Food

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Schmidt’s Sausage Haus: Updated!

Original Post: Schmidt’s Sausage Haus

NEW: Food trucks (http://www.schmidthaus.com/sausage-truck/)

Schmidt’s Sausage Haus is still serving the classic German fare it has for over 100 years. They still have the Autobahn Buffet. They still are in the old building that fills up on weekends and is hard to park at during busy hours. They have added a food trucks to help with this problem.

We have not been to the food truck yet, but have been to their tent at local fares. The food is just as good as at the original location and the cream puffs just as large. The food trucks are outside of  business most days. They have more than one truck and generally spread through out the city pretty well. They also have a truck tracker and schedule on their website. On weekends in the fall they are with everyone else in Columbus at the OSU games. So where ever one might be in Columbus they are never to far from good German food.

Tip: Visit Schmidt’s on most social media platforms @SchmidtsCbus.

Jungle Jim’s: Updated!

Original Post: Jungle Jim’s

The Original Jungle Jim’s is still as Jungley and Jimmy as ever. The food and craziness inside is still as mind blowing as ever. The outside has expanded to include a mini mall with a few restaurants and stores. While they are nothing too unique they help to enhance the overall experience.

NEW Location added:
4450 Eastgate South Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45245

The NEW and exciting update to the Jungle Jim’s franchise is the location on the other side of Cincinnati in Eastgate. The new store is even more zany than the original location. This one doesn’t just have a store map, but almost requires one. The large aisle that runs through out is great for getting from the front door to the registers, but is not so helpful if one goes down a smaller aisle and reconnects to it at some other point. Of course this being Jungle Jim’s, half the fun is getting lost in the endless selection.

The attractions from the original store are included in the new one. Sometimes they are even beefed up, such as in the candy section and honey sections. It seems as if the company knew what made the original a hit and simply expanded on it. The “Hot Sauce and Fiery Food” section is almost 3x as large. Candy section is twice as large. Aisles are now large enough for two lanes of cart traffic.

While expanding some sections Jungle Jim’s also made sure to make the shopping experience a good one. The store seems designed more from entrance to cash registers than the original one.  This is great for the shopper looking to experience everything. This is not so good for a person who is looking to get in and out in a hurry. But hey who goes to Jungle Jim’s expecting to get out in a hurry? This is the type of store that needs exploring and the new layout its great at helping that.

So for a shopping experience like no other visit the Original or NEW location of Jungle Jim’s.

Tip: Eat first. The place will make you want to buy everything and being hungry does not help.

Grass Skirt Tiki Room

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Address: 105 N. Grant Ave, Columbus, Ohio

Website: http://grassskirttiki.wcom

Rating: ****

The Grass Skirt Tiki Room is one of those fun places to eat, drink, and discover. The atmosphere is matched by the great food and drinks. This restaurant is not huge, so it could get busy. we went in the late afternoon on a summer day and the place was not crowded. So if crowded is not your thing middle of the afternoons are good. The Grass Skirt is a bar type of restaurant, so late nights could be fun with a group of friends.

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If you loved the Kahiki, and are looking for something to fill its place, this is it. The whole place, as the name suggests, is tiki themed. Very tiki themed. It is fun and festive. The decor is almost over the top, but stops at just the right point. There is a real laid back feeling to it. This does not mean your treated poorly. We were treated professional and the staff was attentive. This place is one where you really feel like you want to hang out. The menu has lots of choices all following theme.

So, give The Grass Skirt Tiki room a try.

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Chalet in the Valley

IMG_0160Address: 5060 OH-557, Millersburg, OH 44654

Website: http://www.chaletinthevalley.com

Rating: ******

Note: Not always open in the Winter months.

Chalet in the Valley is an Austrian, Swiss and Amish cuisine restaurant in Ohio’s Amish Country. This restaurant is a real treat allowing one to get something you do not find at your typical restaurant. The building is a Swiss chalet overlooking the Doughty Valley. This restaurant really gives you an authentic and special feeling when you arrive in the parking lot and then enter.

