A fire has torn through Clintonville vegetarian outpost Whole World. The restaurant hopes to re-open by December 1 of this year. (Whole World was also written about on my blog back in its infancy). Click here to read more about the fire.
31 October 2009
28 October 2009
Start Time: Friday, November 6 at 4:00pm
End Time: Saturday, November 7 at 2:00am
Where: 1297 Parsons Ave. Columbus Ohio 43206
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27 October 2009
|Mo Joe Lounge|
22 October 2009
The only thing in life I enjoy as much as fine dining is fine dining reality shows. I adore Iron Chef-style reality cooking battles. Naturally, that means I am transfixed by the new season of Top Chef Las Vegas on Bravo. Next week's episode features my vegan star crush Natalie Portman, meaning that the episode should be constructed from a battle cooking frame with a strong vegetarian undercurrent. Since I was such a fan of the Zooey Deschanel episode of Top Chef: Masters, I'm expecting more good things from next week's episode.
17 October 2009
10 October 2009
Skillet is a new spot in Schumacher Place that describes its concept with the whimsical yet seemingly contrary banner "rustic urban food." It is located in the old Schumacher Place Banana Bean location.
Essentially, Skillet takes orders at a window a la the neighborhood diner. Much of the menu is designed to be eaten as carry-out, although there is a bit of seating available inside the restaurant.
The menu is mainly sandwiches and soups with a limited array of pasta dishes. Vegetarian options on the soft opening menu included truffled grilled cheese, a potato and cheese pierogi sandwich, and vegan pumpkin soup.
The grilled cheese was delicately delicious. The brioche and mushroom accents added extra layers of flavor complexity to a dish that is a comfort food staple. The pumpkin soup was prepared with pepitas, or toasted pumpkin seeds, and black beans. The soup had a Southwestern character to it, and it worked very well in the chilly weather.
For the soft opening period, Skillet is serving lunch only, although later plans call for brunch and dinner menus following the official grand opening. Prices are reasonable. Since I can walk to Skillet in a minute, I'll be excited to see how the rest of the menu looks when the place gets running at a full head of steam.
06 October 2009
|Krema Nut Company|
05 October 2009
Cazuela's Grill is a cookie cutter Mexican restaurant north of Lane on High Street. Although the menu features a slightly higher percentage of grilled fare, the menu in most ways is nearly indistinguishable from a myriad of other dull Mexican restaurants (see El Vaquero or Las Margaritas) in Columbus.
The main attraction of Cazuela's seems to be the happy hour specials from 2 to 6 pm. There are mixed drink and beer specials as well as half price appetizers during happy hour. There is a fairly limited roster of vegetarian appetizers that includes bean nachos, guacamole and other chip dips.
The regular salsa that's part of the obligatory gratis starter is fairly bland and characterless. It is improved greatly in the rancho dip, which is a combination of cream cheese, cheddar and salsa.
There are seven vegetarian entrees. The veggie burrito is reasonably sized. It uses a flour tortilla to encase grilled onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers and squash. The combination of grilled vegetables is pleasant if unspectacular.
Cazuela's has voluminous outdoor seating. The season to take advantage of patio seating is coming to a close, but today, most people were eating outdoors. Those who prefer to eat inside can enjoy Cazuela's tastefully appointed interior. Carry-out orders can also be made. Prices are reasonably inexpensive.
Overall, Cazuela's was fairly average. The quality of the food was similar to that of most pedestrian Mexican eateries. They do have a decent number of options for vegetarians, and they feature lots of drink specials, so Cazuela's isn't a complete bust. However, places like Cuco's, Chile Verde and Talita's offer food with decidedly more character than Cazuela's.
02 October 2009