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Food for Thought – Food for the Soul

Posted by CMH Gourmand on March 1, 2008

Food for Thought, Food for the Soul

4400 N. High Street

(Fifth/Third Building, Corner of High and Henderson)

Basement – take the elevator and follow the signs

Monday to Friday – 8 AM to 3 PM

I met Pam Miller at the Clintonville Chili Bowl in January. She mentioned her restaurant had been open for about a year in Clintonville….I was shocked, I had never heard of it. Well, being in a basement – does make it a bit off the beaten path. The location is not something that would phase Pam – she is often a one woman show at her place. If you cook it….they will come.

She serves up breakfast and lunch during the week. Breakfast includes all of the usual suspects. Lunch features a homemade soup of the day, a daily special – (usually soul food inspired) as well as a mix of sandwiches and salads.

The items to hold out for are the homemade desserts from Pam’s mom – sweet potato pie, lemon poundcake with lemon icing and pineapple upside down cake. So get yourself to the basement and stock up on some great treats – and support a new business owner in the process.

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Last Call for the Finer Diner

Posted by CMH Gourmand on November 5, 2007

Formerly at:

4989 Cleveland Ave.


The Finer Diner closed doors for good on October 31st. Word is a hot dog and sausage outfit will move in.

The Diner built a loyal following in Columbus with a reputation for excellent pies, large portions and made from scratch home cooking for a low price. The Diner was small and cramped but it never seemed crowded since everyone was so friendly. Some regulars came in for lunch as well as dinner on the last day, almost all of them signed a farewell book so that they can be contacted when the Diner reopens someday. As a parting tip, two loyal customers gave a $100 GFS gift card for restocking the new Finer Diner.


Finer Diner Proprietor Abe Pendleton plans to continue on with catering while he looks for a new location in Columbus. Abe has been in the restaurant business for many years, this was his first outing on his own and it worked well for almost 4 years. If you are interested in ordering a pie (Pumpkin, Apple, Pecan, Key Lime, or one of many others), his famous Ho Ho cake, pasta sauce, or a catered meal from his fine Finer Diner Menu – give him a call. Abe can be reached at 614.397.3459.

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North Market – Harvest Festival on Oct 6th – be there!!

Posted by CMH Gourmand on September 30, 2007

As if hanging out at the North Market is not fun enough…..

The North Market Harvest Festival is this Saturday. Fall is my favorite season and the North Market will be featuring some of the best tastes of fall – pumpkins, squash and such along with all types of special events.

This is also a great opportunity to show your cooking skills and win a gift certificate from the market in the process.

The baking contest will have three categories –

Pumpkin bread (loaf or muffin)

Pumpkin Pie

Apple Pie

The Gourmand will be one of the judges for this event! I expect to be sleeping off a food coma in Goodale Park shortly after the tasting ceases.

“The first place winner of each competition will receive $50 in North Market gift certificates. All home-baked entries will be available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit North Market Development Authority. To register or for more information, please call the North Market at (614) 463-9664. Participation is limited to 12 entries per contest.”

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Just Pies…. Just Do It, for the Holidays

Posted by CMH Gourmand on November 23, 2006

Just Pies
Just Pies web site

5525 N. High Street
614 888 0021
Closed Sunday and Monday

736 – 1 Northfield Dr
614 818 9300
Closed Sunday and Monday

Just Pies, just does … pies. But what a great job they do. They have gotten the attention of Oprah and the Food Network due to their baking prowess and now ship pies all over the country. However, it is much easier to just drop in one of the stores to pick up a fresh pie. On most days you can pop in and get a wide selection of pies to select from but from mid November to Christmas plan on ordering in advance.

Pecan Pie

Just Pies makes about 40 varieties of pie with over 20 types available each day – including several very good no sugar added pies. Pies are 6, 8 and 10 inch. Some standouts are Pumpkin, Pecan, Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie and Buckeye.

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