We started off with sauerkraut balls. These balls were deep fried and contained sauerkraut and pork. A nice treat that came along with Dijon mustard. The mustard really complimented the balls. They offer also other great appetizers, like fried pickles, cheese curds, pierogi, and more. One item they have that is probably popular is cheese or chocolate fondue. This is made even more special as they are across the street from a cheese factory.

They have lots of great main dishes and are know for their schnitzels. You can also get wurst, spaetzle, sauerbraten, sandwiches, salads, and more.  There is also a great line up of desserts.

The food was really good and had great flavors. The food was well cooked and was authentic. We loved the spatezle steak tips which had a great gravy. We also loved the sauerbraten which was tender and very tasty. Our meals came with pretzel breadsticks which were a nice addition.

The service was good and the atmosphere very warm and inviting. This is s a great addition to any vacation to the area. It is nice to have something a little different from the other restaurants in the area. This is really a great place to bring the whole family. You can get a great meal in a great location.

 

Belgrade Gardens

401 E State St, Barberton, OH 44203

Link: http://www.belgradegardenschicken.com

Rating: ****

In order to understand Belgrade Gardens Restaurant you will need to know about Barberton chicken. Barberton chicken is a kind of chicken the originated in Barberton and is Serbain-American style. Here is what the chicken looks like.

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The breading and chicken only seasoned with salt and pepper and are fried in lard. Maybe there was no salt and pepper, we are getting a few conflicting internet recipes, but it was for sure not heavily seasoned with lots of spices. The chicken is available in many different cuts.

Belgrade Gardens has been around since the 1930s in an old farmhouse. The place has been expanded and if you walk around you can see that the restaurant is huge and can seat hundreds of people. It has won many awards and has been featured in magazines, newspapers, radio, and television. They even won a Food Network TV show. The place is comfortable and the menu is more than just chicken with many daily specials. When we went we had great service and the great food.

The chicken is well know, but the sides are also great. They have a dish called hot sauce. We were expecting some sauce in a bottle, but were surprised when this dish came out. IMG_0312

Their hot sauce has rice, tomatoes, onions, and hot peppers in it. It was very tasty and just the right amount of heat. The peppers might of been removed before the dish was served, we did not bite into a really hot part.

We ordered the regular which came with chicken, fries, hot sauce, and cole slaw. Each item was well done and very tasty. We also ordered there root beer, which was a nice treat.

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In the area, or not, this is really worth the drive. The chicken is crisp, but not too crisp and very fresh. The breading has a nice chew to it and is not over hard. The chicken was very juicy and not dried out. This is a restaurant that really knows what they are doing and sticks to recipes and dishes they make well. This restaurant has a local feeling.

If you want to experience good food and a great time this is your restaurant. Worth the trip no matter how far.

Note: The restaurant’s website has a great about section. Yes, we saved that for last so you would not jump over too soon.

Breakfast Places

Breakfast PlacesHere are a few places that we have been to for breakfast. A good breakfast place needs to have good coffee, reasonable prices, good food, and be a place that is either close or worth the drive. The food can be simple or complex, it does not matter. One can tell if a restaurant is good if locals go there and conversations are going on. You also need a wait staff that is friendly and attentive. Make sure to look at times as many of these places are not all day.

Breakfast Club Cafe

http://breakfastclubcafe.com/

102 N Broadway St

Lebanon, OH 45036

Rating *****

This is a great local place with a good menu. This business also has a restaurant in Dayton. The food is homemade and you can tell that love and care goes into the food. There are many of your typical breakfast type foods there. You can get pancakes, waffles, french toast, eggs, omelets, sandwiches, burgers, soup, salad. They have great waffles, with many different kinds available. They also roasts their own coffee. The coffee is great and can be sipped in many different varieties. The service was great when we went, we were attended on but not over bothered. This is the type of place you could go to every week, and it seemed people did.

