food

La Comedia Dinner Theatre

765 W Central Ave, Springboro, OH 45066

http://www.lacomedia.com/

La Comedia Dinner Theatre is located in Springboro, OH. It is a dinner theatre and much more. La Comedia has been putting on shows since the 1970’s, so they have perfected the dinner and theatre idea. The theater normally puts on about six Broadway type shows along with many concerts. The shows range from newer musicals to classic favorites. Many of the actors who star in shows are locals, but many also are from New York. The productions try to have the best cast available. Each year the good part is that La Comedia puts on some classic Broadway musicals that older audience will remember. They also put on newer shows and kids classics. The season generally has something for anybody looking for family friendly entertainment.

La Comedia has a good sound system so the actors can always be heard and the dancing is normally really good. The stage is floor level and the audience sits on many sides, so the action of the play or musical is up close. The seating is the dinner tables, which are on levels rising about 4 feet up each row giving a good view to each person attending.

The real star of La Comedia is not the show itself, but the food. Nights start with the house signature salad with the Papaya Chutney Dressing. This dressing is a very good compliment to any salad. The evening continues with a wonderful buffet. The buffet has chef-carved meats, a variety of pastas and fresh vegetables, fresh-baked breads, some deep fried cod, and their famous sweet potato soufflé.  The buffet also normally has some dishes that go along with the theme of the show, so coming back for a new show one gets something different. Each show also has a different desert. The desert is delivered to the table after the buffet is over. The nice thing about the buffet experience is guest who arrive early are allowed to the buffet first. This is not only a nicety, but also keeps the buffet line short.

La Comedia is a great place to see a show and get a meal. One should arrive early and dress appropriately. La Comedia will leave you will a full stomach and good times, not to mention a head full of show tunes.

Der Dutchman

Der Dutchman is what one wants from a restaurant. Good food served at a good price. The look and feel of the locations varies, as they should with a quality restaurant. The location in Walnut Creek is in Amish country. The Plain City location has a large gift shop attached to the restaurant.

Although the locations are different, the food isn’t. This is okay. From real mashed potatoes to homemade pies, the quality of food will not disappoint any one. With a large selection of and unlimited quantities the best recommendation is the buffet. Every day it has three types of meat and every day the selection is different.

The staff is as friendly and as welcoming as any around. The atmosphere is simple and works nicely to help one feel calm and peaceful. No tacky paintings or festive memorabilia adorn the walls. With the simple food and simple atmosphere Der Dutchman is a must. It is one of Ohio’s Amish treasures.

Quick Tip: It is closed on Sundays. In the summer are free carriage rides.

Jungle Jim’s

5440 Dixie Highway
Fairfield, OH 45014
http://www.junglejims.com/

Quick Review: Food from here, food from there, food from everywhere!

An awesome array of food awaits at Jungle Jim’s. The mega grocery experience (it’s more than a store) is the type that one goes to not just to buy groceries but to get what is not available at other locations. From a walk in humidor to a hot sauce aisle large than most other stores regular isles this place has it all.

The first time one goes into the place it can be a little overwhelming but don’t fret. Grab a map. Yes, a map. What other grocery store needs a map? It will help you decided where to go and how to get there. We recommend just going up and down the aisles looking at what is available. Deciding on what looks good, and buying it. Don’t put too much thought into it or one might spend all day looking for good mustard (we spent an hour because we kept finding new ones in new locations.)

Unlike other places, which organize items by product type, Jungle Jim’s is organized by country. America, as a quick shop when you first enter, then by each region/country in the back (the “Back” is bigger than most stores….yeah for the last time it is huge). This works and it doesn’t. Great if you are looking for items to make an ethnic dish. Bad if you just want to buy a product but want to see what they have.

Besides the food Jungle Jim’s has a wide variety of “Attractions” or odd things hanging from the ceiling and other locations. A band of cereal mascots, a fish hatchery themed like a Russian nuclear plant, and the Nation Best Bathrooms are just a few of the things you can find.

Overall it is worth the drive to experience a one of a kind shopping extravaganza.

Schmidt’s Sausauge Haus

240 E Kossuth St,
Columbus, OH 43206
http://www.schmidthaus.com/

Quick Review: Good sausage in an authentic atmosphere that is as true to its history as it is to its food.

Schmidt’s is one of those little hole in the wall locations that you might never go to if nobody ever took you there. But once you go there it is one of those places that you will visit every time you are in the town.

Although Schmidt’s says it is authentic it does not fell forced like some places. The atmosphere nicely complements the food without being over bearing. This is one reason the place is so hard to find. It seems to blend in to the quaint little area it is housed.

Schmidt’s is known worldwide for it sausage. As it should be. The firm meat has a bit of a spice in the mild variety and a good amount heat in the hot, but still tastes like meat. The Sausage stew is a heap of noodles meat and flavor. The side dishes all speak of their German heritage without seeming foreign and strange. The buffet has a great variety of both sausage and side dishes but does not commit the cardinal sin of sacrificing quality for quality. It is recommended to try only a piece of everything before getting too much of one thing. Even though there are some vegetables, and a salad portion, on the buffet, the amount of meat and starch will quickly load you up.

The staff is extremely friendly but do not expect blazing fast service on a busy night. While this may seem like a minus, it does give you a chance to digest your food before trying to move. A good thing when loaded down with meat and starch.

Every aspect is nicely tailored at this unique German restaurant. From the ambiance all the way down to the horseradish on the tables. A great place to go once, a hard place not to go back to.

Quick Tip: The desserts are cheaper if you get the buffet, but who has room for dessert after the buffet? Take them to go. They are a great way to remember the place. Also take home some sausage. Also to work off the food take a walk to The Book Loft just a few blocks down the street.