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Where Can I Find Farmer's Cheese in Columbus, OH?

Have you tried Curds and Whey in the North Market?

North Market
59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215

Nov 02, 2011
mgb in Great Lakes

Mexican in Columbus/Dublin?

Los Gauchos, which used to be a taco truck, now has a small shop on Godown Rd off of Bethel. Yummy stuff, especially the pork al pastor tacos and gringas. It's an order at the counter and they bring the food to your table kind of place.

Limited menu, no ubiquitous rice and beans, nice and fresh.

For a more sit down, restaurant style experience but still good, I'll second Cuco's and to a lesser extent, La Casita.

While not Mexican, I concur that El Arazapo can be somewhat bland. You have to dress their stuff up with their sauces to get any real punch but I think it is just a bit of a difference the nature of the South American styles they do there versus Mexican.

In general, is a good reliable resource for Chowish ethinic places. Good luck in your quest!

Aug 04, 2011
mgb in Great Lakes

where is the best cracked conch in nassau?

Food on the brain,

This has been good reading....thanks for all of the helpful info you seem so willing to share. Not to hijack the thread, but it seems family and I (wife, daughter age 10 and son age 5) will be staying on PI the last week of July. Because the Atlantis restaurants are so expensive, we are looking for a few dining options that are walkable or short cab ride away.

I've noted Green Parrot and Poop Deck as possibles depending on distance. We are all in good shape and don't mind walking but also aren't looking to invest in a 5 mile walk when we want to eat. Can you share your thoughts as to what might be walkable? Also, what can I expect to pay for cab-fare over to Nassau if we decide to do that instead? I don't mind paying a reasonable fare but from what I have been reading the fares tend to be high to begin with and then there is negotiating involved. Just want to be informed before jumping into that fun.

Anyway, any thoughts you have on restaurant recs would be appreciated, especially if they are close/on PI, or anything exepctional and worth a ride over to Nassau too.

Thanks for all of your insights!


Jul 15, 2010
mgb in Latin America & Caribbean

Jazz Bar in San Antonio

Downtown/Riverwalk, you might try Jim Cullum's Landing. Check the website to make sure there will be a full band playing inside (as opposed to a duo/trio outside).

Jun 01, 2010
mgb in Texas

Where can I find mini-hamburger buns in Columbus, OH

I've never found them made specifically for sliders, but the King's Hawaiian rolls work well for this. I use the original version as I like the sweetness they provide but I believe they have other variations as well. Just slice them though the middle and you are good to go. 12 in a pack...

Aug 17, 2009
mgb in General Midwest Archive

Columbus - Five Guys Burgers


I enjoy Five Guys but it's five minutes from my house. It's perfectly good for what it is...but worth a special trip from Dayton? Um, no. There are plenty of other places in Columbus that might warrant such a trip but I would not put Five Guys on that list.

If you were already in town and wanted to try it out to see if the fuss is worth it then I'd say go for it. However, it's not a destination restaurant...just a better than average chain selling better than average burgers and fries. There are many, many (locally owned) places in Columbus with better burgers. I don't know the Dayton food scene, but I'm sure you can find better there as well.

May 08, 2009
mgb in Chains

San Antonio Riverwalk, Is there anything good that is not Tex-Mex or Mexican??

No worthwhile sushi "on" the Riverwalk that I am aware of. However, no one has mentioned Pesca for seafood. It's right on the river, or, from street-level, you have to go through the Watermark Hotel. Excellent, very fresh, chef-driven seafood menu. A bit pricy, but worth it.

Of the others mentioned, I think Kingofkings has supplied the best alternate suggestions. The fish and chips places, while good for what they are, are no different than any other British pub style places and are really more pub than restaurant.

Good luck, and enjoy San Antonio!

Apr 14, 2009
mgb in Texas

We don't eat seafood!


Don't fret. While there is certainly seafood to be found in New Orleans, you'll have no problem working around that restriction, especially in the areas you mention. Just about any restaurant you try will have plenty of non-seafood offerings (unless you select a seafood-focused place, which seems unlikely given the preferences of your group). Look through the recs on this board and you will have plenty of options. Enjoy your trip!

Jan 30, 2009
mgb in New Orleans

Restaurant August report you mind sharing the name of the restaurant the couple next to you at the bar owned? Just curious as to who was sitting with you and where you might be "taken care of" the next time you are in town.

Jan 28, 2009
mgb in New Orleans

Columbus, OH and Delaware, OH


There are quite a few posts on this board re: Columbus. Just do a search for "Columbus" and quite a few will come up. There are many places for a "quick lunch" around OSU. Look for the Columbus posts that reference Campus area or, just to the south of campus, the Short North. If you have more time than just a quick lunch to explore, you'll have many worthwhile options.

