October 2010

This post comes from guest blogger Dawn Scheurle, creator of www.KidsEatOut.com — a great resource for finding kid friendly restaurants in Central Ohio.

Although Spring signals the beginning of my all-time favorite Patio Dining Season, Fall brings me home.  I don’t mean inside my home (although it does that, too), I mean thoughts of home … being comfy and cozy with family, friends–and of course, food!  Fall food is the stuff that makes you warm inside, brings back memories and makes you want to take a nap in front of the fireplace afterward.

Here are a few of the places and foods that confirm to me that Summer is indeed over and Fall has arrived:

  • There’s a little gem we have frequented for years, but we just recently discovered their donuts.  Jacquemin Farms offers warm (if you time it right) sugar coated pumpkin donuts – grab one before you hop on the hay wagon to go out to the fields to pick your pumpkins.
  • La Chatelaine’s Cream of Tomato Basil Soup. (Don’t skip the croutons and cheese!)  The bakery atmosphere and warm cozy dining room with the stone fireplace make it the perfect place to be on a Fall day. I have to admit to eating this in the Spring on their patio, too. 
  • They say appetizer, I say entrée.  To each his own.  Matt the Millers Shrimp and Grits are absolutely crave-able.  Just writing about them makes me want to jump in my car and go.
  • An age old way to warm up: Bravo Cucina Italiana offers hot Apple Cider with Captain Morgan Spiced Rum–and a new trendier way–their Apple Cider Martini.  They also offer a seasonal Pumpkin Crème brûlée.  It’s hard to improve on the traditional kind, but it is Fall after all.
  • Sunny Street Cafe’s Pumpkin Pancakes.  Think sweet cream sauce and butter with walnuts and cinnamon to top it off.  Breakfast and dessert have always been interchangeable in my mind anyway!
  • A Featured Dish for the chilly months at Kogen’s is called Beef Pho. (This is pronounced Beef Fuh–as in … “Uh, let me think about that.”) Traditional Vietnamese Pho (Beef Noodle Soup) is a hearty soup of Beef simmered for more than 8 hours with onions and spices. It is served with a side of vegetables and sauces that can be combined to create a custom flavor.  
  • The Morgan House serves warm Kendra’s Creamy Chicken Pot Pie.  It’s topped with puff pastry and served in a fun terra-cotta pot.  The hot mulled cider is very nice, too.
  • Something fancy?  Although you can get it year-round, Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse will warm you up with their Steak Kosar.  It is a 7 oz. or 10 oz. filet mignon over bordelaise crowned with lobster and bearnaise; asparagus and mushroom caps.
  • What is Fall without Mac-n-Cheese?  And NOT the boxed kind.  Homemade style Mac-n-Cheese.  Hoggy’s Mac-n-Cheese is made-from-scratch and finished under the broiler so the top is slightly browned and crispy, but the inside is smooth and creamy. In my picky family, the kids don’t like ‘the brown stuff’.  Lucky for me, I do!  Yum!
  • Did Scotland invent comfort food?  It seems like everything on Digger & Finch’s menu says “come on in and get comfy.”  The two standouts for me are the Guinness Stout and Cheddar Soup and Scotland Yard’s Shepherd’s Pie.  The pie is made with ground chuck, lamb and pork simmered in cabernet, with carrots, onions and peas baked in a cheddar potato crust. You can start your diet tomorrow!
  • Just in time for Fall, Rusty Bucket has added some new menu items including three new wing sauces–mild with teriyaki, spicy with sriracha sauce and chipotle in the middle.  They also have added some new comfort foods including Short Ribs, Sloppy-Joes, Pork Wing Tacos and Shrimp Grilled Cheese. 
  • Traditional Fall comfort food, maybe not, but Gooseneck Tavern has added a few new ‘spicy’ dishes to their menu that are sure to warm you up. Boom Boom Shrimp, Willow Noodles, and Grilled Andouille Sausage and Shrimp all have a bit of a kick!

I haven’t found my favorite place to get chili–which is almost the very definition of comfort food.  Well, I have, but my mom doesn’t own a restaurant. 

