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HCT’s Miss B: More desserts from Columbus’ worst-kept culinary secret




Do you know Miss B? You don’t? If you do, you’re likely to keep up the fun secret that she’s the namesake and inventor of that banana pudding at Hot Chicken Takeover—which keeps those checkered tablecloths covered as much as the chicken.

We know Miss B. And she knows desserts.

Which is why, after Food and Wine tried to lift the lid—or let the “banana out of the bag” about her identity and her amazing pudding, we wanted to check in with Miss B and get the sweet talk on her favorite desserts in the capital city—before she gets too famous and stops returning our messages.

Creme Brulee Doughnut • Tupelo Doughnuts

What hooked me on Tupelo was technique. They don’t cut corners; they use real, vanilla pastry cream in their creme brulee doughnut and they torch the sugar on the top so it cracks when you take each bite.

Cookie Brittle • Kittie’s Cakes

I make cookie brittle at home, but when I tasted the Kittie’s Cakes version, I felt like a fraud – because they nail it. The buttery, graham cracker layer is topped with a mix of chocolate chips, chopped almonds, toffee and sea salt. It’s the crunchy, salty, sweet texture and flavor that made me love this brittle.

Buttered Popcorn Pudding • Ambrose & Eve

Chef Matt Heaggans did a pudding pop-up, and since pudding is my thing, I had to go. The buttered popcorn pudding was that nostalgic flavor you know by heart, elevated. It was the best damn pudding cup I’ve ever had. I bought three, thinking I would share. That didn’t happen.

Churro & Vanilla Bean Cake, Lamingtons, Poptarts • Buttergirl Bakery

I started following Buttergirl Bakery (Karen Thomas) on Instagram and when I saw her churro and vanilla bean buttercream cake, I made damn sure everyone knew that is the only thing I wanted for my birthday. Vanilla bean cake, cinnamon vanilla whipped cream filling, vanilla bean buttercream, caramel drizzle. I mean, c’mon—it was as dreamy as the photo on Insta.

Grilled Pb&J • City Tavern

It the classic PB&J, on Wonder Bread, but when you grill it, the warm peanut butter and jelly almost become like a sauce for the vanilla ice cream that comes with it. Then you get the crunch from the grilled bread and it’s the perfect bite for PB lovers.

Blackberry & Fennel • Gallerie Bar And Bistro

I’m always amazed at the sweet genius of Chef Aaron Clause. The balance of textures and flavor in this dessert are unbelievable. Scoop up some of the blackberry sponge, with the passionfruit curd, a little of the ice cream, and the tang from the goat cheese – it’s sublime. You really should just work your way through the whole dessert menu.

Earl Grey & Lavender Tea Cake • MMelo

The tea cakes at Mmelo are handcrafted flavor bombs. The shortbread crust is the base for the earl grey and lavender scented caramel and it’ s encased by the most beautiful chocolate shell that snaps when you bite into it, making the caramel coat your tongue, and fill your head with bergamot, butter, lavender and chocolate.

French Toast • Rockmill Tavern Brunch

Sure it’s just called french toast on the menu, but Chef Andrew Smith’s is not your run of the “mill” version. The top part of the toast tastes almost like a vanilla bread custard or souffle. Honestly, I don’t what the hell kind of magic he’s putting in there but the bottom is griddled bread over Valrhona chocolate with whipped maple butter and maldon salt to balance the sweetness. It’s magical.

Fresh Fruit Tart • Belle’s Bread

Simple desserts have to be perfection, or it doesn’t work. This tart is perfect. A pastry crust, filled with custard, topped with fresh, ripe fruit, glazed with red currant jelly. You can’t beat fresh fruit and cream.

By  / Stock & Barrel March 2018

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Clintonville Brunch Crawl: We dare you to squeeze all 3 stops into 1 day




Clintonville is lovely this time of year, especially when you make three separate stops for brunch. 

Whether the weather is gracing the charming little burgh with a healthy dose of vitamin D or giving it a couple spins around the Lazy Susan that is Ohio’s climate, a trifecta of morning food destinations is sure to keep your mood afloat.

BLunch  • 2973 N High St.

Yes, we know that Columbus now is home to a Drunch AND a BLunch.

Snicker all ya want—if you do, you’d be missing out on one of the culinary scene’s welcome newcomers—a half-day cafe that carries the comforts of a First Watch, but with the sophisticated execution of Tasi or Katalina’s.

The White Family has decades of hospitality under their belt—the family owned Galena’s Mudflats until recently, and dad Jeff has been running the OSU Faculty Club for the past 20 years.

Those two were training grounds for son Jeff, once a young, eager dishwasher and now head chef for the White’s new “daylight eatery and bar.” Mom Jane, despite her own admission that in the family’s tavern-running days breakfast didn’t get served until halfway through afternoon, now relishes an intimate spot where people can maintain their own balance between booze and breakfast.

