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Best Food Markets in Columbus?

As a person who grew up in a Detroit suburb, lived in Ann Arbor, and now lives in Dublin, I can tell you that part of your problem is Dublin. Don't judge Columbus harshly for Dublin! It's like comparing all of the richness of Detroit and Ann Arbor to Novi.

If you go to the North Market on Saturday morning or the Worthington Farmers market, you will find a passionate, vibrant local food community. We have a variety of local cheeses, beef, chicken, lamb, as well as a wide variety of vegetables, good beer, fruit, etc. Neither is a place people go for supplies, though.

A good specialty market near you is called The Hills in Worthington. It is on 315 north of 270. I have heard there is a good butcher on the east side -- i can't remember the name, maybe someone else will mention it. There is a good little food co-op in Clintonville -- I haven't been there in years, but I always felt it had more of an Ann Arbor feel to it.

Columbus, Worthington, Clintonville..these are the places where you will find good markets. Good luck and enjoy the bike paths, community center, parks, and Irish festival -- that's what makes Dublin nice!

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North Market
59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215

Oct 25, 2011
abbyhintz in Great Lakes

The, Um, Breast Milk in the Fridge

I assumed the Mommy's Milk bags are the transparent, plastic Medela bags that women use to freeze and store their breastmilk. They are glorified Ziplock bags.

Aug 11, 2011
abbyhintz in Features

The, Um, Breast Milk in the Fridge

Also, cresyd is absolutely right. The situation in the US for mothers (and fathers) is shameful. Mothers should be given longer maternity leave and full support to continue nursing once they go back to work. However, that's not the case in the US. And I don't believe the change comes from strongly forcing your views on everyone in the office. We have certain rules in the workplace, right? Don't talk about religion or politics, among other things.
(I do believe that nursing in public is a good start for helping to change culture).

Aug 10, 2011
abbyhintz in Features

The, Um, Breast Milk in the Fridge

Is this a real question? I pump; I also store my milk in the fridge -- in a lunch bag. It's pretty simple. I am not uncomfortable about breast-feeding. But why make your nursing a noticeable activity for all your coworkers. Why remind them that you are taking multiple 20-minute breaks during the day to pump? Why make them sit in a meeting with you and visualize your boobs in some strange, dairy cow contraption?

Yes, encourage your pregnant female colleagues to feel comfortable nursing. Help set-up a lactation facility. Get your management to support the time you need to pump. Let your work friends (men and women) know the importance of breastfeeding. But don't make it a scene.

Aug 10, 2011
abbyhintz in Features

Foodie heading to Ann Arbor

I was in Ann Arbor this weekend. I almost skipped Grange, and I'm so glad I didn't. I had a fresh pasta with arugula pesto and smoked trout. The combination of ingredients was incredible. The noodles were thick and tender and the smoked trout was a perfect finish to the arugula pesto. The dish also had a a healthy portion of fresh, seasonal vegetables including baby turnips that were actually tasty.

Our waitress was awesome; she was as enthusiastic about the turnips as I was and also made some helpful suggestions. I might mention that this was Restaurant Week; the restaurant was slammed; and we arrived for a late dinner -- hardly circumstances in which you typically get good service.

I also had a chance to go to Zimmerman's Roadhouse. The atmosphere there was much better, but overall the food was a disappointment to me. I will say that they have a really fun menu, with options to select cheeses for appetizers (which we we did and it was yum!) and oysters (which we did not). As is a typical experience for me with Zingerman's bread, the bread crust ripped the roof of my mouth, making it difficult to enjoy the remainder of my food. I had braised veal that was pretty flavorless; it made me sort of regret the death of the animal. It was finished with a side of spinach, which looked like the bagged variety, hardly the bright, flavorful greens found at Grange. But I'd go back. I'd love to try some of their macaroni and cheeses.

Jun 19, 2011
abbyhintz in Great Lakes

Raclette...where in all of Michigan can I get some. Ok Maybe even northern parts of Ohio...

I'm in Columbus, but I get my cheese at Whole Foods. They sometimes have it. I would assume Whole Foods in Southeastern Michigan carries a similar (probably larger) range of cheeses.

Jun 19, 2011
abbyhintz in Great Lakes

Am I a Better Hostess If I Don't Serve Dessert?

