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Whitehall China Cafe - Columbus

This new Chinese restaurant at 4545 E Broad in Whitehall is a winner so far, based on our first visit tonight. They are especially good with fish; we had a very spicy sour fish and cabbage soup and a Szechwan fish, both with flounder, and both were terrific. We also enjoyed kung pao tofu. Prices are reasonable and portions are generous. We hope this place is here to stay; we will be regulars.

Nov 25, 2012
gellchom in Great Lakes

cheap jerusalem lunch suggestions

One of my favorite restaurants in the world fits your criteria: T'mol Shilshom on Yoel Moshe Salamon Street in Nahalat Shiva. A little hard to find -- it's upstairs in one of the courtyards off the street, but look for the sign on the wall next to the archway to it. Sort of across from Turquoise jewelry store.

It's a bookstore as well as a cafe, and they let you sit all day and read. They have wonderful authors' nights, too. A great place; you'll love it.

Chakra restaurant is spectacular and by far the best overall restaurant in J-town, but it's neither cheap nor dairy/parve (or kosher, for that matter). People even come from Tel Aviv just to eat there, and that has to be a first in history for a Jerusalem restaurant!

Jul 10, 2010
gellchom in Kosher

NYC girl looking for food in Columbus,!!!

I have lived here for 28 years, and I still don't get Rubino's pizza. Our friends who grew up in Bexley adore it; anyone else wonders how they can even stand it. To me, it tastes like cardboard with bland tomato sauce. But I guess that's exactly what makes for a real local flavor.

Jul 10, 2010
gellchom in Great Lakes

NYC girl looking for food in Columbus,!!!

Try Darbo for Somali and Blue Nile for Ethiopian.

Of course, Jeni's ice cream!

The Refectory is wonderful fine dining, and the service is exceptional.

North Star and Katzinger's are great for casual dining.

Hunan House and Hunan Gourmet are our favorites for Chinese, and Bangkok is great for Thai.

Udipi is a really good and reasonable vegetarian Indian restaurant.

Skillet in German Village is great for breakfast/brunch, if you can get a table. Worth waiting, though.

Basi Italia, Lindey's, G Michael's, Cafe Istanbul, Ocean Club, and Barcelona are other favorites.

Basi Italia
811 Highland St., Columbus, OH 43215

169 E. Beck Street, Columbus, OH 43206

Hunan House
2157 S Mission St Ste C, Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

Darbo Restaurant
3764 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH 43224

North Star Cafe
4023 S Evergreen Dr, White Cloud, MI 49349

Jul 10, 2010
gellchom in Great Lakes

Best ICE CREAM in Ohio??

There's ice cream, and then there's Jeni's. A revelation. It was the darling of the New York Times food section a couple of years ago, and a few pints shipped was a hot (ha ha) Xmas gift.

When all those volunteers came to Columbus for the 2008 election from San Francisco, NYC, DC, etc., we would take them to Jeni's. They would say something condescending like, "Well, you know, we have excellent ice cream in ... OH MY GOD!" And after that if felt like we couldn't get any work out of them -- it was Jeni's at least once a day.

I still do love Johnson's, for the neighborhood atmosphere, though, and the ice cream is good -- they have an especially excellent vanilla, so I buy there when I bake pie. And certainly if I were taking a crowd of kids, I would take them there over Jeni's (all flavors there are now $10/pint, so you can imagine what a scoop is). I don't understand why anyone in Bexley goes to Graeter's when Johnson's and Jeni's are both right there.

Jul 10, 2010
gellchom in Great Lakes

Tarragon and Red Wine Chicken Stew

Is that the correct amount of cornstarch? It sounds like an awful lot.

Jun 22, 2009
gellchom in Recipes

Sweet and Spicy Vegetable Soup (vegan)

This recipe needs editing -- not all the ingredients mentioned in the instructions are listed in the ingredients list.
Please fix it; it sounds good!

Jun 22, 2009
gellchom in Recipes