Delaware is a bit of a culinary wasteland. Fortunately, it's close enough to Columbus to make this less of a problem for those that live there. The two places that were mentioned by qkalis actually no longer exist. One closed and the other burned down. Honestly, neither of them was very good in the way of food anyhow. They were filled with nostalgia and history as they were old stalwarts of the historic district of downtown Delaware but good food had left the buildings a long time ago.

There is a local pub chain that has passable to good pub grub in downtown Delaware on Sandusky St, the main drag through town. It will be north of the Ohio Wesleyan campus on the east side of the street It's called the Old Bag of Nails. Fish and Chips are the specialty, but the burgers, sandwiches and the like aren't bad either. Would be a good lunch spot for your visit.

Jan 28, 2009
mgb in Great Lakes

Hot sauce sellers, Columbus OH?

CaJohn's is a local treasure not many know about. It's locally owned and renowned in the Fiery Foods world. John makes hot sauces, salsas, rubs, seasonings, etc. They are exceptional.

Jan 05, 2009
mgb in General Midwest Archive

Need a suggestion for Akron


Glad the rec worked out. I thought it might meet your unique needs of being both grown up and comfortable with kids. It's also locally owned by a friend, the chef, which in my book is always a plus.

Nov 24, 2008
mgb in General Midwest Archive

Need a suggestion for Akron


I agree...Luigi's pizzia is wonderful. I grew up on it, so I have a soft spot for it. I have another pizza suggestion for you as well. If you are ever around the Wooster area, try Coccia House pizza. IMO, it is even better than Luigi's (I regularly drive from Columbus to Wooster to get it). It too is cash owned since 1956 and literally built in what was once a house. Like Luigi's, there are plenty of old-school Italian dishes on the menu, most good to very good. However, the pizza is the real star. In particular, I recommend the pepperoni. They have it made specially and it has a nice spicy, garlicky kick. I hate to recommend to anyone what to get on their pizza because it's such a personal preference, but to me it's worth it in this case. Please let me know if you ever get a chance to try it!

Nov 21, 2008
mgb in General Midwest Archive

Need a suggestion for Akron

Not sure what part of town you are looking for, but Crave (downtown) is a place that is both nice enough to feel like an adult dinner but relaxed enough to be comfortable with children. It's unique in that respect, as is the menu. You can select from fine dining to comfort food and it's all very good.

Nov 19, 2008
mgb in General Midwest Archive

Anyplace good in Wooster, OH?

TJ's was the go to place when parents came to town for me too. Alas...a fire claimed it. Somehow CW's survived and is still there. I spent a few blurry evenings in that basement they called a bar. It's since been remodeled and is a bit nicer but going down those stairs is the same. :)

Sep 25, 2008
mgb in General Midwest Archive

Anyplace good in Wooster, OH?

Diane...I can understand her feeling that way...Wooster is not exactly a bustling metropolis. If she were to go there, though, she'd soon realize that her time would be pretty well swallowed up by school activities and studying. It's a pretty rigorous curriculum. I was not often bored in Wooster for that reason.

Oh, and to keep this chow related...another rec I happened to think of is old, family owned Greek restaurant with pretty darn good fare. Spiros, the patriarch, is there every day taking care of his guests.

Sep 23, 2008
mgb in General Midwest Archive

Anyplace good in Wooster, OH?


I am a College of Wooster alum living in Cbus. Enjoy the four years there were exceptional ones.

For an upscale meal the South Market Bistro is by far your best bet. The Wooster Inn is nice enough...pretty setting, on campus, etc. but the food is decent at best.

If you want to try a local legend, Coccia House has the best pizza I have ever had. I regularly make the three hour round trip up there to get a pie. It's a family-owned Italian place literally built in a house. All of the food is good to very good but the real star is the pizza. If you order a pizza be prepared for a bit of a wait. It's about a 40 min bake time, longer when busy. Coccia House is not open for lunch, open for dinner at 5pm, closed Tuesdays.

Good luck and I hope your daughter enjoys her visit. If I can help to provide an alum's perspective I would be happy to. Let me know and I can provide an e-mail address for correspondance. I am very much an advocate.

Sep 22, 2008
mgb in General Midwest Archive

Best Bloody Mary?

Liuzza's by the Track bloodys are no slouches. So many veggies you half eat/half drink it.

Sep 22, 2008
mgb in New Orleans

Asian in Columbus, OH (Dublin area)? class at Kihachi on Sawmill Rd.

May 09, 2008
mgb in General Midwest Archive

Asian in Columbus, OH (Dublin area)?

I'm a Thai Orchid fan but you already know of that place. The pickings are kind of slim in the Dublin area, but Windchimes on Frantz Rd can be pretty good.

May 07, 2008
mgb in General Midwest Archive

Best Pizza Joints in Columbus

I've tried most all of the places mentioned and one which has not been discyussed and that satisfies me in a way that none of the others do is Adriatico's thick crust, pepperoni and extra sauce. The extra sauce is the key.

