stop at some of the other purveyors, selecting from local green grocers, mouth-watering pastas, cornmeal pizza crust beloved by Anthony Bourdain, and other delectables. Be prepared to be wowed by the fresh-never-frozen, mostly grass-fed and free-range organic bison, pheasant, rabbit, venison, elk, drakes, hens, Muscovy ducks (which I learned are from warmer waters and thus less fatty and thinner skinned) and more from small local farms. Their cooked-food side, Kitchen Little, makes a scrumptious cassoulet with ducks, wild boar bacon, roasted turkey, chicken and white beans.

Bon Appetit magazine named Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams one of the top 10 in the US. The ice cream is made from milk and cream coming from one hand-selected farm, Snowville. Check out the funky flavors, such as blackberry-sweet corn.

Lindey’s is a chic, upscale place where the city’s movers and shakers definitely go to see and be seen. While I hear that not many people indulge in the house-made charcuterie plate, it’s a secret treasure. Maybe folks are intimidated by the generous size – definitely enough for at least two. The meats are excellent: rich and flavorful, not gamey. It had a touch of smokiness to it and was thinly sliced, enhancing its melt-in-the-mouth qualities. The pork pâté had crushed pistachios. The chef clearly had a great sense of how flavors work together.

The Franklin Park Conservatory – a gorgeous conservatory located in a neighborhood with stunning architecture – has all kinds of events designed for foodies. Along with special farm-to-table dinners, they have a "From Field to Table" dinner series, Market Days, Harvest Thursdays, Food Truck Sundays and Community Garden Campus tours.

Surly Girl Saloon has a cowgirl, badass-yet-grownup vibe, and the food is good. The menus are made from hand-tooled leather. The menu is described as “Southwestern comfort, but with upscale twists”: you’re not going to see burgers. Surly Girl infuses OYO vodka with natural ingredients for seasonal flavors.

One of Columbus’s restaurants is about as secret – and cherished by locals – as a speakeasy: Basi-Italia. Located in an alley of a quiet residential neighborhood, the restaurant has the feeling of a private party. If you eat in the courtyard, you’ll feel like you’re at a garden get-together. A “must-order” is the Parmesan Crème Bruleé. It’s a sweet, buttery crème bruleé with fresh, savory herbs and flatbreads. It’s kind of genius, really.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Jazz the Night Away, Reopening Celebration at the Aquarium

Events July 11-July 15, 2020
Next Article

Music follows nature – the Moldau, Central Asia's steppes, the Alps, the Appian Way , cliffs of Cornwall

We find Siegfried resting under a linden tree
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close