I love cake and pie. I am supremely disappointed when there is not a good dessert. I cannot agree that fruit or fruit compote is a suitable replacement. People who don't care about dessert don't care, so why try to placate them with fruit? I can agree with the idea of serving many small portions. Yay! Then I can try lots of sweets!

Jan 02, 2011
abbyhintz in Features

Dinner for two for under $15 near Farmington Hills

Good suggestion about Greenes. I was just talking to my husband about that place. I've never tried it. My parents used to enjoy a similar burger joint that was on Grand River near Beech, but I don't see it there anymore. I thought it was Bates, but I see that's in Livonia (and forgive me for ignoring the finer differences between Greene's, Bate's, etc. I know this is a hot topic in itself). Either way, a good idea for them.

Dec 06, 2010
abbyhintz in Great Lakes

Dinner for two for under $15 near Farmington Hills

Is it still worth telling them about La Marsa?

Dec 02, 2010
abbyhintz in Great Lakes

Dinner for two for under $15 near Farmington Hills

So...it sounds kind of like a taco truck. Is that about right in terms of the kitchen, atmosphere, and food? Sounds good. Columbus has lots of great taco trucks, including those that serve adventurous meats and cheap / spicy / tasty pastor, if you are ever in the area.

Dec 02, 2010
abbyhintz in Great Lakes

Dinner for two for under $15 near Farmington Hills

Wow, I didn't expect to get so many recommendations given the price range. Lots of variation. I'll share this list with my parents. Hopefully, they'll find something else besides franchise pizza and subs that they enjoy but that's on their budget.

Dec 02, 2010
abbyhintz in Great Lakes

Dinner for two for under $15 near Farmington Hills

They used to like Bet and Jesse's fish and chips on Grand River east of Inkster (in Redford). Has anyone been there in a while? The last time I ate there, I was probably 10, and i thought it was pretty decent -- but, then again, I was 10.

Dec 02, 2010
abbyhintz in Great Lakes

Dinner for two for under $15 near Farmington Hills

Probably...but let's say no so that we can get a larger group of restaurants.

Nov 30, 2010
abbyhintz in Great Lakes

Dinner for two for under $15 near Farmington Hills

Perfect. My mom grew up on Beech and would probably be into visiting the area. Hard to argue with a 50 cent coney.

Nov 29, 2010
abbyhintz in Great Lakes

Dinner for two for under $15 near Farmington Hills

Great suggestion.

Nov 29, 2010
abbyhintz in Great Lakes

Dinner for two for under $15 near Farmington Hills

I've frequently heard you talk about this place, so i'll have to tell them about it. My husband loves Mexican, so it may be a good place for us to go as a group. I think they'd consider going to the Westland location, too.

Nov 29, 2010
abbyhintz in Great Lakes

Dinner for two for under $15 near Farmington Hills

Yes, they like coupons. It is a tough limit. They could go some place better if they only ate once every two weeks, but my mom cooks six days a week and looks forward to the break.

Nov 29, 2010
abbyhintz in Great Lakes

Dinner for two for under $15 near Farmington Hills

I've been lurking on all your Detroit posts for awhile, despite living in Columbus, OH. I especially like to read them when I am hungry and/or homesick.

Anyway, here is my challenge. My parents have a weekly eating out budget of $15 per week and have been pretty much sticking to pizza or subs. I'm positive there are other great cheap eats out there for them. They live in Farmington Hills but don't mind venturing out to their old neighborhoods in Redford or Livonia. They'd probably drive to Southfield or Novi, too. They prefer carry out.

Any recommendations?

Nov 28, 2010
abbyhintz in Great Lakes

Driving from Maine to Dallas via Columbus and Cincinnati

In Columbus, I like Betty's Fine Food for comfort food. Their mac n cheese is yummy.
http://www.bettyscolumbus.com/menu.html

Others have recommended Thurman Cafe, which is a great burger joint. I mentioned below that there is often a long wait there. You could try it, and, if the wait is too long, swing by Dirty Franks instead (fairly close by), which is a tasty, hot dog-themed place.

For breakfast, you could try Skillet, which I have heard good things about, though I haven't tried it myself.

