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Netflix & Grill: Finding Zen with Garry Shandling, Tom Petty and Momo Ghar




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Welcome back to Netflix and Grill, where we piece together some grub, a boozy drink, an album, and a binge-worthy show. Along the way, we plug the local establishments that make Columbus shine. For this entry we will discuss the Zen Diaries of Gary Shandling, listen to Tom Petty and eat momos (Himalayan dumplings) from Momo Ghar. Set your receiver to a peaceful volume, open your dumplings container and get ready to do some introspection!


For those unfamiliar with one of Columbus’ best and not-so-hidden gems from the Himalayas, Momo Ghar started as a small kitchen in Saraga International Grocery on Morse Road.

Saraga quickly surged in popularity, opened a second location in the North Market and has been featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.”

In the photo above, you can see the delicious JHOL MOMO item I ordered. Consisting of eight pieces, the dumplings were piping hot, had the perfect texture, were filled with chicken and sweet spices and served in spicy momo sauce.

It is hard to beat this $8 value anywhere in Central Ohio.

I chose Momo Ghar because Garry Shandling embraced Buddhism and because Buddhism is celebrated in the Himalayas. Be patience, this will all make sense a bit later on.


Those dumplings are a tough act to follow so I knew my search for the perfectly paired libation would be a hard one.

After consulting my buddy Donnie at House Wine, I went with Boulevard Brewing Company’s Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale.

The Belgian style ale is light and crisp with citrus notes and subtle hops (38 IBUs) and pairs with the Momo spices nicely.

Be careful, this momo and one drink combo could become addicting at a combined $11.


Tom Petty and Garry Shandling collaborated on It’s Garry Shandling’s Show and The Larry Sanders show and were close friends off screen. The two shared a great chemistry (which by all accounts could be difficult to establish with Shandling), were true artists and unfortunately share a bond of passing away much too early and within 18 months of each other.

Because of their cosmic connections, I chose the 1989 Tom Petty opus, Full Moon Fever. This album needs no introduction or real review, it only needs a turntable and the willingness to listen.

There are no clunkers or songs to skip, there are only meaningful and introspective songs to put you in a Zen state of mind.

So, if you’re strong enough to get your momos and Tank 7 to go, drop the needle on this bad boy for some soft smiles and rhythmic head bobs.



Created and directed by Shandling protégé Judd Apatow (Freaks & Geeks, Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin), The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling is a two part HBO documentary that chronicles the life and times of comedic legend and television visionary Garry Shandling.

You don’t know who Garry Shandling is? Well, allow me to indulge myself and fill you in.

If you subscribe to streaming services, you should thank HBO for changing the game with The Sopranos. The Sopranos wouldn’t exist without The Larry Sanders Show.

Simply put, The Larry Sanders Show forever changed television when it premiered on HBO in August of 1992. It was a pay cable show that was instantly the coolest and smartest show on the block and offered a smarter, darker and funnier alternative to its laugh track laden broadcast television peers (Friends, Just Shoot Me, Seinfeld, etc).

The Larry Sanders Show focused on fictional late night television show host Larry Sanders. Larry was neurotic, paranoid, guarded and hilarious in a show-behind-a-show concept. The show managed to survive for six seasons and allowed HBO the opportunity to produce other high quality original programming (The Sopranos) and forever altered the television landscape.

The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling chronicles the entirety of Shandling’s life by featuring Apatow interviewing Shandling’s co-stars, friends and (real or imagined) enemies.

Conan O’ Brien, Sarah Silverman, Jay Leno, Bob Saget, Kevin Nealon (among others) are interviewed and footage with and Jerry Seinfeld is highlighted.

Rare insights are given into Shandling’s personal life such as the childhood loss of an older brother, his mother’s mental health issues, a messy break up with fiancée and co-star Linda Doucett, the nasty legal entanglement with former manager Brad Grey and even a wiretapping controversy.

Good times are also remembered and many friends, particularly David Duchovny, regale the viewer with tales of Shandling’s support, friendship, encouragement and how he helped them both personally and professionally.

The good times and bad times all led to an interest in Buddhism, which Shandling became immersed in for the last 20 years of his life. His new found spirituality led to a better state of physical, mental and spiritual health and by all accounts, gave Shandling the peace he had looked to obtain during his life.

Apatow tells the whole Garry Shandling story and it is a wonderful pupil to teacher tribute. A long tortured soul found Zen during his last two decades and hopefully the universe repaid him for all of the joy his art brought into it.

My only reservation is that casual fans will be put off by the almost 4.5 hour run time but if you make it through the entirety, you will be rewarded with laughs, tears and maybe even a little Zen.

The Zen Diaries of Larry Sanders is available to stream on HBO GO.

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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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