Visiting all the Columbus spots the Mayor of Flavortown, Guy Fieri, has stopped at.
Before his bleached tips rose to television chef fame, Guy Fieri was born right here in Columbus, Ohio. Though he grew up in California, his iconic TV show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, affectionately known as Triple D, has paid homage to his birth town a total of six times. We had to know what these six spots were serving up. If we know one thing about the man, he has good taste. Have you seen the shirts he wears?
Mayoress of Flavortown: Alexis Hall
Loops: 1629 Northwest Blvd.
I am just going to start out by saying that a gyro roll is everything you didn’t know you needed in life. Imagine a classic egg roll, but instead of being filled with vegetables and semi-questionable meat, gyro rolls are filled with gyro meat and cheese. You can order buffalo or spicy, and the buffalo is a winner-winner gyro dinner. Apart from the rolls, the classic gyro is the Bomb.com. It’s better than Apollo’s (yeah that’s right, I said it). I took along my boyfriend, who loves spicy food, and he said the buffalo gyro is phenomenal. They have tons of gyro flavors, hot dogs, vegetarian options and desserts including baklava.
Pierogi Mountain: 2216 Summit St.
Potatoes, cheese, and dough is a top tier combination. Change my mind. I dare you to try. After trying the pierogi at Pierogi Mountain I bet you’ll be hard pressed to change your own mind. With a revolving menu of flavors you’ll never get bored. Some personal favorites are the ham & cheese, chili cheese coney, and apples and brie. They also have poutine, which is basically the French-Canadian version of cheese fries, and they are covered in a chicken gravy that deserves to be in the hot tubs of Flavortown. On Tuesday’s they serve up a real deal with pierogi at only $1 each. It’s time for you to summit this mountain.
Ray Ray’s Hog Pit: 2619 N. High St.
Found in the parking lot of Ace of Cups on North High St. this food truck was well worth the visit in the freezing rain. The smell of the smoking meat right next to the truck gets any waiting customer amped up to get their food. Their jerk chicken sandwich packs a punch of flavor that you’ll either love or hate. I fell in love with it. Their BBQ pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw (I’m weird and one of the few people I know that actually enjoys coleslaw and regularly craves it), and mac-and-cheese are southern favorites that won’t disappoint. And for dessert the banana pudding is so good it could be served on a flip-flop and I would still devour it.
Ms. Guy Fieri: Katie Cook
Sweet Carrot: 1417 W. Fifth Ave.
This posh joint takes American-style to a new sophisticated and outrageously delicious level. Here’s how it works: you pick a base, either texas toast, mac and cheese, corn bread, or kale then add all the toppings you want! Anything from juicy, tender brisket to meatballs to fried artichoke. Either way, you can’t really lose. The dishes will entice you with their strong and comforting flavors that remain crisp and fresh, something often lacking in traditional American restaurants. Oh yeah, and the carrot cake is definitely as good as you’d expect from a restaurant named Sweet Carrot. For a tasty fresh twist on all the foods we know and love, come to Sweet Carrot!
Momo Ghar: 59 Spruce St.
Dumplings. Need I say more? Found in the frozen seafood section of the Saraga International Food Market, this hidden gem produces some of the best dumplings in Columbus as well as the most authentic Nepalese food around. The main menu item is, you guessed it, “momo,” which is a classic dumping dish soaked in hot chutney, giving them a unique Indian-Chinese fusion of spices and flavors. If you’re looking to be slapped in the face with flavor, Momo Ghar is the place to be.
Ena’s Caribbean Kitchen: 2444 Cleveland Ave.
Missing the tastes of summer and hot nights? At Eno’s the flavor goes all year round. The jerk chicken has all the great sweet and savory blend of BBQ on a hearty portion of chicken that falls right off the bone. This chicken is juicy and tender (I mean no-teeth-necessary tender) and is rubbed in an authentic Caribbean spice-blend you won’t find anywhere else in Columbus. And if you carnivores aren’t already convinced, there’s plenty of home-made sides to keep your mouth watering: mac and cheese, collared greens, corn bread, and the classic beans and rice. If you’re looking for a home cooked meal made with lots of love a soul, check out Ena’s on Cleveland Avenue!
This story was written by Alexis Hall and Katie Cook.