There are so many great restaurants in and around Dublin that I could go on for a while here.  And surely I haven’t been to them all.  Do you have a favorite Fall restaurant dish? For more ideas, visit the extensive list of Dublin Ohio restaurant listings here.

 ~Post by Dawn Scheurle, creator of www.KidsEatOut.com

I love this time of year when the seasons are changing with cool mornings and evenings and the kids are planning their HalloweenDublin Ohio Pumpkin Patch costumes. At our house, I think we’ll have a ghost and a Clone Wars character this year. Maybe even Cigar Guy from the Ryder Cup!

One of our fall family traditions is to visit Jacquemin Farms. Located right off Hyland -Croy Rd. near Jerome High School, Jacquemin Farms has 15-acres of pumpkin fields where you can take a hayride out and enjoy the scenery.  Don’t miss the great photo opportunity–taking your child’s picture next to “their” pumpkin that they select. (For us, it’s fun to see the size of the kids’ pumpkins grow every year!)

There is a  Kiddie Playland area for little ones (10 and under) with a straw maze and giant inflatable toys (Bugsy the caterpillar, a Balloon Typhoon and a Haunted House maze).  Admission is $5 per child (per day) and includes unlimited playtime. During weekdays, the air toys are not available until 3 p.m.   Children ages 2 and younger are free with an older, paying sibling.

One of our favorite attractions is the “sandbox” of shelled corn for digging and playing with Tonka Trucks.  No mess to clean up — just brush off any stray kernels when they are finished.  I like the fact that I can sit and enjoy a fresh pumpkin donut and apple cider slushee while they play. Along with pumpkins, we always pick up some jam and honey to tide us through the winter until we can come back in the spring and pick strawberries. Jacquemin Farms is a local treasure that welcomes visitors from far and near.

Jacquemin Farms is located at 7437 Hyland Croy Rd. (Plain City, Ohio).  Fall Fun days run through October: Monday through Saturday 10 am-6 pm; and Sunday 1pm-6pm. For more information, call 614/873-5725.

~Post by Katie

Breakfast is my favorite meal. At times I can be pretty boring, but it’s hard to be boring at Sunny Street Café. Omelettes, Belgian waffles, breakfast burritos, eggs benedicts and stuffed biscuits are just some of the items you’ll find on their menu to jump-start your day. So what’s better than breakfast?

Sunny Street (Hospital Dr. location) owner Kate welcomes guests

Well, if it’s a long day then going out to lunch can make everything better (especially when the copy machine decides to put up a fight).  Guess what? Sunny Street Café serves lunch. Skip the eggs and get a Half-Pound Black Angus Burger, a Turkey Philly Sandwich, Grilled Veggie Wrap or my new favorite—a huge Chef’s Salad (emphasis on huge).  Best of all, Sunny Street has TWO Dublin, Ohio locations (both just five-minutes away from our offices).

If you love your eggs–no worries. Breakfast is served all day.  And when I say “all-day” I really mean all day. Restaurant hours are 6:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m, but Sunny Street Café will open up their dining room in the evenings for a private group dining event. You can network while dining on flaky croissants filled with fresh Albacore tuna salad or have some fun and serve your group “Brinner” — Breakfast for Dinner!  When you’re trying to feed a big group, use their extensive catering menu. Check out their “build a box lunch” that you can customize to suit individual tastes. 

There are a few more surprises on Sunny Street. Dublin is home to 3,000 businesses so Sunny Street Café provides a discount for the “Company of the Month.” Just show your company ID badge and get a deal (This month it’s Verizon). You can also show your child (under 12 years) and they will get to eat for $1.99. Sunny Street is a family-friendly restaurant that provides lots of options to enjoy delicious food for breakfast, lunch or brinner.

Dublin’s Sunny Street Café restaurants are located at  7042 Hospital Drive off Avery Dr. ( 614/389-3640  ) and at 7573 Sawmill Rd. in the Kroger Marketplace Center ( 614/932-7008).

 ~Post by Allison