A full-bar at brunch is a rarity in the peculiar little burg, and positioned near Lineage, Old Skool, and Condado, BLunch could be the perfect starting point for a casual Clintonville crawl.

Then again, you may not have another stop after Chef Jeff gets done with ya. He and the White family have concepted a bennies-and-batter focused menu, where you’ll be sure to come back after a healthy amount of indecision. Me? I’ve been dreaming about the Bananas Foster pancakes (topped with ice cream) and the huevos rancheros over masa cake for weeks. – Travis Hoewischer


Dough Mama • 3335 N High St.

Dough Mama is the top of my list for my favorite breakfast joint. I love so much about this place.

The atmosphere is super chill, laid back, and inviting. The food is so so good. I would call it comfort food with an extra sprinkle of love and thought.

From pie to salad, it’s all good.

They use a variety of local and seasonal ingredients and support some of my favorite local delicacies with Dan the Baker bread and Thunderkiss coffee … YUM! They also have a variety of vegan and gluten-free options.

I am smitten with the Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy muffin. This place is my go to for a yummy drippy egg, roasted potatoes, salad, a sweet treat and a perfect cup of coffee.


My husband loves Grammie’s Sammie and a piece of Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie. I somehow manage to splurge here and feel really really good about it.

Their menu has some great staples but they also always have specials that look and are amazing.

Right now they serve both lunch and breakfast during the day and I’ve heard it through the grapevine that they will soon be open in the evening and serving dinner. I cannot wait to see what delicious dishes they create for that menu. – Jana Rock

Baba’s • 2515 Summit St.

Baba’s is my go-to breakfast spot in Columbus. You can grab a breakfast sandwich on their homemade griddle muffins (aka little pillows of heaven), order a rack of ribs, or in the spirit of Alabama Worley, have a slice of perfect pie and a cup of Thunderkiss coffee.

Their delicious baked goods are made in house, they smoke all of their own meats and their produce and coffee are all sourced locally, though their espresso will send you to the moon.

The service is fast, their team is super-friendly and there are never any pretentious vibes in the super chill atmosphere they have created on the corner of Hudson and Summit.

They’ve made a beautiful impact in their short existence in the SoHud neighborhood, fostering local artistic connections and bringing beautiful new mural art that rotates different artist from the community throughout the year. Don’t forget to grab one of their perfect cinnamon rolls for later. — Vanessa Jean Speckman

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Harvest Pizzeria sowing last seeds in German Village




Eight years ago, Harvest Pizzeria cropped up in a small space in German Village. Today, the local pizza chain announced the closure of its flagship location.

Harvest Pizzeria German Village will open its doors for the final time on Saturday, April 27th.

“Despite the success of Harvest in German Village and our strong ties to the neighborhood, the owner of the property will not honor our renewal of the lease,” wrote founder Chris Crader in an email. “…the landlord’s demands for a new lease at a higher rate would not allow our little pizzeria to remain viable.


Crader added that he is proud of the strides Harvest German Village has made over the years, and thankful for the community that’s supported it. He hopes they can return to the neighborhood when the right spot presents itself.

As far as the employees go, Crader wrote that with the success of the other locations, the German Village workers will be able to join a team at another restaurant.

“Harvest sincerely thanks all of its loyal supporters and we hope to see you at our other locations soon,” wrote Crader.

This news follows the announcement of the Grandview Harvest closing back in February. Read more here.

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Crawfish boils claw their way into Columbus Saturday

Mike Thomas



What’s the deal with crawfish boils? Sure, they’re delicious, but as a true land-lubbing midwesterner, my knowledge of this particular culinary phenomenon is fairly lacking.

That said, I definitely can’t tell you why there are multiple crawfish boils going down this Saturday. Best not to overthink it—just enjoy the experience!

Pecan Penny’s |113 East Main Street
Saturday at 4 PM – 7 PM

Sponsored by Brewdog, downtown BBQ joint Pecan Penny’s is kicking off patio season with an all-you-can-eat Crawfish boil, complete with giveaways and a DJ.


Rehab Tavern | 456 W Town St
2 PM – 6 PM

Rehab’s own 4/20 crawfish boil kicks off at 2:00. Your $15.75 entrance fee will net you a pint of beer in addition to all-you-can-eat crawfish and fixins’!

Can’t make either of these, or want to try the boil experience before committing to a large-scale event? Check out Kai’s Crab Boil or Boiling Seafood Crawfish—both on Bethel Road —for first-rate seafood experiences you won’t soon forget.

Why are there two crawfish boils on the same day? Why are there two crawfish restaurants on the same road? We may never know, and honestly, who cares? Crawfish is the bomb! Just put on your bib and get crackin’!

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