An ever-changing list things we’re loving or obsessing over or that we think are worth exploring right now: favorite tastes, stand-out dishes, delightful libations, restaurants deserving a little love, new menus, anticipated openings, fun adventures. [Updated 10/6/17]
1. The return of Cravings Cafe!
After nearly two years, Cravings Cafe has returned to the Columbus dining scene with their breakfast sandwiches and bronuts and cookies and Thunderkiss Coffee. Visit their new spot on Front Street downtown for breakfast or lunch!
2. Orange cardamom donut holes from Tupelo Doughnuts
While they’re building out a Clintonville storefront, Tupelo is taking their aquamarine truck Tilly to the streets, serving Brioso coffee with tupelo honey and donuts
3. Eating ALL the dumplings at Momo Ghar
We just can’t stay away. The jhol momo dumplings deservedly get a lot of attention, but we’ve loved the Eastern Tibetan momos, too, as well as the sides of potatoes and cold black beans. The seasoning is fantastic, and you can’t beat the welcome. Recently Guy Fieri stopped by Momo Ghar while filming Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and we got to sit at the counter and chat with him!
4. A dive bar breakfast at Lisska’s Bar & Grill
Jim from CMH Gourmand and I had breakfast with a group of regulars at Lisska’s, a dive bar over on the east side. This group has been meeting every Thursday morning for years, and they kindly invited us to join them. What we found as warm welcome from folks that made us instantly feel like part of the group – not to mention some unique dive bar digs and a solid breakfast that reminded me why I got into this game in the first place.
5. Dinner and drinks at The Keep in Hotel LeVeque
Beth and I stayed at the new Hotel LeVeque for our 16th anniversary. The beautiful hotel space, renovated out of the first nine floors of the LeVeque Tower, includes a cocktail bar and restaurant on the second floor. Dinner at The Keep was delightful – wonderful service, creative dishes. For the best experience, sit at the bar and watch the open kitchen.
6. Silog at Bonifacio
One of the features of their Filipino brunch is a dish that combines garlic rice, a fried egg, pickled veggies, and choice of meat. You can’t go wrong with the chicken adobo, longanisa pork sausages, tocino pork, or bistek steak.
7. Beers on the new rooftop patio at Platform Beer
A lovely new view of downtown from their small patio.
8. Cocktails at The Bottle Shop
It’s always a cozy spot for libations, and they currently feature a drink called the Bartender’s Breakfast.
9. Also, cocktails at The Light of Seven Matchsticks
Grab a seat at the bar. Look for the secret menu. Try the duck fat popcorn and Singapore noodles. (Read my review in Columbus Monthly.)