At C'est Si Bon Cafe, crepe-makers take the delicate, ultra-thin French-style pancakes and fold them over both sweet and savory ingredients while patrons look on. The buttery pockets hold everything from roast beef, blue cheese, saut?ed mushrooms and onions, fresh arugula, and a bourbon sauce to Nutella, bananas, and pecans. The reviewer at Columbus Underground particularly loved the dessert crepes, calling the Banana "dynamite" and saying "its butter and brown sugar make the flavors blend into something akin to old-school dessert favorite, Bananas Foster."
C'est Si Bon Cafe's hand-scrawled chalkboard menu shows off the crepes, which can accommodate gluten-free diners. Staffers also assemble breakfast crepes.
A part-time college job turned into a career when John Ko married the daughter of China Dynasty's original owners. John, his wife, and his in-laws are content with maintaining the same traditions that have lasted more than 25 years. John's mother-in-law continues to work in the kitchen as head chef, cooking a familiar assortment of classic Chinese dishes that draws inspiration from various regional styles throughout the country. Chinese eggplant in garlic sauce, Cantonese-style roast duck, and spicy Szechwan green beans with chicken represent just a handful of dishes that have endured at China Dynasty over the decades.
A golden statue of a jovial, laughing Buddha greets diners as soon as they enter the restaurant's expanded space, which features two dining rooms as well as a full-service bar area. Lipstick-red chairs surround the tables that fill the intimately lit space, and red accent walls similarly add a splash of color amid the rooms' pale green and tan color schemes. In addition to the Buddha statue, China Dynasty features a small collection of traditional Asian artwork and artifacts on its walls, including silk clothing, oversized Chinese hanzi, and baby pictures of the restaurant's first lo mein noodle.
Boujhetto's owner Marlene Carson didn't always think she was going to own a soul-food joint; in fact, the eatery grew out of her work starting Rahab's Hideaway, a local shelter and resource center for victims of human trafficking. Carson, as she described to NBC, is herself a survivor of trafficking, and founded Rahab's Hideaway to help women put their lives back on track. Boujhetto's gives a leg up to Rahab's clients by offering training and employment cooking and serving soul food. The eatery has been lauded on Oprah.com and profiled on NBC for helping empower women to build solid new lives for themselves.
Boujhetto's menu contains plenty of Southern-style food, from breakfasts of grits, sausage, and chicken and waffles to entrees of crispy-fried pork chops. In the sandy-yellow dining room, visitors chow down on items such as burgers, fish sandwiches, chicken and waffles, Kool-Aid Pickles, and Grippo's wings. The restaurant also hosts special community enrichment events during after hours.
Cuisine Type: Authentic Mexican
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Tacos, burritos, enchiladas, fajitas
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Outdoor Seating: No
Pro Tip: Enjoy our delicious street tacos, burritos, and much more
Surrounded by the brightly colored furnishings of the cozy dining room, eating at El Tacoriendo feels like sitting down to a family meal. The diner, helmed by a husband and wife team, specializes in hearty portions of homestyle Mexican comfort food and traditional street tacos. Platters spill over with chilaquiles covered in homemade sauce or huevos rancheros for breakfast, or authentic Mexican favorites, such as fajitas served with a rainbow of bell peppers during lunch or dinner. To add a sweet note to meals, the kitchen whips up classic flan and keeps a handful of Mexican sodas, such as Jarritos and Sidral, on hand.
At its more than 1,900 U.S. and Canadian locations, Applebee’s transforms each of its outposts into a neighborhood hangout via friendly service and unique atmospheric details. Inside, diners will find each restaurant decorated with relaxing warm tones and personal touches specific to the community, such as hometown sports memorabilia and in-person updates from the local weatherman.
Sourced from across the country, the restaurant's executive culinary team gathers chefs who have cooked at the highest levels, from upscale restaurants to major-league baseball teams. The result is a menu that reinvents traditional American favorites with modern flavors and ingredients. Chefs give many dishes a fun, kid-friendly flavor by turning entrees into finger food such as the quesadilla burger and wonton tacos, but they don’t throw knives and forks to the wind—staying true to classics such as slow-cooked ribs and sizzling cuts of steak.
Explorers Club's cozy, 100-year-old brick exterior lends a deceptively comfortable face to the restaurant's constantly experimenting kitchen. Owner Tracy Studer and Chef Dan Varga—both veterans of the late Harold Smith's Gloria Café—root their eatery's fare in playfully updated Latin American food such as chorizo sliders and plantain-topped burgers. Yet, Varga constantly flexes his culinary muscles with unusual menu additions such as his chili-citrus-flavored vegetable lo mein. Monthly menus jet around the globe—614 Magazine notes that after deciding on "a country or cuisine, [Varga] spends months researching the ingredients, history, and flavor profiles, and then experimenting in the kitchen," turning out tributes to Germany, Spain, and his ancestral Hungary. An impressive range of vegan and vegetarian options makes use of soy-based tempeh and tofu, catering to animal-loving humans and self-hating venus flytraps.