M at Miranova

For our anniversary dinner this year, we decided to try a place new to us. M at Mirinova is another great Cameron Mitchell concept. Our table was not quite ready when we got there so we took a seat in the bar area. The ambiance, lighting, and decor was pleasing. Cameron Mitchell is also great about food allergies and has a separate GF menu. The server we had was excellent! It’s been over a month since we ate there (Yes, I am slow to post) and wish I could remember his name to give him some kudos here. If you don’t like something, send it back (as I did with my first drink). They strive to make everything perfect.

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We started with the Alaskan King Crab. This dish is poached in a butter sauce. By far, the best preparation for King Crab I have had. I will never go to the restaurant without getting this dish.

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or the cocktail, I went with the Black Orchid. Belevedere balack raspberry, St. Gerrmain Elderflower, White Cranberry, and lemon juice. It was presented in the martini glass with some on the side to refresh. The ice cube has a beautiful orchid inside. Very sweet! I loved it, but do not even try if you don’t like sweet drinks.

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y main entree was the Caterpillar roll. Tempura Shrimp, Avocado, Cream Cheese, Scallion, and Spicy Tuna. This was very good however, there are far better places in the city for sushi. I was pleasantly surprised none the less.

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We shared a side of Lobster Mac & Cheese. Large pieces of lobster, but no flavor. I won’t get again.

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My honey got the salmon, and it was gone before I could even ask for a taste. Beautiful presentation and, apparently, worth getting again.

Critique Scores (Highest Values = 5)
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 4
Food Taste & Quality: 4
Presentation: 5
Recommendation: Great quality. If anything is wrong, they’ll make it right!

Details:
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2 Miranova Place, Suite 100, Columbus, OH,
Parking: Valet for $5
http://www.matmiranova.com/home.aspx 

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M at Miranova

For our anniversary dinner this year, we decided to try a place new to us. M at Mirinova is another great Cameron Mitchell concept. Our table was not quite ready when we got there so we took a seat in the bar area. The ambiance, lighting, and decor was pleasing. Cameron Mitchell is also great about food allergies and has a separate GF menu.

photo 1

We started with the Alaskan King Crab. This dish is poached in a butter sauce. By far, the best preparation for King Crab I have had. I will never go to the restaurant without getting this dish.

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or the cocktail, I went with the Black Orchid. Belevedere balack raspberry, St. Gerrmain Elderflower, White Cranberry, and lemon juice. It was presented in the martini glass with some on the side to refresh. The ice cube has a beautiful orchid inside. Very sweet! I loved it, but do not even try if you don’t like sweet drinks.

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y main entree was the Caterpillar roll. Tempura Shrimp, Avocado, Cream Cheese, Scallion, and Spicy Tuna. This was very good however, there are far better places in the city for sushi. I was pleasantly surprised none the less.

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We shared a side of Lobster Mac & Cheese. Large pieces of lobster, but no flavor. I won’t get again.

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My honey got the salmon, and it was gone before I could even ask for a taste. Beautiful presentation and, apparently, worth getting again.

Critique Scores (Highest Values = 5)
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 4
Food Taste & Quality: 4
Presentation: 5
Recommendation: Great quality. If anything is wrong, they’ll make it right!

Details:
M
2 Miranova Place, Suite 100, Columbus, OH,
Parking: Valet for $5
http://www.matmiranova.com/home.aspx 

M at Miranova on Urbanspoon

M at Miranova

For our anniversary dinner this year, we decided to try a place new to us. M at Mirinova is another great Cameron Mitchell concept. Our table was not quite ready when we got there so we took a seat in the bar area. The ambiance, lighting, and decor was pleasing. Cameron Mitchell is also great about food allergies and has a separate GF menu.

photo 1

We started with the Alaskan King Crab. This dish is poached in a butter sauce. By far, the best preparation for King Crab I have had. I will never go to the restaurant without getting this dish.

photo 2
F
or the cocktail, I went with the Black Orchid. Belevedere balack raspberry, St. Gerrmain Elderflower, White Cranberry, and lemon juice. It was presented in the martini glass with some on the side to refresh. The ice cube has a beautiful orchid inside. Very sweet! I loved it, but do not even try if you don’t like sweet drinks.

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y main entree was the Caterpillar roll. Tempura Shrimp, Avocado, Cream Cheese, Scallion, and Spicy Tuna. This was very good however, there are far better places in the city for sushi. I was pleasantly surprised none the less.

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We shared a side of Lobster Mac & Cheese. Large pieces of lobster, but no flavor. I won’t get again.

