favorite food haunts - columbus

Lists are good.

I'm going on a virtual sentimental journey to some of my favorite spots for fantastic food and libation. Not a comprehensive list, just some faves I've plucked from the murky depths of my memory. There's something for everyone here, I promise, although in no particular order. Today's stop, Columbus, Ohio.

Rigsby's Kitchen

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Eclectic Italian on the cutting edge. Back in the day, this lovely see and be seen spot was our first glimmer of hope that Columbus was in fact coming of age. In the oh so trendy Short North, Rigsby's could just as well be in NYC's Tribeca. Fabulous food at a reasonable price.

The Refectory
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Classic French fare served in a beautiful converted old brick church. Excellent presentation, service, impressive wine list. Not the least bit stuffy. Class with ease. Take someone you want to impress. Can you say date night??? Bistro menu offers some less expensive but every bit as excellent options.

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Another Columbus culinary legend. German Village meets upper east side NYC. Worth the wait, but reservations are the only way to go. Valet park, too, there is NOwhere to put your car in German Village. Weather permitting, sit outside and pretend you are in Florida visiting me!

Bexley's Monk
Formerly known as The Blind Monk. Great bistro/bar/fine dining spot in funky fresh Bexley just east of Columbus. New owners are reporetedly restoring it to its former glory. Go back, and tell 'em I sent ya.

The Olde Mohawk
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German Village pub - great hang, but most importantly, the home of the Chicken Salad Quesadilla. Just go. You'll get it. Doral Chenoweth, aka The Grumpy Gourmet once told me a dirty little secret about this place. Still I go back to the Olde Mohawk every time I'm in Columbus. Shout out to The Grump, and all my Columbus friends - cu there.

Schmidt's Restaurant and Sausage Haus
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THE place for German pub food. This German Village institution cranks out some pretty impressive brats, my friends. My pick, the Bahama Mama - a great big spicy hunk of heaven in a bun. Order it mit Kraut und German Potato Salad. You'll be stuffed to the gills, but take home a cream puff, or you'll wish you had later. OomPa, baby!

The Top Steakhouse
Retro clubby 50's atmosphere, great piano bar. A best kept secret - The Top is reported to have the best steaks in cowtown, hands down. Word to all my buds who used to gather there apre rehearsal for tunes and good times - u know who u r.

The Clarmont
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Go for the Steaks, Chops, etc. Unapologetically old-school. Dark, retro, solid. A one of a kind, iconic spot. Don't expect chic urban anything.

Blue Danube
OSU hang, in business since the 1940's, still sporting the original decor, from the looks of it. Great cheap food and drinks. Best place to go when you don't want to run into anyone you know. Dive into one of the comfy big banquettes and hang til all hours.

Max & Ermas
Locations all over town, now a chain, but the original is in German Village. Best ever burgers, award worthy french onion soup.

94th Aero Squadron
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Styled after a WW1 era French farmhouse. Out by the airport. Theme chain I guess, since there is a great one in Atlanta too. Sunday Brunch, say no more.

Ribs, baby. Sports, trivia. Its a guy thing, but I love it. Won the trivia contest last time we went, still have the prize baseball cap.

Dublin Village Tavern
Cheap eats. Great burger, but try the fried Bologna sandwich. Yum.

Short North Tavern

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Cheap eats and drinks, good bands, darts. Good old-fashioned village hang.

Next Stop, Cincinnati.


holiday snacking


14 Jalapeno Pringles 160 calories
(single serving, according to package label)
Tazo Zen Green Tea 0 calories

Fresca 0 calories
Leftover Chicken Artichoke Pasta 250 calories
2 small squares fudge (damn those Christmas gifts) 225 calories

Seafood enchiladas 450 calories
3 glasses white wine 900 calories
2 more squares of that freaking fudge 250 calories

Total for the day: 2235 calories

food diary

Its the Tuesday after Christmas and thought I'd get a running head start on that new years resolution we all make and break each year. You know the one.

My approach involves several as yet undecided strategies - things like getting a fitness regimen going, walking after dinner, not eating after 7 pm, WAY less drinking.... but I thought I'd ease into all that by keeping a food diary. They say this is helpful in weight watchers. Of course, I'm not in WW's - not yet anyway.

Admittedly, this is about my seven thousanth attempt at going it alone. Worse than alone – I have a partner in crime – my husband Dick. Dick isn't his real name of course, more of a general description. You know Dick. He's the guy who guzzles beer all afternoon in the bar, and, perhaps to assuage his guilt for consistently being two hours late for dinner, stops on his way home to pick up a bottle of wine (for me) and a couple single serving dessert items, which he doesn't eat because he is usually passed out on the sofa way before they are served. The offending items knock around in the fridge for a few days until I decide to open the bottle, have a glass, have another, polish off a piece of tiramisu, and, on more than one occasion, wash down the chocolate cake slice with the rest of the wine. Dick is a clever saboteur. But I am wise to his ways. Not that he's the culprit. I am, after all exercising free will when I knock back a whole sleeve of Girl Scout cookies with my Tazo Zen green tea. Thin Mints can lull you into a completely zenlike state without the Tazo, let me tell you.

But I digress. Let's get this party started.