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G. Michaels: A Plus; Restaurant Week: Too Short; Short Ribs: Perfect

Posted by CMH Gourmand on March 13, 2009

Restaurant Week gave me the extra nudge I needed to go to G. Michaels. I have sampled their fare at Taste of the Independents and Taste the Future last year but I never dined in at the Bistro.

I called my designated diner and made reservations. The special menu offered three courses with a pick among three choices for each course. If only I had taken a third person.

First Course:
House Salad  
gorgonzola vinaigrette, poached pears and spiced pecans 
Seared Jumbo Scallop  
with Grand Marnier scented roasted beets and chive cream sauce  
Second Course:
Chorizo‐stuffed, Bacon‐wrapped Short Ribs  
sour cream mashers, green beans and jus from the heavens
Grilled Stuffed Pork Chop  
dirty rice, hoppin’ John, collards floating on bourbon caramel sauce 

Yes the chop was that thick!

Yes, the chop was that thick!

Dessert Course: 
Crème Brulee  
with blackberries, blueberries and raspberries

Cake - up top; Brulee on the bottom

Cake - up top; Brulee on the bottom

G. Michael’s Three‐Layer Cake  
toffee‐brown butter icing and whiskey caramel sauce 

I do not have much to share about the meal. When dining I often have to choose between documenting the meal or balancing the enjoyment of the dine, the wine and the company. I choose to dive into dinner but took a few photos as an afterthought. If I had taken a notebook, I would have noted many more adjectives about the Short Ribs. All I can recall is that it was the most perfect entree I have suped in months. The variety of tastes exploding in my mouth with each bite inspired absolute contentment for my soul. I can not wait to go back. I’ll pay more attention and write a proper review next dine.

G Michaels

G. Michael’s Bistro, 595 S. Third Street (German Village) 614.464.0575

As for Restaurant Week, it has been a success. My server at G. Michael’s reported business has been double this week. Take a look at Restaurant Week reports from Columbus Foodie (Due Amicci, Cafe Corner, Alana’s, Surly Girl Saloon, Banana Bean Cafe, Pistacia Vera, Katzinger’s Deli, and G. Michael’ far). My regret is that I had too many commitments this week to take full advantage of the great dining deals. However, many cities do double Restaurant Weeks so please consider letting the Dine Originals Restaurants you visit know you would like to see them make a go for another RW this year.

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Columbus Restaurant Week – Dine Out With Dine Originals

Posted by CMH Gourmand on March 8, 2009

Dine Originals Columbus is serving the city a Restaurant Week March 9th to 15th.

If you are not familiar with Dine Originals, it is a group of 42 independent restaurants in Central Ohio. During Restaurant Week each restaurant will feature special meals to showcase house specialties with value in mind. Chefs at each of the Dine Originals created a fixed-priced (prie‐fixe) menu at $15 or $30 (which does not include gratuity or tax). Many of these menus can be viewed on the link below. The offerings listed at Alana’s, Basi, Betty’s, Columbus Brewing Company and The Refectory are exceptional deals in my opinion. Restaurant Week menus serve as a fine introduction to these establishments if you have never visited. If you have “dined originally” do so more.

Details on Dine Originals Restaurant Week

Looking at the list, I noticed I have dined at all but seven of the restaurants to date. So this week my goal is to fill in the empty spots starting with a trip to G. Michaels.

I have also marked in bold the restaurants I have reviewed in this blog to help with your choices. I marked the restaurants I have not visited in italics.

These are your restaurant choices:

Alana’s Food and Wine
Banana Bean Cafe
Basi Italia
Betty’s Fine Food and Spirits
Bexley Monk
Blackcreek Bistro
The Burgundy Room Short North
Cafe Corner
The Clarmont
Columbus Brewing Company
Due Amici
Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
Figlio Wood-Fired Pizza
G. Michael’s Bistro
Granville Inn
Handke’s Cuisine
The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls
Katzinger’s Delicatessen
Lascala Italian Bistro
Luce Enoteca
Maca Cafe
Milo’s Deli and Cafe
Pistacia Vera
Press Grill
The Refectory
Rigsby’s Kitchen
Shaw’s Restaurant and Inn
Surly Girl Saloon
Tasi Cafe
Thom’s on Grandview
Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails
Tonys Italian
The Top Steakhouse
Trattoria Roma
Tutto Vino
Vino Vino Restaurant & Winebar
Wildflower Cafe
The Worthington Inn
Z Cucina Ristorante & Bar

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