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My honey got the salmon, and it was gone before I could even ask for a taste. Beautiful presentation and, apparently, worth getting again.

Critique Scores (Highest Values = 5)
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 4
Food Taste & Quality: 4
Presentation: 5
Recommendation: Great quality. If anything is wrong, they’ll make it right!

Details:
M
2 Miranova Place, Suite 100, Columbus, OH,
Parking: Valet for $5
http://www.matmiranova.com/home.aspx 

M at Miranova on Urbanspoon

Cameron Mitchell, Restaurant Innovator of Columbus

I have been a long-time fan of the Cameron Mitchell concept restaurants. Honestly, I have not found more consistency and quality than his fine fleet of dining establishments. I often use his restaurants as a benchmark to rate restaurants I review. So, kudos to you Mr. Cam!

A little background:

“While remaining independent and privately held, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants has grown to 20 units and nine different concepts with locations in nine states.  In addition to Cameron’s, the concepts are:  Cap City Fine Diner & BarHudson 29 Kitchen + DrinkMMartini Modern ItalianMarcella’sOcean Prime, and Molly Woo’s Asian Bistro and The Pearl, Restaurant, Tavern & Oyster Room.  In addition to these restaurant ventures Cameron Mitchell Premier Events continues to thrive as the premier caterer in Columbus, Ohio. After the sale of two of its most popular concepts – Mitchell’s/Columbus Fish Market and Mitchell’s/Cameron’s Steakhouse – to Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Inc. in early 2008, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants is focusing on developing new restaurant concepts as well as expanding concepts currently in the company’s portfolio. The Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern, a sister company of CMR, currently operates 16 locations in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Florida.”

While I am sad that the Fish Market concept is now under the roof of Ruth Chris, the standards and quality of Cameron Mitchell have not faltered. I started this blog as a review of M at Miranova, but find that I need to create a separate blog later. I still have much I’d like to say about CMR as I have dined often! I do not always review everything I eat because some are just “regulars” to me now. However, I feel that some of theses need some discussion and appreciation at this time. Let’s talk about the CMR restaurants I have tried:

  • Cap City: While I do not love everything on the menu, there are things on the menu I could not do without! I can’t imagine a world without their Chocolate cake. I particularly enjoy this to-go, I put in my fridge to chill, and enjoy cold. The recent-to-me pretzel sticks and beer cheese… I am a bit of a soft pretzel connoisseur… Ranks highest above all restaurant sticks out there. The benchmark for me is Bretzel in the North Market, I have found none better. The Balsamic Chicken is my go to dish with the Salmon as a close second. Salad there have never been quite on mark, so please don’t go if you’re on a diet!
  • Marcella’s: There is a distinct difference between the Polaris location and Short North. While neither is negative, the Polaris location is more appealing to me. There are some additional menu items, like my favorite Build Your Own Pasta. There is a parking lot… If you frequent the ShoNo, you understand the value of parking. Lastly, for me, there is a lot more seating and I can get in easily. My favorite pizza in the city use to be their 4 Cheese Pizza. While still great, my tastes have migrated away from a white sauce pizza. On a side note, I love the dried soap in the bathrooms. Quite authentic.
  • The Ocean Club: I was just mentioning it has been 3-4 years since I’ve been here. My only reason is because I’ve moved from the Eastside. This restaurant is part of the Ocean Prime concept. This has been the best example of “fine dining” in his arsenal. I base this on the serving staff, aesthetics of the restaurant, and presentation. I have never consumed anything here that I did not like. Ocean Clubs gets my highest nod.
  • Molly Woos: I went once 6 years ago. The only reason I went was because a CMR employee and I were aquatinted and it was a freebee. I also never went back. I recall not being fond of the food or the ambiance. I am willing to give it another go but really, I prefer to leave my Asian food cravings to those more skilled. I would gladly accept an invitation back to review it.
  • Cameron’s: The flagship gem of 1993. I love Cameron’s but rarely get there. If you weren’t looking for it you would miss it nestled in a shopping plaza next to a Wendy’s and Chinese takeout. The goat cheese salad is to die for!
  • Martini: I also under-visit this amazing place. I often forget about it quite frankly. It’s in a bit of a good/bad spot. Close to the downtown convention center, the Arena District, the ShoNo, Park Street, and the North Market. While I love these areas of the city, I also avoid them based on what is going on. The Arnold? Forget about it. There’s no way I’d go near Martini. I can not remember the specifics of what I have had. I just remember everything was top quality.
  • The Pearl: Not my favorite. This could be because I do not eat oysters – and it’s an oyster bar. I went once last year and now looking over their menu, think they need a second chance. They caught my eye at “Cinnamon Sticky Bun.”
  • M at Miranova: Check back for the review! Just dined last night for an anniversary dinner.

