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Win a $25 Dine Originals Gift Certificate!

Posted by cmh gourmand on September 3, 2009

Karen Simonian from Dine Originals sent me a gift certificate for $25.00! However, the certificate is not for me – it is for one of you. Here is a list of Dine Originals Restaurants where the certificate can be redeemed. The only downside is that you can not use this for Dine Originals Restaurant Week specials.

So here is the deal. Tell me about the best restaurant(s) you tried during Restaurant Week via e-mail to (CMH Gourmand) no later than high noon September 16th. The best story gets the certificate and if you want – I will post your story here – with a byline or anonymous if your prefer.

Those without a story can e-mail as well, if I don’t get any stories – I will just select a person at random.

The restaurants have their restaurant week menus posted on the Dine Originals website. The fixed price meals are $20.09 or 30.09. This an opportunity to try something new and/or experience a favorite place for an exceptional value.

I have looked over the menus to plot my own meals. If you are looking for suggestions I think that Alana’s, Black Creek Bistro, Burgundy Room, Deepwood, and G. Michaels have the menus to beat for the week. But you really can not go wrong with any of them. The more adventuresome may want to go out of town to Shaws in Lancaster or the Inn at Cedar Falls.

Odds of winning are pretty darn good – so do it.

4 Responses to “Win a $25 Dine Originals Gift Certificate!”

  1. Sharon said

    My husband and I wanted to go to a restaurant that we have never been to for Dine Originals Restaurant week so we picked Mezzo Italian Kitchen and Wine at the Gahanna Creekside area. We chose to sit outside this cool Sept. evening on their lovely patio. The Wednesday farmers market had just broken down so there was lots of activity in the area. We both chose the wedge salad, which was fine. My husband had the lasagna and I seafood linguine. Both were adequate not totally outstanding. The seafood linguine had lots of scallops not tow may shrimp,(I counted three) and was somewhat plain. The lasagna portion seemed huge which was good for sharing. Of the two I think the lasagna was the better choice. There was just one dessert choice. It’s good that we both like cheesecake. Service was attentive, if somewhat awkward. Our server offered us bread and when he returned without it we had to ask for it (is it too much to ask of fine restaurants to bring bread out without having to beg). Overall, I would recommend one try it. The setting is somewhat like a suburban chain. I do want to return to try the Chicken Saltimbocca which I make and want to compare to a nice restaurants version.

    BTW we attended the Food Bloggers panel and I was inspired to share my experiences.

  2. Jeanne Hoffman said

    My husband and I took advantage of the Dine Originals lunch at The Worthington Inn. The special was any two entrees on the menu for $20.09 — quite the bargain. As we had never been to the Worthington Inn despite our close to 20 years in Columbus, we decided it was high time.

    In terms of the meal, the service was excellent, and we opted to sit on the porch as the weather was perfect for such seating. Our waitress greeted us with fresh baked bread with a salty garlic crust with an interesting, creamy butter sauce. For our entrees, we chose the Blue Crab Cake and the Petit Filet Worthington.

    The crab cake was excellent, made up almost entirely of crabmeat, with just enough breading to hold it together, sitting atop a lovely slightly sweetened sauce. The zucchini noodles were sautéed to the point of being just done and the Creole butter added some nice spice without being overpowering.

    The petit filet (by Phil’s account) was very good, with the potato gratin presented in a pie-like wedge, almost resembling a delicate phyllo creation. The blue cheese was a nice touch, again, not overpowering on the steak, and the cab-mushroom demi glaze jus topped it off nicely.

    As a side note, we did order a $3.00 basket of hand cut fries as an appetizer and have decided we will go back some late afternoon for wine and fries on the porch.

    With our plates clean, and our bellies full, we begrudingly passed on dessert. Given the service and the quality of the meal, we will certainly go back.

    Thanks Dine Originals for providing our introduction to The Worthington Inn.

  3. Jeanne Hoffman said

    Dessert wasn’t included with the meal — that would have been extra, which is also why we passed on it.

  4. lanibug said

    A girlfriend and I split the Cafe Corner special for lunch one day – and as always amazing…..

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