For thin crust, there is Cowtown Pizza in Grandview. I hate the name and initially discounted the place because of it but the quality of the ingredients they use results in a superior thin crust pie. I also like Hound Dog's and the fact they have multiple red sauces in a variety of levels of heat. Sometimes I like a nice spicy pie and theirs delivers.

May 07, 2008
mgb in Great Lakes

weekend birthday in columbus, oh

Not sure if she has tried it yet, but for cheese Curds of Whey in the North Market is an option. The owner is very knowledgeable and if he doesn't have something you want he will order and keep the item in stock if he likes it himself

Apr 18, 2008
mgb in General Midwest Archive

Suggestions for Casual French Quarter Creole

I second Coop' is often my first visit when I hit town. Casual and cheap it is with high quality for the $. However, keep in mind it is NOT Creole (not sure from the title of the post if you are only looking for Creole), the bulk of the menu is Cajun.

As far as reqs go, the Jambalya Supreme and Chicken Tchoupitoulus are probably my favorites. Whatever you eat, wash it down with an icy Abita Amber and you'll be good to go. Enjoy.

Apr 18, 2008
mgb in New Orleans

Late Night Food and Fun in FQ

Close to Coop's and great for late night fare is Angeli. Plus, it can give you a welcome break from the creole/cajun fare.

Apr 07, 2008
mgb in New Orleans

Best Gumbo?

Anyone had Tee Eva's Seafood gumbo?

Mar 06, 2008
mgb in New Orleans

Cafe Du Monde- Worth it?


Keep in mind what CDM is and what it isn't. It IS a long-time must do in New Orleans. It is a colorful and interesting place to visit. It is a place you will likely always remember visiting. It is cafe au lait, beignets, milk and water. It is people watching, waiting in line, marveling at the number of people who have sat in those powered-sugar covered chairs at those powdered-sugar covered tables. It is crowded, messy and not particularly relaxing. However, it is also very good at what it is. I will agree with some who say that it is not what it once was. But whenever a place can survive as long as CDM has with so few offerings it is obviously doing something right. The sum of CDM is more than its individual parts.

CDM is NOT a breakfast place unless you want cafe au lait and beignets for breakfast. It is not Brennan's for brunch. However, it is laso not something to miss.

My advice...don't plan for CDM as you would Brennan's or a breakfast place. You will likely pass by CDM several times during your visit due to the location. If you pass by some afternoon/evening and could use a refuel or snack and the line is not too long...stop by. The visit will be quick, the cost nominal and above all else, worth the investment.

Now, for good breakfast places in the Quarter, try Petunia's or the Old Coffee Pot. If you want to venture out of the Quarter, Elizabeth's is a short trip away in the Bywater and a true New Orleans neighborhood of my favorites. Enjoy your trip and know that no matter what you do or where you go you are helping to ReNew Orleans (especially so if you frequent the locally owned businesses).

Feb 12, 2008
mgb in New Orleans

Best burger in Columbus ohio?!!? who's got it?!??


Aside from Johnny's (excellent call), I don't think you've gotten much in the way of good advise. Wendy's? Geez.

Even Thurman's is overrated in my opinion. It's the first place everyone thinks of when this question is asked. Thurman's is fun, a nice joint with good but not great burgers.

There's a pretty good thread on this very topic in a local food blog. Techically, I think it's a best burger in Ohio hunt, but all of the places that the author tried are in Columbus as she is Cbus based.

Some of my own faves...Flatiron (can be very, very good but sometimes is just average) Ted's (a chain, which i dislike, but I have to admit...the burgers can be excellent) The Red Door (odd place, very good burger) and The Rossi (in agreement with the author of the food blog...about the best there is in town).

The cool thing about the blog is that not only that the author and her SO actually went to places suggested by others and rated them but there are a lot of recs from other posted which can lead you to an undiscovered gem.

Here's the link...happy eating.

Dec 07, 2007
mgb in General Midwest Archive

Great Restaurants in NOLA

Please don't leave out Brigtsten's. More New Orleans, more personal, different experience from August or Stella yet still of very high quality. Should be on any visiting chef's list.

Oct 12, 2007
mgb in New Orleans

New(er) Chicago Dog joint in Columbus...

Wholly Joe's does them right as well, down to every detail, including the sport peppers. And their Italian beef sandwich...available every day, not just as a Wednesday special, is even better. I just had one last night, as a matter of fact. They even go further and have the bread shipped in from Chicago's Turano Bakery.

Important to note, however, that anything NOT Chicago on their menu is likely to be mediocre or worse. Do not go in here expecting a good burger or salad. This is not a place where everything is good. But if you want a Chicago-style dog, beef or pizza...they are"authentic" and they are very good.

Oct 04, 2007
mgb in General Midwest Archive

Greek in Columbus? (NOT Happy Greek)

It's been a while, but I had several good meals at Anna's on Sawmill Road near 270. I have also heard good things about a Greek place in the Short North whose name escapes me at the moment. Perhaps other CHs will know that place...

Sep 24, 2007
mgb in General Midwest Archive