If I were to assign a number rating it would follow as such:

  1. Ocean Club
  2. M at Miranova
  3. Cap City
  4. Martini
  5. Marcella’s
  6. Cameron’s
  7. The Pearl
  8. Molly Woo’s

Thank you Cam for all the wonderful quality and standards you have infused into Columbus! I would be honored to meet you!

Where do you eat in Louisville late on a Saturday? Wick’s!

My companion and I took a long weekend to Louisville. Little did we know, if you take a nap and wake up at 9pm… slim pickings on dinner. Places like to close about 9, 10, or 11. The only reliable option, pizza!

I looked at the trusty Urbanspoon and it sent me to Wick’s. The street was very energetic with people going to bars and live music. Wick’s was pretty grungy looking much like Houndogs that we all know and love. While the pizza was not Houndogs, it was delicious! Here’s what we got:

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This is the Stuffed Breadwick. Cheese & Pep in a home-made dough. Do it!

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We were so hungry we dug in before the photos. All the topping are under the cheese, and there’s lots of cheese. Man, this was a great dish. Good sauce, not too sweet or tangy. The dough was probably one of the greats out there.

Critique Scores (Highest Values = 5)

Service: 4
Atmosphere: 2
Food Taste & Quality: 4
Presentation: 2
Recommendation: No frills. Good food. Award winning.

Details:

Wick’s Pizza Original Location
(4 total locations)
975 Baxter Ave, Lousiville, Ky, 40204
Parking: Metered Street

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The ‘Fresh’est concept in Lima

My parents live in Lima. I grew up there and the food choices are super slim. There’s a relatively new kid in town, let me tell you about Fresh.

Fresh is located downtown near Dome’s Nut Shop & Joey’s Subs. My mother and father are regulars to the mom and son operation. As I am writing the review, I just found out they have closed it’s doors. Unbelievable. Regardless let me tell you about the little concept that could-have.

While the seating was odd, the food was great! My mom and I were tucked in what looked like a hallway within eyeshot of the kitchen. While I appreciate how they tried to maintain the original display cases, If they would have moved them against the wall it would have opened up the concept. It would have felt more cozy.

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This was their appetizer sampler. Stuffed mushrooms, olives, pickles, hummus, and red pepper feta dip. The feta dip was absolutely amazing! Everything else was good, but the feta dip was the star. Fresh guy, if you’re reading this- I want the recipe.

 

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I got the shrimp tacos. They tasted fresh, par for the course, and the chili aioli was yummy. I would have enjoyed a little more flavor or spice infused in the tacos. The chili gave it some heat but maybe a good grill on the shrimp would have given it that extra umph!

I am very sad to hear about the close. There was lots of potential there but the area is very poor for supporting good eating habits.

Best wishes Fresh crew! Please come to Columbus, we’ll support you!

Critique Scores (Highest Values = 5)

Service: 4
Atmosphere: 3
Food Taste & Quality: 3
Presentation: 2
Recommendation: I’d say go, but they’re gone!

Details:

Fresh
140 N. Main St, Lima, OH, 45801
Parking: Free street

Fresh on Urbanspoon

DK Diner – Delicious!

If you haven’t been to DK diner for brunch, go! Word on the street is they have fantastic doughnuts too.
Here’s the run down.

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It’s a seat yourself, get your own drink, very laid-back restaurant. Our server made some great recommendations on food.
Here’s the score:

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This was a standard eggs, hash browns, bacon, and toast. I don’t recommend ordering your eggs poached/basted. They were still fried. I ate them, but I prefer the healthier styles mentioned.

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This little gem is not on the menu. This is the most deliciously addictive blueberry pancake you’ll ever taste. It is a blueberry batter pancake. Looks are deceiving. Trust me on this one!

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My accomplice had the breakfast burrito. His remarks stated it was pretty average. The comparison here is Starliner Diner’s Azteca Burrito. In my opinion, it’s a hard one to beat.

Critique Scores (Highest Values = 5)

Service: 5
Atmosphere: 4
Food Taste & Quality: 3
Presentation: 2
Recommendation: Go!

Details:

The DK Diner
1715 W. Third Ave, Columbus, OH, 43212
Parking: Lot, Street, or The Italian Club parking lot.

 

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