Buckeye Donuts

http://alwaysopen.buckeye-donuts.com/

1998 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201

Rating*****
Buckeye Donuts is in Columbus near the university. It is open 24 hours a day, so anytime you get a craving for donut, you can get one. They have a menu that includes more than just donuts. You can get good coffee or a sandwich. They have your standard donuts and some a little fancier, what they do not have is those over priced hipster donuts in the fad places. Just expect good quality donuts, not hype. Good hand cut donuts. The place is smallish and even Saturday afternoon in the summer is filled with people. It might be a wait during the school year. What is nice about the place is you can hang out or it is set up for a quick pick up of donuts. They also do catering, so you could fill your office with their great donuts. If you in Columbus make sure to stop by this place.
 Koffee Kup
428 S. First St.
Miamisburg, OH 45342
This is a restaurant we have passed many times and thought nothing about it. We then decided. The food is your typical breakfast and lunch fair. The service was friendly and the food was hot and fast. We enjoyed the food and like the reasonable prices. The place is not huge, but just the right size. The food is good and this would be a great place to go before going out the local bike trails.

Boston Stoker Coffee Co.

Review ****

Address:

More than one location so see the website for locations in Dayton and Columbus area –

https://bostonstoker.com

It is hard to review coffee shops, since there seems to be one on every corner and in every grocery store. Coffee isles at the grocery store, also seem to be overflowing. What we did want to do is highlight one company that is making a quality product in this crowded world of coffee and tea.

Boston Stokers started out selling cigars, hence the name Stoker. Since then Boston Stoker has become the premier coffee roasters and coffee shops in the Dayton area. What is nice about going to these coffee shops is you know your supporting something local. You also know your buying from a company that not only takes pride in making a good product, but also looks to get their coffee from quality partners around the world. Boston Stokers is more than just a coffee shop, they roast their own beans.

The coffee shops shops have a nice atmosphere. The coffee is prepared correctly and with good service. Now it does vary between locations and time you go in there, so reviewing all location is not really appropriate. So, we just will let you see for yourself. The coffee shops are great locations to hang out in or just to grab a quick cup of coffee. Many of the locations have drive-thru, so you can grab you drinks even quicker. These coffee shops are able to compete with the national brands that have come to the Dayton area. So if your an out of town and just have to have your national coffee shop (you know the name) fix, do not worry Boston Stokers will do the trick.

You can order coffee, tea, or merchandise directly off there website, at one of their locations, or at many grocery stores. They have many different flavors of each. You will be able to get the product for everyone in your household.

Maybe going to a coffee shop seems mundane, but do not think that and try out Boston Stokers.

Extra fact: They do still sell cigars, if that is your thing.

 

 

Ohio Coffee

 

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Coffee shops are not new and so fad driven, one wonders if they are even worth mentioning. Coffee and more important specialty coffee drinks are everywhere from homes, fast food restaurants, diners, national chain coffee shops, gas stations, and local coffee shops. A coffee shop is more than just coffee, it is atmosphere and great service. A great coffee shop is a place to meet friends or spend a few minutes readings. We guess it could be a good place to write your first novel or do some research (free WiFi). Ohio has some great local or state chains and some great local places. We want to highlight some, but know we will be missing some, so be prepared for a few posts about coffee shops, but do not expect a state guide. We know coffee heads or are very loyal.

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Bills Donuts

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Bill’s Donuts in Centerville is one of the best donut shops in Ohio according to the USA Today and Yahoo. Open 24 hours in the heart of Centerville Bill’s has become a landmark. After football games and major events the place has lines out the door, and yet is worth the wait.

The Donuts at Bills are fresh made in the kitchen, which can be seen when entering from the parking lot. During busy times the most popular ones will have tray after tray brought out fresh every hour. The standard donut fare, glazed, powder, plain, or chocolate have a place at Bill’s, but so do the premium peanut butter, cinnamon roll, and pretzel. Like the building, and the iconic box they come in, the donuts at Bill’s are nothing trendy. No cronuts or bacon toppings, just good old donuts. Along with donuts Bill’s also has Italian Sodas, coffees, cookies, muffins, and so much more.

While there may be a line next time at Bill’s Donuts in Centerville, it will be worth the wait for one of Americas top donuts.

Larchmere Porchfest

June 20, 2015
For the past few years a strange festival has been popping in the Larchmere neighborhood of Cleveland. The Lachmere Porchfest. A festival, as the name says, on the porches of Lachmere. Folk, funk, hip hop,  americana, country, rock (of course this is Clevleand), and a little bit of everything. with “30 bands on 30 porches”
http://larchmereporchfest.org/