Oct 26, 2010
abbyhintz in Great Lakes

Driving from Maine to Dallas via Columbus and Cincinnati

Thurman is great, but it often has a miserably long wait, like an hour or more, which could be difficult with a toddler.

Oct 26, 2010
abbyhintz in Great Lakes

Best (or even solid) Indian in Columbus?

Oops. Forgot the link to alt eats.
http://alteatscolumbus.com/

Sep 25, 2010
abbyhintz in Great Lakes

Best (or even solid) Indian in Columbus?

Taj palace in Hilliard is solid. I have eaten both buffet and dinner their frequently. They are consistently good. Atmosphere is also not bad.

I recently ate at Bollywood Bistro on Bethel in Columbus. I was pretty impressedwith everything I tried. Their tandoori chicken was particularly tasty. The chicken vindaloo was well spiced.

You should also check out the alt.eats site for other recommendations.

Sep 25, 2010
abbyhintz in Great Lakes

Columbus, Ohio sushi

The sushi here is not fantastic, but there are some decent places. I live in the northwest suburbs. Of the places I have tried here, I like Sushi.com the best. Yes, it's a stupid name. The atmosphere is also lousy. But the sushi is really pretty good.

Sep 22, 2010
abbyhintz in Great Lakes

Graffiti Burger - Columbus

Totally agree. I went to the one on Sawmill. I thought it was better than Five Guys. First - because they offer cheeses other than American cheese. Second - because they have milkshakes.

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Five Guys
4320 Charlestown Rd, New Albany, IN 47150

Sep 22, 2010
abbyhintz in Great Lakes

Best ICE CREAM in Ohio??

Agree here with Boltz; I would even consider adding Jeni's to the over-rated category. It's all about the schitck of having unusual flavors. That being said, Jeni's is still worth trying, as long as you go in knowing that you're there to try unusual combinations.

I typically like to try a plain flavor, like vanilla, to see how things stack up. Young's wins in this category.

Apr 12, 2010
abbyhintz in Great Lakes

Columbus: need good food and TVs for watching game

Another place that comes to mind is in Dublin. It's called Sushi.com (terrible name, I know). They are located in a strip mall, but the sushi is really pretty good; their soba noodles with tempura are my favorite in town. They have a couple TVs in this small restaurant. No one is ever really watching them; I don't know why they are there. I'm sure they would accommodate you.

Mar 31, 2010
abbyhintz in Great Lakes

Columbus: need good food and TVs for watching game

I can second Luce. Excellent food and wine list.

Mar 31, 2010
abbyhintz in Great Lakes

Thai food in Columbus, OH

I recently went to Bahn Thai Bistro at Reed and Henderson for lunch and thought it was pretty good and cheap. I got a spicy eggplant dish that was excellent, and it was about $7. The have a standard Thai menu, though; nothing American. There are plenty of mild noodle dishes that I would think your mom would like. I think they also had some "Chinese" dishes that would seem familiar to most Americans.

For what it's worth, I have not been impressed with Thai Orchid, and I've tried it three different times.

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Bahn Thai
1932 Henderson Rd, Columbus, OH 43220

Mar 31, 2010
abbyhintz in Great Lakes

Visiting sick relative and extended family in Dublin/Columbus

Finally, lest I ignore the wine drinkers in your group, there is a French cafe in Dublin and an Italian restaurant in Powell that I recommend.

Luce has a great wine list, and excellent appetizers, dinners, and desserts.
http://www.luce-enoteca.com/

Le Chatelaine is in downtown Dublin. I find it to be a very nice place to relax, eat, and drink. They have a fireplace near the bar, which you might enjoy, depending on the weather. They are only open until 9:00, though.
http://lachatelainebakery.com/menu.as...

Mar 05, 2010
abbyhintz in Great Lakes

Visiting sick relative and extended family in Dublin/Columbus

I forgot to mention the Dublin Village Tavern, which is also in downtown Dublin. It is an unpretentious bar with good food. If you're going to drink downtown, you can hop between Brazenhead and Dublin Village Tavern, stopping at Jeni's to get some unique ice cream along the way.
http://www.thedublinvillagetavern.com/
http://jenisicecreams.com/

Mar 05, 2010
abbyhintz in Great Lakes