Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Coop....Cliffside and Indianola....Clintonville

                Simple elegant food, prepared with high quality locally sourced as possible ingredients, prepared with technique and out this hidden gem in Clintonville. 2701 Indianola is the address and an old fair trailer is the venue, but what this truck lacks in glam and glitter is more than compensated by skill and solid technique. The food is inventive yet very familiar and comfortable. The Menu board is straight forward as to the offerings. If you need suggestions, just ask Angie and co. are very helpful. On this day I started with a pickled egg, southern style pickled in dill, tarragon and vinegar. My wife had the Winter Caesar salad...a beautiful little salad with baby kale, fennel, shaved Parmesan, croutons, anchovies and a surprise...a fried egg, soft yolk of course. I had the bison burger fried in duck fat, topped with bacon, fried egg and arugula...friends had told me about this burger and how great it was. I was a skeptic...I would find out for myself, I came, I saw, I conquered. This sandwich is a commitment. When the sandwich came to the window it was love at first sight, I took my photos and then dove in...I can't imagine the noises I must have been making, but my wife asked if I needed some privacy....yeah it is that good...absolute magic. The Coop is on facebook( The Coop's facebook site) with hours, telephone etc, cash, credit cards accepted...they have a website, but not very functional..I will be back...there is a confit duck leg with sweet potato hash with my name on it ...and oh yeah they have Vacuum drip coffee and Mexican Coke...the real deal...real cane sugar in glass bottles, not the high fructose corn syrup US version. Angie and co. you have done a nice job here keep it up...
Winter Caesar Salad

Bison Burger at first bite
The Coop

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Piada Italian Street Food.....Columbus, Ohio

Busy, beautiful open kitchen

my lunch...salad bowl with grilled salmon and wedding soup
Your guides in the process

Window logo at Easton

  Piada Italian street food is like Chipotle meets Italian food, ingredients and preparations. Beautiful open kitchen, efficient cooks, the freshest ingredients and comfortable tables make for a unique and lively dining expierence. Your first time ordering will be overwhelming, but don't worry well informed efficient cooks guide you through the process. Piada is a Columbus, Ohio home grown affair, but not for long I would say. A solid concept that is spreading rapidly throughout central Ohio. If you are looking for something a little different in your dining choice you will not be dissappointed. The combinations are endless and menu fatigue is not likely to occur. For more information go to . The website does a great job explaining what Piada is, interesting take out options, locations and such..Enjoy

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Mi Li Cafe...Columbus, Ohio

Pho combo...beef, pork, tripe and meatball
Family Run
Mi Li cafe in Columbus, Plaza
Columbus, Ohio
Mission: quest for the perfect Pho
Mission accomplished

Bright airy interior

Pho herbs and toppings

Beef Noodle Bowl
Pork Crepes

Pork skin summer rolls

Each dish had a unique sauce

Cat loving it

Slurping good Pho
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